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Process Group Therapy: Interpersonal, existential, and dynamic elements


Sat 25th March 2023, 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM


41-43 Commercial Rd
Murwillumbah NSW 2484


Curious about analytical and interpersonal approaches in a group context? This workshop is theoretical, practical and experiential.

Do you want to enhance your understanding of group processes? Are you seeking professional development opportunities that are experiential and theoretical? Are you wondering about adding group therapy to your clinical repertoire?

We are really excited to invite you to a full-day workshop facilitated by Dr. Christopher Zurawic and Dr. Sierra van Wyk. This opportunity will be both didactic and experiential, allowing participants to deepen their understanding of the theories that underpin process group therapy. To honor the nature of the intervention, both Dr. Christopher and Dr. Sierra will also invite participants to partake in two 90-minute group sessions with other attendees. This experiential component mimics the group process by using authentic material from each participant in order to reflect on and integrate the theoretical concepts that are taught throughout the day.

What is process Group Therapy?

Process group therapy provides group members the opportunity to have relationships with others in a therapeutic setting. Grounded in existential and psychodynamic theory, process groups are significantly different to the skills-based and educational therapy groups that are typically seen in the Australian context. Rather, the aim of these groups is for participants to explore their experiences of being in relationships and to examine what gets activated in the room as relationships and interactions are fostered over time. As self-awareness deepens, participants can identify their own patterns in relationships and have the opportunity to test out new ways of being. Within the therapeutic space, participants in process group therapy give and receive feedback, have opportunities to learn through imitation and play, and develop an awareness of the acceptability of their previously shameful experiences. In this way, process group therapy aims to support participants to move closer to meaningful relationships, develop an awareness of their own self within the world, and accept responsibility for their own life decisions.

Workshop Overview

This workshop aims to provide an introduction to Process group therapy, the theories that underlie these groups, methods of intervention, and the practical issues associated with setting up groups. To assist workshop participants to develop a full understanding of the experience of being in group, the workshop will also include two experiential process group sessions. The benefits of process work and therapist awareness of the here-and-now experience of being in the therapeutic space is not limited to process group therapy. Regardless of the purpose of the therapeutic group, clinicians who have an awareness of group process and the nuances of relationships between group members are able to provide participants with a richer experience of being in therapeutic groups. As such, it is anticipated that this seminar will additionally benefit therapists who facilitate diverse therapy groups.

9:00am – 10:30am – Group

10:45am – 12:45pm – Didactic teaching

12:45pm – 1:15pm – Catered Lunch

1:15 – 2:45 – Group

3:00pm – 5:00pm – Didactic teaching

Level of Learning

Appropriate for clinicians with an interest in group therapy, interpersonal, existential, relational and group analytic concepts, and working in the here-and-now of therapeutic relationships.

Workshop Learning Outcomes

  1. Have an experience of being in a process group and have the opportunity to witness your own processes that arise in relationships and how they might present in your work.
  2. Develop an understanding of how analytic process groups benefit clients
  3. Discuss the main components of the analytic process group experience.
  4. Learn ways to integrate the main components of group process work into individual therapy.

Dr. Christopher Zurawic, Senior Clinical Psychologist

Dr. Christopher immigrated to Australia from America in 2020. He has been facilitating group therapy for nearly two decades with an esteemed career as a clinical psychologist in private, corporate and public settings. Working fundamentally from an existential and analytical framework, he enjoys inspiring therapists to be curious, observant and aware of the desires and fears that play out in all relationships. Dr. Christopher is a board approved supervisor and member of the American Group Psychological Association.

Dr. Sierra van Wyk, Senior Clinical Psychologist

Dr. Sierra has been working in both private and public sectors for more than a decade, drawing on analytical, attachment and trauma based models to make sense of her clients experiences. Having worked with clients across the lifespan and in family contexts, she has been a keen observer of the human condition and developmental trajectories. More recently, she has been co-facilitating process group therapy with Dr. Christopher. She will therefore contribute her experiences, insights and reflections on group processes and how they transformed her clinical approach and enhanced her relational observations. Dr. Sierra is a board approved supervisor and active member of the Australian Psychological Society.


Sat 25th March 2023, 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM


41-43 Commercial Rd
Murwillumbah NSW 2484

We wish to acknowledge the Ngandowal and Minyungbal speaking people of the Bundjalung Country, in particular the Goodjinburra, Tul-gi-gin and Moorung – Moobah clans, as being the traditional owners and custodians of the land and waters within the Tweed Shire boundaries. We also acknowledge and respect the Tweed Aboriginal community’s right to speak for its Country and to care for its traditional Country in accordance with its lores, customs and traditions.