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This 5-week course (15 credit hours) is modeled on the Core Course of Group Psychotherapy designed by the American Group Psychotherapy Association. Upon its completion, participants will have met the core course requirement of the National Registry of Certified Group Psychotherapy.


Farooq Mohyuddin, MD is the Chair of Psychiatry Training and Director of the Psychiatry Residency Program at St. Elizabeth's Hospital- DC Department of Behavioral Health. He is member faculty of the Group Psychotherapy Training Program. His interests include teaching, group psychotherapy and psychopharmacology.



Participants will be able to:

  1. Discuss the basic principles of group psychotherapy as described by the American group psychotherapy Association and the National Registry of Certified Group Psychotherapists.
  2. Describe the application of the foundations of group psychotherapy to clinical situations.
  3. Summarize the processes for selection and preparation of group members.
  4. Identify common problems in the conduct of group therapy and ways to manage them.
  5. List common group dynamics.
  6. Discuss the change process in the group.
  7. List the advanced skills needed to optimize group psychotherapy.
  8. Discuss differences in specialized groups, short-term, thematic, special populations.
  9. Explain the life cycle of group and termination issues.
  10. List the qualities of effective group leaders.
  11. Identify the resistance to treatment in groups.
  12. Demonstrate sensitivity to diversity and multicultural issues in group psychotherapy.


The next Basic Principles course will take place on the following five Sundays from 2-5pm: June 9, 16, 23, 30 and July 14, 2024.

Enrollment will be limited to 10 students and all classes will meet in person at Dr. Mohyuddin's office located at 1000 Duke Street in Alexandria, VA.

Each class will include didactic, experiential and discussion components, utilizing the clinical experiences of participants. Active engagement in these discussions is expected. There will be assigned readings for each class and two brief writing assignments.


The Basic Principles of Group Psychotherapy course consists of five (5) 3-hour classes. Fifteen (15) CEs are typically awarded per course. A Certificate of Completion will be awarded at the end of the program for students who have attended all classes. To receive CE credits, students must attend 100% of the classes. Partial credit is not possible.

*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.

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Tuition for this 5-week course is $475.


Participation is open to all licensed and unlicensed mental health professionals and trainees (e.g., social workers, psychologists, counselors, psychiatrists, psychiatric nurses, marriage and family therapists, coaches, physicians, medical and other graduate students). Applicants should have an interest in psychodynamic psychotherapy and a desire to learn about groups and group therapy. Past experience as a therapy group member or a group leader is not a pre-requisite.

To apply, click here: New Washington School of Psychiatry (NWSP) - Student Portal (

For more information about the Basic Principles course or NGPI, please contact:

Farooq Moyhuddin, MD:

Rachel Miller, NGPI Co-Chair:

Jonathan Stillerman, NGPI Co-Chair:

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