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AGPA Teleconferences in September

Difficult Moments in Group Psychotherapy: Looking Through the Lens of Different Theoretical Paradigms

Sunday, September 10 at 1:00-2:30 pm (Eastern); 12:00-1:30 pm (Central); 11:00 am-12:30 pm (Mountain); 10:00-11:30 am (Pacific)

Moderator: Katie Steele, PhD, CGP, FAGPA
Panelists: David Hawkins, MD, CGP, DLFAGPA, Priscilla Kauff, PhD, DLFAGPA, and Anne Lindhardt, MD
Early Career Professionals: Mark Davis, MSW, and Victoria Te You Moore, MA, LPC

As part of AGPA’s 75th Anniversary celebration, the Distance Learning Task Force is sponsoring a three-part series, pairing seasoned therapists with known theoretical models of group psychotherapy and early career professionals. Invited early career professionals will present clinical vignettes of difficult moments in their group work to a panel of three group therapists with diverse clinical perspectives. This presentation will feature the Psychoanalytic, Psychodynamic, and Group Analytic Conceptual Models.

On the Frontlines of Trauma: Contemplative Best Trauma and Resiliency Training (CBTRT)
Sunday, September 17 at 8:00-9:30 pm (Eastern); 7:00-8:30 pm (Central); 6:00-7:30 pm (Mountain); 5:00-6:30 pm (Pacific)

Presenter: Gaea Logan, LPC-S, CGP, FAGPA

This innovative training prepares participants to better understand, treat, and prevent PTSD. Contemplative Based Trauma and Resiliency Training (CBTRT) is an evidence-based protocol that offers a mind/body/brain perspective on trauma at the intersection of neuroscience, group psychotherapy, and contemplative science and training in mindfulness-based strategies for self-regulation. In Part II, participants will engage in a first-person methodology by "putting their own oxygen masks on first," experiencing a menu of mindful awareness practices designed to increase attention control, self-awareness, and emotional regulation--the three key components of self-regulation.

These teleconferences are complimentary for AGPA Members. For details and to register, log in and visit the AGPA Online CE Center.

It’s not too early to register for the 2018 AGPA Meeting...

The AGPA 2018 Meeting theme is “The Healing Power of Groups in a Fragmented World.” This 6-day event from February 26-March 3 will be held in Houston, Texas and will feature presentations by leading experts in group therapy. Highlights of the meeting will include:

--Two Special Institute Presentations:

1) Peter Fonagy, PhD, will be discussing “The Technique of Mentalization-Based Treatment for Severe Personality Disorder.”
2) “The Use of the Training Group in Educating and Maintaining the Group Therapist” is the topic of discussion to be led by Elliot Zeisel, PhD, LCSW, CGP, DFAGPA.
-- Elizabeth Knight, MSW, CGP, DFAGPA, will present the Institute Opening Plenary Address.
-- The Mitchell Hochberg Memorial Public Education Event entitled, “Group Process as an Intervention for Community Resocialization” will be presented by David Allen, MD, MPH.
-- “The Role of the Body in Group Psychotherapy: A Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Approach” is the title for the Conference Opening Plenary Session to be presented by Pat Ogden, PhD.
-- AGPA President-Elect, Barry Helfmann, PsyD, CGP, DFAGPA, will present his presidential address during the Anne and Ramon Alonso Plenary entitled, “WHY AGPA?”
--The Louis R. Ormont Lecture will be presented by Richard Billow, PhD, ABPP, CGP.

We hope that you will be able to join us. Here is the registration form.

Early Bird Hotel Rates at the Westin Galleria and Oaks Hotels are available.

If you reserve your hotel room for the 2018 Meeting before November 30, you will receive a special rate of $179 single/double occupancy rate. Beginning December 1, the rates will be $199 single/double. To take advantage, click here. Please note: Discounted reservations must include one pre-paid night which is non-refundable.

Help Build the Future for Group Therapy - Make a Gift to the Group Foundation for Advancing Mental Health

Support the Group Foundation mission to change lives through therapeutic group work by advancing the most effective and innovative approaches to group therapy education, training, research and community outreach. Your gift is particularly important during this 75th Anniversary year of AGPA and the Group Foundation Campaign in celebration of this milestone, with a goal of expanding our programs for scholarships, research, society and speaker awards, agency training, community outreach and technology improvements. Contributions can be made online at

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