Date & Time: October 4 9:00am – 4:00pm
Location: Garden City Campus

The Mutual Aid in Groupwork is designed for Clinicians seeking to enhance their group facilitation skills and conceptualization from a Mutual-Aid framework.


The learner will learn about different group types and the challenges and opportunities in each to promote Mutual Aid with clients in a group psychotherapy setting. Participants will review different stages of the group including pre-group planning, monitoring discord between participants, and ways to effectively evaluate the progress of the group and individual members. The presentation will be largely experiential with ample opportunity to practice and review skills in role-plays and observation.

CEs: 6

Learning Objectives

  • Participants will be able to explain the Mutual Aid model of groupwork.
  • Participants will be able to identify and implement new group activities for work with children, adults, and in the treatment of Substance Use Disorders (SUD).
  • Participants will be able to apply the mutual-aid model of groupwork to manage conflict and foster an environment of self-reference rather than advice-giving.
  • Participants will be able to recognize potential ethical and legal considerations in groupwork.

Methods: Lecture, PowerPoint Presentation, Group Discussion

Tuition Rates

  • $150: Registration Fee
  • $125: Alumni, Field Instructor, FFL, Adjunct Rate
  • $75: Veterans Rate

Discounts available for group registrations (5 or more from same organization). Please contact Erin for more information.

Current AUSSW Students Free with Promo Code and Discounts for Staff and Faculty!

Presenter Bio

Dr. Bernard Showers, DSW, LCSW

Bernard Showers, DSW, LCSW

Dr. Bernard Showers, DSW, LCSW, earned his MSW at Shippensburg University in 2010, where he is now an Adjunct Professor. Mr. Showers also works as an Adjunct Professor for the University of Maryland School of Social Work in Baltimore, MD, and Simmons University School of Social Work in Boston, MA. In the fall of 2018, he was awarded the Dean’s Teaching Award at the University of Maryland due to instructional excellence.In September 2016, he attended the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers Train-the-Trainer event and is now one of 1,500 MINT members worldwide. Mr. Showers has trained aspiring and active independent practitioners at many colleges, universities, governmental agencies, and companies around the United States. In addition to Motivational Interviewing, Mr. Showers has developed, presented, and published several continuing education workshops on family involvement in substance use treatment, ASAM criteria, Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, and group therapy.Bernard earned his DSW as part of inaugural class of The University of Kentucky’s Doctorate of Social Work (DSW) program. In July 2021, Bernard Showers was the lead author on the manuscript Medication for Opioid Use Disorder in Rural America: A Review of the Literature published in the APA’s Journal of Rural Mental Health.

Credentialing Information

Adelphi University School of Social Work is an approved provider for continuing education credits for the following:

  • Social Workers
  • LMHC
  • LMFT
  • CASAC Renewal upon approval
  • APA Psychology
  • LCAT
  • NYSED Psychology

Successful completion for the award of approved continuing education credits requires attendance at the entire training/workshop and submission of a completed evaluation form.

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Cancellation Policy

Unfortunately, we cannot provide refunds for cancellations made seven working days or fewer before the event for any reason—or for no-shows. We can provide credit towards a future workshop up to 24 hours before the event. After that, no credit will be issued.

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The Student Access Office provides cost-free assistance and services that are tailored to meet the needs of individuals based on their specific, appropriately documented needs, while preserving Adelphi’s academic integrity and high standards of academic expectations and performance.

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