6 April 2013: Dr. Martha Gilmore and Dr. Haim Weinberg led a promotional workshop for the opening of the 2nd Singaporean doctorate cohort and the new Masters degree in psychology. 120 people registered.
7-8 April 2013: The 1st Singaporean cohort had a process group led by Dr. Martha Gilmore and Dr. Haim Weinberg. See pictures from this workshop here.
28th August, 2012 – News and Progress of the Group Psychotherapy Doctoral Program – First Israeli student received his doctorate degree!
22 August 2012 – The first student from the Israeli cohorts has successfully defended his dissertation and was granted his doctorate degree. Congratulations Dr. Daniel Weishut! You can read his dissertation at here
In May 2012 we opened the first cohort in Singapore. Dr. Bill Bergquist, the PSP president, traveled to Singapore in June and gave the new cohort there two workshops: one about the cognitive bases of behavior and the other in organizational theories. See pictures from these workshops here . The Singaporeans also received a workshop with Dr. Irit Ben-Ari about CBT.
A 4th group of Israeli students started the program in January 2012. They have already had workshops with Dr. Beni Wagner about children groups, Dr. Irit Ben-Ari about CBT, Dr. Raz Even about Neuropsychology and Dr. Yudit Rybko about sociodrama. They studied two courses together with the Singaporean cohort, and work on some of the assignments in multicultural teams.
Here is a partial list of the workshops that the cohorts took since January 2011: Cohort 2 and 3 – Group analysis with Dr. Gila Ofer. Cohort 2 – Dreams in Group Therapy – with Dr. Robi Friedman. Cohort 3 – Psychodiagnostics with Dr. David Yagil and Psychotherapy with Dr. Ravit Raufman. All cohorts – Intersubjective approaches in groups with Dr. Avi Berman.
July 2012 – Cohort 2 had a Skype conversation with Dr. Morris Nitsun on the anti group. Cohort 3 had a Skype conversation with Dr. Walt Stone on self psychology in groups. Cohorts 4 + the Singaporean cohort had a Skype conversation with Dr. Zohar Rubinstein on “train groups” (revolving door groups).
2-4 January 2011- f2f process group workshop in Tel Aviv for the second Israeli cohort with Dr. Haim Weinberg. Pictures from the workshop can be found here.
8-9 January 2011 – f2f workshop in Israel about the cognitive base of behavior for the third Israeli cohort with Dr. Bill Bergquist. 8 January 2011 – A cocktail party was held in Israel for all the Israel students studying in the program, together with their instructors, the president of the university Dr. Bill Bergquist and the director of the international programs Dr. Haim Weinberg.
Pictures from the reception can be found here.
10-11 January 2011 – f2f workshop in Israel about the nature of psychological inquiry for the
first+second Israeli cohort with Dr. Bill Bergquist.
24th September 2010 – A f2f workshop in Jerusalem for the first Israeli cohort with Dr. Yael Dayan about qualitative reserach methods. 18th October 2010 – Skype conference call about breast cancer support group between the two Israeli cohorts (16 students), their senior tutor (Dr. Haim Weinberg) and Dr. Cass Capel from the USA. In addition, the students watched a video of a live support group led by Dr. Capel. 4th December 2010: A f2f workshop in Tel Aviv for the first and second Israeli cohorts with Dr. Elliot Zeisel from the USA about modern group analysis. 14th December 2010 – Official Opening of the Third Israeli cohort (8 students): First Skype conference call. 28-30 December 2010 – First f2f process group workshop in Tel Aviv for the Third Israeli cohort with Dr. Haim Weinberg. Pictures from the workshop can be found here. 31 December 2010 – 2 January 2011 – f2f workshop in Israel about attachment theory for the first Israeli cohort with Dr. Haim Weinberg. Pictures from the workshop can be found here.
10th July, 2010 – News and Progress of the Group Psychotherapy Doctoral Program – more f2f workshops:
13th January 2010 – Three students participated in the Large Group study day in Beit Berl.16th February & 9th March 2010 – Skype conference calls about the application of self-psychology to groups between the two Israeli cohorts (16 students), their senior tutor (Dr. Haim Weinberg) and Dr. Walter Stone from the USA.26th February 2010 – Another f2f workshop with Dr. Raz Even on Psychopharmacology for the 1st Israeli group (8 students).28th February 2010 – f2f workshop for the 1st Israeli group (8 students) with Dr. Robi Friedman on selection of patients to groups.Summer 2010 workshops: 5-7 July: f2f workshop with Dr. Haim Weinberg for the 1st cohort (8 students) on their thesis proposals.8-9 July: f2f workshop with Dr. Gila Ofer for the 1st cohort on Group Analysis. Pictures from this workgroup can be found here.12-14 July: f2f workshop with Dr. Haim Weinberg for the 2nd cohort (8 students) to enhance the group cohesion. 18-19 July: f2f workshop with Dr. Benni Wagner for both cohorts (16 students) on children’s groups. Pictures from this workshop can be found here.20-21 July: f2f workshop with Dr. Jacinto Inbar for the 2nd cohort on the cognitive behavioral approach in group.22-23 July: f2f workshop for the 2nd Israeli cohort with Dr. Robi Friedman on relational psychopathologies.15-17 July: 2 of the students presented workshops at the Besod Siach conference in Israel
8th December 2009 – News and Progress of the Group Psychotherapy Doctoral Program:
A Skype conference call about psychodrama between the first Israeli group (8 students), their senior tutor (Dr. Haim Weinberg) and Dr. Jorge Burmeister – President of IAGP (International Association for Group Psychotherapy and Group Processes).9th-10th October: Another f2f workshop in Israel for the 1st Israeli cohort (8 students) with their senior tutor, Dr. Haim Weinberg, about Yalom-type groups, and the dissertations. Pictures from the workshop can be found here 11th October: f2f workshop in Israel about Neuropsychology for the 1st Israeli group (8 students) with Dr. Raz Even.15th-18th October: Two of the students participated in the Israeli Association of Group Psychotherapy experiential conference. Haifa, Israel.
