EXPERIENTIAL DEVELOPMENTAL GROUP (EDG)
“You aren't so much a teacher as a facilitator of learning. You open and provide an experiential space wherein learning and growth can happen. It is a difference between the "top down" teacher approach, and the" we are all on the same plane and open to the possibility of experience" facilitator approach. You said yourself that you are in clinician mode as you are overseeing each practice session, and therefore it is challenging to return to left brain thinking to answer questions...a perfect demonstration of the fact that you are using your clinical skills to support us in our learning.... we each change in relation to the experience and what we are ready to take in at that time. In any case, we are all grateful, I am grateful, for the way in which you do that. “... Samantha
"There is a big difference between knowing skills and using them effectively. Because of the Experiential Groups, I feel confident in my ability to use somatic and touch skills with my clients. I have also learned how to read and respond to the nuances of attunement in the therapeutic relationship. Steve is masterful in his guidance of each clinician and fosters an environment of mutual learning and safety. These groups are a unique and wonderful opportunity for the healing of self and others. I recommend them to ALL my colleagues! "...Ellen K
"Steve’s experiential group has provided me with an incredible opportunity to understand and work with developmental trauma in an intimate and supportive environment. My skill as a therapist has grown immeasurably from these weekend groups. I have newly found confidence in my ability to encourage and support change in my clients. I cannot recommend these groups highly enough!" ....Terry
Experiential Developmental Group
The Experiential Developmental Group (EDG) is an interactive experience-based group process where didactic learning and hands on experience come together. This group is for somatic practitioners who work with shock and/or developmental trauma and would like to expand their touch skills and knowledge. Preference is given to those who have completed Somatic Resilience and Regulation, Transforming the Experience-Based Brain, or Touch Skills Training. Others are approved on individual basis by Terrell.
EDG is based on The Fishbowl learning experience. This process allows participants to observe and learn about touch techniques and to experience their effectiveness. In these groups, Terrell presents a topic which is then discussed by the entire group. Then, each participant has the experience of being client and clinician. Before engaging as the clinician, each participant will have an opportunity to present a clinical case to the group. During the work, direct supervision is offered by Terrell in order to help the clinicians expand their skills . The observers will be encouraged at the end of the practice session to discuss their observations and to share their own feelings that may have been triggered. Increasing participant capacity through regulation is the primary goal of EDG. “You can only take people (clients) as far as you yourself have gone.” Richard Rohr.
Terrell chooses a different topic for each EDG to be the focus of the experience. Topics are based on primitive reflexes and integration, attachment theory/attachment styles or specific causes of developmental trauma such as medical trauma, early adversity, or adoption. styles or specific causes of developmental trauma such as medical trauma, early adversity, or adoption.
- During the group, you will have hands on experience with a fellow participant.
- Terrell will participate in the practice as necessary to support your experience.
- All participants are encouraged to present a case prior to being in the client role.
- There is also an option of presenting yourself.
- You will have the opportunity to integrate Touch Skills and Attachment Theory while working with Developmental Trauma in adults and children.
- During your own personal process, you will gain a greater understanding of Developmental Trauma and how your early experiences influence you today.
- This is an opportunity for participants to do their own work so they can increase their capacity.
- Increased therapist capacity equals higher levels of healing for clients.
- Each participant will have the opportunity to be a therapist and a client. You also have the option to pass on either role.
- We use one table in a fish bowl style of learning.
- Other participants discuss the session and offer feedback along with Terrell.
- Terrell actively supports the client and therapist during the experiential session.
- This is a highly intensive experience and most participants choose to attend future groups.
- Class size is limited to 10 participants.
- Experiential Groups are held on weekends.
- Hours: Saturday 9am - 6pm and Sunday 9am -1pm. (Lunch is one hour on Saturday and bring a snack for Sunday)
- Fees for Experiential Group: $600 USD.
- Participants are encouraged to continue their work with the group.
- This is an intense experience and most participants choose to remain with the group.
