Jamie Moran, LCSW, CGP

Specializing in group therapy for diverse populations 

May/June 2012




In this issue I'll be updating you with new details regarding my upcoming free workshop in June: Group FAQ's for Facilitators.  In response to feedback I've garnered from therapists and clients I am providing descriptions of various types of groups, from support groups to psychotherapy groups.  I hope these definitions provide helpful clarification.      


Thanks for your time and attention!


Most Sincerely,

Jamie Moran 

Group Descriptions

Drop-in group
A type of group revolving around a common theme in which membership is not required and consistency is not mandatory.   Typically drop-in groups do not entail screening or interviewing processes.   Participants self-select, or chose to attend based on their own interest or connection to the specified theme.  Drop-in groups may be facilitated by peers or trained professionals.  Drop-in groups, especially if peer-led, may be less intimate in nature as participants will gauge their willingness to be vulnerable based on the inherent safety constraints.  

Psychotherapy group    

A type of mental health treatment that brings together several people with similar conditions under the guidance of a trained mental health provider.  (1, 2)

Typically psychotherapy groups are comprised of no more than 8-10 participants.
Psychotherapy groups generally involve a screening or interviewing process to ensure participants appropriately fit the topic and that they can tolerate challenges inherent in an interpersonally oriented group formation.

Psychotherapy process group
A group in which the facilitator focuses on the interpersonal dynamics as the primary means to support healing and growth of individual members.  (3)

Like psychotherapy groups, process groups are typically limited in their membership and involve a screening process.  Process groups have the potential to be a long-term group.

Psychoeducational group
Psychoeducational groups are designed to cultivate individuals' knowledge, understanding and awareness surrounding a particular issue.  They are typically limited in number of meetings. 

Support group
Support groups bring together people who share a common concern, interest or condition.  Two common themes include health concerns, such as cancer support groups, and addictions, such as Twelve-Step programs.   Support groups can be peer led or facilitated by a healthcare or mental health clinician.

Support groups may or may not involve a screening process, and are often drop-in.  





1 http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/psychotherapy/MY00186/DSECTION=what-you-can-expect

2 http://www.agpa.org/group/consumersguide2000.html

3 http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK64214/


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  


06.09.12 | Practical Matters: Group FAQ's for Facilitators

*Description below*   


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 from 3:30pm to 5:00pm on Saturdays and typically take place in San Francisco, except on June 9th!   



June 9th | Practical Matters: Group FAQ's for Facilitators


Group leaders attend to a variety of details about how their group is run.  Issues pertaining to format, style, boundaries and member agreements are amongst a myriad of topics.  This workshop will offer an open forum to address how some of these issues are subjectively held, including perspectives of pros and cons.  Suggested areas of discussion involve the following: 

  • Money Matters: Fees allotted for intakes, missed sessions and sliding scale availability.
  • Group length: Reviewing the parameters around group length and longevity, frequency and member commitments.
  • Group size: Minimum and maximum participants, dynamics related to group size and co-facilitator logistics.
  • Group Norms: Discussing absent members, handling payments and socializing outside of group.
  • Group Format: From little to no structure, beginning and ending groups, summarizing sessions and homework.
  • TerminationGuidelines for ways of ending groups and dealing with early or unexpected terminations.
  • Day & Time Optimal days and times and those to avoid. 

Change in venue! This seminar will take place at the Rockridge Library in Oakland [5366 College Avenue, Oakland, 94618] on Saturday, June 9th from 3:30-5:00.  The library is approximately 5 blocks from BART.  Please RSVP as space is limited. No CEU's will be provided.


 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 FULL
*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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