November 2009 – Opening of the second.group of the group psychotherapy doctoral program. Five of the students are from Israel; three are from USA.
6th November: Dr. Bill Bergquist, the President of the Professional School of Psychology visits Israel, meets with prospective students and leads a workshop with the 1st Israeli group. 20th-21st November: Three of the students of the 2nd cohort participated in the EGPS (Eastern Group Psychotherapy Society) conference in New York City, USA.
23rd September, 2009 – Students participate in international conference; new group about to commence
Two of our students participated and presented at the congress of the International Association for Group Psychotherapy and Group Processes in Rome, Italy in August 2009.A second group comprising six students starts the program in October 2009. Three of the students live in the US; three live in Israel.
15th July, 2009 – Update on progress of the first Israeli student group, by Senior Tutor, Dr. Haim Weinberg
ore face to face workshops
The first group of Israli students had a f2f workshop with Dr. Robi Friedman on psychopathology and relational pathologies in groups on 30th-31st July in Haifa, and a workshop with Dr. Jacinto Inbar on the cognitive behavioral approach in group on 4th August in Jerusalem. Pictures from the workshops can be found here.
Skype Conference Call
On 1st July, we had a Skype conference call between 7 of the students and the senior tutor (Haim Weinberg) about psychoeducational groups. The participants of the call were in the UK, the Netherlands, California-USA and Israel. The quality of the call was surprisingly good and students said they benefited from the discussion despite some stimuli overload.
7th April, 2009 – Update on progress of the first student group, by Senior Tutor, Dr. Haim Weinberg
First group of Israeli of students started!
The first group of 8 Israeli students began their online group psychotherapy doctorate program in Fall 2008. This group of students comprises 2 clinical psychologists, 2 social workers, 2 art therapists and 2 counselors/educators, all of them holding a Master degree. Dr. Haim Weinberg, the program senior tutor, was appointed the personal tutor of each of these students due to his background as an Israeli and building on the fact that it would be easy for the students to communicate and write assignments in Hebrew. By the beginning of 2009, each of the students was having a weekly meeting via Skype (TM) meeting with Haim to discuss reading materials, assignments and progress. An internet forum has also been launched for the students to discuss both administrative and group process issues. The students decided to start the program with the course “social bases of behavior”. We discussed issues of aggression, leadership, prejudgments and more, and connected them to group therapy (e.g. reading Morris Nitsun’s article about ‘the anti group’. Reading papers about scapegoating in groups). Towards the end of this course we’ve read and discussed issues about the Large Group and the Social unconscious.
Face-to-face workshop of the first Israeli group
Between February 26-28, 2009, we held an intensive workshop in Jerusalem for the 1st Israeli group studying the program. Dr. Haim Weinberg came to Israel to lead this workshop. He met individually with each student before the workshop to establish working relations. The purpose of the workshop was to integrate theory and experience and learn about group process from personal experience. On the 1st day the members became more acquainted and connected to one another on a deeper level, thus creating a cohesive group. On the 2nd day we focused on the meaning of academic studies and the doctorate program for each of the students. On the 3rd day we discussed how the theoretical material affected them and their work so far. Some parts of the workshop were led by the students.
Participation in Group Analytic Conference in Ein Gedi
Six out of the eight students of the 1st Israeli group participated in the international conference “kNOw hard feelings” between March 5-7, 2009, organized by the Israeli Institute of Group Analysis in Ein Gedi. The 3 day conference included lectures, small groups and a large Group sessions (co-led by Haim Weinberg, the senior tutor of the course). The group of students created a very cohesive and supportive group. They integrated some of the material they had studied with the experience in the conference. Later, discussions about the Large Group experience continued on their forum.
Meeting with Dr. Morris Nitsun
During the Ein Gedi conference, on March 6th, 2009, the students met with Dr Nitsun to discuss the issue of the anti-group. Dr. Morris Nitsum wrote a famous book about this issue which is an essential part of the group analytic studies. He generously agreed to meet with the Israeli students during the conference, talk about this concept and answer their questions.