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Working with Young People in Groups

Item Code: WYPG
Price:  $180.00

Working with Young People in Groups

Item Code: WYPG
Price:  $180.00
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Participant Feedback

  • Great training. 
  • Very practical and reflective.
  • Peter's delivery and knowledge was amazing.
  • Best training I have attended this year.


Course Description

3 hour live, online course

In this workshop, we will focus on how to think about, structure, and run counseling groups for children and adolescents. Peter will bring his experience leading hundreds of groups for youth between the ages of 10 - 13 years old. He will also be sharing aspects of a curriculum he has developed with a colleague entitled "Belong and Be You" (in press, Routledge). Additionally, you can see how this curriculum links directly to what we know are the foundational developmental tasks of young adolescents. You will gain a better understanding of child development based on the latest brain research as well as a "hands on" understanding of how to best engage youth in groups: Enhancing their social connections with others while helping them be confidently unique as individuals. 


Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course you will have an opportunity to:

  • Deepen your understanding of how important group work is for children and adolescents
  • Gain understanding of how to design effective group work and how individual sessions link to the next
  • Learn specific strategies and activities for engaging youth in group work
  • Learn methods of effective group evaluation data to share with stakeholders 


Workshop Facilitator  - Peter Mortola, Ph.D. Professor in Counseling, Therapy and School Psychology



  Peter Mortola, Ph.D. is a Professor in the Counseling, Therapy and School Psychology Department at Lewis and Clark College's Graduate School of Education and Counseling, Portland, Oregan, USA. He is the author of Windowframes: Learning the art of Gestalt play therapy the Oaklander way (Routledge/Gestaltpress, 2006), the culmination of 10 years of inquiry and research on Violet Oaklander’s methods of both child therapy and adult training. Windowframes has been translated into German, Spanish, Romanian, Italian and Korean. He is also the co-author of BAM! Boys Advocacy and Mentoring: A leader’s guide to facilitating strength-based groups for boys (Routledge, 2008), and The Bear Inside (19th Avenue Press, with Illustrator Mark Molchan), a children's book about regulating strong emotions. The Bear Inside has been translated into Spanish, Bulgarian, Russian, and Sinhala language versions. For 15 years, he has also facilitated a partnership between Lewis & Clark College and David Douglas School District in which graduate students have served over 1500 sixth-grade students in the small group counseling setting.

Who Should Attend?

This workshop will be suitable for any professional working with young people in groups in either educational or counselling settings, especially useful for those newer to working with groups.

Please note, this is a LIVE and INTERACTIVE training event. We don't record this. 

Date and Time

Live only online course will be run on:

30th April 2024, 9am - 12pm AEST Sydney Time

(29th April 2024, 4pm - 7pm PDT)




6th August 2024, 9am - 12pm AEST Sydney Time

(5th August 2024, 4pm - 7pm PDT)



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Training Details

Included in the training price:

  • 3 hours live, online training
  • Access to slides and link to create Certificate of Attendance will be emailed to you upon completion of course evaluation
  • GST

Training Cost

SPECIAL Price        $180      



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