77th Annual Conference Sessions and Workshops
Thursday, March 5 (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

  • Validation of the Assault Response Scale: An Update for Nurses in a Group-- Marilyn Lanza, DNSc, CS, ARNP, FAAN
  • Continuous Documentation of Group Therapy Session Process and Content: Results of a
    Practice Based Study
    -- Bernhard Strauss, PhD

Session 202: Addressing Medical Resident Wellbeing: Renewal Through Groups at Work
Brenda Boatswain, PhD, CGP
Mark Mason, PhD

Session 203: Group Therapy for Orthodox Jewish Men: The Correlation of Loneliness and Faith
Mendel Horowitz, MS

Session 204: Divorce: Now What?  Helping Children and Parents with Adjustment to Family Transitions: An Integrative Model of Intervention
Barbara Flye, PhD
Kimberly Vale, LCSW

Session 205: The Ultimate Container: Groups in Space
Nick Kanas, MD, CGP-R, FAGPA

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

Colloquy 1: The Ability of the Group to Induce Growth Through Renewal of Members' Emotions and Self-Esteem
Mohamed Taha Siddik Mohamed, MD, PhD, CGP
Hoda Refaat Mahfouz, MSc, CGP
Rofia Wessam

Colloquy 2: Bion, Hallucinosis, and the Holocaust
Bennett Roth, PhD

Colloquy 3: Supporting Pregnant and Parenting Students on a College Campus: A Multifaceted Approach Including Group Therapy
Abby Bradecich, PsyD

Colloquy 4: E-Group Psychotherapy (EGP) -- "Far away, but still very close" -- Online Group Therapy: Research, Best Practice, and Demonstration
Bram van der Boom, MD
Pepijn Steures, MD, CGP

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

How Social Media is Changing Social Networks, Group Dynamics, Democracies, and Gen Z

Featured Speaker: Jonathan David Haidt, PhD

Social media has changed many parameters of social life, in ways that are damaging teen mental health. Heavy users of social media have twice the rate of depression and anxiety, and five published experiments indicate that the effect is at least partly causal: people who stop or reduce social media experience gains in mental health. This talk addresses what social media has done to Gen Z, the generation born beginning in 1996. Because social media changes networks, it has effects on most groups and organizations. The big challenge is to find ways to help groups and communities use social media in more healthy ways.   


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. Core Principles of Group Psychotherapy (Part 2)

Misha Bogomaz, PsyD, ABPP, CGP
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. Integrative Cognitive Behavioral Group
Greg Crosby, MA, LPC, CGP, FAGPA

Course 3. Enriching Psychoeducational Groups: Process, Activities, and Ethics
Nina Brown, EdD, LPC, NCC, 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: Sexuality, Hate, Shame, and Abandonment: The Family We Wish We Had and the Group We Can Have
Jordan Price, LCSW, MSW, CGP

Workshop 2a: The Tree of Life – A Journey Towards Self-Discovery, Renewal and Growth
Marcia Honig, PsyD
Morris Nitsun, PhD

Workshop 3a: Enhancing Empathy and Attachment Using Mindfulness and Psychodramatic Techniques in Process Group
Sue Barnum, MA, TEP, CGP
Jana Rosenbaum, LCSW, CGP, FAGPA

Workshop 4a: Groups as Cultures of Resilience: A Psychodynamically Oriented Treatment Approach for Addiction and Trauma
Marcia Nickow, PsyD, CADC, CGP
Deborah Schwartz, MD, CGP, FAGPA

Morning Open Sessions

10:00 A.M. – 12:30 P.M.

Session 301: Changing Our Minds: The Leader’s Evolving Psychology and its Impact on the Group
Tzachi Slonim, PhD, ABPP, CGP, Chair
Richard Billow, PhD, ABPP, CGP
Bonnie Buchele, PhD, ABPP, CGP, DFAGPA
Gila Ofer, PhD

Social JusticeSession 302: Women and Aggression: History, Healing, and Power
Jeanne Bunker, LCSW, CGP, FAGPA, Co-Chair
Jan Morris, PhD, ABPP, CGP, FAGPA, Co-Chair
Rita Drapkin, PhD, CGP
Elizabeth Driscoll, LCSW
Chera Finnis, PsyD, CGP, FAGPA

Session 303: Rehumanization of Military Veterans Through Shakespeare: A Performance and Discussion
Craig Haen, PhD, LCAT, CGP, FAGPA, Chair
Alisha Ali, PhD
Nina Thomas, PhD, ABPP, CGP
Stephan Wolfert, MFA

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


Workshop 5: Working Effectively with Transference in Group: Love, Anger, Idealization, and Eroticism
Jennifer Joseph, PsyD, CGP
David Kaplowitz, LMFT, CGP

Workshop 6: Decisions, Decisions: How they Become Invisible When we Work
Dominick Grundy, PhD, CGP, FAGPA

Workshop 7: The Nuts and Bolts of Creating and Maintaining Groups that Thrive
Ann Steiner, PhD, MFT, CGP, FAGPA

Social JusticeWorkshop 8: Racism: “…And No One Dared Disrupt the Sound of Silence….”
April Harvin, LCSW
Christine Schmidt, LCSW, CGP

Workshop 9: Out of the Chair: Integrating Team-Building Activities with Group Therapy
Barney Straus, MSW, MA, CGP, FAGPA

Workshop 10: Close Reading and Reflective Writing: How Storytelling Facilitates Group Process
Ann Burack-Weiss, PhD, LCSW
Lynne Lawrence, MS
Lynne Mijangos, MS, MFA, MSW

Workshop 11: 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 12Expressive Movement to Explore Life Transitions: Group Process and the Rhythm of Change
Suzanne Cohen, EdD, CGP, FAGPA

Workshop 13: Psychodrama: The Magic of Growth and Change
Shelley Firestone, MD, CGP, FAGPA

Workshop 14: A Journey into the Mind: Bringing Mentalizing Alive in Group
Valorie George, LCSW, CGP
Jennifer Markey, PhD, CGP

Workshop 15: Decoding Body Language in Group Psychotherapy: Accessing the Core Blueprints for Immediacy
Chap Attwell, MD, MPH

Liz Stewart, BCSI


Workshop 16:
The Secret Agent SocietyTM - A Multi-Media, Evidence-Based Group Social Skills Program for Children
Renae Beaumont, PhD
Jo Hariton, PhD, LCSW, CGP
Meghan McKenzie, PhD

Social JusticeWorkshop 17: Expanding Diversity Dialogues: Treating Clients with Health Conditions and Disabilities
Wendy Freedman, PhD, CGP
Leslie Klein, PhD
Katheryne Kopp Miller, PsyD, HSPP

Social JusticeWorkshop 18: Queering Clinical Practice with Awareness and Responsiveness
Sorin Thomas, MA, LPC, LAC

Workshop 19: Why is This Happening NOW in My Groups?  Applying a Transgenerational Perspective to Current and Past Collective Trauma
Lorraine Wodiska, PhD, ABPP, CGP, FAGPA
Barbara Wood, PhD

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

LG-1: 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 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: Forming and Maintaining the Modern Analytic Practitioner
Elliot Zeisel, PhD, LCSW, CGP, DFAGPA, Chair
Dennis Foley, PsyD
Anna Graybeal, PhD, CGP
Britt Raphling, LCPC, CGP

Social JusticeSession 305: Working with Trans and Gender Nonconforming Youth and Young Adults: Clinical, Medical, and Life Support Needs
Thomas Hurster, MSS, LCSW, CGP, FAGPA, Chair
Mark Beauregard, LCAT
Melissa Goates-Jones, PhD
Elizabeth McAdam, MA, RDT, LCAT
Caroline Salas-Humara, MD

Session 306: Stories We Carry: An Exploration of the Impact of Trauma Stories on the Clinician and the Group
Mary Krueger, MSEd, LCPC, CGP, FAGPA, Chair
Catherine Brennan, MD
Paige LaCava, MA, LCPC, CGP
Shira Marin, PhD

Afternoon Workshops
2:30 – 5:00 P.M.

Workshop 20: The How Not to Do Individual Psychotherapy in a Circle
Kenneth Pollock, PhD, CGP

Workshop 21: Am I My Brother's Keeper? Exploring the Influence of Sibling Dynamics
Brett Kociol, PsyD
Yair Kramer, PsyD
Benjamin Mueller, PsyD

Workshop 22: Battling the Epidemic of Loneliness in Ourselves and in Our Groups
Jeffrey Kleinberg, PhD, MPH, CGP, DFAGPA
Zoe Voyatzki, MA, M.IGA (Ath)

Social JusticeWorkshop 23: Humanizing the Oppressor (Humanizing Ourselves)
Susan Mah, BA, MSW, MFA
Marc Schramm, PsyD, CGP, FAGPA

Workshop 24: Indecent Exposure?: The Pitfalls and Potential of Group Therapist Self-Disclosure
Jonathan Stillerman, PhD, CGP

Workshop 25: Bearing the Unbearable: Vicarious Traumatization in Group
Martha Gilmore, PhD, CGP, FAGPA

Workshop 26: Greeting Google: Navigating Groups in a Digital World
Lindsey Randol, PsychD
David Songco, MA, PsyD, CGP

Workshop 27: What Will the Neighbors Think? How to Develop Positive Relationships in Shared Spaces
Leah Slivko, LICSW, PsychA

Workshop 28: Group Therapy as an Inner Exploration Through Color, Words, and Motion (Towards a Process of Self-Growth)
Daniella Bassis, MA
Orit Even Shoshan-Reshef, PsyD
Idit Tevet-Cytryn, PsyD

Workshop 29: Seeing and Being Seen in Group Psychotherapy: A Polyvagal Theory Perspective
Philip Flores, PhD, ABPP, CGP, LFAGPA

Workshop 30: The Body as Primary Access to the Self
Nanine Ewing, PhD, BC-DMT, CGP, FAGPA

Workshop 31: Incorporating Spirituality, Religion, Seeking Meaning, and Growth into Group Therapy
Rosalind Forti, LICSW, MSW, PhD
Lorraine Mangione, PhD

Workshop 32: Rethinking Sex Addiction--Sexual Health Group Psychotherapy for Men
Douglas Braun-Harvey, MFT
Michael Vigorito, LMFT, CST, CGP

Master Workshop 33: Coping with Aging in Ourselves and Our Clients: The Challenges to Continuing to be Effective, Resilient and Engaged Group Therapists
George Saiger, MD, CGP, LFAGPA
Kenneth Schwartz, MD, FRCPC

Social JusticeWorkshop 34: Queer and Transgender Clinicians on Therapist Self-Disclosure
Sarah Tyerman, MA
Joseph Wise, MD, CGP

Workshop 35: LEGO® Group Therapy, for All Ages in Psychiatric Inpatient Settings
Kasra Khorasani, MD


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