This workshop is designed for clinicians seeking to enhance their group facilitation skills and conceptualization from a Mutual-Aid framework. Participants will learn about different group types and the challenges and opportunities in each to promote Mutual Aid with clients in a group psychotherapy setting.
Participants will review different stages of the group including pre-group planning, monitoring discord between participants, and ways to effectively evaluate progress of the group and individual members. The presentation will be largely experiential with ample opportunity to practice and review skills in role-plays and observation.
- Participants will demonstrate understanding of Mutual-Aid model of group psychotherapy through experiential exercises that include observation and role-plays.
- Numerous learning techniques will be implemented, including lecture, demonstration, interactive role plays, and audio/visual learning aids. Group members will communicate how the skills and concepts reviewed in the session can be applied in the clinician’s daily practice.
- Participants will be able to describe the different applications of Mutual-Aid group psychotherapy interventions in single-session, short-term, and very large groups.
Bernard Showers, LCSW, CAADC, has worked in substance use treatment since 2005. After obtaining his CAADC in 2012, he was asked to participate in an international cut-score study for the IC&RC due to scoring in the top percentage internationally on the exam. He was nominated to be a National Consultant in the VA for Motivational Interviewing and Motivational Enhancement Therapy. Since that time he has successfully led two groups of Licensed Independent Practitioners from throughout the country to successful completion of the objective completion criteria. He co-led national trainings for Motivational Interviewing for the VA in February 2015 in New Orleans, LA and has participated in the development and facilitation of a local one day workshop with six months of follow up consultation for Baltimore VA LIP's and students. He is a member of the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers.