77th Annual Conference Sessions and Workshops
Friday, March 6 (Overview)

Early Bird Open Sessions

Early Morning Colloquies
Anne and Ramon Alonso Plenary Address
All-Day Course
All-Day Workshops
Morning Open Sessions
Morning Workshops
Lunch-Time Open Session

Cinema Presentation
Afternoon Open Sessions (2:30-4:00 pm)
Afternoon Workshops (2:30-4:00 pm)
Afternoon Open Sessions (4:30-6:00 pm)

Afternoon Workshops (4:30-6:00 pm)

Group Foundation Dance Party


Event Descriptions for Friday

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

Session 206: Contemporary Group Psychotherapy Research 
Cheri Marmarosh, PhD, Chair

Time-Limited Process Groups Based on Focused Brief Group Therapy in Singapore: A Pilot and Feasibility Study – Martyn Whittingham, PhD, CGP, FAGPA; Shi Min Liew, MA

Re-Appraisal as a Method to Reduce Child Aggression in Group -- Zipora Shechtman, PhD, DFAGPA

Sessions also on Thursday (7:15-8:15 A.M.) and Saturday (7:45-8:45 A.M.)

Session 207: Physician Self-Care: Challenges of Keeping Group Process Training Alive in Residency Training as a Way of Preventing Professional Burnout (Psychiatry SIG Meeting)
Nelly Katsnelson, MD, CGP

Session 208: A Mindfulness Meditation Group Therapy Model:  Building Internal Stability and Self-Compassion Through Sitting, Sharing, and Community
Michael Buxton, PhD, MFT

Session 209: Role-Playing Therapy Groups: A New Approach to Using Games to Connect, Overcome Anxiety, and Learn Skills
Christopher Chapman, PhD
Vincent Dehili, PhD

Social JusticeSession 210: Queer Youth Panel: What is it Like to be Young and Queer in 2020?
Lawrence Shweky, LCSW

Session 211: Getting High, Falling Low, and Climbing High Again: Leading a ChemSex Support Group
Aylon Slater, MA

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

Social JusticeColloquy 5: Mental Health Brewed in the African Pot:  Practice Perspectives from Ghana and Uganda
Joana Kyei, PsyD
Henry Nsubuga, MA


Colloquy 6: Dutch Design: The Dutch Practice Guidelines for Group Therapy in (Mental) Health Care
Pepijn Steures, MD, Chair
Anne-Marie Claassen
Willem de Haas
Rob Koks
Silvia Pol
Niels Tinga

Colloquy 7: For Better or Worse?: How Parenting Experiences Impact Clinical Work
Annalee Sweet, LCSW, CGP

Colloquy 8: Addiction and Recovery Education That Lasts: Use of Stories, Images, and More
Geoffrey Kane, MD, MPH


Annual Anne and Ramon Alonso Presidential Plenary Address
8:30 – 9:45 A.M.

All I Need to Know in Life, I Learned in Group

Molyn Leszcz, MD, FRCPC, CGP, DFAGPA

This presentation will focus on the essential contributions our understanding of group therapy, group process and group principles make in every aspect of our professional lives. Beyond the powerful role of group therapy in the delivery of meaningful and effective mental health care, thinking like a group therapist can shape how we work organizationally in AGPA, and what we can bring to the healing of the fractures in our society. I believe our expertise and understanding has never been more needed in the world.

Dr. Molyn Leszcz is a Professor, Department of Psychiatry, University of Toronto where he served as Vice Chair, Clinical (2010-2017) and as Psychiatrist-in-Chief at Sinai Health System (2006-2017). In addition to more than 100 peer-reviewed papers and chapters, he co-authored with Irvin Yalom, the Theory and Practice of Group Psychotherapy, 5th ed. (2005). The 6th edition will be published in 2020. A co-authored book, Achieving Psychotherapy Effectiveness was published in 2015.  Dr. Leszcz was awarded the Alonso Award for Outstanding Contributions to Psychodynamic Group Therapy and is a Distinguished Fellow of AGPA. Dr. Leszcz has been the recipient of a number of postgraduate education awards at the University of Toronto.


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.)

C4. Group Psychodynamic-Interpersonal Psychotherapy: An Evidence-Based Approach
Giorgio Tasca, PhD

Paul Hewitt, PhD
Samuel Mikhail, PhD

C5. Group Structure, Process and Content: Key Constructs in Therapeutic Applications of Group Analysis
Director: John Schlapobersky, BA, MSC, CGP

C6. Contemporary Adolescent Group Psychotherapy: Method, Madness, and the Fun
Directors: Seth Aronson, PsyD, CGP, FAGPA; Thomas Hurster, MSS, LCSW, CGP, FAGPA; Andrew Pojman, EdD, 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 36a: DO YOU LOVE ME? Love and Hate in the Small Group and in Today's Culture
Macario Giraldo, PhD, CGP, FAGPA

Workshop 37a: Working with Group Therapists in Group Therapy
Richard Billow, PhD, ABPP, CGP

Master Workshop 38a: Cognitive Behavioral, Psychodrama, and Process Group Therapy: A Blended Experiential Model
Thomas Treadwell, EdD, TEP, CGP
Deborah Dartnell, MSOD, MA

Master Workshop 39a: Dissociation and Complex Trauma in Members and Leaders: Psychodynamic Theory and Group Interventions
Leonardo Leiderman, PsyD, ABPP, CGP, FAGPA

Morning Open Sessions
10:00 A.M. – 12:30 P.M.

