Workshop: Build a Group: Selecting the Right Tools to Construct a Solid Group Container for Any Setting, Lois Friedlander, LMFT

  • Sat, June 18, 2016
  • 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
  • Room 201, Corte Madera Town Center, 770 Tamalpais Drive, Corte Madera, CA 94925


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Saturday, June 18, 2016  1:00 - 4:00 
Build a Group: Selecting the Right Tools to Construct a Solid Group Container for Any Setting
Lois Friedlander, LMFT

Have you been thinking about starting a group? Are you wondering about how to begin the process of forming a group and selecting appropriate members? If so, this workshop will provide the answers you are seeking. This workshop will address what is necessary to consider prior to recruiting members. How do facilitators determine if their group will be open, closed, time-limited, psycho- educational, psychodynamic, supportive or if the group agreements will allow outside group contact? How do facilitators build a container of trust? We will explore the interview process, initial phone contacts, and important questions to ask in the first session. 

In addition to the nuts and bolts of planning a group, screening & selecting members, it is important to identify your personal leadership style. This is particularly important when seeking a good match for you with each group member. For example, a less experienced therapist, a trauma survivor herself, may wish to pursue group work with trauma victims. Rather than dive right into facilitation of potentially charged issues where she may become the object of persecution, she might benefit from first organizing and leading a support group.  

It is crucial as we move to the more advanced aspects of group facilitation that we experience sitting in “The Seat “in order to be prepared for all the group dynamics headed our way. Group work is complex, vastly multilayered, and because of that, there are bound to be challenges facing group leaders. As a group we will explore difficult and puzzling behaviors of group members. How does a leader address aggression, resistance to the group agreements, members toying with the boundaries, concerns for safety, a suddenly silent member, challenges to authority, privilege, cultural & religious differences, taboo topics and conflict? Please bring examples of mystifying, challenging moments in your groups to share with our professional community. Will we be stumped or amazed at the creative group process comments shared by our group when confronting a difficult group situation? Did you stall, confront, ignore, become de-skilled or ‘tap dance’ to keep the process moving? We will have lots of stories to share so prepare to join in with our MCAMFT group.

Lois Friedlander, LMFT, CGP, is an integrative psychotherapist with an extensive background in working with mood disorders, dual diagnoses, pro-social behavior management and stress reduction. She is an experienced clinician and Clinical Faculty member, UCSF School of Medicine. She has experience in inpatient, outpatient and partial hospitalization programs and is comfortable working with child, adolescent, and adult clients who manifest a broad range of emotional difficulty. Lois offers expertise as a Certified Group Psychotherapist (CGP) and facilitates ongoing dynamic, supportive groups that are structured to enhance personal growth. Her background allows her to offer specialized approaches in CBT, expressive arts therapy, guided imagery and stress management techniques.  

  • Date: Saturday, June 18, 2016
  • Time: 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM
  • Location: Corte Madera Town Center                                      770 Tamalpais Drive, Room 201, Corte Madera, CA 94925 
  Member Non Member
      Clinical/Associate $59 $69
       Prelicensed $29 $39
       PSY/RN $69 $79

Continuing Education Goal: Marin CAMFT is committed to offering continuing education courses to train licensees to treat any client in an ethically and clinically sound manner based upon current accepted standards of practice.

Refund Policy: Requests for refunds must be in writing and received by Laurie Buntain, the Director at Large for Programs, no later than ten days before the program. There will be a $25.00 administrative fee to cancel registration for any program. The refund will be sent within ten days of the request.

Accommodation for Special Needs: The special needs of persons with disabilities will be accommodated. The Program Committee will endeavor to assure that continuing education program materials, content and venue selections will meet the special needs of the disabled and that reasonable accommodation will be made. A request for accommodation can be made Laurie Buntain, the Director at Large for Programs, who will work with the Committee and event venue to meet the need.

Marin CAMFT encourages those who attend its events to respect the fact that some individuals may have allergies to fragrances and pet dander. We ask that you refrain from introducing these elements into our meeting room. Registered service animals are welcome, of course.

Grievance ProcedureMarin CAMFT will respond to complaints in a reasonable, ethical and timely manner, when submitted by program attendees in writing to Laurie Buntain, the Director at Large for Programs.

Anti-Discrimination PolicyMarin CAMFT shall not discriminate against any individual or group with respect to any service, program or activity based on gender, race, creed, national origin, sexual orientation, religion, age or other prohibited basis. Marin CAMFT does not require attendees to adhere to any particular religion or creed in order to participate in training. Marin CAMFT will not promote or advocate for a single modality of treatment that is discriminatory or likely to harm clients based on current accepted standards or practice.

CE Approvals:

CEUs: This workshop meets the qualifications for 3 CEUs for LMFTs, LCSWs, LEPs and LPCCs. These will be provided by Marin CAMFT (CEP # 56895), which is approved by CAMFT to sponsor CE for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs and LEPs. Marin CAMFT maintains responsibility for this program and its contents. Contact Laurie Buntain, Director-at-Large for Programs for more information.


CEUs for psychologists are provided by the Spiritual Competency Resource Center which is co-sponsoring this program. Spiritual Competency Resource Center is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The Spiritual Competency Resource Center maintains responsibility for the program and its content. CE credits for nurses in California are available through the cosponsorship of the Institute of Noetic Sciences (BRN Provider CEP10318). California Board of Behavioral Sciences accepts CE credits for license renewal by LCSWs and MFTs for programs from approved sponsors of CE by the American Psychological Association.   For questions about CE visit or contactDavid Lukoff, PhD at 

Marin County Chapter of CAMFT                  

PO Box 9065 San Rafael, CA 94912-9065     

(415) 459 3484

Marin CAMFT is approved by  the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (CAMFT Provider #56895) to sponsor continuing education for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and LEPs

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