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The Art and Practice of Group Psychotherapy

  • Sunday, April 15, 2018
  • 9:00 AM - 12:15 PM
  • The Sherman Oaks Galleria | 15301 Ventura Blvd. (Sherman Oaks (intersection of 405 and 101 freeways)


  • $10.00 attendance
    $10 per CEU

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San Fernando Valley District

Presenter: Michael P. Frank

Description: Calling upon his many years of group therapy practice and teaching, Michael will present what he has come to believe are essential elements of leading an effective psychotherapy group. Going beyond theory and technique, this workshop will explore how a therapy group actually helps the clients, how the being of the therapist is often more important than the doing, and how there is no one right way to do this work.


  1. Identify essential elements of an effective therapy group
  2. List characteristics of an effective group therapist
  3. Differentiate between doing and being as a group therapist
  4. Distinguish between relational, interpersonal, and psychodynamic group therapy
  5. Apply concepts of group psychotherapy to clinical work 

About the Presenter: Michael P. Frank, MA, LMFT, CGP, LFAGPA is a psychotherapist in private practice in Los Angeles, a Certified Group Psychotherapist, a Life Fellow of the American Group Psychotherapy Association, and the Clinical Supervisor and Coordinator of the Group Therapy Program at the Maple Counseling Center in Beverly Hills. He has been leading therapy groups in his practice for over 30 years and teaching and training group therapists for most of that time. He is an Institute Group leader at the AGPA Annual Conference. He has been the Practicum Coordinator for the Wagner Human Services Training Program at the University of Judaism, a clinical supervisor for the San Fernando Valley Counseling Center and the Antioch University Los Angeles Counseling Center, and is visiting faculty in group therapy at the Fuller Graduate School of Psychology. He supervises group therapists who are working towards becoming Certified Group Psychotherapists and teaches the Principles of Group Therapy course every year. He is a past president of the Los Angeles Group Psychotherapy Society (now the Group Psychotherapy Association of Los Angeles), and is a recipient of the AGPA Affiliate Societies Assembly Award and the LAGPS award for outstanding contribution to the advancement of group psychotherapy. Websitewww.michaelpfrank.com email: mpfrank@aol.com 

This presentation meets the requirements for 2 hours of continuing education credits for LCSWs, MFTs and LPCCs. Attendance and CEUs are FREE to our members and attendance is free to students. The nonmember fee is $10 to attend plus $20 ($10 for each credit) if you choose to earn CEUs. Also, if supervisors for ASWs approve, the course can count toward licensure hours. Please feel free to invite fellow clinicians and encourage students to attend.

WHERE: The Sherman Oaks Galleria is located at 15301 Ventura Blvd. (Intersection of 101 and 405 freeways and corner of Ventura and Sepulveda. Easiest entrance is at southern end of mall near Ventura Blvd. Follow signs to Valet and then to self-parking). The Community Room is located on the 1st floor near the Cheesecake Factory and past Paul Mitchell Salon, and ATM. Validation for all day parking provided at meeting.

All day free parking available to the first 50 people based on the time you sign in - please arrive early.

COORDINATORS: Tanya Moradians, Ph.D, LCSW 818 783-1881 tmoradia@ucla.edu | Gloria Gesas, LCSW at 818 990-1053 gegesaslcsw@gmail.com  

Light refreshments are provided. Bring your flyers, brochures and business cards for networking and socializing. All clinical disciplines are welcome. ASWs, AMFTs, and APCCs with the approval of your supervisors, can use these educational credits toward your hours. To register and to sign up for membership or for more information contact info@clinicalsocialworksociety.org or Call 650 460-9210.

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