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Group Radical Openness - Foundation Level with Dr Richard Booth and Dr Rachel Egan

13 - 14th January 2022 Interactive Webinar (available for 30 days afterwards)

£240.00 plus VAT per person

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The GRO Foundation level training is a two-day introduction, enabling delegates to understand an overcontrolled presentation and how it might be addressed in a group-only format. By the end of the course, delegates will have a full understanding of how to assess for overcontrol and how the format fosters change.

Recently, there has been much interest in the construct of overcontrol. It appears that too much control underpins a range of mental health difficulties including treatment resistant depression, particular eating disorders, and difficult to treat forensic presentations. Group Radical Openness (Booth, Egan & Gibson, 2018) is a group therapy with a growing evidence base (Egan, Long, McElvaney & Booth, 2021), specifically adapted for this population. Although initially informed by the work of Tom Lynch, GRO is fundamentally different from the RO DBT model. The approach draws on both Group Therapy and Polyvagal Theory.

              Dr. Richard Booth recently retired as Director of Psychology at St. Patrick’s Mental Health Services, Dublin. He specialised in the treatment of overcontrol in recent years. He pioneered skills-only classes and published in this area before co-developing Group Radical Openness (GRO). He was lead author on the GRO paper in the Behavior Therapist special edition on Radical Openness (2018). He is a regular lecturer on postgraduate clinical psychology courses and is an Honorary Fellow at University College, Dublin.

Dr. Rachel Egan is a Principal Clinical Psychologist at St. Patrick’s Mental Health Service, Dublin. She has over 12 years’ experience in running groups (including group work with sex offenders and using compassion focused therapy in a group format). For the past six years, she has been instrumental in developing the model of GRO and was co-author on the first paper on GRO (2018). She was lead author on "GRO: A Feasibility Study”, recently published in Counselling & Psychotherapy Research. She has presented widely on this area and her trainings have a reputation for being lively, entertaining and thoughtful.

Richard and Rachel’s book for clinicians on Group Radical Openness is due to be published next year.

Feedback from Sept 2018 :-

Content was great and I’m looking forward to using it with our client group.
I know what RO is about, the key themes and exercises.
Feel I have learnt a lot.
The experiential learning was very powerful.
Huge learning – exceeded expectations.
Very inclusive and enjoyable. Both Richard and Rachel are superstars.
I feel I can use this in my personal and professional life.
The workshop was fantastic!
Your work is so useful and helpful.
Insightful, innovative

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