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Thursday, October 21 • 2:45pm - 4:15pm
Adapting Groups to Hawai'i’s Communities

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This 90-minute workshop will be led by a panel from the Hawaiian Islands Group Psychotherapy Society discussing some of the core principles of group psychotherapy and how they can be utilized in a range of groups we interact in within our communities. The five stages of group development will be discussed with examples of how they occur in different settings. Specific attention will be placed on the role of conflict within the stage of Storming as an opportunity to practice skills and grow as individuals and as a group. Leadership styles, challenges in group settings, and leader strategies will be explored. The role of boundaries, safety, and trust in group settings will be discussed with leadership strategies to develop these components.
Facilitating groups over online platforms with participants from multiple islands will be one of the examples explored to highlight group dynamics and stages of group development.
Program Description:
We interact in groups every day, as members, as leaders, and as observers. The dynamics of groups are always occurring and when we attend to those dynamics, we have an opportunity to participate in a more present and effective manner. This workshop will discuss core principles of group dynamics that occur in both in our community settings and in group therapy settings. Leadership styles, five stages of group development, dysfunctions of groups, and leader strategies will be presented and explored in this workshop.
Learning objectives:
  • Participants will be able to identify the 5 stages of group development
  • Participants will be able to understand the purpose of conflict and “storming” in group dynamics
  • Participants will be able to identify 3 leader strategies they can use in groups.

The evaluation/CE request form for this program can be found HERE.

avatar for Renae Mendez, LCSW

Renae Mendez, LCSW

President, Hawaiian Islands Group Psychotherapy Society
Renae Mendez is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who has specialized in trauma treatment with individuals and groups for 15 years. She was previously a lead clinician in Tripler Army Medical Center’s Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) assisted in redesign and implementation of... Read More →
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Mitch Berman, LMFT, CGP

Hawaiian Islands Group Psychotherapy Society
Mitch Berman, LMFT, CGP is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and Certified Group Psychotherapist practicing on Maui for 32 years. He is President of the Hawaiian Islands Group Psychotherapy Society and currently in private practice, working with individuals, couples, families... Read More →
avatar for Michelle Davenport, LMFT, CGP

Michelle Davenport, LMFT, CGP

Hawaiian Islands Group Psychotherapy Society
Michelle has always been interested in people’s life stories and enjoys connecting with people in deep and meaningful ways. She respects people’s individual life experiences and values their truth and authenticity. She enjoys the science of human behavior and, in that way, is... Read More →
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Robin Spencer

Psychotherapist, Relational Therapy, llc
Robin Spencer earned her MA from Argosy University’s Marriage & Family Therapy program in 2007, her Certified Substance Abuse Counselor (CSAC) in 2010 and was licensed as an MFT in July 2011.  Robin worked with clients during their recovery process at Salvation Army Addiction Treatment... Read More →

Thursday October 21, 2021 2:45pm - 4:15pm HST
Room 6