Jamie Moran, LCSW, CGP

Psychotherapy Groups For Men

June-July ENewsletter 

Dear Colleagues,


I hope this note finds you well as we ease into summer. The main focus of this newsletter is an offering of concrete strategies to create, plan and implement brief workshops. Early in my career (the year was 1987) I was pleased to be asked to present a workshop reflecting HIV hospital work for a group of gay men who were not only very interested but highly impacted. It was pretty clear the presentation was mediocre, and a bit embarrassing for me. Since then I have developed a more engaging and informative style of presenting and have been fortunate to have a lot of experience doing so. I've also become keenly aware of what tends not to engage workshop attendees.  


If you are interested in this topic I'll be leading a two hour, no cost workshop on July 19th in Redwood City as part of my seminar series, Everything You Wanted to Know About Groups But Are Afraid To Ask. I hope to see some of you there!


Warm Regards,

Jamie Moran


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How to Prepare and Implement a Successful Brief Workshop

This article reflects a brief overview of practical workshop suggestions, focused on three primary areas.


  • Be familiar with your topic but don't assume you need to be the "expert."
  • Create a clear and concise outline that you can follow with ease.  
  • Practice your talk (while alone or in front of a trusted friend/colleague).
  • Creating handouts are essential, preferably on your letterhead. Pay attention to layout, font size, and general attractiveness of any materials provided.

Workshop Material/ The Main Part 

  • Try not to prepare too much material. A one hour workshop allows for one or two major points at most.
  • Welcome your attendees and make them comfortable as they arrive.
  • Do your best not to rush through in an attempt to cover everything.
  • Having a variety of approaches/learning techniques helps attendees feel more engaged. Some examples include dyads, small and large group discussions, role plays, demonstration groups and audio and visual aids as well as written exercises.
  • Introductions of participants should be brief in a short workshop.
  • Experiment with interesting, humorous, or thought provoking introductions. Most participants will appreciate not having to experience the same old introduction format. Humor in general is a helpful mode to weave throughout a workshop.
  • If the workshop is longer than 90 minutes, ask for feedback mid-way:  "Are you finding this helpful?" 


  • Towards the end, briefly summarize your main points.
  • Depending on the topic, make suggestions for "further study" or follow up, which underscores the value of your presentation and the topic itself. 
  • Provide time at the end for attendees to complete an evaluation. Written format is easiest and protects (more or less) confidentiality. Evaluations are required if CEUs are offered.
  • Work towards being comfortable with critique and welcome differing points of view.  
  • Allow for questions, especially at the end. Some presenters don't mind questions throughout a presentation. Consider saying as appropriate: "I don't know but I'll find out" (Alternatively, "I don't know but what would you say?"). In larger, lengthier workshops, keep a list of questions and promise to follow up in an email. 

   Everything You Wanted 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. Seminars meet 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:

July 19th | 

How to Prepare & Implement a Successful Brief Workshop

Time: 1:30-3:30pm
Location: Redwood Shores Library, 399 Marine Pkwy, Redwood City, CA 94065
Please RSVP by Thursday, July 17th.

This seminar will cover the nuts and bolds for effectively planning and leading short workshops. We will explore key issues to consider in the preparation stage, workshop tools, tones and formats, ways of engaging participants and any questions participants might bring.


August 2nd | Sexual Health

Time: 3:45-5:30pm

Location: San Francisco LGBT Center

Stay tuned for workshop details 

October 4th

Topic to be announced

Time: 1:30-3:30pm

Location: Redwood Shores Library, Redwood City


October 25th | Practical Issues in Forming, Maintaining & Facilitating Groups 

Time: 9:30-5:00pm (12:30-2:00 lunch)

Cost: TBD

6 CEUs

This longer format workshop will offer practical, salient ideas and concepts reflecting group formation, preparation and leadership. A primary goal 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.  


For more information or to RSVP email jammoran@aol.com.


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  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 7:30-9:00pm NEW GROUP/OPENINGS
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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