Social JusticeSession 307: Group Therapy East and West: What We Have Learned from One Another
Ruthellen Josselson, PhD, Chair
Mao Ding, MD
Diana Edwards, Dip, Bsc
Winnie Fei, PhD
Shua Li, BA
Xiaofeng Sun, MD

Session 308: Growth and Renewal:  Building Our Group Training Programs from the Bottom Up
Joshua Gross, PhD, ABPP, CGP, FAGPA, Chair
Misha Bogomaz, PsyD, ABPP, CGP
Nina Brown, EdD, LPC, NCC, FAGPA
Lisa Denton, PhD
Noelle Lefforge, PhD, MHA, CGP

Session 309: Treatment Options for Transmission of Generational SOCIAL Trauma
Elaine Cooper, MSW, PhD, CGP, DFAGPA, Chair
Paul Cox, MD, CGP
Charlotte Kahn, EdD
Marie Rothschild, LCSW, CGP

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

Social JusticeWorkshop 40: Responding to Bias and Microaggressions in Group Psychotherapy
Shemika Brooks, PsyD, CGP
Nathasha Cole Hahn, PhD
Melissa Goates-Jones, PhD
Corinne Hannan, PhD
Louise Wheeler, PhD

Workshop 41: Projective Identification Goes to the Movies
Joseph Shay, PhD, CGP, LFAGPA

Workshop 42: I’d Rather Go Out for Tacos: Our Emotional Resistance to Climate Change
Anna Graybeal, PhD, CGP

Workshop 43: Practicing What We Preach: Exploring The Differences Between Our Theoretical Approaches and Our Actual Practice
Andrew Eig, PhD, ABPP

Workshop 44: Polaroids, Phototherapy, and Group Process to Promote Personal Empowerment
Caitlin Burke, LCAT, ATR-BC
Lena Friedman, MPS, ATR-BC, LCAT, CGP

Workshop 45: Deepening Connection in the Here-And-Now: Integrating Contemporary Models to Catalyze Healing in Groups
Annie Weiss, LICSW, CGP, FAGPA

Workshop 46: The Journey of Change from Needs to Decisions: A Four-Step Model Group Experience
Mohamed Ayman Abd-El-Hameed, MD, PhD
Refaat Mahfouz Mahmoud, MD, PhD
Mohamed Taha Siddik Mohamed, MD, PhD, CGP

Workshop 47: Whose Feeling is it Anyway? Working with Induction Through a Modern Analytic Frame
Heather Frank, PsyD, CGP
James O'Hern, LCSW, CGP

Master Workshop 48: The Body as Primary Access to the Self
Nanine Ewing, PhD, BC-DMT, CGP, FAGPA

Workshop 49: The Gender Paradox: Evolution of the Integrated Group Leader
Yoon Kane, LCSW, CGP
Saralyn Masselink, LCSW, CGP

Workshop 50


Workshop 51: OCD Groups: Integrating Exposure Therapy with Group Process
Ingrid Sochting, PhD, RPsych, CGP

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

LG-2: The Large Group from a Systems-Centered Framework

Susan Gantt, PhD, ABPP, CGP, DFAGPA
Claudia Byram, PhD, CGP
Frances Carter, MSS, LSW
Ray Haddock, MBChB, MMedSc, FRCPsych

Robi Friedman, PhD

Also offered on Thursday (1:00-2:15 P.M.) and Saturday, (2:00-4:30 P.M.).
Participants are encouraged to attend all sessions.

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

Session 212-5:  How Group Therapists Can Relate to Psychotherapy Research Without Fear or Intimidation
Sally Barlow, PhD, ABPP, ABGP, CGP, Chair
Les R. Greene, PhD, CGP, DLFAGPA
Francis Kaklauskas, PsyD, FAGPA

Session 213-5: Developing and Maintaining the Co-Leader Relationship
Ryan Spencer, LMFT, CGP, Chair
Scott Phillips, LMFT, CGP
Keith Rand, MA, MFT, CGP, FAGPA, Moderator

Donna Rich, LCSW
Deborah Sharp, LCSW, CGP
Alyson Stone, PhD, CGP
Pierre Choucroun, PhD, LPC-S, CGP

Session 214-5: DBT and Modern Group Analysis: An Integrative Lens
Claudia Arlo, LCSW-R, CGP, FAGPA

Session 215-5: Psychodynamic Group Psychotherapy in the Treatment of Patients with Psychosis
Ivan Urlić, MD, PhD, Chair
Majda Grah
Branka Restek-Petrović, MD, PhD


Afternoon Workshops
2:30 – 4:00 P.M.

