INSTITUTE OPENING PLENARY SESSION
Tuesday, March 6, 8:30 - 9:15 A.M.
Secrets: To Share or Not to Share
Instructor: J. Scott Rutan, PhD, CGP, DFAGPA
Mark Twain once noted, "Everyone is like a moon and has a dark side which he never shows anyone." The opposite sentiment is seen in the Alcoholic Anonymous slogan, "We are only as sick as our secrets."
This presentation will focus on the place of secrets in relationships - when they should be shared and when they should be kept. The role of secrets in group therapy will be specifically addressed.
Dr. Scott Rutan is a psychologist in private practice in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts. He is a Distinguished Fellow and past president of the American Group Psychotherapy Association (AGPA) and a Certified Group Psychotherapist. Dr. Rutan was the Founder of the Center for Group Psychotherapy at Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School and Co-Founder of the Boston Institute for Psychotherapy. He has published widely on group therapy and psychodynamic theory, conducts workshops around the world, and serves on the editorial boards of several journals.