Group Counselling: Strength in Numbers

This five-hour workshop is designed to assist participants to gain a better understanding of the objectives, procedures, and experiential climate of group counselling. This experiential and didactic workshop consists of lectures, viewing of group videos, live demonstrations of small groups in action, and discussions. The focus is on the evolution of the group process, the stages of group development, key tasks of group facilitation at the various stages of a group, screening group members, awareness of the different types of groups, and the creation and implementation of group techniques to facilitate awareness and change.  All this will be in the context of working with clients struggling with a variety of mental health concerns. We will also explore some of the developmental issues that arise in a group based on the idea of working with different age groups.

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10:00 AM - 3:30 PM

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  • University of Northern British Columbia
    John Sherry

    Dr. John Sherry. Ph.D., RCC has over 25 years of experience as a clinician and his academic and clinical work have focused on couples, family, and group therapy.  He has been instrumental at implementing these components at University of Northern British Columbia (UNBC) training clinic, and currently facilitates process groups for graduate students and professionals in the Prince George, BC community. His research and clinical interests tend to center around counsellor training and development with a special interest in experiential approaches to teaching and clinical supervision.  More specifically, he is interested in the attachment styles of group co-facilitators and the ways in which counsellors use countertransference in their work. John was the 2019-2020 Co-President of the Canadian Group Psychotherapy Association (CGPA) and continues as the President of the Prince George Chapter of CGPA.

  • Northern Health
    Doriana Pantuso

    Doriana Pantuso, MEd, began her counselling journey as a clinician on the adult psychiatric inpatient ward with Northern Health, Prince George.  Doriana’s inpatient experience led to a counselling career in a variety of clinical settings, most recently with adult outpatient mental health and addictions. Her clinical work has focused on individual and group therapy with an emphasis on experiential approaches to learning and counselor development.  These interests allowed Doriana to pursue a research project in the area of self-reflection and counselor development for novice counselors. Her group experience focuses both on psycho-education, process oriented group facilitation, and she has been a board member of CGPA for two years