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Register For Our November Workshop

Register for our November Workshop

To Register, Please Download the Information Packet in the Link Below:

Overview and Details

The Wolper Institute for Group Learning  is pleased to announce its first offering of Leadership and Authority in Groups in collaboration with the PSCP- The Psychology Network. This workshop is unlike any other leadership course you have encountered. An intensive, participatory, three-day experience, you will emerge with a clearer picture of what you bring to group dynamics as well as a better understanding of how group members relate to authority and to each other. In addition to gaining a deeper understanding of how these dynamics emerge in interpersonal relationships, participants will come away with increased understanding about group development, performance, social identities, and diversity in groups.

The Leadership and Authority in Groups Workshop will help you:

  • Be more effective in groups – including therapy groups, classes, research teams, and managing conflict.
  • Increase awareness of the impact that a range of behaviors have on groups.
  • Gain a clearer understanding of group dynamics in general – especially how groups relate to authority and how you manage your role(s) in groups.
  • Enhance leadership ability, management skills, and team performance – including across different demographics or cultures.


Introduction and Overview for the Methodology– History, Literature and Rationale.

Small Group – Experiential Learning about Authority, Leadership, Power and Responsibility through five 50-minute sessions each day of the conference where participants will experience the methodology in an authority vacuum and learn through self-inquiry, introspection and supportive consultant interventions to tie group affect, behavior and cognitions together. Social identities, differences and diversity will be explored as part of this process.

Large Group – All participants explore themes identified by faculty during Small Group sessions as well as examine individual roles, group development and performance of the Small Group over time. A Large Group session will occur each day.

Conclusion – One hour debriefing that includes a summarizing lecture and Q &A.

Program Objectives Include:

  1. Learn classic and contemporary theories about group performance, developmental stages of group and “group as a whole.”
  2. Understand distinctions among authority, leadership, power, and responsibility.
  3. Understand group anxiety and the interplay with reactions to authority.
  4. Learn common group dynamics: competition, scapegoating, and “The Abilene Paradox.”
  5. Be able to explain how diversity and social identities influence group process.
  6. Learn to be more effective in groups as a member, leader, and authority.


Dr. Jeffrey Wolper is a licensed psychologist with more than 35 years experience teaching, coaching, and providing corporate consulting. He is the founder and director of The Wolper Institute for Group Learning. Leadership and Authority in Groups is Dr. Wolper’s flagship program which he developed over 30 years while teaching at several universities. He teaches the course for Diplomats at the United States Department of State at the Foreign Service Institute. Dr. Wolper was invited to bring his program to the United States Consulate in Frankfurt, Germany, January 2017. Dr. Wolper has taught group process to Wharton students for more than 30 years and is currently the Director of the Group Process Course at the Lauder Institute. All incoming students are required to start their tenure at The Lauder Institute by taking the course. Dr. Wolper teaches this course at The Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth, as well corporations across the United States. Dr. Wolper earned his Ph.D. and MS degrees at The University of Pennsylvania and completed his undergraduate degree at La Salle University. More information is available at

Dr. Deb Kossmann is a licensed clinical psychologist who has been in private practice for 30 years in Langhorne and Haverford, PA. She earned her B.A. in English in 1982 from Arcadia University, an M.Ed. in Counseling from Temple University in 1989 and an M.A. (1993) and Psy.D. (1994) from Widener University. She has been an adjunct professor in the graduate counseling programs at both Chestnut Hill and Rosemont Colleges and has led trainings and workshops on a variety of topics. She was an Alumni Trustee on the board of Arcadia University for five years. She is currently a Fellow of the Pennsylvania Psychological Association (PPA) and served for six years on the Board of the Pennsylvania Psychological Foundation (PPF), a charitable arm of PPA. She continues to serve on the PPF Education Award Scholarship Committee and is currently a member of PPA’s Ethics Committee. Dr. Kossmann is also a Member of the Philadelphia Society of Clinical Psychologists. Her articles and poetry have won awards and have appeared in national publications such as the New York Times, The Psychotherapy Networker and other venues.

Dates and times:   Friday, November 1- Sunday, November 3, 2019


Sign in:  8:00 am-8:45 am

Workshop hours:  9:00 am – 5:00 pm


Attendance requirement:


The Leadership and Authority in Groups workshop requires 100% attendance for all sessions. Participants must be present at all sessions to apply for continuing education credits. The group is the sum of its parts, and the presence of every individual is critical. Missing a session has a substantive impact on the group as a whole. Such absences sabotage the group’s learning because the focus shifts to its missing member rather than its developmental progress; the process and learning is further compromised when the individual returns.



Holiday Inn Express

1305 Walnut Street

Philadelphia, PA 10107


Continuing Education Credits:


This program is co-sponsored by the PSCP: The Psychology Network and The Wolper Institute for Group Learning. PSCP: The Psychology Network  is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor Continuing Education for psychologists. PSCP: The Psychology Network maintains responsibility for the program and its content. This program provides _21_Hours of CE credits for Psychologists.


Registration Deadline, Fees and Discounts:

Registration is limited to 15 participants per group. The fee is $600.00.

Registration/Cancellations must be received by October 18, 2019. Registrations postmarked by September 30, 2019 receive a $50.00 discount.

To register for the Leadership and Authority in Groups workshop over the three-day period of Friday through Sunday, November 1-3, 2019, please complete the information below and mail a check to:

 The Wolper Institute for Group Learning

314 W 56 Street, Suite 2A

New York, NY 10019


To Register, Please Download the Information Packet in the Link Below: