Welcome to the Toronto Institute of Group Studies

We are a not-for-profit organization committed to
training and supporting effective group leaders.

We believe that an understanding of group dynamics and processes enhances the functioning of any group, team or community.

Our faculty team draws from diverse professional backgrounds and interests,
in the service of advancing our shared commitment to group learning
and group leadership development.

Accreditation 
The Toronto Institute of Group Studies is certified as an Educational Institute
with Human Resources and Skills Development Canada and is registered as a
Training Institute with the Ontario Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities.
Training Program fees are tax deductible
as approved by Canada Revenue Agency.

We are excited and honoured to announce that we are the 2023 recipients of
The Harold S. Bernard Group Psychotherapy Training Award,
presented by the International Board for Certification of Group Psychotherapists
at the American Group Psychotherapy Association Conference, New York City, 2023


Upcoming Training
Opportunities and Events


2023-2024 academic year


Our offerings include:

Online Conversations about Group Leadership
with recognized group leaders:

complimentary 1-hour conversations exploring the various influences
that have helped shape these leaders' practices.

Online Workshops with renowned group experts:
A variety of workshops explore various topics in greater depth,
through both theoretical and experiential components.


Beyond Theory: Online Experiential Process Group Training:
Full-day small group (6-12 participants) experience
for group leaders to learn about group dynamics
by participating as a member of a group committed to examining its own process.

Online Peer Consultation Group for Group Leaders:
Small group (6-12 participants) education, integrating theoretical and applied learning. Facilitated 8 session cycle, 2 hours/week. 

Comprehensive Training Program:
Offered every 2 years; applications are being accepted for Fall 2025


Save the dates:

In Conversation with Joe Shay
on
What do I Believe Now ? ~ Looking Back & Looking Forward
Thursday June 6, 2024 , 1-2 pm EST
A complimentary event



Peer Consultation Group for Group Leaders

2-hours weekly for 8 weeks,  Dates TBD
 

Additional offerings will be added throughout the year

Please visit our resources page for seasonal reading lists
as well as our newsletter page for past and current newsletters.



Previous Training and Events

May 9, 2024

In Conversation  with Jennifer Brownstein about Group Leadership
Session Video

Online
Complimentary Event
 

May 2, 2024

 Panel Discussion with Dr.Susan Gantt, Dr. Willard Ashley and Dr. Molyn Leszcz
Having Difficult Conversations in Increasingly Polarized Contexts
Thursday May 2, 2024 12-1:30 pm EST 
Session Video 

Online
Complimentary event sponsored by The Canadian Group Psychotherapy Foundation

April 12, 2024

Half Day Workshop with Isabel Fryszberg
Creativity Groups for Healthy Lives: Practice, Evidence, Experience 

Online 

March 22, 2024

Comprehensive Training Program
4 weekends: October 20-22, 2023 November 21-23, 2023 January 19-21, 2024 March 22-24, 2024 

Online

December 7, 2023

In Conversation with Kathleen Ryan about Group Leadership: 
 Mixing the Colours: Adjusting the Group Therapy Palette to Address Changing Patient Needs 
Session Video 

Online
Complimentary Event

September 29, 2023

Full-day Workshop
with Yvonne Bergmans
 
Addressing Thoughts of Suicide and other Dark Thoughts in a Group Setting 

Online 

September 21, 2023

In Conversation with Nina Brown about Group Leadership in  Psycho-educational Groups 
Session Video 

Online
Complimentary Event 

June 9, 2023

Full-day Workshop
with Noelle Lefforge and Aziza Belcher Platt Group
Therapists' Responsiveness to Micro-aggressions, 
incorporating theory, clinical material and experiential learning.
10:30 am - 4:30 pm EST

Online

April 21, 2023

Full-day Workshop with Susan Gantt
Using Systems-Centered Practice in Group Therapy, incorporating theory, clinical material and experiential learning. 10:30 am - 4:30 pm EST

Online

March 31, 2023

Full-day Workshop with Elliot Zeisel
The Moment of Now 
incorporating theory, clinical material and experiential learning.
10:30 am - 4:30 pm EST

