16 & 17 JULY, 2022

Course 1V

Focused Group Therapy – A model that contributes to group leader confidence

Catharina Asklin-Westerdahl

Licensed clinical psychologist, licensed psychotherapist, group analyst, team, and organizational consultant.

Christer Sandahl

Licensed psychologist, licensed psychotherapist, group analyst, professor of Social and Behavioural Science at the Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden, and past president of IAGP

In short term Focused Group Therapy (FGT), the starting point is what functions well in a person’s life. The emphasis is on experienced obstacles to coping and solving problems in relation to others.

The aim of the course is to give participants an understanding of how FGT can be implemented in their work situation. Participants will learn how to formulate an individual focus which can be worked with in the here and now of the group. Finally, the workshop will demonstrate the basic principles that guide the work of the group leader and how they can contribute to group leader confidence.

The model is described clicking here.

Course 2V

The Group Dance: An interdisciplinary model and exploration

Morris Nitsun

Psychologist, psychotherapist and group analyst, widely published and internationally known, particularly for his writing on ‘The Anti-group: destructive forces in the group and their creative potential’ and ‘The group as an object of desire: exploring sexuality in group psychotherapy’. He is also an award-winning artist who has held regular exhibitions in London. The present workshop reflects his current aim to bring together psychology and the arts, the subject of his forthcoming book, “A Psychotherapist Paints: a journey of discovery” (due for publication in 2022.

A workshop exploring the imagery and movement of dancers as a stimulus for the group. Using paintings of dancers by Morris Nitsun as a starting point, the workshop focuses on the beauty of dancing but also the pain and tension of the dance. The images invite an exploration of how we relate to our bodies, what we make of the bodily self, and how we relate to other bodies.

In an online exhibition, Morris describes the personal and artistic significance of the paintings. There is also a film of a 2021 event in which a London-based dance theatre group responded in movement to the paintings. This was a highly creative event, generating impressions of how visual imagery can be used in groups and how the group itself can be seen symbolically as a dance.

The presentation will invite active audience participation and an exploration of the relevance of dancing, in individuals and groups, for group development, as well as the place of the body in our relationship to ourselves and others.

Course 3V

The Four–step Integrative Model for Group Psychotherapy: Description, Development and Application

Refaat Mahfouz

M.D., PhD. Egyptian Emeritus Professor of Psychiatry, Minia University. Honorary President of the Egyptian Association for Group Therapies and Processes (EAGT). Founder of the Four-step Integrative Model of Group Psychotherapy. Member of: IAGP, AGPA and APA.

Hoda Refaat Mahfouz

M.D., M.SC., Egyptian specialist psychiatrist, certified group psychotherapist (CGP) and psychodramatist. She is the chairperson of psychodrama section of the Egyptian Association for Group Therapies and Processes (EAGT). Member of: IAGP, AGPA and APA.

Based on many years of clinical experience in therapy groups, the main conductor and his team in Minia University in Egypt could integrate various theoretical and clinical orientations into what is termed “The Four–step Integrative Model for Group Psychotherapy.” Through targeting the levels of patients’ psychological needs, wants, and decisions, they could define a unique perspective for working through clients’ difficulties to facilitate their therapeutic change, especially in groups.

Course 4V

Insight, Inspiration, and transformation at your fingertips: Using the Play of Life Model, a 3D technology for self, group, and institutional change

Carlos A Raimundo

Argentinean medical doctor with studies in psychiatry, psychotherapy, philosophy and theology, and specialises in psychodrama. He migrated to Australia in 1986, completing a master’s in management at Macquarie University. He has been a clinical practitioner and researcher on interpersonal relationships and neuroscience related to insight on own and other’s emotions and actions and behavioural modification. Dr Carlos has also worked for the last 20 years as a business-corporate coach and researcher on leadership. He is the creator of the 3D Visualisation and Simulation Model, the Play of Life®, from which he received the ASGPP Innovators Award in NY, 2004. Carlos is an Adjunct Research Fellow Australian Centre for Christianity and Culture (ACC&C) at Charles Sturt UniversityApart from providing practical tools to practitioners in counselling, coaching, and supervision. His primary desire is to help people learn how to live better by themselves and learn from one another. His purpose is not to bypass professional interventions but to enhance professional work by empowering people to identify their problems and find solutions within themselves.

