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Friday, February 3rd 2023

Attachment Theory and Group Therapy - A Lived Experience

Cheri L. Marmarosh PhD ABPP CGP FAPA FAGPA
presented by Toronto Institute of Group Studies

Wednesday, February 8, 2023 from 10:30 AM to 4:30 PM EST, online

Join us for a small group experience (maximum twelve participants opportunity to learn about attachment theory, both experientially and didactically, and its application to group dynamics. The experiential part will entail process group that will emphasize safety and then engage in an open dialogue to explore relationships in the here-and-now. Because the group is attachment focused, the leader will encourage members to sometimes explore the roots to the here-and-now interactions. The goal is to help members gain insight into how attachments influence themselves and their relationships with other members, the leader, and the group-as-a-whole. Members will be able to apply attachment theory and dynamics that include approach and avoidant strategies, ruptures, repairs, the role of empathy, intimacy, group cohesion, internal representations, intergenerational trauma, and termination dynamics.

Along with increased self-awareness from the process group, participants will also engage in conversation with Dr. Marmarosh where they learn to conceptualize the group experience using attachment theory and attachment- based research. Group members agree to participate for the whole duration of the group and participate in--the group process, didactic conversation, debriefing, and evaluation. This program is not intended to serve as therapy, yet there will be a degree of connection and personal disclosure that will naturally unfold as the members begin to get to know each other and interact as a group.

Learning Objectives:

The participant will be able to:

1) Identify activating and deactivating attachment behaviors in the group process that impact group cohesion.

2) Articulate common attachment-based themes and dynamics in the group.

3) Describe different ruptures in the group and how attachment theorists recommend repairing ruptures using empathy, genuineness, and curiosity.

4) Describe leader interventions that foster the group becoming a secure or insecure base for members.

5) Articulate the common dynamics of group leadership from an attachment perspective.

About the Facilitator:

Dr. Cheri L. Marmarosh is a Research Professor at Divine Mercy University and the Director of the International Center for the Psychology of Spirituality and Mental Health. She is currently collaborating with researchers at McLean Hospital studying spirituality and mental health, and she is also collaborating with doctors at Mass General on research that will facilitate the wellbeing of patients diagnosed with incurable cancer. Dr. Marmarosh is also an Associate Professor of Clinical Psychology at the George Washington University and has been there for 18 years where she has been studying how attachment relates to coping with oppression, ruptures and their repairs to the therapy alliance, and outcome in individual and group psychotherapy.

Dr. Marmarosh is a licensed psychologist who has been practicing in D.C. for 27 years. She has published over 50 empirical and theoretical articles that focus on how group and individual psychotherapy facilitate change. Dr. Marmarosh is the lead author of two books, Attachment in Group Psychotherapy and Groups: Fostering a Culture of Change. She is the Editor of the book, Attachment in Group Psychotherapy, a monograph of manuscripts from the special edition the International Journal of Group Psychotherapy dedicated to attachment theory. She published a video applying attachment theory to group psychotherapy for the American Psychological Association’s (APA) psychotherapy series. She is developing a second video teaching the basics of group psychotherapy.

Dr. Marmarosh was an associate editor for Psychotherapy (Division 29) and Group Dynamics: Theory, Research, and Practice (Division 49), and is the incoming editor for The International Journal of Group Psychotherapy. She is a Fellow of the American Group Psychotherapy Association (AGPA), Division 29 (Psychotherapy), and Division 49 (Group) of the APA. Dr. Marmarosh is certified group therapist, past president for Division 49, and the current Domain Representative for Training/Education for Division 29 (Psychotherapy). Dr. Marmarosh has a private practice in the DC area and works with individuals,couples, and groups.

Fee: $300.00 Ca

Once you have submitted your registration - please forward your payment to complete the process and secure your spot.

Payment Options: 1. Etransfer to [email protected] - please make note it is for C.Marmarosh

2. Pay Pal Payment directed to Toronto Institute of Group Studies - add note that it is for C. Marmarosh

3. Cheque made out to Toronto Institute of Group Studies. Mail to Toronto Institue of Group Studies, c/o TS Medical Centre. 692 Euclid Avenue, Toronto M6G 2T9 - note that it is for C. Marmarosh

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