My name is Anjali Nandi and I am passionate about groups – facilitating them, teaching about them, being in them!  I have facilitated all kinds of different groups from corporate retreats focused on healing dysfunctional patterns to psychotherapeutic groups with court-mandated clients.  It is the latter kind of group that this blog is focused on.  I deliver training on group facilitation skills, and so frequently participants ask for additional activities to use in their groups.  My hope is that this blog will serve as a repository for information on groups and group activities more specifically.

My official bio is below, followed by a list of trainings I offer.

Anjali Nandi, MA, LAC, MAC is an organizational consultant in the human service field. She supports criminal justice agencies, hospitals and medical providers, and schools find innovative ways of developing their potential through leadership training, program evaluation, skill building, staff wellness and implementation of evidence-based practices. As a consultant and trainer, Anjali Nandi designs and delivers a variety of training seminars in the fields of behavior change, addictions and corrections to state and local agencies throughout the country on topics as varied as implementation science; program evaluation; organizational development; skills for effective supervision; evidence based practice; evidence-based sentencing for judges; impaired driving research; adult and juvenile assessment; group facilitation skills; curriculum building; vicarious trauma and staff wellness; cognitive skill-building; and basic and advanced Motivational Interviewing.  She serves as an expert consultant for the Evidence-based Practice Implementation for Capacity (EPIC) project in Colorado.  She has been a member of the International Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers since 2003 and has been trained as an MI trainer by William Miller, co-developer of MI.  She has presented at numerous regional and national conferences around the country and aids agencies in developing implementation teams and moving towards being a learning organization.

In her clinical work, as a bilingual psychotherapist, Anjali Nandi has been the Program Director of two state-licensed out-patient drug and alcohol treatment agencies in Colorado and for over fifteen years has provided individual and group therapy to clients with depression, anxiety, addictions and trauma.

In addition to this clinical and consulting work, Anjali Nandi has co-authored five books including Probation and Parole Treatment Planner published by Wiley (2003), Interlock Enhancement Counseling (2012), two books on Motivational Interviewing published by the National Institute of Corrections and available at http://nicic.gov/Library/025556 and http://nicic.gov/Library/025557, and Enliven Your Groups: A Guide to Re-Imagining and Re-Energizing Manualized Curricula (2014). She has also published articles in journals such as Federal Probation and Traffic Injury Research Foundation.

  • Attending to Risk and Needs in treatment
  • Evidence-Based Practices with Criminal Justice clients
  • Assessment-responsive treatment planning
  • Individualizing group treatment
  • Trauma informed Care
  • Preventing Vicarious Trauma
  • Latest research on addiction and the brain
  • Planning treatment with a focus on criminogenic needs
  • Using the LSI and assessment to determine needs
  • Enhancing clinical supervision
  • Motivational Interviewing
  • Advanced Motivational Interviewing
  • Group Facilitation Skills
  • CBT in group and individual treatment
  • Implementation Science
  • Leadership Development
  • Having Crucial Conversations
  • Coaching and Feedback Skills for Supervisors
  • Developing High-Performing Teams
  • Strategic Planning
  • Thinking together: Developing dialogue in groups
  • Trust and Emotional Intelligence
  • Developing functional teams
  • Enhancing workplace engagement
  • Mindful engagement in dialogue
  • Sustainably creative – supporting brilliance, health and abundance
  • Triple-loop Learning – self-awareness and transformation in teamwork
  • Transformative learning toward complex problem solving
  • Developing psychological safety in the workplace