76th Annual Conference Sessions and Workshops
Thursday, February 28 (Overview)

Early Bird Open Sessions
Early Morning Colloquies
Conference Opening Plenary
All-Day Courses
All-Day Workshops
Morning Open Sessions
Morning Workshops
Lunch-Time Open Session
Afternoon Open Sessions
Afternoon Workshops

Event Descriptions for Thursday


Early Bird Open Sessions
7:15 – 8:15 A.M.

Session 201: Contemporary Group Psychotherapy Research
Cheri Marmarosh, PhD, Chair

  • Comparison of Individual and Group Treatment in Physiotherapy for Low Back Pain -- Zipora Shectman, PhD, DFAGPA
  • Group Treatment with Patients with Somatic Disorders - Current State and Research Needs -- Bernhard Strauss, PhD

Session 202: Getting off the Runway: Forming and Launching your New Psychotherapy Group
Amy Matias, PhD, LICSW, CGP

Session 203: DBT and Modern Group Analysis

Session 204: Power of Groups to Help Adolescents
Elaine Leader, PhD, CGP, FAGPA, Chair
Stella Cuomo, MSW
Cheryl Eskin, MA, LMFT

Session 205: What Does this Button Do? Understanding, Navigating, and Utilizing Social Media to Brand and Expand your Group/Agency Practice
David Songco, PsyD, CGP

Early Morning Colloquies
7:15 – 8:15 A.M.

Colloquy 1: Physician Self-Care: Challenges of Keeping Group Process Training Alive in Residency Training as a Way of Preventing Professional Burnout
Nelly Katsnelson, MD, CGP

Colloquy 2: Processing Secondary Trauma in Adoptive Parents
William Hemphill, MDiv, LAPC, NCC, MMHC

Conference Opening Plenary Address
8:30   9:45 A.M.

Forging Connections in Group Psychotherapy Through Right Brain to Right Emotional Communications

Featured Speaker: Allan Schore, PhD 

All-Day Courses
10:00 A.M. – 12:30 P.M. & 2:30 – 5:00 P.M.

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

Course 1. Principles of Group Psychotherapy (Part 2)

Misha Bogomaz, PsyD, CGP, ABPP
Jennifer Martin, PhD, CGP

Karen Cone-Uemura, PhD, CGP
Annie Weiss, LICSW, CGP, FAGPA
Tevya Zukor, PhD, CGP

Part I is offered by webinar; see AGPA website for schedule.

Course 2. Alcohol, Drugs, Gambling, Lusting, Intrigue, Eating, Rage, and More: A Cutting Edge Model of Addiction Treatment
Shelley Firestone, MD, CGP, FAGPA
Marcia Nickow, PsyD, CADC, CGP
Barney Straus, MSW, MS, CGP, FAGPA

All-Day Workshops
10:00 A.M. – 12:30 P.M. & 2:30 – 5:00 P.M.

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

Workshop 1a: Facilitating Justice: Anti-Racist Practice for White Group Facilitators
Mark Drummond Davis, MSW
A.J. Metthe, MS
Zachary Wigham, MSW

Workshop 2a: An Exploration of Competition, Cooperation, and Autonomy: Learning from the Pelaton
Cindy Aron, MSW, CGP, FAGPA
Paul Cox, MD, CGP

Workshop 3a: Sensing How to Speak and Be Silent: Working with Developmental Self-States as a Group Leader
Angelo Ciliberti, MA, LPC, CGP
Jordan Price, LCSW, MSW, CGP

Workshop 4a: Integrating CBT & Experiential Interventions:  An Innovative Short-Term Psychodramatic Group Model
Thomas Treadwell, EdD, TEP, CGP
Deborah Dartnell, MSOD, MA
Brittni Gettys, BA

Workshop 5a: Group Dynamics and the New Heroism: Creating a Group Context that Supports Courageous Nonviolent Action
Bill Roller, MA, LFAGPA
Yong Xu, MD

Workshop 6a: The Group Outside the Group: Family and Cultural Considerations in Child/Adolescent Group Therapy
Seth Aronson, PsyD, CGP, FAGPA
Craig Haen, PhD, LCAT, CGP, FAGPA
Kevin Hull, PhD
Shannon Jones, MSW
Qsheqilla Mitchell, PhD, MPH
Sam Steen, PhD

Morning Open Sessions

10:00 A.M. – 12:30 P.M.

Session 301: Anger in Group Therapy: Grist for the Mill vs. When Rage Kills
Joseph Shay, PhD, CGP, LFAGPA, Chair
Stewart Aledort, MD, CGP, FAGPA
Molyn Leszcz, MD, FRCPC, CGP, DFAGPA
Ronnie Levine, PhD, ABPP, CGP, FAGPA

Session 302: Integrating Research and Theory to Inform Interventions
Sally Barlow, PhD, ABPP, ABGP, CGP, Chair
Les Greene, PhD, CGP, LFAGPA
Francis Kaklauskas, PsyD, CGP, FAGPA

Session 303: Stories We Carry: Exploring the Impact of Trauma and Loss on the Clinician and the Group
Mary Krueger, MSEd, LCPC, CGP, FAGPA, Chair
Catherine Brennan, MD
Paige LaCava, MA, LCPC, CGP
Shira Marin, PhD

Morning Workshops
10:00 A.M. – 12:30 P.M.


