The Power of Groups Certificate Program

The Power of Group Work Certificate Program

Oct. 11, 2018, 8:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m.

Presenter: Dr. Wendy Rapaport, PsyD, LCSW

CEUs: .7

Training contact hours: 7

Program cost: $95 per person; $50 per UMaine student

Contact Diana McSorley; 207.338.8093 for information, registration, and scholarship applications.

The assets of group work, beyond cost effectiveness and reduced isolation for patients and leaders alike, can be utilized in varied situations: teaching, team meetings, psycho-educational issues in healthcare, workshops, communities, organizations, businesses, sports teams, counseling and psychotherapy.

The combination of cognitive and experiential learning in this program will leave you with a solid understanding and commitment to initiate group work practice in your professional settings.

You will become aware of your own responses to your clients (patients, students) and improve your ability to regulate your affect with thought and good

You will see the part that humor plays in facilitating group work by its connecting force and coping skill base.

Program goals and outcomes:

  • Learn to value humor as a serious coping mechanism, to offer to patients/clients and to utilize in creating group cohesiveness
  • Gain insights into the therapeutic factors that make groups work, e.g. universality, catharsis, altruism and hope
  • Understand the personal issues and biases, such as countertransference, that may interfere in your role as group leader
  • Gain appreciation for the power of group work in team meetings, professional meetings and with patients and their families
  • Predict, normalize and handle any challenges in running groups
  • Experience the effectiveness of groups as a group leader, group member and group observer

Dr. Wendy Satin Rapaport, PsyD, LCSW is a licensed clinical psychologist on the faculty at the University of Miami School of Medicine Diabetes Research Institute and the University of Maine, Graduate School of Social Work and is in private practice in Boca Raton, Florida. She has specialized in individual, marital, family and group therapy for 40 years.

A professional writer, Dr. Rapaport has published more than 65 articles on this subject and lectures around the country. She was awarded the National Health Information Award for her book, “When Diabetes Hits Home: The Whole Family’s Guide to Emotional Health”.

Additional books authored by Dr. Rapaport include, “Approaches to Behavior: Changing the dynamic between patients and professionals in care and education”, “On the Couch with a Good Enough Poet”, and “Friendship Matters: Memoir, Life Lessons, Laughter”.

Contact Diana McSorley; 207.338.8093 for information, registration, and scholarship applications.