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Functional Subgrouping: An Innovative Method for Resolving Conflict

Description: Differences can be challenging, whether they are differences in opinions, beliefs, ideas, wishes, or feelings that we have with others or experience within ourselves. Common responses to differences include ignoring, avoiding, judging, scapegoating, getting into conflict with or trying to change or convert others, all which can interfere with effective communication and integration of information. In this workshop, Drs. Safransky and Beren present the innovative method developed by Yvonne Agazarian in Systems-Centered Therapy, which aids in the integration of differences so that conflict is reduced and differences can be treated as resources for growth and development. The presenters will use case examples to illustrate how deeply exploring similarities through “functional subgroups” can lead to growth producing and enriching outcomes.

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Trainers: Norma Safransky, MD is a board certified psychiatrist and a certified group psychotherapist. She is co-director of Triangle Area Dialectical Behavior Therapy (TADBiT). She has been in private practice since 1992. For the past decade she has been studying Systems Centered Therapy.


Susan Beren, Ph.D. is a licensed psychologist who has been in private practice in New York City for the last 13 years, working with individuals, couples and groups.  She also provides consultation to the Pediatrics Department at Maimonides Medical Center in Brooklyn, NY and the Surgery Department at Beth Israel Medical Center in Manhattan. Dr. Beren trained with the Systems-Centered Training and Research Institute (SCTRI®) program and is a licensed SCT practitioner.


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