Jamie Moran, LCSW, CGP

Specializing in group therapy for diverse populations 

March/April 2012


Dear all,


I hope this message finds you well!  It's hard to believe nearly two months have passed since my New Year's issue. At that time I was particularly mindful of my hopes for the new year, and perhaps you were too. I find it helpful to remember that we always have opportunities to renew ourselves, to recommit to our goals, to what we want to strengthen and cultivate in our lives.


In this issue I'll be updating you with new details regarding the upcoming free workshop in April as well as my psychotherapy group openings. For those of you who want to know more about what makes group a good choice for gay men I've included a list of benefits group therapy provides.


Best wishes to you all!



Most Sincerely,

Jamie Moran 

Why Group Therapy is Vital for Gay Men 

1) Behavior change regarding intimacy and relationships can be facilitated in a culturally relevant environment.


2) Homophobia often causes gay men to feel ostracized and lonely. Being a member of a gay men's group can help to heal this injury by providing a safe and reparative experience. 


3) Gay men's groups can be a particularly powerful, distinctive and helpful place to work on humiliation, shame and embarrassment.

4) Group can build a unique sense of community, allowing participants to feel close and connected; something many gay men say is missing in their lives.


5) Healthy functioning within the gay community often involves socializing, a skill that can be improved upon by being a member of a group.


Free Workshop Series on Groups    

(Almost) Everything You Want to Know About Groups But Are Afraid to Ask! 



02.04.12 | How to Create a Viable Group Topic  


04.07.12 | Screening and Intake Questions for Support and Therapy Groups  

*Description below*   


06.09.12 | Practical Matters: Group FAQ's for Facilitators


08.04.12 | Common Participant Roles and their Impact on Group Functioning


10.6.12 | Group Members Leaving 


12.1.12 | Navigating Group Conflicts 


Each workshop includes an overview of the topic, followed by questions and answers. Workshops are freely offered to therapists, interns and students. 

All workshops are held in San Francisco from 3:30pm to 5:00pm on Saturdays.  



April 7th | Screening and Intake Questions for Support and Therapy Groups


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.  This workshop will provide an overview and suggested purpose to screening questions. Variations will be discussed as they pertain to group topic, length of group, commitment time, the leader's style and theoretical orientation.

This seminar will take place at the San Francisco LGBT Center [1800 Market St., 94102] from 3:30pm to 5:00pm on Saturday, April 7th.  An RSVP  is required as space is limited. No CEU's will be provided.   


Stay tuned for details regarding future workshops!     


 Gay & Bisexual Men's Psychotherapy Groups: SF | Menlo Park

Menlo Park | Gay & Bisexual Men's Group 

Monday 6:15-7:45pm CURRENT OPENINGS

San Francisco | Gay Men's Groups 

All Hayes Valley unless stated otherwise

Tuesday 5:50-7:20pm FULL
Tuesday 7:30-9:00pm CURRENT OPENINGS
Wednesday 5:45-7:15pm FULL
Wednesday 7:25-8:55pm CURRENT OPENINGS
*Thursday 6:30-8:00pm CURRENT OPENINGS
  Co-facilitated with Greg Millard, Ph.D., in the Financial District


Please contact me for more details.    





Jamie Moran, LCSW, CGP

Psychotherapy and Consultation

Licensed Clinical Social Worker #14447

Certified Group Psychotherapist #42559


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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