Why Group Therapy: Going From Fixing Problems to Creating Possibilities

Presented by Jennifer Bullock MEd, MLSP, LPC, NCC and Murray Dabby, MSW, LCSW on 03-22-2013 at 9 a.m. Pacific

This interactive presentation will introduce you to social therapy—a unique group therapy approach that helps those in treatment grow and create the lives they want. Social Therapy illustrates that, though many people experience emotional pain individually, they can get better when healing with others. The group work focuses on critical life skills such as attending, becoming emotionally and socially flexible, and living life in a continuously creative fashion. This approach has successfully treated a wide variety of emotional and life issues.

This developmental and non-diagnostic approach is one of many new approaches that are part of a Cultural Revolution taking place in the field: postmodern challenges, a new focus on prevention, and findings in brain science that identify relationality as key to change and to development. Some people within this Cultural Revolution are asking if life could be better understood if seen through the eyes of a poet, storyteller, or painter, rather than just from the perspective of the scientific community. Seeing life from a cultural and relational lens is an important addition to clinicians' therapeutic skill sets.

Jennifer Bullock and Murray Dabby are group therapists in private practice and teachers of therapists, conducting training for clinicians who are interested in adding or advancing their group therapy skills.

This Web Conference is designed to help clinicians:

  1. Identify the distinction between some traditional group therapy models and the social therapeutic group therapy approach;
  2. Utilize one group-building technique;
  3. Understand the use of creativity and performance in the group framework;
  4. Focus on 'relationality' and the social as the unit of development in therapeutic work.

If you have any questions about this Web Conference or would like more information, please contact us here.

How the Web Conference Works

In short, participants will be able to listen to the event by calling in to our teleconference center. Prior to the event, all participants will be sent an email with instructions on how to login to the teleconference center. This event will include lecture, interaction, and question and answer periods.

403.5CE hours and counting!

All are available to GoodTherapy.org members at no additional cost.

Continuing Education (CE) Information

1.5 CE credits will be provided by GoodTherapy.org for attending this Web Conference in its entirety.

GoodTherapy.org is an NBCC-Approved Continuing Education Provider (ACEPTM) and may offer NBCC-approved clock hours for events that meet NBCC requirements. GoodTherapy.org solely is responsible for all aspects of the program. 

GoodTherapy.org is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. GoodTherapy.org maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

GoodTherapy.org, SW CPE is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #0395.

Registration Information

This Web Conference is available for free to GoodTherapy.org members.

This event has already taken place. An audio recording for this event may be available in the Member's Area.

Meet the Presenters

Jennifer Bullock MEd, MLSP, LPC, NCC

Jennifer Bullock MEd, MLSP, LPC, NCC

Jennifer Bullock MEd, MLSP, LPC, NCC, is the founder and director of the Greater Philadelphia Centers for Social Therapy. She has been a therapist for over twenty years specializing in juvenile justice, child welfare, and group therapy for teens and adults. Jennifer is a community activist and founded an all-volunteer creative community-building theater project where she currently serves as the director.

Jennifer conducts trainings and professional workshops, and she offers consultations to social service agencies, businesses, and the community on stress management, team building, the art and science of communicating with youth, and developing rich relationships at work and home. You can find several of Jennifer's articles published on SelfHelp.Com, and her work has been featured in The Philadelphia Bulletin. For more information about Jennifer and the social therapeutic experience please visit http://www.letsdevelopphilly.com

Murray Dabby, MSW, LCSW

Murray Dabby, MSW, LCSW

Murray Dabby, MSW, LCSW, is a relationship coach, therapist, and trainer who has been practicing social therapy for over thirty years and has presented trainings on this topic throughout the United States. He serves as the Director of the Atlanta Center for Social Therapy. Murray is also an affiliate faculty member of the East Side Institute for Group and Short Term Psychotherapy, which is an international education, research, and training center. The institute promotes and develops advanced humanistic approaches in therapy, psychology, community building, and education. Murray has a private practice where he specializes in working with people who experience depression, anxiety, relationship issues, and significant trauma. Murray also offers group therapy, where family and couples experience a social-cultural approach to human development that relates to people being the creators of their own lives. His focus is on how the power and healing ability of improvisation can impact one's life. In Atlanta, Murray founded a non-profit organization for inner city youth allowing for youth performance as a community building tool.

Continuing Education Provider Approvals

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    GoodTherapy.org is Approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. GoodTherapy.org maintains responsibility for this program and its content. APA approval applies to all events listed after May 2011.
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    GoodTherapy.org has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 6380. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. GoodTherapy.org is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.
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    This course has been approved by GoodTherapy.org, as a NAADAC Approved Education Provider, for educational credits. NAADAC Provider #135463. GoodTherapy.org is responsible for all aspects of their programming.
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    GoodTherapy.org, provider #1352, is approved as a provider for social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) www.aswb.org through the Approved Continuing Education (ACE) Program. GoodTherapy.org maintains responsibility for the program. ASWB Approval Period: 03/30/2016 – 03/30/2019. Social workers should contact their regulatory board to determine course approval for continuing education credits. Social workers participating in this course will receive 2 clinical continuing education clock hours.
  • GoodTherapy.org, SW CPE is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #0395.