Online

March 16, 2023

Contracted Closed Time-limited Group for TIGS Alumni Group Leaders 12 sessions, October 2022 - March 2023 

Online

March 16, 2023

In Conversation with Giorgio Tasca  about  Research/ Clinical Collaboration 
Session Video 

Online
Complimentary event

February 3, 2023

Beyond Theory: Online Experiential Process Group Training with Cheri Marmarosh, using an Attachment lens. 10:30 am - 4:30 pm EST

Online

January 12, 2023

In Conversation with Scott Rutan about Group Leader as Group Follower
Session Video

Online
Complimentary Event 

November 18, 2022

Full-day Workshop with Molyn Leszcz
The Effective Group Psychotherapist,
incorporating theory, clinical material and experiential learning.
10:30 am - 4:30 pm EST

Online

November 3, 2022

In Conversation with Victor Yalom  from Psychotherapy.net
Session Video 

Online
Complimentary event 

September 29, 2022

In Conversation with Susan Gantt 
about Systems-Centred Therapy in Groups
Session Video

Online
Complimentary event 

June 10, 2022

Comprehensive Group Leadership
Training Program

Weekend 4 of 4
Friday June 10, 4 - 8 pm
Saturday June 11, 11 am - 5pm
Sunday June 12, 11 am - 5 pm

Online

May 12, 2022

In Conversation with Noelle Lefforge
about Addressing Micro-aggressions
in Group Psychotherapy
Session Video

Online
Complimentary event

April 29, 2022

Comprehensive Group Leadership
Training Program
Weekend 3 of 4
Friday April 29, 4 - 8 pm
Saturday Apr 30,11 am - 5 pm
Sunday May 1, 11 am - 5 pm ET

Online

April 1, 2022

Full Day Workshop
Beyond Theory - A Process Group Experience for Group Leaders 

Online

March 18, 2022

In Conversation with Elliot Zeisel
about Group Leadership
Session Video

Online
Complimentary event

February 25, 2022

Comprehensive Group Leadership
Training Program

Weekend 2 of 4
Friday February 25, 4 - 8 pm
Saturday Feb 26, 11 am - 5 pm
Sunday Feb 27, 11 am - 5 pm ET

Online

January 21, 2022

Comprehensive Group Leadership
Training Program

Weekend 1 of 4
Friday January 21, 4 - 8 pm
Saturday Jan 22 , 11 am - 5 pm
Sunday Jan 23, 11 am - 5 pm ET

Online

December 16, 2021

In Conversation with Isabel Fryszberg about Leadership in Art-based
Wellness Groups
Session Video

Online
Complimentary event

December 3, 2021

Full-day Workshop with Cheri Marmarosh
Attachment in Groups 

Online

October 21, 2021

In Conversation with Cheri Marmarosh about Attachment Theory and Groups
Session Video

Online
Complimentary event

October 14, 2021

2-day Workshop
Beyond Theory - A Process Group Experience for Group Leaders

Online

September 30, 2021

 In  Conversation with Kasra Khorasani about Creativity and the Group Leader 
Session Video 

Online 
Complimentary event 

June 22, 2021

Half-day Workshop
Practical Strategies for Online Groups 

Online 

June 11, 2021

Full-day Workshop
Beyond Theory - A Process Group Experience for Group Leaders 

Online 

May 13, 2021

In Conversation with Yvonne Bergmans about Peer Leadership in Groups
Session Video

Online
Complimentary event

April 15, 2021

8 Week Group Leadership 
Consultation Series 

Online 

April 8, 2021

In Conversation with Joan- Dianne Smith and Allan Sheps  about Co-leadership
Session Video 

Online
Complimentary event

January 28, 2021

In Conversation with Stephane Treyvaud about Mindful Group Leadership

Online 
Complimentary event

January 12, 2021

8 Week Group Leadership
Consultation Series

Online

December 10, 2020

In Conversation with Molyn Leszcz about Leadership in Challenging Times 
Session Video

Online 
Complimentary event

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