Social JusticeWorkshop 52-5: A Deeper Look at Detours and Distancing Behaviors Within White Affinity Groups
Michele Ribeiro, EdD, CGP, FAGPA

Social JusticeWorkshop 53-5: A Group Approach to Political Culture: How to be a Therapist in a Politically Diverse World
Adrian Lory, LPC

Workshop 54-5: Ethics is a Team Sport!
James Abrams, MA
Madeline Stein, MA

Social JusticeWorkshop 55-5: Considerations in Supervision of Clinicians of Color: A Peer Consultation Group Model
Brenda Boatswain, PhD, CGP

Workshop 56-5: Leading Group Leaders: Leadership Skills for Group Coordinators in UCCs and Other Settings
Carrie Brown, PhD
Niki Keating, PhD


Workshop 57-5: Assessing and Managing Suicide Risk in Group Therapy: Ethical and Clinical Considerations
Erica Lennon, PsyD

Workshop 58-5: Interpersonal Neurobiology, Courage and High-Performing Teams

Carolyn Waterfall, MS

Workshop 59-5: CLAY THERAPY GROUP – How Clay Therapy Promotes Emotional Expression Individually and/or Alone Together
Elizabeth Rosenblatt, PsyD

Workshop 60-5: Talkin' Bout My Generation: Existentialism and Issues of the Newly Aging in Group Therapy
Shayne Ann Vitemb, MA, LMFT, CGP

Workshop 61-5: The Use of Film, Memoirs, and Music in Groups with Patients with Psychosis
Natalie Haziza, MA

Workshop 62-5: “I Said NO”: Empowerment Self-Defense and Healing from Trauma
Anne Miller-Uueda, MSS, LCSW

Afternoon Open Sessions
4:30 – 6:00 P.M.
Social JusticeSession 216-5: Soul Siblings and Invincible Black Women: The Power of Black Women Groups at Predominantly White Institutions
Kimberly Burdine, PhD, MS, Chair
Analesa Clarke, PhD
Social JusticeSession 217-5: White Voice: Too Loud or Too Silent? Navigating the Terrain of Allyship and Accompaniment in Groups and Organizations
Christine Schmidt, LCSW, CGP
Social JusticeSession 218-5: Global Counseling and Supervision: Therapeutic Work with Third Culture Kids in a Global Network University
Anne McEneaney, PhD, ABPP, CGP, FAGPA, Chair
Maisie Chou Chaffin, PsyD
Neda Hajizadeh, PhD
Session 219-5: Thirty Years of Couples Group Psychotherapy: Forward, March!
Judith Cochè, PhD, ABPP, CGP, FAGPA, Chair
Katie Griffin, MA, LPC, CGP, FAGPA
Ginger Sullivan, MA, LPC, CGP, FAGPA

Afternoon Workshops
4:30 – 6:00 P.M.

Social JusticeWorkshop 63-5: Moving Towards More Equitable Practices: Challenging Hetero-White Western Norms in Group Therapy
Daniela Recabarren, PhD, MSEd
Renita Sengupta, PsyD

Workshop 64-5: The Mantle of Power: Working with Negative Authority Transference (AGPA Leadership Track)
Marc Azoulay, MA, LPC, LAC, CGP
Lauren Walther, LCSW, LCDC

Workshop 65-5: Sibling Issues in Groups and Organizations
Einar Gudmundsson, MD

Workshop 66-5: Theories of Change for the Newly Evolving Group Therapist via Narcissistic Injury and the Use of Countertransference
Sydney Harvey, DO
Richard Jones, DO

Workshop 67-5: Somatic Interventions for Groups
Karin Bustamante, LPC, CGP

Workshop 68-5: Training Group Therapists:  Live Supervision, Using a Treatment Team Approach
Pat Alford-Keating, PhD, ABPP
Sunil Obediah, PhD

Workshop 69-5: The Link Between Behaviorism and Psychodynamic Group Psychotherapy
Russell Hopfenberg, PhD, CGP, FAGPA

Workshop 70-5: Developing Post-Traumatic Growth and Resilience Through Experiential Groups
Renae Mendez, LCSW

Workshop 71-5: Connecting with the Unforgotten: Integrative Approach for Creative Reminiscence for the Elderly
Noha Sabry, MD, CGP

Workshop 72-5: Integrative Group Therapy for Patients with Psychosis: An Evidence-Based Approach
Nick Kanas, MS, CGP-R, FAGPA

Workshop 73-5: Mood, Food, and Groove©: Using Group to Promote Health and Wellness on Campus
Deborah Sharp, LCSW, CGP

Social JusticeWorkshop 74-5: Working with the Military: Developing Cultural Competence
Helene Satz, PsyD, ABPP, CGP

Travis Jones, MD

Memorial Session
6:15-7:30 P.M.

A time to commemorate members of the AGPA family we have lost this past year.

Group Foundation Dance Party
9:00 P.M.

After several days of intensive learning, the Group Foundation for Advancing Mental Health invites you to join us for a spectacular dance party. This party provides you an opportunity to meet and mingle with your colleagues and have a fun time on or off the dance floor.

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

 Click here to register now!
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