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GROUP FACILITATOR TRAINING - Two days of active and experiential training for those wishing to run groups and those wishing to revise and refresh their skills. (Sydney)

Ari Badaines, PhD Clinical Psychologist, MAPS Psychotherapy
Two full days
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Face-to-Face Training
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Chatswood, NSW
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In this two-day workshop, the theory and practice of group therapy will be explored in detail. The term 'group therapy' can be applied to a variety of theoretically and practically different kinds of groups from the psychoanalytic to the CBT. The main emphasis of this day is the very practical aspects of group therapy from start to finish. Participants will have a brief introduction to Psychodynamic Group Psychotherapy, Gestalt Group Therapy, and Yalom’s Existential Group Therapy. Then, from a practical aspect, the presenter will focus on: (a) group composition and size as well as preparing potential members for group membership; (b) what to cover in the initial session and issues of safety and group membership; (c) dealing with defences and resistances in group members; (d) managing conflict and difficult group members; (e) preparing for ending. Ari will then discuss with workshop participants, the healing nature of groups and the key roles of the Group Therapist.

HEALING: Group therapy allows for expression of long-held significant emotions (catharsis) in a safe-enough environment Participants will become familiar with other healing aspects that include experimentation, corrective emotional experiences, and the power of acceptance and belonging from both group members and the therapist.

KEY THERAPEUTIC ROLES: In a very simplified form, the role of the therapist can be reduced to the Three Points. They are permission, protection, and potency. The therapist gives permission/allows the expression of prohibited thoughts and feelings, protection to individuals and the group when useful, and uses the potency as a therapist to intervene effectively, drawing upon a variety of skills and techniques to enhance the therapeutic goals and outcomes.


Feedback form Ari’s recent presentations

“Excellent, relevant material delivered with expertise and humour. Very much enjoyed, thank you.”

“Loved it - dynamic, energised. Thank you!”

“Really enjoyed the practical aspects of this course. Information was clearly presented, easy to follow, and helpfully be applicable to clients. “Thank you for this opportunity. It was wonderful.”

“This was practical, useful and something you can immediately apply.”

“This was engaging and relevant”

“Practical, engaging, interacting. Highlight was the role plays - actually practicing as a therapist and taking the roles really gave me a better understanding.”

“Excellent PD, well presented with useful anecdotes and appropriate experiential learning.”

“The training gave me practical strategies to implement straight away with my clients. Also validated what I already do but with a fresh new perspective. Thank you!”

“Really enjoyed the training. Knowledge delivered with humour always a fresh combination.”

“Thank you Ari, this was a great workshop. Filled with practical knowledge. Ari is a terrific speaker. Loved every minute.”

“Well paced workshop. Practical and relevant. Ari very respectful of participants.”

“Engaging. Practical. Useful. Glad I came! Thank you Ari!”

“Very enjoyable. Learning, feeling more skilled and enthusiastic. Thank you!”

“Thoroughly enjoyed the day. Great to practice the skills. Fabulous venue. My clients will benefit from today’s learning.”

“Thankyou, I really enjoyed your case discussions and openness bringing us into your counselling session, and your humour”

“I found Ari very approachable for questions. I particularly enjoyed watching him play the counsellor role in the role plays and discuss the process.”


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Ari Badaines, Ph.D. is a clinical psychologist who trained in the United States. In 1980 he obtained a post-doctoral fellowship with the National Institute of Mental Health in Washington, DC where he studied Group Therapy, Family and Couple Therapy. Later, he undertook further training at the Institute for Family Therapy in London.  Ari has been a consultant to numerous organisations including Relate in the UK, Richmond Fellowship and Youth-in-Search in Australia. He has taught at various universities in the USA, UK, and Australia. He was twice a keynote speaker for the annual conference of Marriage Guidance Counsellors (now Relationships) in the UK.  In 2015, Ari led a two-day workshop for the Psychological Society of Ireland on ‘Action Techniques with Individuals and Couples’ which was so positively received that he has been invited back each year since to present on couples and family therapy. He is renowned as an engaging and popular presenter for PDP and for several European organisations. He has been in private practice for over 45 years, and has led workshops in over twenty countries on group therapy, couple and family therapy, and a variety of trainings on individual therapy including Gestalt therapy, Psychodrama, Solution-focused brief therapy, and Action-Methods.

