Observation Groups

Build your group therapy skills.

Group therapy requires specific expertise and on-the-spot decision making.

The Brookline Center invites Boston-area clinicians to observe and learn from our most seasoned group therapists in this enriching professional development series.

The Center hosts two Observation Groups that run throughout the year. Led by senior clinicians — recognized experts in the field — this program takes place in tandem with the Center’s long-term, ongoing therapy groups that serve adults facing a range of clinical issues. For clinicians seeking to become more skilled in group therapy, the Observation Groups offer the opportunity to witness, discuss, and better understand how to lead process-oriented groups.

Registration required

Boston-area clinicians may apply to participate, with approval by program leadership. Apply online or call Jeff Brand, PsyD, adult groups co-coordinator, at (617) 277-8107.

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How it works

Each session runs for an hour and 45 minutes weekly. Observers sit silently to the side during the group session. After the clients leave, the observers and group leaders discuss the choices and interventions the leaders made, as well as the reactions these choices generated.

Observer commitments

For the comfort and confidentiality of clients in the group, observers must commit to a minimum 10-week period. The Center offers Observation Groups on Tuesdays and Thursdays; clinicians commit to attending on the same day for the full series to provide stability and continuity to the experience.

Observers are able to commit to longer periods of time and/or renew their commitment as long as space is available. Please know that we do not offer any options for single-session observations.

Choice of sessions

Group 1: Thursdays, 10-11:45am
Leaders: Annie Weiss, LICSW, and Tracy MacNab, PhD

Group 2: Tuesdays, 10:15am-12pm
Leaders: Arnie Cohen, PhD, and Julie Anderson, PhD

Fees

The fee is $200 for a 10-week observation period payable in full at or before the first session. There is a 50 percent discount available for members of the Northeast Society for Group Psychotherapy (NSGP). More information about NSGP is available here.