77th Annual Conference Sessions and Workshops
Saturday, March 7 (Overview)

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


Session 220: Contemporary Group Psychotherapy Research
Cheri Marmarosh, PhD, Chair

  • From Workshop to Published Manuscript: Tips from the Editors of the International Journal
    of Group Psychotherapy-- Jill Paquin, PhD & Joe Miles, PhD
  • Cognitive-Behavioral Group Therapy for Psychosis: A Follow-up Meta-Analysis and 
    Synthesis-- Gary Burlingame, PhD, CGP, DFAGPA
Session 221: GeT Me HelP: Group Therapy for Mental Health Professionals
John Asuncion, LMHC, CASAC, CT


Session 222: The Challenges of Money in Group: The Dangers of Ignoring a Most Powerful Outside-the-Room Status Symbol Inside the Room
Markus Rogan, PsyD, LMFT

Session 223: Group Gaming and Self-Development: Using Video/Tablet Games in Group Therapy with Autism Spectrum Clients to Improve Self Awareness and Self Knowledge
Kevin Hull, PhD

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

Colloquy 9: Applying the "Mixed Crowds" Liberating Structure to Peer Consultation Groups
Alan Hines, MD, CGP
Beverly Hines, MS, LPC

Colloquy 10: Barriers to Group Psychotherapy: A Questionnaire to all German Group Therapists and the Evaluation of the Respective Health Data
Heribert Knott, MD


Colloquy 11: Putting Groups to Work: Group Psychotherapy in a Community Vocational Setting
Zachary Wigham, MSW

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

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

C7. The Theory and Practice of Online Therapy: Group, Individual, Couple and Family

Haim Weinberg, PhD, CGP, FAGPA

Arnon Rolnick, PhD, MA
Nilly Zohar, LLB
C8. Focused Brief Group Therapy: An Eight Session, Integrative Interpersonal Model
Martyn Whittingham, PhD, 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.)


Workshop 75a: Experientially Exploring Identity: The Importance of Self Awareness to Effective Group Leadership
Karen Cone-Uemura, PhD, CGP

Joshua Ziesel, PsyD

Workshop 76a: Introduction to Modern Group Process
Alice Brown, PsyD, CGP
Chris Dolin, LCSW

Workshop 77a: Leadership Development: Using Group Therapy Skills in Corporate Culture
Rick Tivers, LCSW, CGP

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

Session 310: LOUIS R. ORMONT LECTURE— Reflections on Art and Life through Dolls: The Power of Visual Images to Evoke Personal and Social Themes  
Morris Nitsun, PhD

Session 311: The US Migration Crisis: Implications for Group Therapists
Robert Klein, PhD, ABPP, CGP, DLFAGPA & Suzanne Phillips, PsyD, ABPP, CGP, FAGPA, Co-Chairs
Leonardo Leiderman, PsyD, ABPP, CGP, FAGPA
Annabel Raymond, LMFT, CGP
Victor Schermer, MA, LFAGPA
Hawthorne Smith, PhD

Jessica Young, Esq

Session 312: Creating Safe Spaces in Groups: Working with Intersecting Identities in Child and Adolescent Groups
Tony Sheppard, PsyD, CGP, FAGPA, Chair
Robin Dean, PsyD
Madeline Stein, MA
Zachary Thieneman, PsyD, CGP

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

Social JusticeWorkshop 78: White Fragility, Transference and Countertransference
Ani Mirasol, LCSW
Kristin Shanahan, MA, LPC-S

Social JusticeWorkshop 79: Overlapping Identities within Ourselves and our Groups: Privileged, Marginalized, Accepted, and Eccentric
Francis Kaklauskas, PsyD, FAGPA
Workshop 80: Don't Push the River; It Flows By Itself…Exploring Existential Factors in Group
Maryetta Andrews-Sachs, MA, LICSW, CGP, FAGPA
Farooq Mohyuddin, MD, CGP, FAGPA
Workshop 81: Group Psychotherapy Supervision: Expanding Reach and Knowledge (AGPA Leadership Track)
Michelle Collins-Greene, PhD, ABPP, CGP
Noelle Lefforge, PhD, MHA, CGP
Stephanie McLaughlin, PhD, CGP

