PROCESS GROUP EXPERIENCE (PGE) SECTIONS:

These small groups provide participants an environment in which to obtain, expand and retain their skills in conducting group therapy.  The PGE sections are conducted by many of the country’s outstanding group therapists.  The group psychotherapy skills gained are important in conducting any group, regardless of its theoretical orientation, time parameter or patient population.  PGE sections are essential training and benefit the participants, both personally and professionally. A portion of each PGE will be didactic. A maximum of 12 registrants will be accepted per group.

For more information on the presenter, please click on the presenter name to view their CGP profile. 


 I-A. GENERAL PROCESS GROUP EXPERIENCE

Entry Level
Less than 4 years of group psychotherapy leadership experience

Instructors:
1. Claudia Arlo, MSW, LCSW-R, CASAC, CGP, Clinician/Coordinator/Adjunct Professor, AIMS Mount Sinai West/Fordham University, New York, New York
2. Jeanne Bunker, LCSW, CGP, Private Practice, Austin, Texas
3. Patricia Kyle Dennis, PhD, LCSW, CGP, Private Practice, Saint Louis, Missouri
4. Jay Erwin-Grotsky, LCSW, CGP, Private Practice, Austin, Texas
5. Andrea Pully, MEd, LPC, CGP, FAGPA, Private Practice, Austin, Texas
6. Kathy Rider, LCSW, BCD, CGP, FAGPA, Private Practice, Austin, Texas
7. Sharan Schwartzberg, EdD, OTR/L, FAOTA, CGP, FAGPA, Professor of Occupational Therapy, Tufts University, Boston, Massachusetts
8.
Ginger Sullivan, MA, LPC, CGP, Private Practice, Washington, DC

Intermediate Level
4-9 years of group psychotherapy leadership experience

Instructors:

9. Helen Chong, LCSW, CGP, Private Practice, Houston, Texas, Private Practice, Houston, Texas
10. Karis Klassen, MA, MBT, CGP, Private Practice, Indianapolis, Indiana
11. Charlene Pratt, MA, LCPC, CGP, Private Practice, Chicago, Illinois
12. Alyson Stone, PhD, CGP, Private Practice, Austin, Texas
13. Kurt White, MSW, CGP, FAGPA, Adjunct Assistant Professor, Smith College School for Social Work, Northampton, Massachusetts

Advanced Level
10+ years of group psychotherapy leadership experience

 Instructors:

14. Robert Berley, PhD, CGP, FAGPA, Private Practice, Seattle, Washington
15. Suzanne Cohen, EdD, CGP, FAGPA, Private Practice, Newton, Massachusetts
16. Molly Donovan, PhD, CGP, FAGPA, Faculty, Washington School of Psychiatry, Washington, DC
17. Keith Rand, MA, MFT, CGP, FAGPA, Private Practice, Los Angeles, California
18. Barry Wepman, PhD, CGP, LFAGPA, Faculty, Washington School of Psychiatry, Washington, DC

I-B. PROCESS GROUP EXPERIENCE SECTION WITH MIXED LEVELS OF EXPERIENCE

 Instructors:

1. John Caffaro, PhD, CGP, FAGPA, Distinguished Professor, California School of Professional Psychiatry, Los Angeles, California
2. Sara Emerson, LICSW, CGP, FAGPA, Private Practice, Cambridge, Massachusetts
3. Michael Frank, MA, LMFT, CGP, LFAGPA, Clinical Supervisor and Coordinator of the Group Therapy Program, The Maple Counseling Center, Beverly Hills, California
4. Robin Good, PhD, CGP, FAGPA, Co-Director and Faculty, EGPS One-Year Training Program in Group Psychotherapy, New York, New York
5. Francis Kaklauskas, PsyD, CGP, FAGPA, Core Faculty, Graduate School of Psychology and Counseling, Boulder, Colorado

I-C. PROCESS GROUP EXPERIENCE SECTION FOR SENIOR THERAPISTS
Limited to prior AGPA Institute instructors or registrants who have participated in four or more AGPA Institutes.

