Jamie Moran, LCSW, CGP

Psychotherapy Groups For Men

August-October ENewsletter 

Dear Colleagues,


I hope this message finds you well as we ease further into Fall. It has been a busy time of year coming out of the summer.  I am happy to share with you my upcoming practice offerings in the event they may be useful and interesting for you, your clients or others you know.  I have included an article sharing some of my experience working with LGBT communities.  My group openings and workshop schedule are detailed as well. Thanks for your time and interest in reading about my work.



Warm Regards,

Jamie Moran


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Working Effectively with LGBT Clients in Therapy 

As someone known for working with the LGBTQQI population (for those of you whom would hesitate to ask, these initials stand for "Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Questioning and Intersex; sometimes shortened to LGBT), colleagues often inquire about various clinical issues, perspectives, and approaches as they relate to these communities.  What follows is a brief synthesis of my subjective experience with this topic.  For the purpose of this article I'll be providing just the highlights, as there is a wealth of information on the topic found across various bodies of work, trainings, curriculums (for example, see AAMFT-CA's certificate program on LGBT Affirmative Therapists), etc.


1. Use clients' vocabulary. Terms used to encapsulate identities and practices vary widely and are often unique to the individual. Chosen language may speak to generational or cultural considerations and other personal preferences. It is particularly important to adhere to slang terms, where clients can be observing how we respond and/or feel about these topics/experiences.


2. Ask for an explanation (of a topic/term/word usage) when you don't know. It is better to admit you don't know than pretend.  A proponent of curiosity helps, otherwise many LGBT people either sense judgment and/or expect it. Some clients will express their lack of desire to educate us, and this is an appropriate response, depending on the circumstances.  It is okay to admit to your own lack of experience, expertise and limitations.  


3. Be willing to educate yourself.  Furthering your knowledge through readings and continuing education can be invaluable.  Keep in mind that some clinicians (for example, clinicians of color) are often asked repeatedly to provide expertise and explanations and may therefore, as clients do, grow tired of being asked.


4. Show willingness to go where the client wants to go, even if it challenges you.  Perhaps the most common topic I've been consulted on is gay male sexuality, with an emphasis on safe and unsafe sex, risk factors for HIV and HIV status disclosure.  As a profession, we are seen as less comfortable with topics of sexuality, and yet in therapy, sexuality is such a vital area to explore, name and be curious about.  


5. Admit to empathic failures.  One of the more vital instructions I have had as a group therapist is the ability to understand, see and accept empathic failure. Exploring an empathic failure helps the individual client and often galvanizes an important discussion for the whole group.  I hope that today I am more comfortable with and convey an appropriate response to clients who feel misunderstood, not seen or otherwise frustrated with therapy and/or my role as therapist or group leader.  


6. Acknowledge relevant privilege issues reflecting gender, race, economic status, sexual orientation, ableism and others and how they might interact with the client's experience. 


7. Recognize and learn from countertransference. As with any other client, working on, understanding, and accepting your countertransference reactions is of utmost importance.  


Practical Issues in Forming, Maintaining & Facilitating Groups

I am pleased to be leading this longer format workshop in support of therapists wishing to enhance or jump start their group practice.


Date: Saturday, October 25th

Time: 9:30-5:00 (lunch 12:30 - 2:00)

Location: San Francisco LGBT Center, 1800 Market St., SF 94102

Cost: $99/$69 students, interns and clinicians licensed under a year.

Registration:10/20 marks the end of the registration period. Early bird deadline extended to 10/6 for $10 off the workshop fee.

Please RSVP to jammoran@aol.com.  Payment can be made via paypal.

Course meets the qualifications for six hours of CEUs for MFTs, LPCCs, LEPs and LCSWs as required by the BBS, Provider number 5346.


Therapists are often drawn to creating groups in their work settings. Many also struggle with some or all aspects of group implementation. This workshop will offer practical, salient ideas and concepts reflecting group formation, preparation and leadership.  


We will focus on initial efforts to create a meaningful and viable topic, marketing aspects, effective screening and assessment tools and how to work with clients who are waiting for the initial start date. Additional emphasis will be on therapist interventions, how to work with group conflict, challenging clients, countertransference issues and effective termination.  


Format will include didactic presentations, dyads, small and large group discussions, handouts, role plays/experiential exercises, a demonstration group (fishbowl) and questions/answers.  A primary goal for this workshop is to give participants a clear and concise list of next steps to have a group up and running, as well as to receive additional input regarding how current groups are functioning.


   Everything You Want To Know About Groups But Are Afraid To Ask!

I continue to offer an ongoing free workshop series pertaining to group issues for clinicians. Therapists, interns and students are welcome to attend. Workshops take place in San Francisco and on the Peninsula. Course meets the qualifications for continuing education credits for MFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs and LEPs as required by the BBS. Number of credits is equal to workshop length. A $10 fee applies for those seeking certification. 


Upcoming workshop schedule:

10/4 | Screening & Intake Questions for Support & Therapy Groups

Time: 1:30-3:30

Location: Redwood Shores Library

399 Marine Pkwy, Redwood City, CA 94065

Please RSVP by Thursday, October 2nd. 

A vital part of group functionality and success is the preparation we do as group leaders. A screening (intake) session is an opportunity to educate clients about the parameters of the group, including expectations, purposes and challenges. Various well thought out questions and explorations with the client may help optimize the group functioning in several ways, including avoiding overt dissatisfaction from clients ("I didn't know the group was about this!") and deterring early and unexpected termination. Additionally, some clients may self select out of group, given the clarity of parameters described. Variations will be discussed as they pertain to group topic, length of group, commitment time, the leader's style and theoretical orientation.  

11/1 | How to Prepare & Implement a Successful Brief Workshop
Time: 3:45-5:30pm
Location: San Francisco LGBT Center
1800 Market Street San Francisco, CA 94102
Please RSVP by Thursday, October 30th

This seminar will cover the nuts and bolts for effectively planning and leading short workshops.  We will explore key issues to consider in the preparation stage, workshop tools and aids for participants, format variations, how to structure time, closing and opening considerations, ways of engaging participants and any questions participants might bring.



Group circle  


New! Group Consultation for Group Leaders

In January/February of 2015 I will be starting a two hour consultation group, meeting twice monthly in Menlo Park.  Stay tuned for more details and feel free to let me know if you might be interested!


  Group Schedule


Monday 6:15-7:45pm  Gay & Bisexual Men's Psychotherapy Group | OPENINGS

Monday 8:00-9:30pm  Men's Psychotherapy Group | OPENINGS


SAN FRANCISCO | Gay Men's Psychotherapy Groups
*All Hayes Valley unless stated otherwise
Tuesday 5:50-7:20pm OPENINGS
Tuesday 7:30-9:00pm FULL
Wednesday 5:45-7:15pm FULL
Wednesday 7:25-8:55pm NEW GROUP BEGINS OCTOBER
Thursday 6:30-8:00pm FULL*
*Co-facilitated with 
Greg Millard, Ph.D., in the Financial District


Participation in groups involves an interview and screening process. Please contact Jamie Moran at jammoran@aol.com or 415.552.9408.



Jamie Moran, LCSW, CGP

Psychotherapy and Consultation

Licensed Clinical Social Worker #14447

Certified Group Psychotherapist #42559

Continuing Education Provider, #5346


425 Gough Street, San Francisco, CA 94102  (415) 552-9408

661 Live Oak Avenue, Menlo Park, CA 94025  (650) 598-8877

www.jamiemoran.com | jammoran@aol.com



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