Registration Details

Face-to-Face registration
Fee:  $498
          $27 each day to include lunch at the venue
          $29 to purchase and keep the recording of Day1.. 

  • Tea and coffee are included. Food may be purchased at cafes surrounding the venue or you may bring your own.
    N.B. Food not purchased at the venue may not be eaten at the venue. 
  • You will need to sign in on arrival to be eligible for an Attendance Certificate. 
  • Your attendance certificate for 14 hours of face-to-face, active training can be retrieved on completion of your evaluation via your login account.
  • A hard copy of notes and resources will be available to you on arrival at this event.
  • If for whatever reason, you are unable to attend this live event on the day,  your registration will be transferred into the live interactive webcast of this event with three month's access to the recording. 
  • N.B. Face to face participants are required to comply with COVID safety measures as outlined by the venue and PDP
    Details of the measures current at the time and in line with public health orders will be advised in your pre-event reminder/information emails.
    The venue and PDP reserve the right to deny entry to any participant who chooses not to follow COVID safety plans. 

Reminders for all events are sent two weeks, one week, one day and one hour prior.


Learning objectives of this training:

  1. Make better considerations of group membership and size.
  2. Have a greater familiarity among different styles of groups.
  3. Better manage resistant groups and group members.
  4. Utilize techniques and make interventions that enable healing.
  5. Be clearer about boundary issues.
  6. Feel and act with greater confidence as group therapist.
  7. End a group well.

If you’ve always wanted to facilitate a group, or if you need to brush up on your skills this practical two-day workshop will leave you equipped with new and/or improved group therapy skills and knowledge.”   Dr Ari Badaines

How will you benefit from attending this training?

  • You will have a more solid base and theoretical understanding of group therapy.
  • You will have a range of applicable skills to enhance your work as a group facilitator.
  • You will gain greater familiarity of what are healing factors in group therapy and how to apply them effectively.



Morning Session (includes a short break)

  • Introduction to different kinds of groups.
  • Selection of group members, group size, first session.
  • Issues of group safety, trust, agreements.
  • Dealing with Resistance and defences in groups and difficult group members.

Afternoon Session (includes a short break)

  • The Healing nature of groups.
  • Therapeutic factors.
  • Boundary Issues.
  • The key roles of the therapist.
  • Endings.



Therapeutic factors AND TECHNIQUES.

This day provides an experiential group experience where the learnings and principles of Day 1 are directly applied.

Periodically, Ari will pause the group to highlight a particular practical application of Day 1’s learning and invite the group members to also comment/question.

Course participants may also elect to work conjointly with Ari as co-therapists for periods of time.



Target Audience

This seminar has been designed to extend the clinical knowledge and applied skill of Counsellors, Psychotherapists, Coaches, Psychologists, Hypnotherapists, Social Workers, Community Workers, Mental Health Nurses and Psychiatrists.

Webcast Schedule

Morning Session
  9:00am - 12:45pm
  Includes a 15 minutes break at 10:45am

Lunch Break
  12:45pm - 1:45pm

Afternoon Session
  1:45pm - 5:00pm
  Includes a 15 minutes break at 3:15pm

Venue information

Our venue is registered with Service NSW as a 'Covid Safe' venue. 
You will be required to checkin via our QR code and to abide by the safety  measures current at the time and in line with public health orders. These will be advised in your pre-event reminder/information emails.
In the interest of everone's safety, PDP reserves the right to deny entry to any participant who chooses not to follow the current COVID safety plans. 

This venue offers wheelchair access from the Brown Street entrance.  

4 minute walk from Chatswood train/metro/bus interchange

Links to reasonable early-bird parking close to the venue:

All day tea, coffee and chilled water are provided.
If you have not ordered lunch with your registration, we have a fridge and two microwave ovens should you wish to bring your own food. 
The venue has a cafe on the ground floor and is surrounded by cafes and restaurants including an extensive food hall above the Chatswood Interchange.

Mantra Hotel is next door to the venue: website here
Meriton Suites is a 4 minute walk from the venue: website here


PDP Sydney Training Room

Level 1, 10 Help Street, Chatswood, NSW 2067, Australia

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