Workshop 82: A Creative Exploration of Co-Leadership in Groups
Roberta Mineo, PhD
Mona Rakhawy, MD, CGP
Workshop 83: ESP or Induction: Cultivating Intuition in Group
Michelle Bohls, LMFT, IRT, CGP
Workshop 84: Group Dynamics and the New Heroism: Creating a Group Context that Supports Courageous Nonviolent Action
Bill Roller, MA, LFAGPA
Yong Xu, MD, FAGPA


Workshop 85: A Compassion Focused Approach to Group Therapy
Mark Beecher, PhD, ABPP, CGP
Gary Burlingame, PhD, CGP, DFAGPA
Michael Buxton, PhD
Kara Cattani, PhD
Derek Griner, PhD, ABPP, CGP
Kristina Hansen, PhD, CGP
Klinton Hobbs, PhD
Workshop 86: Systems-Centered Consultation: Shifting from Them to Us
Susan Beren, PhD
Workshop 87: Explorando la Barrera Idiomática en Grupo: El Sonido de Emociones en Español (Exploring the Language Barrier in Group: The Sound of Emotions in Spanish)
Joan Coll, MD

Workshop 88: The Opposite of Addiction is Connection: The Group as an Agent Toward Sustainable Sobriety
Andrew Susskind, LCSW, SEP, CGP


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

Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center
Chamber music is a form of classical music performed by a small group of players, without a conductor. Decisions about the music are made by consensus. Players must simultaneously be masters of their instrument while being highly empathetic to the other members and aware of the whole group in order to play with precision and artistic sensitivity. We are privileged to welcome three extraordinary musicians from the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Nicholas Canellakis, Paul Neubauer, and Arnaud Sussman, who will perform and also discuss some of the challenges they face as members of a leaderless group charged with such a demanding undertaking. AGPA Member Priscilla Kauff, PhD, DLFAGPA will lead the discussion.


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

Presented in cooperation with the Systems-Centered Training and Research Institute

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

Robi Friedman, PhD

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.

Social JusticeWorkshop 89: Microaggressions from the Inside Out: Self, Pairs, and Group Impact
Sabrina Crawford, PsyD
Workshop 90: Breaking the "No Talk" Rule Around (Real) Money Issues
Michelle Davenport, LMFT, CGP
Richard Kahler, MSFP, ChFC, CFP

Workshop 91: Where the Wild Things Are: Finding our “Other” in Group
Simon Bresler, LCSW, CGP
Kerin Nadler, MS, BC-DMT, LCAT, CGP
Workshop 92: Memorializing Farewell
Jeffrey Mendell, MD, CGP
Marsha Vannicelli, PhD, CGP, LFAGPA
Workshop 93: Authenticity in Leadership: Uses of Self in Group Work
Elizabeth Dietrich, MSW
Master Workshop 94: The Aging Therapist
Rachel Ginzberg, PsyD
Elizabeth Shapiro, PhD, CGP

Workshop 95: Eliciting Compassion and Acceptance in Group: Experiential Interventions for Shame and Self-Criticism
Giovanna Rivano Gomez, PsyD
Scott Hamilton, MS, LMHC
Leslie Veach, MS, LPCS, NCC

Workshop 96: Aspects of Hope: Time, Limitations and Imagination in the Analytic Group
Ido Peleg, MD

Workshop 97: The Rules of Engagement: Using Couples Therapy Principles in Group
Lee Kassan, MA, CGP, LFAGPA
Workshop 98: Core Integrative CBT Skills for Adult ADHD Groups
Greg Crosby, MA, LPC, CGP, FAGPA

Workshop 99: Renewing Attention to the Here-and-Now: Present-Centered and Wellness Group Treatments for PTSD
Barbara Niles, PhD
Daniel Gross, MSW
DeAnna Mori, PhD
William Unger, PhD
Melissa Wattenberg, PhD


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