76th Annual Conference Sessions and Workshops
Saturday, March 2 (Overview)

Early Bird Open Sessions
7:45 – 8:45 A.M. 


Session 216: The Ethical and Clinical Dangers of Multiple Relationships at Group Training Institutes
Charlie Pohl, MSW, CGP

Session 217: Queer & Transgender Clinicians on the Issue of Self-Disclosure
RP Whitmore-Bard, MA, Chair
Sorin Thomas, MA, LPC, LAC
Sarah Tyerman, MA, PGDipGA, MInstGA

Session 218: Addressing Workplace Stress: Time-Limited Groups for Non-Health Care Workers in a Busy Health Care System
Brenda Boatswain, PhD, CGP

Early Morning Colloquies
7:45 – 8:45 A.M.

Colloquy 6: Integrative Group Facilitation: Bridging Models to Cultivate Expressiveness, Curiosity, and Connection
Matthew Tomatz, MA, LPC, LAC, CGP

Colloquy 7: Group Therapy and the Classroom: Using the Basics of Group to Enhance Teaching
Emily Brown, BA, MFT
William Whitney, PhD, MFT, MST

All-Day Course
9:00 – 11:30 A.M. & 2:00 – 4:30 P.M.

(Registration will only be accepted for both the morning and afternoon sessions.)

C4. Integrative Cognitive Behavioral Group
Director: Greg Crosby, MA, LPC, CGP, FAGPA

All-Day Workshops
9:00 – 11:30 A.M. & 2:00 – 4:30 P.M.

(Registration will only be accepted for both the morning and afternoon sessions.)


Master Workshop 73a: Yearning for Connection: Hesitations on the Edge of Intimacy
Joan-Dianne Smith, MSW, RSW

Allan Sheps, MSW, RSW

Workshop 74a: Narcissism in Group:  We Leaders Are Not Immune!
David Kaplowitz, LMFT, CGP
Britt Raphling, LCPC, CGP

Workshop 75a: Decoding Body Language in Group Psychotherapy:  Accessing the Core Blueprints for Immediacy
Chap Attwell, MD, MPH
Elizabeth Stewart, BCSI

Workshop 76a: Psychodrama: The Magic of Growth and Change
Shelley Firestone, MD, CGP, FAGPA

Workshop 77a: Dissociation and Complex Trauma in Members and Leaders: Psychodynamic Theory and Group Interventions
Leonardo Leiderman, PsyD, ABPP, CGP, FAGPA

Morning Open Sessions
9:00 – 11:30 A.M.

Session 310: LOUIS R. ORMONT LECTURE— Reparative Countertransference: The Therapist's Need to Repeat the Past
Karen Maroda, PhD, ABPP

Session 311: The Experiment: Group Therapy Pioneers, Foulkes and Bion, are Resurrected for Heated Discussion
Dominick Grundy, PhD, CGP, FAGPA & Shayne Vitemb, MA, LMFT, Co-Chairs
Robert Grossmark, PhD
Rena Pollak, LMFT, CGP
John Schlapobersky, BA, MSC, CGP
Nina Thomas, PhD, ABPP, CGP

Greg Wright, MA, AMFT

Session 312: Strengthening Your Affiliate's "Footprint" in the Community to Fight Social Injustice, Disasters and Other Demons (AGPA Leadership Track)
Jana Rosenbaum, LCSW, CGP, FAGPA, Chair
Richard Beck, LCSW, BCD, CGP, FAGPA
Katie Griffin, MA, LPC, CGP, FAGPA
Marcus Hummings, PsyD

Morning Workshops
9:00 A.M.– 11:30 A.M.

Workshop 78: To Hell with the Polar Bears: The Psychodynamics of Climate Change and Leveraging Group Process to Save the Planet
Benjamin White, MSW, LCSW, CGP

Workshop 79: Practicing What We Preach: Exploring the Differences Between Our Theoretical Approaches and Our Actual Practice
Andrew Eig, PhD, ABPP
Workshop 80: Deepening Connection in the Here-and-Now: Integrating Contemporary Models to Catalyze Healing in Groups
Annie Weiss, LICSW, CGP, FAGPA
Workshop 81: Expanding the Repertoire: Creative Exercises to Enhance Group Process
Corinne Hannan, PhD, CGP
Anna Packard, PhD, CGP
Workshop 82: Indecent Exposure?: The Pitfalls and Potential of Group Therapist Self-Disclosure
Jonathan Stillerman, PhD, CGP

