A Psychodynamic Approach to Starting and Running Group

  • 11 Feb 2018
  • 11:00 AM - 1:30 PM
  • Broomall, PA (location to be e-mailed to registrants before event)
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A Psychodynamic Approach to Starting and Running Group

Sunday, February 11, 2018
Katy Cording, Psy.D. and Jim Bleiberg, Psy.D.

Broomall, PA

Mental health issues can be effectively addressed in group therapy, as most issues for which individuals seek treatment are interpersonally related. Group provides an interpersonal experience through which to better understand oneself individually and in relationships with others. Therapeutic change occurs within the context of human experiences, and the group serves as a “social microcosm,” meaning a group member’s struggles in the outside world (including one’s family of origin) often emerge in interactions with other group members and the therapists.

The shift in perspective from individual to group is difficult to do in actual practice, but the importance and utility of a group perspective is necessary in order to understand ourselves within a larger social context. This presentation will illuminate several fundamental psychodynamic concepts for thinking about and understanding group phenomenon. Further, the presentation will provide discussion around the challenges and successes of getting groups started to help clinicians find ways to be more successful in their own endeavors for forming groups in their practice or work setting. The presentation will also include a brief experiential component. While this presentation may be useful to therapists at various stages of learning, it is targeted to those who are in an early stage of practicing.

Learning Objectives: After attending this program in full, participants will be able to:

  1. Discuss the unique therapeutic benefits of group psychotherapy as a modality of treatment.
  2. List three fundamental concepts regarding psychodynamic groups.
  3. Identify means to effectively navigate challenges in forming groups and identify resources available to help clinicians grow as group leaders.

Reference: Yalom, I.D., & Leszcz, M. (2015) The theory and practice of group psychotherapy. New York: Basic Books.

Katy Cording, Psy.D. is a licensed psychologist who works at West Chester University’s counseling center. She earned her doctorate in psychology from The George Washington University and has worked in college counseling for several years, including at Swarthmore College, Lehigh University, and currently at West Chester University. She has received extensive training in group psychotherapy throughout her career, including participation in the National Group Psychotherapy Institute at The Washington School of Psychiatry in Washington, DC. Katy also has a private practice in Swarthmore, PA where she works with adolescents and adults.

Jim Bleiberg, Psy.D. is a licensed psychologist who coordinates the group therapy program at West Chester University’s counseling center. Jim is a Certified Group Psychotherapist who has served as a faculty member at the past three international conferences of the American Group Psychotherapy Association on the topic of coordinating group therapy programs in college counseling centers.  Jim also has a private practice in Haverford, PA.

PSPP Brunch Series Registration

PSPP members and non-members alike may register online at the PSPP website, www.PSPP.org, by locating the brunch you would like to attend, clicking on ‘register’, and following the instructions.  Seating is limited and reservations will take place on a first come, first served basis. 

Please cancel your registration if you are unable to attend so that your space may become available to another participant. To cancel a registration, please contact Katy Cording, Psy.D. at kathryn.cording@gmail.com or 908-403-4956.

Registration is open to PSPP members and other interested mental health professionals, school employees, or scholars from related fields that are not members. These programs are intended for those with an intermediate and above level of knowledge and experience.

Brunch Times and Location

All brunches will be held as follows:

11:00 A.M. to 11:30 A.M.       Brunch

11:30 A.M. to 1:30 P.M.          Presentation and Discussion


Registrants will receive an email confirmation containing specific directions to the location of the brunch for which they are registered. All brunches will be held in Philadelphia proper or the surrounding suburban areas.


PSPP Members:           Free

Non-Members:            $40 per brunch

Registration fees cover attendance to the workshop, 2 CEUs, and brunch.  Space is limited, so please register as soon as possible. For paying non-members, refunds in full, less a $10 administrative fee, will be made with written request up to 24 hours before the program.

Continuing Education Credits

PSYCHOLOGISTS: This program, when attended in its entirety, is offered for 2 continuing education credits. Participants must attend 100% of the program. Upon completion of a conference evaluation form, a certificate will be issued. This serves as documentation of attendance for all participants. 

SOCIAL WORKERS AND OTHER MENTAL HEALTH PROFESSIONALS: Social Workers, Marriage and Family Therapists, and Professional Counselors in Pennsylvania can receive CEs from CE providers approved by the APA. Since Division 39 is approved by the APA to sponsor continuing education, these professionals will be able to fulfill their continuing education requirements by attending PSPP/Division 39 approved programs.

Responsibility for Program Content

Division 39 is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Division 39 maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

Accessibility, Non-discrimination, and Ethics

PSPP and Division 39 are committed to accessibility and non-discrimination in continuing education activities and strive to conduct all activities in strict conformity with the American Psychological Association’s Ethical Principles for Psychologists. Participants are asked to be aware of the need for privacy and confidentiality throughout the program. If program content becomes stressful, participants are encouraged to process these feelings during discussion periods. Participants with special needs will be accommodated as possible.

If you believe that a violation of ethics has occurred during this presentation, or if you have concerns about such issues as accessibility for persons with disabilities, distress with regard to program content, or other complaints, please contact Kelly Bassett, MEd at 646-510-1593. There is no commercial support for this program nor are there any relationships between the CE sponsor, presenting organization, presenter, program content, research, grants or other funding that could be reasonably construed as conflict of interest. Participants will be informed of the utility/validity of the content/approach discussed (including the basis for the statements about validity/utility), as well as the limitations of the approach and most common (and severe) risks, if any, associated with the program’s content. 

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