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Five-Day Residential Workshop
for Leaders of Experiential Training and Therapeutic Groups

What and who is this group for?
Participants will be group leaders, consultants, trainers/educators, facilitators or group therapists who already have some experience in working with groups or teams. Throughout the workshop there will be a consistent focus on working with participants to build their ability to attune to the subtleties of their own functioning in a group context. Participants will be actively involved in situations where they develop their professional skills in group leadership whilst gaining practice in managing their emotional and relational worlds. Briefly, the main approach that will be taken involves building participants' ability to navigate effectively as human beings through the complex emotional and conceptual terrain that is involved with facilitating and participating in groups.

Theme/specialization of this workshop
The workshop will be based on a psychodynamic theoretical background, including socio-analytic, Gestalt and psychodramatic approaches. The workshop is intended to provide new experiences and ideas for participants so that they build their understanding of the complex dynamic conscious and unconscious systems that are involved in groups. These systems include the individual group members, interrelationships between members, subgroups, the group-as-a-whole, the context in which the group runs and the functioning of the leader him/herself.

The workshop will aim to build understanding rather than teach specific techniques.

Program topics and components
Some of the topics to be addressed and components to be included are:

  • Unconscious processes in groups and the leader's role in working with them
  • An experiential exploration of participants' own conscious and unconscious patterns of thinking, perceiving and believing in the training group itself
  • Sociodramatic explorations of means of working with specific issues and difficulties in groups
  • Attachment theory as related to group leadership and membership
  • Theories of the group-as-a-whole
  • Sociometric explorations of the group itself
  • Experiential explorations of inter-group phenomena
  • A group-level exploration of the nature of learning from experience in groups

Learning approach
The workshop will consist of an integrated series of lectures, small group discussions, small group experiential exercises, large group experiential exercises and seminar sessions. Reading and written materials to be used will be available on site.

Workshop presenters
Luk Peeters is a licensed Gestalt Psychotherapist and has been working in the experiential outdoors for more than 15 years with a blend of target groups and in several countries. He co-manages Exponent, a European Ropes Course construction and training company and works as an independent trainer for several Train-the-Trainer Institutes. See www.exponent-ropescourses.com for more details or Email training[at]exponent-ropescourses.com.

Martin Ringer is an experienced group leader, university lecturer and author who has presented extensively in many countries around the world. His recent book "Group action: The dynamics of groups in therapeutic, educational and corporate settings" will be used as one of the main theoretical bases for the workshop. See www.martinringer.com for more details. Email martinringer[at]groupinstitute.com

Dr Françoise Ringer's professional experience of 25 years has been varied and has often combined treatment with research, training and teaching. Her PhD research was on early attachment and eating disorders, comparing patterns of adult attachment for women with anorexia and/or bulimia. Françoise is originally from Belgium where she was trained in the psychoanalytic field for individual and group work. In 1990 she moved to Australia and then in 2000 to New Zealand where she now runs a private practice, teaches Attachment theory, and leads a group seminar on Infant Observation. She is currently the president of the NZ Institute for Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy. Email francoise[at]groupinstitute.com

The majority of the workshop presentations will be conducted in English but some presenters are able to work with questions and small group discussions in French and Flemish as well.

Location and accommodation
The workshop will be held at the Radisson Hotel Narita Airport. This is a 4-star hotel located on 29 acres of grounds and gardens, 20 minutes from the Narita International Airport. There is a convenient bus conection to Tokyo Station via highway bus. Lodging, meals, as well as use of the gym, pool, and tennis courts are all included in the workshop fee.

The workshop will begin on March 3rd and finish March 7th, 2005.

Tuition: Projected cost is 275,000 yen per person for the complete 5-day workshop. Again, this includes lodging, meals, and the workshop itself.

Selection of participants
In certain circumstances, workshop presenters may seek further information from applicants to help clarify their readiness for the level at which the workshop will be presented. Unsuccessful applicants will have all payments returned to them.

Refunds and withdrawals
If participants withdraw within 3 weeks of the first day of the workshop, 10% of the full fee will be retained by the organizers. For participants who withdraw after that date and before the workshop start date, the organizers reserve the right to retain 50% of the full fee. If a participant fails to notify his or her withdrawal and does not attend, or if the participant withdraws at any time during the workshop, 90% of the full fee will be retained.

Payment and enrolment
Full payment of the tuition is required before XXX. If any participants enrol after the workshop is full they will have their fees fully refunded. Participants will be accepted in the order of their applications being received, up to a maximum of 18.

Creating . . . Cathy Bernatt: contactus[at]creating.bz
Martin Ringer: martinringer[at]groupinstitute.com
Françoise Ringer: francoise[at]groupinstitute.com
Luk Peeters: training[at]exponent-ropescourses.com

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