Workshop 83: Who, What, When, Where, Why, and I: The Group Leader Role and Running Process Groups for Training Experiences (AGPA Leadership Track)
Karen Eberwein, PsyD, CGP
Workshop 84: Enriching Psychoeduational Groups with Process: Expand their Potential
Nina Brown, EdD, LPC, NCC, FAGPA
Workshop 85: Analytic Autogenetic Training with Guided Visualizations in Psychosomatic Clients (A.A.T.G.V.)
Domenico Agresta, MA
Fausto Agresta
Alessio Bianconi, MPsych
Giuseppina Marolla, MPsych
Antonio Minervino, MD


Workshop 86: To Use or Not to Use? Being Vulnerable with Substance Use: Running Integrative Harm-Reduction Psychotherapy Groups
Adam Frankel, PhD, CGP
Workshop 87: Whither Masculinity? Deconstructing Toxic Models & Identifying Others
Wayne Ayers, PhD
Workshop 88: Sex, Drugs, and Technology:  Ethically Informed Group Therapy with Adolescents
Thomas Hurster, MSS, LCSW, CGP, FAGPA
Workshop 89: The Secret Agent Society- A Multi-Media, Evidence-Based Group Social Skills Program for Children
Renae Beaumont, PhD
Barbara Flye, PhD
Jo Hariton, PhD, LCSW, CGP
Mina Yadegar, PsyD


Group Foundation for Advancing Mental Health Luncheon and Performance
11:45 A.M. – 1:45 P.M.

How Does our Life Shape our Life’s Work?

An Interview with Irvin Yalom, MD, DLFAGPA by Molyn Leszcz, MD, FRCPC, CGP, DFAGPA

Dr. Irvin Yalom will be interviewed by Dr. Molyn Leszcz, his co-author of the 5th and 6th editions of The Theory and Practice of Group Psychotherapy about several themes discussed in Dr. Yalom’s most recent book, a personal memoir, Becoming Myself.  These include Dr. Yalom’s career as a group therapist, researcher, and educator, the important influences in his professional development, and his transition into a creative writer using narrative as a teaching modality.    

This event is included with the five-day Institute and Conference package or the three-day Conference registration.

Afternoon Open Session
2:00 – 4:30 P.M.


313. The Large Group
Consultants are faculty members of the National Group Psychotherapy Institute of the Washington School of Psychiatry.

Active Consultants: 
Mary Dluhy, MSW, CGP, FAGPA
Ayana Watkins-Northern, PhD
Leon Paparella, MSW, CGP

Robert Schulte, MSW, CGP, FAGPA,
Rosemary Segalla, PhD, ABPP, CGP, FAGPA

Observer Consultants:
Kavita Avula, PsyD
Reginald Nettles, PhD, CGP

Sessions also offered on Thursday and Friday (1:00 – 2:15 P.M.).
Participants are encouraged to attend all sessions.

Afternoon Workshops
2:00 – 4:30 P.M.

Workshop 90: Faring Well Through Farewell
Jeffrey Mendell, MD, CGP
Marsha Vannicelli, PhD, CGP, LFAGPA

Workshop 91: Responding to Bias and Microaggressions in Group Psychotherapy
Melissa Jones, PhD
Noelle Lefforge, PhD, MHA, CGP
Stephanie McLaughlin, PhD, CGP
Claudia Mejia, PsyD

Workshop 92: Deciphering Connection, Moving from Personal Awareness to Interpersonal Engagement
Carlos Canales, PsyD, CGP, FAGPA

Workshop 93: When a Group Shares a Dream: Deepening Emotional Experiencing and Enhancing Interpersonal Connection
Karen Shore, PhD, CGP

Workshop 94: Preventing Therapist Burnout Through the Science and Practice of Self-Compassion
Albert Khait, MD
Francis Stevens, PhD

Workshop 95: Experiencing the Power of Mentalizing to Build Bridges in Group Therapy
Valorie George, LCSW, CGP
Jennifer Markey, PhD, CGP

Master Workshop 96: The Unobtrusive Relational Group Analyst: Enactment and Narration in Group Psychotherapy
Robert Grossmark, PhD
Workshop 97: Riding the Third Wave: Acceptance and Commitment Therapy Metaphors and Mindfulness in Groups
Michael Buxton, PhD
Derek Griner, PhD, ABPP, CGP
Kristina Hansen, PhD, CGP
Workshop 98: The Fear of Power + The Power to Fear: The Female Voice in Group Therapy
Yoon Kane, LCSW, CGP
Saralyn Masselink, LCSW, CGP
Workshop 99: Group Therapy for Patients with Schizophrenia
Nick Kanas, MD, CGP-R, FAGPA

Workshop 100: Bridging Connections Between Intimate Partners using Couples and Individual Group Psychotherapy
Judith Cochè, PhD, ABPP, CGP, LFAGPA


Workshop 101: Loving and Hating the Adolescent in Group Psychotherapy: The Therapeutic Use of Countertransference
Andrew Pojman, EdD, CGP, FAGPA

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