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Working with Resistance in Group: An Intermediate and Student / New Professional Institute with Jay Erwin-Grotsky, LCSW, CGP, FAGPA

September 9 - September 10

Dates & Times:
Saturday September 9th 9am-5pm &
Sunday September 10th 9am-12:15pm
Tickets on sale August 1st

Often in group, members and leaders end up banging their heads against walls of resistance when they want something to change.
We can get stuck trying to undo or break down resistances to having certain feelings and experiences without realizing how this can create even more entrenched resistance. By recognizing and studying the resistances that arise, rather than undoing them, we can learn to understand the person, their history, and how the resistances developed as survival skills in early life. This understanding opens up new ways of working with individual and group resistances that can lead to greater freedom from early defenses.

Space will be limited to 10 participants, so please mark your calendars for the ticket sale date if you’d like to attend.


Office of Jay Erwin-Grotsky
2525 Wallingwood Drive, Suite 900
Austin, Texas 78746

Levels of Experience:
Intermediate and Student/New Professionals

Student/new professionals:
Graduate students working towards their degree in counseling (social work, counseling, psychology,psychiatry or related fields) or licensed professionals authorized to conduct groups professionally such as Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselors and Psychiatric and Physicians Associates, for example,are welcome. In addition, recent graduates that are in the process of attaining their full licensure in the counseling profession are welcome, as well licensed mental health professionals new to the field or whom have yet to have much group experience. This group is designed to be welcoming for those less familiar with group training, institutes and process as a means to education.

These sessions are designed for any licensed mental health professional interested in deepening their group training that have at least 3 years of group leadership experience.

Learning objectives:
1. Identify and define Ego Resistance, Superego Resistance, and Id Resistance.
2. Differentiate group resistances from individual resistances.
3. Identify at least two strategies for working with resistance in group.

Jay Erwin-Grotsky, LCSW began his therapeutic journey in group. Since taking a course on forming support groups back in 1981 he has been participating, leading, and co-leading groups of various kinds. Jay loves working with people to know, feel, and express all their emotions in ways that enhance their lives and relationships. He currently leads two process groups solo in his private practice and co-leads another. Jay is a past-president of AGPS. He has presented locally and at AGPA on co-leadership and on humor in groups. For the past two years, he has been a Process Group Experience leader at the AGPA Two-Day Institute portion of the Annual Meeting. He participates in the weekend training program at the Center for Group Studies in New York. Jay is a Fellow of the American Group Psychotherapy Association and a Certified Group Psychotherapist.


September 9
September 10
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