Melanie Raimundo

Director of Active Learning International (ALI) with a Diploma in Counselling and currently studying a double degree in Psychology and Philosophy. In her time with ALI as a Relationship Coach and International Speaker and Presenter, Melanie has worked with corporate leaders & teams, executives of large organisations, refugees, small businesses, teenagers, families and individuals. She is an Accredited Play of Life trainer and practitioner, founder and head coach of Enneagram.rc and is a professional member of the International Enneagram Association (IEA). Her passion in everything she does is in helping people come back to themselves through self-acceptance and personal responsibility to move towards a life of goodness, humility and reverence.

Experience the power and philosophy of the digital Play of Life facilitated by its creator Dr. Carlos Raimundo, ASGPP Innovator’s Award winner 2002, and Melanie Raimundo, director of Active Learning International. This two half-day workshop will introduce the Play of Life digital model for individual, group-family-couples, corporate and institution work. The Play of Life will expand the therapeutic, coaching, and educational skills you master and differentiate you among other practitioners, and clients love it. Participants will learn the use of the digital application and an immediately applicable technique. The Play of Life makes the theory and techniques of psychodrama and sociometry literally accessible at your fingertips, based on contemporary neuroscience.

"I think the Play of Life is one of the greatest inventions done up till now for working virtually!"
Eva Fahlström Borg

Course 5V

A Classical Psychodrama Model Online, Utilizing the Triadic System

Jacob Gershoni

LCSW, CGP. TEP is the Co-Director of psychodrama training at the Sociometric Institute in New York City. The editor of Psychodrama in the 21st Century, and many articles.

The onset of the pandemic forced many of us to work online. At first, it seemed that directing psychodramas would be impossible, as it entails action, movement and interpersonal contact. The essence of creativity is finding viable solutions to new problems, and in this spirit, we developed novel means to work psychodramatically without compromising the triadic system: Sociometry, Psychodrama and Group Psychotherapy. This workshop will demonstrate ways that it can be done. After a brief lecture, most of the work will be experiential and interactive and dramas will be enacted. Open to all levels. Non-psychodramatists are cordially invited to join.

Course 6V

Tools, Resources and Techniques A “Starting Point Model” for online psychotherapy and teaching group work

Adriana Piterbarg

Psychologist, Psychodramatist, Social Psychologist, Play Back Theatre Director and Sculptor. This, together with her professional experience, allows to articulate Art with Mental Illness. Adriana is a creative pioneer in the research and development of new group dynamics applicable in virtual communication.

The only certainty we have when working with groups is uncertainty. Coordinating groups in on-line life multiplies that leap in the dark that group membership requires. This course emerges as a set of retrospective reflections on the factual information, articulating the tools provided by virtual applications with a dynamic, artistic, original and adequate display.

Our tour will include playful techniques for openings and closings, virtual sociometric approaches, oulipian exercises to streamline group creativity, proposals to build work teams, play back theatre structures created from the online modality, role diagnosis techniques and lateral thinking creative enhancers.

TRT aims to achieve, through an experiential theoretical journey, that each participant becomes an author-producer of their own techniques and resources.

Course 7V

The People's Scenes. Multiple and simultaneous Sociopsychodrama. Model of immediate response in crisis situations.

Monica Zuretti

MD University of Buenos Aires, Psychodramatist trained by Dr. J.L. Moreno and, Zerka Moreno, Creator and Director of the Zerka T. Moreno Institute in Buenos Aires, Faculty at the University of Buenos Aires in Psychodrama method training.

Fernan Rodríguez Cetran

BA National University of Arts in Folclore Dance, Psychodramatist trained by Monica Zuretti, Zerka Moreno, Shirley Barclay and, at the Zerka Moreno Institute in Buenos Aires, Painter, sculpture and, dancer. Creator of the whale’s cards.

Débora Moghilevsky de Penna

Ph.D. in Psychology by the University of Buenos Aires, Psychodramatist trained by Monica Zuretti, Zerka Moreno and, Shirley Barclay, Co-founder of the Zerka T. Moreno Institute in Buenos Aires, Faculty at the University of Buenos Aires in Psychodrama method training.

People's Scenes were born in 2001 as a creative and a spontaneous answer to a social crisis in Argentina.

