Understanding Group Dynamics - Online event 05/03/21

Presented by Isabel Clarke

About the event

This is an online, participative event via the Zoom meeting platform.  This session will not be recorded.

This interactive workshop will be about understanding group dynamics, identifying the challenges and the benefits of delivering therapy in groups and linking these to what is known about how people in groups operate. It will explore how group facilitators can use this knowledge to maximise the added value that the group can bring, and how to manage the obstacles encountered – from the planning, assessment and preparation stages, through the delivery of the group and its ending. 


The additional challenges of delivering groups on-line will also be addressed in light of current circumstances.


* To understand the place of groups both in life and therapy delivery

* To explore the benefits and challenges of delivering therapy in group format.

* To increase confidence in managing the challenges through practical exercises.

* To recognise and be able to overcome the challenges of adapting groups to the on-line environment

Learning Outcomes

Understanding about Humans and groups – group process.

Understanding the operation of groups and how this can both aid and complicate therapy delivery.

Universal therapeutic factors in groups (Bieling, Scott, Yalom, Bloch & Crouch).

How these can be utilized to enhance therapeutic impact.

How they are used in different types of groups.

Competencies and practicalities

Exploration of both the strengths of group delivery and the obstacles.

Opportunity to identify and work with particular examples of obstacles to group process

How to maximise the effectiveness of the group.

Adaptation of groups to the on-line environment  - challenges and how to overcome them

Reflection on learning.


About the presenter(s)

Isabel Clarke is a consultant clinical psychologist with over 25 years’ experience working as a therapist in the NHS with people with complex problems, including devising and delivering many group programmes. 

Third Wave CBT Integration for Individuals and Teams: Comprehend, Cope and Connect, recently published by Routledge (Clarke & Nicholls) covers her emotion-centred approach to mental health (CCC), currently being applied widely in acute services and piloted within Hampshire IAPT. CCC combines individual and group delivery.  Books on spirituality and mental health:  Psychosis and Spirituality: consolidating the new paradigm, edited, Wiley, (2010) and Madness, Mystery and the Survival of God, ‘O’ Books, (2008) represent another focus of her work. See


If you need to cancel your booking, please email Cancellations made up to 5 days prior to the event will receive a full refund. No refunds for cancellations within 5 days of the event.


Registration closes - Monday 1 March 2021

5 Mar 2021
SIG: Group CBT
60.00 GBP (ex. VAT) - BABCP Member
70.00 GBP (ex. VAT) - Non-Member
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