Community Connections & Resources

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Community Connections and website links
Recordings from our Leadership Conversation Series
Core Program References

Seasonal Reading Lists


Community Connections

Canadian Group Psychotherapy Foundation
CGPF promotes training, education and research in group psychotherapy.
They offer financial support to practitioners and students who wish to further their education, research or clinical practice in group psychotherapy, through a number of awards and scholarships.

American Group Psychotherapy Association (AGPA)
AGPA is a not-for-profit multi-disciplinary organization dedicated to enhancing the practice, theory and research of group psychotherapy. They provide global access to group psychotherapy education and professional development, research, and outreach services. They host an annual conference offering valuable learning opportunities for group leaders. A strong Canadian 'delegation’ attends the AGPA conference.

International Association for Group Psychotherapy and Group Processes (IAGP)
IAGP is a worldwide network of professionals involved in the development and study of group psychotherapy and group process as applied to clinical practice, consultancy, education, scientific studies and socio-cultural settings. They meet annually for a conference and have multiple resources available online.

Psychotherapy Practice Research Network (PPRNet)
PPRNet is a Canada wide inter-disciplinary collaboration among psychotherapy clinicians, educators, researchers, knowledge users, and professional organizations. Their newsletter often includes timely and accessible updates regarding new group psychotherapy research. 
Director Giorgio Tasca is one of our respected invited Faculty.
Attention Therapists - As part of a research trial, PPRNet is currently offering psychotherapy providers working with adult clients free training and consultations to repair therapeutic ruptures. Participating providers may be at any stage of their career and of any theoretical orientation. This is a unique opportunity to receive state of the art training and personalized consultation that may count as continuing professional education hours with your regulatory college.  Visit for more info.

Canadian Association of Suicide Prevention
CASP is a pan-Canadian organization that provides advocacy, communication, and resources on suicide prevention and life promotion.
Caversham Book Sellers 
Caversham Books is apparently “North America’s Largest Mental Health Bookstore”. Located in Toronto, but also online, they have an amazing and diverse selection of resources for mental health clinicians and ‘seekers’ in general. Warning: countless hours can be lost ‘browsing’ at Cavershams! 

The Mindfulness Centre
The Mindfulness Centre offers comprehensive training programs,  stimulating workshops,
thoughtful articles, videos, newsletters and other resources that address mindfulness.
Founder Dr. Stephane Treyvaud is one of our Institute's respected invited Faculty.

Arts Based Wellness

Isabel Fryszberg offers arts-based wellbeing services for teams, staff, students and artists. She is an arts based Occupational Therapist, an educator, a musician, film-maker (In Search of Joy, Memories that Sing, and What's Art Got To Do With It?), and one of our Institute's respected invited Faculty.

Systems - Centered Training and Research Institute 
SCTRI is a non-profit organization that supports training and research in Systems-Centered Therapy and Training (SCT). SCT offers an innovative approach to sustainable change by systematically weakening the restraining forces that block development. SCT also introduces functional subgrouping, an innovative method which enables individuals and groups to explore all sides of a conflict until the differences can be integrated rather than fighting, scapegoating or extruding differences. SCT methods are used by therapists, coaches, consultants, educators, pastoral care counselors and others. 
Chair Susan Gantt is one of our respected invited Faculty. presents an incredible array of online educational resources.
Their tagline states 'great therapists never stop learning".
This site offers a library of over 350 training videos, featuring leading practitioners in our field, as well as articles, interviews and blogs of interest to psychotherapists.
Founder Victor Yalom is one of our respected invited Faculty. 

Recordings from our Leadership Conversation Series

This complimentary series offers an opportunity to learn from a diverse group of recognized leaders in the field of group practice. Through 1-hour conversations, our faculty explore the various influences that have helped shape these leaders' practices, as well as their approaches to leadership within our current context.