Workshop 7: Microaggressions from the Inside Out:  Individual, Dyadic, and Group Impacts
Kavita Avula, PsyD
Sabrina Crawford, PsyD

Workshop 8: Breaking the Last Taboo In Group - Healing (Real) Money Issues
Richard Kahler, MSFP, ChFC
Michelle Davenport, MA, LMFT, CGP

Participants are asked to bring a small amount of cash that they would not mind losing

Workshop 9: From the Heart of the Dream to the Heart of the Group
Wendy Keren Vishny, MD, MA

Workshop 10: Mirror, Mirror on the Screen 2.0: The Images of Ourselves Reflected Back to Us by Online Groups
Robert Hsiung, MD

Workshop 11: Seeing and Being Seen in Group Therapy: A Polyvagal Theory Perspective
Philip Flores, PhD, ABPP, CGP, LFAGPA

Workshop 12: Co-Leading Groups: A Seesaw Between Collaboration and Narcissism: An Integrative Workshop Using Creative Arts
Mona Rakhawy, MD, CGP

Workshop 13: Group Psychotherapy Focused on Spiritual Development
John Hiatt, MD

Workshop 14Expanding Diversity Dialogues: Treating Clients with Health Conditions and Disabilities
Wendy Freedman, PhD, CGP
Leslie Klein, PhD

Workshop 15: Calming the Hands: Working with Hair-Pulling and Skin-Picking in Psychodynamic Group Therapy
Stacy Nakell, LCSW, CGP

Workshop 16

Workshop 17: Processes in Trauma-Informed Present-Oriented Group Treatment
Daniel Gross, MSW
Melissa Wattenberg, PhD


Master Workshop 18:
Coping with Aging in Ourselves and Our Clients: Continuing to be Effective and Connected Group Therapists
George Saiger, MD, CGP, LFAGPA
Kenneth Schwartz, MD, FRCPC

Lunch-Time Open Session
1:00 – 2:15 P.M.

LG-1: 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
Also being held on Friday (1:00-2:15 P.M.) and Saturday, (2:00-4:30 P.M.).
Attendance at all sessions is encouraged.

Afternoon Open Sessions
2:30 – 5:00 P.M.

Session 304: Challenges in Group Psychotherapy Supervision and Training
Noelle Lefforge, PhD, MHA, CGP, Co-Chair
Stephanie McLaughlin, PhD, CGP, Co-Chair
Jeffrey Kleinberg, PhD, MPH, CGP, DFAGPA

Session 305: Women and Aggression: History, Healing, and Power
Jeanne Bunker, LCSW, CGP, FAGPA, Co-Chair
Janice Morris, PhD, ABPP, CGP, FAGPA, Co-Chair
Lisa Means, MA, LPC, CGP
Patty Olwell, MA, LPC
Lavanya Shankar, PhD

Session 306: Restoring the Curious Mind in Group
Andrew Eig, PhD, ABPP, Chair
Richard Billow, PhD, ABPP, CGP
Sara Emerson, LICSW, MSW, CGP, FAGPA
Suzanne Phillips, PsyD, ABPP, CGP, FAGPA

Afternoon Workshops
2:30 5:00 P.M.


Workshop 19: The Nuts and Bolts of Creating and Maintaining Groups that Thrive
Ann Steiner, PhD, MFT, CGP, FAGPA

Workshop 20: Unmasking Social Identities and Culture in Group: Knocking at the Boundaries
Sophia Aguirre, PhD, CGP
Eri Suzuki Bentley, PhD, CGP
Michele Ribeiro, EdD, CGP
Susan Walker, PhD, CGP

Workshop 21: Induction or ESP: Cultivating Intuitive Resources in the Group Experience
Michelle Bohls, LMFT, IRT, CGP
William Watson, PhD, CGP

Workshop 22: The Use of Sand Tray Miniatures to Enhance the Group Psychotherapy Experience
Andrea Grunblatt, PhD, CGP, FAGPA

Workshop 23: Digital Conquest: Building Your Group Therapy Empire with Social Media (AGPA Leadership Track)
Marc Azoulay, MA, LPC, LAC, CGP

Workshop 24: Using Expressive Movement to Explore Transitions:  Group Process of Holding On and Letting Go
Suzanne Cohen, EdD, CGP, FAGPA

Workshop 25: Social Dreaming: An Opportunity for Communal Integration and Healing of Social Fragmentation
George Bermudez, PhD

Workshop 26: Zines: Giving Voice, Building Community, and Instilling Hope through Shared Artistic Expression in Group
Sarah Frank Jarvis, LMFT, ATR-BC, CGP

Workshop 27: Hunger and Longing:  Fostering Intimacy to Heal Relational Trauma in the Here-and-Now
Mitchel Adler, PsyD, CGP, FAGPA

Workshop 28: Professional Development for Queer & Transgender Group Therapists
Sorin Thomas, MA, LPC, LP
RP Whitmore-Bard, MA


Workshop 29: Couples Group Therapy
Jeffrey Roth, MD, CGP, FAGPA
Tamara Roth, CADC

Workshop 30


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