- Future dates are closed to outside registration until 45 days prior to start date.
- If a participant is not able to attend due to a conflict, an alternate will be invited to join as substitute.
- The alternate will have similar experience as other members of the group.
Experiential Developmental Groups Sites
Participants must have paid tuition fee, signed in, attended the entire seminar, completed an evaluation, and signed out in order to receive a certificate. Failure to sign in or out will result in forfeiture of credit for the entire course. No exceptions will be made. Partial credit is not available.
R. Cassidy Seminars is approved by the American Psychological Association (APA) to offer continuing education for psychologists. R. Cassidy Seminars maintains responsibility for this program. 24 CE hours.
NY: R. Cassidy Seminars is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed psychoanalysts. #P-0005. (24) clock hours.
R. Cassidy Seminars, ACE provider #1082, is approved as a provider for social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) www.aswb.org, through the Approved Continuing Education (ACE) Program. R. Cassidy Seminars maintains responsibility for the program. Approval Period: April 15, 2015-April 15, 2018. Social workers should contact their regulatory board to determine course approval. Social workers participating in this course will receive 24 continuing education clock hours.
CA: The Board of Behavioral Sciences has deferred CE course approvals to APA and ASWB for its licensees. See those approvals under Psychologists and Social Workers
NY: R. Cassidy Seminars is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Social Work as an approved provider (#0006) of continuing education for licensed social workers. This program is approved for 24 contact hours live
OH: Provider approved by the Ohio Counselor, Social Worker and Marriage and Family Therapist Board for (24) clock hours, #RCST110701
Counselors/Marriage and Family Therapists
CA: The Board of Behavioral Sciences has deferred CE course approvals to APA and ASWB for its licensees. See those approvals under Psychologists and Social Workers.
Other States: If your state is not specifically listed, nearly all state Counselor and MFT boards accept either APA or ASWB approval, or are reciprocal with other state licensing board approvals, such as those listed below. Check with your board to be sure. The Ohio Board includes Counselors and MFTs.
IL: Illinois Dept of Professional Regulation, Approved Continuing Education Sponsor, #168-000141. (24) hours.
NY-LMHCs: R. Cassidy Seminars is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board of Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed mental health counselors. #MHC-0015. (24) contact hours.
NY-LMFTs: R. Cassidy Seminars is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board of Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed marriage and family therapists. #MFT-0011. (24) contact hours.
OH: Provider approved by the Ohio Counselor, Social Worker and Marriage and Family Therapist Board for ( ) clock hours, #RCST110701
TX: Approved CE Sponsor through the Texas State Board of Examiners of Marriage & Family Therapists. 24 CE hours. Provider #151
Creative Arts Therapists
NY: R. Cassidy Seminars is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board of Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed creative arts therapists. #CAT-0005. (24) contact hours
Chemical Dependency Counselors
CA Provider approved by CCAPP Provider #4N-00-434-0218 for (24) CEHs. CCAPP is an IC&RC member which has reciprocity with most ICRC member states.
TX: Provider approved by the TCBAP Standards Committee, Provider No. 1749-06, (24) hours general hours). Expires 3/31/2018. Complaints about provider or workshop content may be directed to the TCBAP Standards Committee, 1005 Congress Avenue, Ste. 460, Austin, Texas 78701, Fax Number (512) 476-7297.
TX: R. Cassidy Seminars is an approved provider with the Texas Education Agency CPE# 501456. This course is (24) CE Hours.
CA: Provider approved by the CA Board of Registered Nursing, Provider #CeP12224, for (24) contact hours. Some state nursing boards are reciprocal. Check with your licensing board to be sure.
Disability Access - If you require ADA accommodations please contact our office 30 days or more before the event. We cannot ensure accommodations without adequate prior notification.
Please Note: Licensing Boards change regulations often and while we attempt to stay abreast of their most recent changes, if you have questions or concerns about this course meeting your specific board’s approval, we recommend you contact your board directly to obtain a ruling.