An instrument to work simultaneously Sociopsychodramatically in different places. The people´s Scenes Care in Pandemic times was born during the COVID-19 outbreak. We worked with simultaneous workshops every 3 months including more than 50 countries, 100 coordinators, and more than 16 different languages. We worked Sociopsychodramas in different zoom rooms that we called (squares) that were open to all with emerging themes.

The objective of this pre-congress seminar is to transmit the methodology of work of The People´s Scenes which is based on the philosophy of the encounter.

Course 8V

Integrative CBT Adult ADHD Group

Greg Crosby

M.A., LPC, CGP, FAGPA, is a trainer locally, nationally and internationally for Mental Health and Addictions professionals .Greg started the first Adult ADHD group at Kaiser Permanente in 1994. His co-authored book with Tonya Lippert is Transforming ADHD based on his ADHD group. For last 25 years he has been offering Integrative CBT prefessional trainings, workshops and classes on ADHD for IAGP, EAGT, Rakhawy Research and Training Institute, China Institute of Psychology, AGPA, Managed Care, Corrections, Drug and Alcohol Centers, Actors Fund of America, Oregon and National Attorney Assistance Program and Colleges and Universities. His ADHD theory of high interest low interest activities has been written into the popular Arabic TV comedy series Take Care of My Zizi.

A leader in developing group therapy programs and integrating individual and group therapy approaches to improve effectiveness. Greg brings a holistic view of therapy that is practical, engaging and easy to adapt into a wide variety of settings.

Adult ADHD is not just attention deficit with low interest activities it is also over focusing in high interest activities. This workshop will examine the confusing history and evolution of ADHD diagnosis and how this affects the ADHD group design. The primary focus of this workshop will delineate and demonstrate a seven-session group model that can be constricted or expanded in size. We will focus on building group cohesion while transacting cognitive and behaviroal skills. The workshop will also illustrate how one’s natural learning styles to increase attention can be used to shift under focusing to attentiveness. ADHD will be examined through an interpersonal neurobiology lens.

Learning Objectives:

  • Delineate over and under focusing in ADHD.
  • Identify key behavioral, cognitive and communication tools.
  • Delineate how learning styles can impact attention.
  • Develop ADHD Maintenance Plans

Course 9V


Macario Giraldo

Clinical Psychologist, psychoanalytical psychotherapist, trainer and supervisor. Special interest in Lacanian psychoanalysis. Founding member of the Lacanian Forum of Washington, D.C. International trainer and supervisor and leader of large groups.

Covid-19 and allied viruses have awakened traumatic aspects individually and in the social world around us. Freud's discussion of the dream of a father that has lost his son and wakes up to face the anguish of this death will be used to focus on the theory of trauma. Jacques Lacan expands on Freud's theory adding that trauma brings the subject to an awakening that confront his/her position in an ethical being: ""Is not the dream essentially, one might say, an act of homage to the missed reality - the reality that can no longer produce itself except by repeating itself endlessly, in some never attained awakening?

Three Leaning Objectives (bearing in mind take-home applicability for participants' practices:

  1. Identify key aspects in the experience of trauma as related to time and repetition
  2. Identify the role of primary repression and repression proper in the experience of trauma
  3. Apply this learning to the work with trauma in the clinical situation

Course 10V

Online Model on Group Therapy – Challenges and Possibilities

Haim Weinberg

Licensed psychologist, group analyst and Certified Group Psychotherapist in private practice in Sacramento, California. He is the past President of the Israeli Association of Group Psychotherapy and of the Northern California Group Psychotherapy Society (NCGPS). Dr. Weinberg is the list-owner of the group psychotherapy professional online discussion forum. He served as the Director of International Programs at the Professional School of Psychology in which he created and coordinates an online doctoral program in group psychotherapy. He co-edits a series of books about the social unconscious, wrote a book on Internet groups and co-authored a book on Fairy Tales and the social unconscious. His latest co-edited book is "Theory and Practice of Online Therapy".

Online group therapy is not the same as meeting in person. It presents specific obstacles and challenges: Porous boundaries, the absence of body-to-body interaction; Presence is difficult to achieve; The therapist has reduced control over the setting. Surprisingly, some clients and group members may benefit from online groups more than from in-person ones, but the online format is not for everyone.

In this workshop I will present these obstacles and challenges and discuss how to stay emotionally connected, maintain confidentiality, etc. I will also lead a demonstration group and we will explore the dynamics of this group and the group therapist's interventions.