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12.05.2021- Online Institute: Thinking Existentially

Sundays, December 5, 12, 19, 2021, 1:00-5:00 PM (Eastern) *Please be cognizant of applicable time zones <br><br> Online Institute: Finding Vibrancy In Us and In Our Groups During COVID: Thinking Existentially<br><br> Instructors:<br> Maryetta Andrews-Sachs, LICSW, CGP, FAGPA <br> Farooq Mohyuddin, MD, CGP, FAGPA<br><br> 12 CE Credits<br><br> Registrants are required to attend all three sessions. CE credits will not be awarded to registrants who miss sessions. Registration is limited to the first ten registrants. <br>
Existential issues weave throughout all of our work in group therapy and greatly impact the vitality of the group. This Institute is focused on the vital role that having choices, finding purpose, feeling connected and confronting our losses plays in human lives. In order to be fully alive, we must move past our defenses, risk vulnerability, and confront "the givens of existence." We will combine didactic and experiential experiences to explore these issues - and our vitality during the current challenges of living - together.

Learning Objectives
The participant will be able to:
  1. Define Existential Psychotherapy.
  2. Identify existential concerns that often go unnoticed in everyday clinical work and discuss how to bring them up in therapy.
  3. Identify the resistance to exploring these "existential givens" and the subtle ways that it impacts our lives and the lives of our group members.
  4. Discuss the tasks of the life cycle of the group as members explore issues around isolation and connection.
  5. Apply the didactic material to the groups we lead.
  6. Analyze the impact of the "existential givens" of responsibility and freedom within the group and outside the group.
  7. State the impact of transference and countertransference on the exploration of these existential concerns.
  8. Identify how working with existential concerns makes for a vibrant group experience.
Course References
  1. Deurzen, E. van & Adams, M. (2016). Skills in Existential Counseling and Psychotherapy, 2nd. Edition. London, England: Sage.
  2. Frankl, Victor E. (1963) Man's Search for Meaning: An Introduction to Logotherapy, New York: Pocket Books.
  3. Wright, F. (2015). Personal Reflections on Hugh Mullan: Existential Group Therapist, The One and the Many Relational Approaches to Group Psychotherapy, Editors: R. Grossmark and F. Wright. Abingdon, England: Routledge.
  4. Yalom, I.D. (2017) Becoming Myself: A Psychiatrist's Memoir. New York, NY: Hachette Books.
  5. Yalom, I.D. (1980) Existential Psychotherapy. New York: Basic Books.
  6. Yalom, I.D., & Leszcz, M. (2020). The Theory and Practice of Group Psychotherapy, 6th Ed. New York: Hachette Books.

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