How to Become a Certified Group Leader

Attend the Choices Group Training.

Choices® gives you the tools to teach troubled adolescents to take ownership for their actions by validating their feelings and regulating their responses. Your certification includes:

  • Two days of interactive training with program developers (12 social work CEU credits)
  • A flexible, easy-to-follow cognitive-behavioral curriculum manual
  • Tips for maintaining positive structure
  • Outlets for focused parental involvement
  • Simple language that transfers emotional control to kids
  • A facilitator manual
  • A CD containing useful, reproducible teaching tools such as student handouts, overheads, and training aids

What Happens at the Group Leader Training?

You will participate in an in-depth exploration of the material, underlying cognitive-behavioral theory, and the opportunity to practice facilitation of the activities. Training is conducted by the authors of the curriculum. Up to 12 contact hours of continuing education credit will be awarded. The training fee includes the group leader manual and CD. Participants will be awarded certification as Choices® Group Leaders, valid for a two-year period. Refresher sessions will be offered to meet the recertification requirement. Participants receive ongoing support for Choices activities through phone and email consultation and the Choices® quarterly e-newsletter.

Although there are no prerequisites, most Group Leaders have at least a Bachelor's degree and many have Master's degrees. The typical Choices® Group Leader works in a school or community youth-serving organization.

Only individuals who have completed the training may use the copyrighted Choices® curriculum. Group Leaders may conduct Choices® groups as part of their regular job duties or may work on a part-time basis for other community agencies or organizations. Click here to see a list of individuals who are Certified Group Leaders.

Register now for a Choices® Training to become a Certified Group Leader.

Testimonials from recent trainees:

  • This is a step by step guide. I plan to start a group at my school.
  • A good workshop. It's good to get information and skills that you can use right away.
  • Compact, direct lessons. I plan to set up groups with students as soon as possible.
  • The best thing (about the training) was the hands-on work with the materials.
  • Not just lecture; we did what we will be teaching. I plan on conducting this course every other month with first offenders in a diversion program.