A Guide to Conducting Outpatient Group Psychotherapy with Adult Patients Diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder and Depression
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Expires on Jan 22, 2027
Credit Offered
1 CME Credit
1 NCPD Credit
1 SW CE Credit
1 COP Credit

Data have shown that patients benefit from the social interaction, the universality and the instillation of hope that group psychotherapy (GP) offers. This webinar will give the clinician valuable information about conducting GP and clinicians will be reminded of this effective, evidence-based practice which may be under-considered for use in their practices. It will be demonstrated how this therapeutic treatment modality allows the clinician to conduct therapy in a microcosm of society as their patients learn skills to interact with persons in a more successful manner to enhance functioning outside the clinician’s offices. Conducting GP can allow clinicians to assess how efficacious medications may be in aiding patient behaviors. How GP can assist with integrated medical and physical care will be discussed. Strategies to improve the practice of GP and/or to stimulate the introduction or re-introduction of this modality into attendees’ practices will be presented.


Recorded webinar, non-interactive, self-paced distance learning activity with post-test.

This presentation was recorded on January 22, 2021.

Learning Objectives

  • Explain how the implementation of Group Therapy can increase the efficacy of treatment for patients with SMI.

  • Explain which three of Yalom’s Mechanisms of Change might be the most important for this population.
  • Discuss how Group Therapy can be the treatment of choice for depression in two diverse populations.


  • Group Therapy Overview
  • Yalom's Therapeutic Factors
  • Group Growth and Cohesiveness
  • Group Leadership Roles and Responsibilities
  • Leading a Group
  • Diverse Populations
  • Case Study
  • Presenter Q&A

Target Audience

Counselor, Nurse/Nurse Practitioner, Psychiatrist, Social Worker

Instructional Level


Estimate Time to Complete

Estimated Duration: 1.0 hour
Program Start Date: January 22, 2024
Program End Date: January 22, 2027

How to Earn Credit

Participants who wish to earn AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™, CE credit for social workers, nursing continuing professional development contact hours (NCPD, formerly CNE), or a certificate of participation may do so by completing all sections of the course, including viewing the full video (60 minutes) and submitting an evaluation. A multiple-choice quiz is provided based on the content. A passing score of 75% must be achieved. After evaluating the program, course participants will be provided with an opportunity to claim hours of participation and print an official CME certificate (physicians), CE certificate (social workers), NCPD (nurses), or certificate of participation (other disciplines) showing the completion date and hours/credits earned.

Continuing Education Credit


The American Psychiatric Association (APA) is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians. The APA designates this enduring activity for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Nurses/Nurse Practitioners

The American Psychiatric Nurses Association is accredited with distinction as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

Social Workers 

American Psychiatric Association, provider #1743, is approved to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Organizations, not individual courses, are approved as ACE providers. State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit. American Psychiatric Association maintains responsibility for this course. ACE provider approval period: 05/18/2020-05/18/2021 and 05/18/2021-05/18/2024. Social workers completing this course receive 1.0 (clinical) continuing education credits.

Continuing education requirements vary from state to state. Many state boards grant reciprocity with national accrediting organizations and other state boards. It is the responsibility of each professional to understand the requirements for license renewal or check with the state or national licensing board and/or professional organization to become more familiar with their policies for acceptable continuing education credit. Social workers and Psychologists should contact their regulatory board to determine course approval.

Faculty and Planner Disclosures


  • Leslie Oleck, MSN, RN, PMHNP-BC, PMHCNS-BC, LMFT, has been an advanced practice psychiatric/mental health nurse and nurse-educator for over 40 years. Ms. Oleck has taught undergraduate and graduate psychiatric/mental health nursing at the University of Indianapolis and Indiana University, and is currently an adjunct clinical professor at Indiana University. She has worked in general psychiatric practices as a psychiatric/mental health nurse practitioner and therapist with individuals, couples, families and groups. She has worked in inpatient settings doing psychiatric consultation/liaison and in the community doing corporate and legal consultation. She had a private psychotherapy practice for 20 years during which time she conducted hundreds of groups with persons experiencing a wide variety of issues including unipolar and bipolar depression, PTSD/trauma survivors, addictive disorders, psychotic disorders and personality disorders. Ms. Oleck reports no financial relationships with commercial interests.


  • Teri Brister, PhD, LPC, National Alliance on Mental Illness. Reports no financial relationships with commercial interests.
  • Tristan Gorrindo, MD, American Psychiatric Association. Reports no financial relationships with commercial interests.
  • Sherin Khan, LCSW, Thresholds. Reports no financial relationships with commercial interests.
  • Donna Rolin, PhD, APRN, University of Texas at Austin. Reports no financial relationships with commercial interests.  
  • Teri Brister, PhD, LPC, National Alliance on Mental Illness. Reports no financial relationships with commercial interests. (Reviewed on 1/9/2024)
  • John Torous, MD, MBI, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. Reports no financial relationships with commercial interests. (Reviewed on 1/9/2024)
  • Sherin Khan, LCSW, Thresholds. Reports no financial relationships with commercial interests. (Reviewed on 1/2/2024)
  • Donna Rolin, PhD, APRN, University of Texas at Austin. Reports no financial relationships with commercial interests. (Reviewed on 1/9/2024)

Accessibility for Participants with Disabilities

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Technical Requirements

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  • Internet Explorer 11+

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  • Internet Connection: 1 Mbps or higher

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  • Windows PC: Windows 8.1 or higher; 1 GB (for 32-bit)/2 GB (for 64-bit) or higher RAM; Microsoft DirectX 9 graphics device with WDDM driver; audio playback with speakers for programs with video content
  • Macintosh: Mac OS X 10.5 or higher with latest updates installed; Intel, PowerPC G5, or PowerPC G4 (867MHz or faster) processor; 512 MB or higher RAM; audio playback with speakers for programs with video content

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Funding for SMI Adviser was made possible by Grant No. SM080818 from SAMHSA of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). The contents are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the official views of, nor an endorsement by, SAMHSA/HHS or the U.S. Government.
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