IGPS Workshop

July 27, 2019

Integrating Adventure Activities with Group Therapy

Facilitator:  Barney Straus, LCSW, CGP, FAGPA

Meadowhill Park - Outdoor Education Building

1417 Maple Avenue, Northbrook, IL 60062

9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

This one-day workshop will include a series of group games and team-building challenges that will be used to accentuate some of the principles of group psychotherapy. The day will include a brief lecture covering the basics of Adventure-Based Counseling, an experiential progression of activities, critical vignettes, and discussion.

Barney Straus, LCSW, CGP, FAGPA is an adventure-based therapist in private practice and is the founder of Adventure Forward Therapy. He teaches part-time at Loyola University School of Social Work and at Roosevelt University. Barney is the author of Healing in Action: Adventure-Based Counseling with Therapy Groups.

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Learning Objectives

The participant will be able to

-explain how to effectively incorporate novel activities into process-oriented groups

-describe how to use metaphoric transfer of learning to heighten therapeutic impact of the group

-select specific activities based on the stage of development and primary purpose of a particular group

-use metaphor to apply group members' behavior during the activities to their primary treatment goals

Register early; space is limited to the first 16 registrations.

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