Jennifer Brownstein 

May 9, 2024
Group Leadership  with a focus on ACT, Resiliency and Self Compassion 

Session Video

Willard Ashley, Molyn Leszcz
& Susan Gantt

May 2, 2024
Having Difficult Conversations in Increasingly Polarized Contexts - Panel Discussion

Session Video 

Kathleen Ryan 

December 7, 2023
Addressing changing needs in Psycho-educational Groups 

Session Video

Nina Brown 

September 21, 2023
Leadership of Psycho-educational  Groups 

Session Video

Giorgio Tasca

March 16, 2023
Research/Clinical Collaboration 

Session Video 

Scott Rutan

January 12, 2023
Group Leader as Group Foillower

Session Video

Victor Yalom

November 3, 2022
Ongoing Therapist Education and Group Leadership 

Session Video 

Susan Gantt

September 29, 2022
Systems-Centred Therapy in Groups

Session video

Noelle Lefforge

May 12, 2022
Addressing Micro-aggressions in Group Psychotherapy

 Session video

Elliot Zeisel

March 18, 2022
Group Leadership : Lessons Learned

Session video

Isabel Fryszberg

December 16, 2021
Arts-based Wellness Groups 

Session video

Kas Khorasani

September 30, 2021
Creativity and the Group Leader

Session video

Cheri Marmarosh

October 21, 2021
Attachment Theory and Groups

Session video

Yvonne Bergmans

May 13, 2021
Peer Leadership in Groups

Session video

Joan-Dianne Smith & Allan Sheps

April 8, 2021

Session video

Stephane Treyvaud

January 28, 2021
Mindful Group Leadership

Session feedback

Molyn Leszcz

December10, 2020
Leadership in Challenging Times 

Session video

Core Program References


Corey, G., Corey, M.S., & Corey C., (2017) Groups: Process and Practice (10th ed.)  Brooks/Cole Publishers.

Dana, D. (2018) The Polyvagal Theory in Therapy. New York: W.W. Norton & Company.

Gantt, S.P., & Agazarian, Y.M. (Eds.) (2006). Systems-centered therapy: In clinical practice with individuals, families and groups. Livermore, CA: WingSpan Press. Reprint (2011). London, UK: Karnac Books.

Gantt, S.P. & Badenoch, B. (Eds.) (2013). The Interpersonal Neurobiology of Group Psychotherapy and Group Process. Routledge.

Mackenzie, K. R. (1990) Introduction to Time Limited Psychotherapy. Washington: American Press.

Marmarosh, C.L., Markin, R.D. and Spiegel, E.B. (2013). Attachment in Group Psychotherapy. Washington: American Psychological Association.

Ormont, L.R. Edited by Furgeri, L.B. (2016). The Technique of Group Treatment: The Collected Papers of Louis R. Ormont, Ph.D. CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform.

Porges, S. W. (2021) Polyvagal Safety: Attachment, Communication, Self-regulation. New York: W.W. Norton & Company.

Rutan, J.S., Stone, W.N., and Shay J. (2014) Psychodynamic Group Psychotherapy (5th ed.). New York: Guilford Press.

Yalom, I.D. & Leszcz, M. (2020) The Theory and Practice of Group Psychotherapy (6th ed.) New York: Basic Books.

Counselman, E.F. (2008) Reader's Forum: Why Study Group Therapy? International Journal of Group Psychotherapy, 58(2).

Joyce, A., Tasca, G., & Ogrodniczuk, J. (2015) Group Psychotherapy in Canada. International Journal of Group Psychotherapy, 65(4).

Lefforge, N.L., McLaughlin, S., Goates-Jones, M., Mejia, C. (2020) A Training Model for Addressing Micro-aggressions in Group Psychotherapy. International Journal of Group Psychotherapy, 70: 1-28.

Zaslav, M. (1988) A Model of Group Therapist Development. International Journal of Group Psychotherapy, 38(1).

Zeisel, E. You Tube video series, GROUP.

Systems Centered Training and Research Institute  You Tube Video,
The Edge of the Unknown 

You Tube Video, SCT- Seeing the System, Not Just People~  Commemorating the Work of Yvonne Agazarian 

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reading list

This season’s list offers a collection of articles and texts which address psychoeducational groups. We are committed to supporting our community members who are working in this important domain.

Group Related:

As we referenced in our most recent newsletter, Dr. Nina Brown launched our program this year with a Conversation about Group Leadership with our TIGS team. Dr. Brown has written and taught extensively about psychoeducational groups, and the following 4 references highlight some of her more recent texts:

Brown, N. (2023) Creative activities for group therapy. (2nd ed.) New York: Taylor & Francis/Routledge.

Brown, N. (2022/3) Virtual psychoeducational groups in Practicing online group therapy. Eds. H. Weinburg, A. Rolnick, & A. Leighton. New York: Routledge.

Brown, N. (2019). Conducting effective psychoeducational groups. New York: Taylor & Francis/Routledge.

