This training is designed to increase your interpersonal skills — to enable you to:
- Communicate in a more congruent fashion
- Be more fully yourself and express more parts of yourself
- Be in touch with your emotions and express them in appropriate ways
- Give and receive constructive feedback in a way that strengthens relationships
- Raise and resolve difficult interpersonal issues that may arise in the group
- Build more open, trusting relationships
- Engage in self-disclosure in a manner that promotes inquiry and dialogue
- Understand the dynamics of small group interactions
- Better appreciate and explore the impact of all forms of diversity and differences that exist in teams or groups of people, including race, gender, ethnicity, and sexual orientation
Who Should Attend?
The weekend is especially geared towards individuals who are interested in applying to Stanford GSB’s Interpersonal Dynamics Facilitation Training Program (IDFTP). Given that the next IDFTP does not take place until 2020, individuals who want to gain exposure to T-groups are also welcome. This includes partners of present facilitators. Please note that (i) couples cannot share a T-group and (ii) Stanford employees are welcome to attend the Introductory Weekend but are not eligible to participate in IDFTP.
For those who have a strong interest in IDFTP, the training is a mutual “getting to know you” opportunity: you get to know us and how we do this work, and we get to know you and how this approach works for you. Subsequent to the weekend, training leaders will provide input to the program on your potential as a trainee facilitator.
We encourage people of different backgrounds to attend the weekend and to join our learning community at Stanford. To ensure a balanced pool of attendees, acceptance to the weekend may not be made exclusively on a first-come first-served basis, but also with an eye to creating a richly diverse group. The training can be especially rich given the diversity of those attending.
The weekend is also open to partners of present facilitators, and to those who have not attended a T-group. Also, please note that couples cannot share a T-group.
Before You Apply
- Read The Power of T-groups. This article describes the experience of being in a T-group.
- If you are currently a client in psychotherapy, discuss your participation in this experience with your therapist.
How to Apply
We are no longer accepting applications for this training weekend.
Notification & Cancelation Policy
Accepted and waitlisted candidates will be contacted on Monday, January 29. Directions, logistics, and further reading material will be distributed at that time. Accepted candidates will have until 5:00pm on Thursday, February 01, to withdraw. Reimbursements for cancelations after this date will not be issued.