November-December 2021            This Way In >>

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

Rena Pollak, LMFT 

Sunday, November 14, 2021
9:00 am-11:15 am
Online Via Zoom

Presented by Rena Pollak, LMFT, 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.

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.

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Mishka Clavijo Kimball—President's Message
As we approach the end of this year, I am filled with gratitude for having had the honor to serve as President during 2021. I am incredibly appreciative to our board of directors and volunteers for their commitment, hard work, and dedication in making our chapter run smoothly. I could not have done this without you all! I am also grateful to our members for continuing to support our chapter since we transitioned from in-person to virtual meetings. I know this was a difficult, yet necessary . . . Read Mishka’s full message

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There’s no more important topic in our profession today than the topic of Shawn LaRé Brinkley’s presentation, “What Every Therapist Needs to Know About Black Folks and People of Color.” By definition, psychotherapy is one of the helping professions. We are in this field because we have a desire to participate in the psychological growth and development of our fellow Americans. After 400 years . . . Read Madeline’s full write-up

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Leila Aboohamad—Why Therapy with a Trained Professional is a Great Thing
While talking with a few psychotherapist colleagues the other day I said, “If people would come in for therapy and totally commit to exploring their lives in great depth, their lives would get so much better in every area.” I know that from my many years of experience in my own personal therapy as well as my 30 years of private practice psychotherapy. Why in my 30 years of practicing psychotherapy did some clients . . . Read Leila’s full article

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