Brown, N. (2018). Psychoeducational groups (4th ed.) New York: Taylor & Francis/Routledge. Terras-Carillo, E. et al (2023).

Telehealth Psychoeducational Groups with Latinx College Students: Findings From Focus Groups. International Journal of Group Psychotherapy, Vol. 73- Issue 2
This is a timely article that examines the efficacy of virtual psychoeducational groups during the COVID 19 pandemic. Both the advantages and disadvantages of online psychoeducational groups are explored.

Rogiers, R. et al (2022). A Psychoeducational CBT based Interventions ("Drop It") for Repetitive Negative Thinking: Theoretical Concepts and Treatment Processes. International Journal of Group Psychotherapy, Vol. 72 - Issue 3
This article describes a psychoeducational CBT group intervention from a theoretical and clinical application lens. It highlights the use of group structure and process to maximize the effectives of CBT based psychoeducation groups.

Giorgio Tasca, the Director of the Psychotherapy Practice Research Network (PPRNet), recommended a chapter by Gary Burlingame and Bernhard Strauss in the Handbook of Psychotherapy and Behavior Change (2021). Burlingame and Strauss’s chapter, Efficacy of Small Group Treatments: Foundation for Evidence-Based Practice, offers a comprehensive review of group research, with references to research using psychoeducation in groups for various conditions.

McKay, M., Wood, J.C., Brantley, J. (2019). The Dialectical Behavior Therapy Skills Workbook: Practical DBT Exercises for learning mindfulness, interpersonal effectiveness, emotion regulation & distress tolerance. Oakland, CA: New Harbinger Publications, Inc.
This workbook is an accessible, user friendly resource for group facilitators and their clients.

Cook. W.G., et al (2015). Brief Heterogeneous Inpatient Psychotherapy Groups: A Process-Oriented Psychoeducational (POP) Model. International Journal of Group Psychotherapy, Vol 64-Issue 2
A process oriented psychoeducational (POP) group treatment model is theoretically outlined for use in inpatient groups. Psychoeducational topics addressed include identification of symptoms, triggers and coping strategies. The integration of psychoeducational content and group process is explored.

Burlingame, G.M. et al (2007). Psychoeducational Group Treatment for the Severely and Persistently Mentally Ill: How Much Leader Training is Necessary? International Journal of Group Psychotherapy, Vol 57-Issue 2.
This study addresses the importance of group training for clinicians leading psychoeducational groups. Three on-the-job group training methods for learning the basic group skills and knowledge required to lead effective psychoeducational groups are tested.

Lukens, E. P., & McFarlane, W. R. (2004). Psychoeducation as evidence-based practice: Considerations for practice, research, and policy. Brief Treatment and Crisis Intervention, 4(3), 205–225. This paper describes psychoeducation and its applications for mental health and health professions across system levels and in different contexts (including group therapy) by reviewing the range of applications that have appeared in the literature. The theoretical foundations of clinically based psychoeducation are reviewed, and the common elements of practice are identified. Examples of well-defined psychoeducational interventions are presented.

The following article examines the challenges associated with balancing content and process in the group setting: Ettin, M.F.,Vaughan, E. & Fiedler, N. (1987). Managing group process in non-process groups: Working with the theme-centered psychoeducational group. Group 11, 177-192
In a psychoeducational group focusing on stress management skills, Ettin et al. draw distinctions between psychotherapeutic and theme-centered psychoeducational process management. Many group processes can be predicted and brought to the attention of group members given the group's natural developmental stages; Other ongoing group processes arise spontaneously. A working dialogue between the presented content and the emerging process helps personalize the material and can help members see how their behaviour emerges in the here and now.

Of Interest:

Parker, P. (2020). The Art of Gathering: How We Meet and Why it Matters.  Riverhead Books.
Priya Parker has written and spoken extensively about The Art of Gathering. She talks about and uses examples from all types of gatherings – from board meetings to dinner parties to corporate events to any type of group. Her work highlights the importance of defining a purpose for every gathering, spending time structuring and preparing, as well as designing for connection between participants. The text is full of creative ideas and thoughtful questions to consider when planning any gathering.    

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interdependency, group identity and sharing resources

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inner resourcing

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compassion and gratitude

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fall/winter 2021-2022
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universality and making meaning

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fall/winter 2020-2021
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attachment and belonging

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