Boulder Psychotherapy Institute

Advanced Training in Applied Existential Psychotherapy (AEP) — since 1989

An Experiential Psychodynamic Gestalt Approach   •   Boulder, Colorado

Group Therapy Training

Betty Cannon, Ph.D.

  • Learn to create an atmosphere of safety and challenge in a group.

  • Learn to recognize and work with stages of group development.

  • Learn to move among the three levels of intervention in a group: interpersonal, intrapsychic and group.

  • Learn to work with here and now interactions and conflicts among group members to facilitate growth and deep level change.

  • Learn to work with transference, countertransference and authentic relationship in a group.

  • Learn to use the group to facilitate deep level healing and corrective emotional experiences.

The Workshop: Working with groups is both an art and a science. This workshop combines techniques drawn from Gestalt, existential, psychodynamic, body-oriented and systems approaches to group. Group members observe and experience groups and practice leading the group in a safe learning environment.

The Workshop Leader: Betty Cannon, Ph.D., Boulder Psychotherapy Institute President and co-founder, is a licensed psychologist and certified Gestalt therapist. She has worked with individuals, couples and groups for over thirty years and trained psychotherapists for over twenty years. She holds doctorates in both literature and psychology. She is professor emerita of the Colorado School of Mines and adjunct professor at Naropa University - where she coordinates the Group class for the Transpersonal Psychology Master's Program. Betty is a member of the editorial boards of three professional journals and an internationally known author, lecturer and workshop presenter. She is the former president of the Colorado Group Psychotherapy Society and former chair of the North American Sartre Society. Her book, Sartre and Psychoanalysis, is considered a classic in existential psychology. She is the author of many journal articles and book chapters, including several on applied existential psychotherapy. She is contributing editor for the section on Existential Psychoanalysis for the prestigious Edinburgh International Encyclopaedia of Psychoanalysis. She is very enthusiastic about groups and facilitates at least 16 groups each month.


Varieties of Group Therapy and the AEP Model: Psychodynamic, Existential/Humanistic, Gestalt, Eclectic

Group Paradoxes

Structure and Safety in Group Therapy: Check-ins and Check-outs. Rules and Norms

Beginning a Group: Facilitating an Atmosphere of Safety and Challenge

Stages of Group Development: Forming, Storming, Norming, Working, Ending

Levels of Intervention in Groups: Group, Interpersonal, Intrapsychic

Transference in Groups

Countertransference in Groups

Resistance and Defenses in Groups

Authentic Relatedness in Groups

Dream Work in Groups

Psychodynamic Issues in Groups

Existential Issues in Groups

Co-Leading Groups: Advantages and Disadvantages and How to Make it Work

Group Management Issues

Multicultural Issues in Groups

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