First interpersonal group therapy course at intermediary level launched
Action on Addiction has launched the first interpersonal group therapy course beyond introductory level in the UK.
This brand new course is suitable for those working with people with substance and behavioural addictions and related problems. It will also be relevant and beneficial for those running groups with other populations.
It aims to build practitioners' knowledge, competence and confidence, and although it does require a good academic understanding of the group therapy model, it is very much a practice-based course.
The learning experience is based on a collaborative adult learning model: the group, together with the tutors, will create the learning they need within the general structure of the course.
By the end of the training the participants will be able to:
- Understand how interpersonal group therapy can be effective in facilitating character change.
- Identify group cohesiveness and encourage interpersonal learning.
- Know when to transfer responsibility for group functioning to the members.
- Ensure the group addresses the specific needs of individual members.
- Formulate interventions and evaluate their effectiveness.
- Reflect on personal development as facilitator.
- Address facilitator dilemmas and countertransference considerations.
- Work with group tension and conflict.
Teaching takes place at The Manor House in Warminster one Saturday per month for nine months starting on 16th November 2019.