Episode 30 | Racial Trauma,Empowerment & Adjustment Struggles for Young Black Women

Nov 18, 2021

The Group Work Podcast. Find out what happens in the space where group therapy takes place.

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Summary 

Jazrael Turner (LMFT) joins Katie to discuss how her virtual group helps black women be their authentic selves. They talk about why her group is called Adjust Your Crown, her experience running a strictly virtual practice, helpful ways to screen for your group, and how you can make a group successful even with just three members. 

Jazrael Turner is a marriage & family therapist in Pennsylvania. She mainly works with black women aged 18-30 and runs a group called Adjust Your Crown. 

Timestamps

[00:38] Who is Jazrael Turner (Black Women’s Group)? 

[04:24] Why this therapist runs a strictly virtual private practice. 

[08:28] Why she helps young black women adjust their crown (and what that means). 

[11:18] How you can make sure to get the best fit participants...

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Episode 29 | Using Groups As Part of Pain Management for Disabled Teens

Nov 11, 2021

The Group Work Podcast. Find out what happens in the space where group therapy takes place.

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Summary

Lena McCain, who runs an Ehlers-Danlos teen group, joins Katie to discuss how group therapy can be used as a means to pain management - especially for people who suffer from chronic illnesses like EDS. They discuss why EDS groups are so significant for teens, how you can run a successful EDS group, and the challenges that cause speed bumps in EDS support groups.

Lena McCain MA, LPCC is the founder of Interfaith Bridge. Within Interfaith Bridge, she runs a highly successful EDS group for teens in Colorado. Lena holds a Masters in Clinical Mental Health: Mindfulness-Based Transpersonal Counseling Psychology from Naropa University.

Timestamps

[00:00] Who is Lena McCain, EDS group?  (and a fun story)

[03:47] What is an Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome (EDS) therapy group?

[06:37] What is it like for teens to...

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Episode 28 | Multi-State Online Grief Support Groups

Nov 04, 2021

The Group Work Podcast. Find out what happens in the space where group therapy takes place.

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Summary 

Shannon Heers, who runs a grief group, joins Katie to discuss the power of normalizing and validating grief. They talk about the emotional toll of facilitating a grief group, what it’s like to be in a grief group, and some great tips for therapists who want to run grief groups of their own. 

Shannon Heers is the founder of Catalyss Consulting and is a Licensed Professional Counselor. 

Timestamps

[00:00] Who is Shannon Heers (Grief Groups)?

[05:05] How Shannon Heers started a grief group (and how it works). 

[08:02] The lonely feeling that grief groups normalize and validate.

[09:15] How is loss defined in this grief group? 

[11:12] What the experience inside a grief group is like. 

[13:52] How it feels to facilitate a grief group. 

[15:23] What makes people...

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Episode 27 | Team Consult for Connection & Collaboration in Group Practices

Oct 28, 2021

The Group Work Podcast. Find out what happens in the space where group therapy takes place.

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Summary 

The Team Consultation is for all therapists who work at Creative Healing. It is a non-negotiable part of our practice. 

Our work is hard, so why do it alone?

Empathy. Learning. Community. These are only some of the values of our time together in the Consult group. 

Tune in to the episode to learn how we can make the most of our weekly meetups.

Timestamps

[00:00] Who am I: Katie May (The Group Guru)?

[00:54] What therapists can learn from the Team Consult Group? 

[02:00] How MY teenage experience led me to be the therapist I am today. 

[03:55] Who is the Team Group Consult for and how often are the meetings? 

[04:50] The structure of our meetings (and why they’re mandatory). 

[14:10] How to share feedback during our meetings (best practices to create a safe...

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Episode 26 | Hold Me Tight Anonymous Online Group

Oct 21, 2021

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Summary 

Patrick Monette, who runs a couple’s therapy group, joins Katie to discuss how he makes couple’s therapy as versatile as possible in his group - even though it is fully remote! They talk about how he manages group communication on zoom, what most relationships suffer from, and what every therapist needs to learn about themselves before running a couple’s therapy group. 

Patrick Monette is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor specializing in individual, group, and couple’s therapy. 

Timestamps

[00:00] Who is Patrick Monette (Hold Me Tight Group)? 

[05:12] Why Patrick runs his couple’s retreat on zoom with the microphones OFF!

[09:38] How you can run a group therapy retreat on zoom. 

[13:11] Has there been a rise in the number of couples who need support...

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Episode 25 | SPACE Group: Help Parents Out of the Black Hole of Teen Anxiety

Oct 14, 2021

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Summary 

Jen Moyer, who runs a SPACE group, joins Katie to discuss how to support parents who have teenagers that suffer from anxiety. For these parents, life is probably tighter and more complicated than it needs to be. They may be overprotective and exert too much effort trying to support their teens. Jen and Katie discuss how parents can live more abundant and peaceful lives by finding new ways to support their anxious children.

As therapists, we have resources in our toolboxes to support parents whose kids struggle with anxiety. The SPACE (Supportive Parenting for Anxious Childhood Emotions) program is one of these useful resources. 

Jen Moyer is a Licensed Professional Counselor who is certified in Exposure and Response Prevention Therapy through the Center for the Treatment and Study of Anxiety at...

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Episode 24 | Safe Spaces for Black Teens

Jul 01, 2021

The Group Work Podcast. Find out what happens in the space where group therapy takes place.

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 In this episode we cover:

  • Why connection and community are essential tools in the group space
  • How to sit with discomfort and grief in a gathering space, without having to be the expert
  • Group interventions to use on zoom to build rapport and group cohesion

Tools & Resources Referenced:

To learn more about Chris Smith, visit www.psychologytoday.com/us/therapists/chris-smith-south-pasadena-ca/8078

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Episode 23 | DBT Teams & Training Groups

Jun 24, 2021

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In this episode we cover:

  • How training teams creates a ripple effect of impact on more clients on a massive scale
  • The importance of adherence to the DBT model to decrease burnout and increase confidence in new therapists
  • Why it’s important to get started, iterate and improve rather than wait for the perfect moment for your group to start

Tools & Resources Referenced:

To learn more about Shaelene Kite, visit www.dbtofsouthjersey.com

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Episode 22 | Anger Management Groups

Jun 17, 2021

The Group Work Podcast. Find out what happens in the space where group therapy takes place.

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In this episode we cover:

  • What “mandated” group treatment means to different members
  • The role of shame in anger expression and management in groups 
  • Why anger is not a “bad” emotion and how group members benefit from exploring this together

To learn more about Alisa Kamis-Brinda, visit www.SerenitySolutionsTherapy.com 

 

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Episode 21 | Art Therapy Supervision Groups

Jun 10, 2021

The Group Work Podcast. Find out what happens in the space where group therapy takes place.

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In this episode we cover:

  • How to create a “space that you can take with you” using art in supervision
  • The importance of being willing to be uncomfortable in diverse groups
  • Why art is a valuable tool in the new therapist journey

To learn more about Stephanie Saklad, visit www.instagram.com/art_therapy_pros/

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