Instructors:
1. Darryl Pure, PhD, ABPP, CGP, FAGPA, Clinical Lecturer in Psychiatry, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, Chicago, Illinois
2. Carol Vaughan, LCSW, CGP, LFAGPA, Private Practice, Houston, Texas

I-D. TWO-YEAR CONTINUOUS SECTION
Registration for this section assumes attendance at two consecutive Annual Meetings. (This is the 2nd and final year of this group; new participants will not be accepted.)

Instructor:
Chera Finnis, PsyD, CGP, FAGPA,
Clinical Supervisor, Marie Droste Counseling Center, New York, New York

I-E. TWO-YEAR CONTINUOUS SECTION WITH INTERMITTENT CONFERENCE CALL MEETINGS
Registration for this section assumes attendance at two consecutive Annual Meetings. There will be five telephone conference call sessions between the two meetings onsite at the Institute. (This is the 2nd year of this two-year group, new participants will not be accepted.)

Instructors:
Gil Spielberg, MSW, PhD, ABPP, CGP, FAGPA,
Training and Supervision Analyst, Institute for Contemporary Psychoanalysis, Los Angeles, California; and
Robert Unger, MSW, PhD, CGP, FAGPA,
Private Practice, Boulder, Colorado

I-F. National Institute Instructor Designate
Registration for this section is available to approved 2017 NID applicants. (The next application will be available in 2019).

Instructor:
 Elaine Jean Cooper, PhD, MSW, CGP, DFAGPA, Clinical Professor in Psychiatry, University of California, School of Medicine, San Francisco, California

Learning Objectives for all PGE Sections:
The attendee will be able to:
1. Identify phases of group development and the leader’s role in each phase.
2. Identify one’s role in the group and those of others.
3. Define and apply such concepts as transference and resistance.
4. Describe key process interactions in the group.
5. Recognize leader behaviors that facilitate the group process.
6. Identify approaches to addressing termination.

Course References for all PGE Sections:
1. Alonso, A., & Swiller, H.I. (Eds.). (1993). Group therapy in clinical practice (pp. 533-545). Washington, D.C.: American Psychiatric Press.
2. Aveline, M.O. (1993). Principles of leadership in brief training groups for mental health care professionals. International Journal of Group Psychotherapy, 43, 107-129.
3. Gans, J.S., & Alonso, A. (1998). Difficult patients: Their construction in group psychotherapy. International Journal of Group Psychotherapy, 48, 311-326.
4. Ganzarian, R. (1989). The group as a training base. In R. Ganzarian (Ed.), Object relations and group psychotherapy (pp. 217-337). New York: International University Press.
5. Horwitz, L. (1977). A group centered approach to group psychotherapy. International Journal of Group Psychotherapy, 27, 423-439.
6. Kauff, P.F. (1979). Diversity in analytic group psychotherapy: The relationship between theoretical concepts and technique. International Journal of Group Psychotherapy, 29, 51-56.
7. Kibel, H.D., & Stein, A. (1981). The group-as-a-whole approach: An appraisal. International Journal of Group Psychotherapy, 31, 409-427.
8. Kobos, J., & Leszcz, M. (2007). Practice guidelines for group psychotherapy. New York: American Group Psychotherapy Association.
9. MacKenzie, K.R. (1997). Time-managed group psychotherapy: Effective clinical applications. American Psychiatric Publishing.
10. Pines, M. (1981). The frame of reference of group psychotherapy. International Journal of Group Psychotherapy, 31, 275-285.
11. Rutan, J.S., Alonso, A., & Groves, J.E. (1988). Understanding defenses in group psychotherapy. International Journal of Group Psychotherapy, 38, 459-472.
12. Rutan, J.S., & Stone, W.N. (2001). Psychodynamic group psychotherapy (3rd Ed.). New York: The Guilford Press.
13. Wong, N. (1983). Fundamental psychoanalytic concepts: Past and present understanding of their applicability to group psychotherapy. International Journal of Group Psychotherapy, 33, 171-191.
14. Yalom, I.D., & Lieberman, M.A. (1971). A study of encounter group casualties. Archives of general psychiatry, 25, 16-30.

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