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"Anti-Group Resistance in Group Therapy: How to turn Destructive Forces into Developmental Progress - Zoom meeting"

  • November 14, 2021
  • 9:00 AM - 11:15 AM
  • On-line via ZOOM - link to be sent in confirmation e-mail.


  • Available to members of the Los Angeles, San Gabriel and Santa Clarita Chapters. Membership will be verified.

Membership Meeting

Rena Pollak, LMFT

"Anti-Group Resistance in Group Therapy: How to turn Destructive

Forces into Developmental Progress"

Note:  Presented on Zoom.

This course will provide education on the resistances that arise in  group therapy (termed the “Anti-Group” by Dr. Morris Nitsun). Through lecture, discussion and experiential learning you will learn about these destructive forces in group and how you can harness them to bring about their creative potential.

Educational goals include increasing ability to identify the destructive forces in group, improving clinical skills for working with destructive forces, and preparing clinicians for coping with strong feelings in groups.

Learning Objectives

In successfully completing and attending this presentation, participants will be able to:

    1. Explain the 3 core components of Dr. Nitsun’s theory of the anti-group.
    2. Identify 4 indications of anti-group resistance.
    3. List 5 contributors to anti-group resistance.
    4. Describe 5 interventions to promote creative outcomes in groups.


    Rena Pollak, LMFT is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and Certified Group Psychotherapist in private practice in Encino. As a group therapist, she specializes in a combination of Interpersonal and Modern Analytic group therapy. When working with couples she works from a blend of theories including Existential, Interpersonal, and Modern Analytic. She’s a fully trained EMDR therapist. Rena has facilitated grief work with children and adolescents through Our House and cancer support at WeSpark in Sherman Oaks. She has given presentations on group therapy at the Group Psychotherapy Association of Los Angeles, numerous training centers including Phillips Graduate Institute, Counseling West, Airport Marina Counseling Center, as well as in the community at churches, high schools and Meetup Events. She has been a frequent blogger on her website as well as with She is currently a board member at large for our chapter and spent five years on the board of the Group Psychotherapy Association of Los Angeles.

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           Sunday, November 14, 2021


      8:45am-9am Check-In*

      9am-9:30am Membership Meeting/

          Chapter Announcements*

      9:30-11am CEU/Speaker Presentation

      11am-11:15am Opportunity Drawing/

          Private Practice Announcements*

      11:15am-11:30am Break*

      11:30am-1:30pm Board Meeting*

    This course is intended for beginning to advanced mental health professionals.

    Course meets the qualifications for 1.5 hours of continuing education credit for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and/or LEPs required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences. CEU completion certificates will be awarded when participants complete the course evaluation after speaker presentation.

    * = non CEU portion of course


    Online via Zoom. See registration message - below.


    $15  SFV-CAMFT chapter members  (online , including day of event)

    $25 Non chapter members   (online, including day of event)

    $20 (STUDENTS ONLY - (online, including day of event)

    No phone or email RSVP.
    No cash or check, credit card only (we accept Visa, Mastercard, Discover).

    Email us for Los Angeles, San Gabriel Valley, and Santa Clarita Valley chapter reciprocity.

    To Register:  Please click on the register button at the top-left.  At the completion of (and paying for the event), you will receive a link in a confirmation e-mail.  On the day of the event - click on the link and you will be connected to the event.  

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    Refund Policy 

    Requests for refunds must be in writing and received by SFV-CAMFT before one week prior to the event. A $2 administrative fee will be deducted for cancellation of a paid event, through the cancellation deadline. There will be no refunds on requests received after one week prior to the event. The President has discretion to issue refunds that do not comply with the policy. To request a refund, email

    SFV-CAMFT is approved by the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists to sponsor continuing education for Marriage & Family Therapists. SFV-CAMFT maintains responsibility for this program/course and its content.


    CAMFT- approved Continuing Education Provider #62281

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