620 Starting a Group

Halcyone BohenHalcyone Bohen • Sunday All Day
Group therapy offers numerous potential benefits—affordability, mutually supportive social and therapeutic networks, real-world feedback, and practice experimenting with new behavior patterns. Yet many therapists in private practice find it difficult to start and maintain such groups. This presentation highlights practical considerations for forming groups, and keeping them going. You’ll learn how to assess and identify potential members; encourage the type of participation that helps members resolve their issues and reach their personal goals; and establish a tone of safety and caring for everyone in the group. We’ll explore ways to handle transitions as people enter and leave and focus on how to encourage each member to get the most out of being a participant.

Halcyone Bohen, Ph.D., is in private practice, specializing in individuals, couples, families, and long-term group therapy. She’s on the faculty of the George Washington University Medical School.

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