75th Annual Conference Sessions and Workshops
Thursday, March 1 (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, Co-Chair
Rainer Weber, PhD, Co-Chair
•    Group Leader Self-Assessment-Reliability and Validity- Mary Alicia Barnes, MS, OTD
•    Group Therapy with Low Back Pain (LBP): Can it be Effective?- Zipora Shechtman, PhD, DFAGPA
Sessions also on Friday (7:15 – 8:15 A.M.) and Saturday (7:45 8:45 A.M.)

Session 202: Mindfully in Connection: Applying Mindfulness for Ourselves and our Clients
Julie Garson, PsyD
Mark Mason, PhD

Session 203: Strengthening Resilience in At-Risk Minority Youth in the School Setting

Social Justice
Brendan Rich, PhD, Chair
Mary Alvord, PhD
Colleen Cummings, PhD
Nina Shiffin, PhD

Session 204: Promote Addiction Recovery by Teaching the Language of Affect
Geoffrey Kane, MD, MPH

Session 205: Weaving Connection from the Threads of Isolation: Utilizing Online Discussion Groups across Counseling Centers
Jennifer Walsh, MA, LMHC, Chair
Laura Dixon, PhD
Melissa King, PhD
Joshua Ziesel, PsyD

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

Colloquy 1: When Culture Becomes a Tragedy. Immigrants, Refugees and Ego-Identity: An International Action Research with Social Dreaming Matrix

Social Justice
Domenico Agresta, MA
Dr. Alessio Sangiuliano
Dr. Arturo Tenaglia

Colloquy 2: A Beginning Amidst Endings: A Private Practice Group for Men and Women Going through Divorce
Christina Timmons (FKA Chestna), PsyD

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

The Role of the Body in Group Psychotherapy: A Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Approach

Featured Speaker: Pat Ogden, PhD 

Two-Day Course
10:00 A.M. – 12:30 P.M. & 2:30 – 5:00 P.M.

(Registration will only be accepted for both days.)

Course 1. The Warp and the Woof: How Race Roles Influence the Tapestry of our World (Day 1)
Phillip Horner, LCSW, CGP
Rudy Lucas, LCSW, CASAC, SAP
Christine Schmidt, LCSW, CGP
Marcée Turner, PhD

 All-Day Course
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 2. Integrated CBT Group Therapy

Greg Crosby, MA, LPC, 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.) 

Master Workshop 1a: Yearning for Connection: Hesitations on the Edge of Intimacy
Joan-Dianne Smith, MSW, RSW
Allan Sheps, MSW, RSW

Workshop 2a: Decoding Body Language: Accessing the Core Blueprints for Immediacy
Chap Attwell, MD, MPH
Elizabeth Stewart, CP, APSI

Workshop 3a: Introduction to Modern Group Process
Alice Brown, PsyD, CGP
Sally Henry, LCSW, CGP

Workshop 4a: Dissociative Reenactments and Other Trauma Reactions in Members and Leader- Psychodynamic Theory and Group Interventions
Leo Leiderman, PsyD, ABPP, CGP, FAGPA

Morning Open Sessions

10:00 A.M. – 12:30 P.M.

Session 301: Integrating Research and Theory: What Every Group Clinician Should Know
Sally Barlow, PhD, MSW, ABPP, CGP, Chair
Les Greene, PhD, CGP, FAGPA
Francis Kaklauskas, PsyD, CGP, FAGPA

Session 302: Today's Bridge between Psychoanalysis and the Group World
Bonnie Buchele, PhD, ABPP, CGP, DLFAGPA, Chair
Shoshana Ben-Noam, PsyD, CGP, LFAGPA
Susan Gantt, PhD, ABPP, CGP, DFAGPA
Molyn Leszcz, MD, FRCPC, CGP, DFAGPA
Andrew Smolar, MD

Session 303: Trauma, Torture, and Displacement: Finding Connection and Self in Group

Social Justice
Andrew Eig, PhD, ABPP, Chair
Adeyinka Akinsulure-Smith, PhD
Hawthorne Smith, PhD
Suzanne Phillips, PsyD, ABPP, CGP, FAGPA, Discussant

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


Workshop 5: "Nothing Human is Alien to Me": Intolerance and the Other
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Marc Schramm, PsyD, CGP, FAGPA

Workshop 6: Narcissism in Group: We Leaders Are Not Immune!
Dave Kaplowitz, LMFT, CGP
Britt Raphling, LCPC, CGP

Workshop 7: Group Process and the Cinema: Evidence-Based Strategies for Generating Clinical Momentum and Facilitating Change
Elizabeth LaMotte, MSW

Workshop 8: It's a Process Group Experience, Not Therapy: What's the Difference? (AGPA Leadership Track)
Karen Eberwein, PsyD, CGP
Victoria Lee, PhD
Farooq Mohyuddin, MD, CGP
Lorraine Wodiska, PhD, ABPP, CGP, FAGPA

Workshop 9: Addressing the Last Taboo- Morality in Group Psychotherapy
Mary Nicholas, PhD, LCSW, CGP, FAGPA

Workshop 10: Marketing Your Group Practice: From Resistance to Action to Thriving in a Fragmented World
Carol Dallinga, LCSW, EMDR, CGP

Workshop 11: Bibliotherapy- Make Something out of Nothing through Words and Writing
Orit Even Shoshan-Reshef, MA

Workshop 12: Working Beneath the Words: Group Therapy through the Lens of Sensorimotor Psychotherapy
Bonnie Goldstein, PhD

Workshop 13: Motivational Interviewing Groups: Moving Together Toward Change
Christopher Wagner, PhD

Workshop 14: Rediscovering Wholeness: Yoga and the Emotional Body
Bojun Hu, PhD

Workshop 15: Affirming Group Experiences for Clients and Therapists with Disabilities and Chronic Health Conditions
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Wendy Freedman, PhD
Katheryne Kopp-Miller, PsyD, HSPP


Workshop 16:
Working with Eating Disorders: Experiential-Based Group Psychotherapy
Corinne Hannan, PhD
Anna Packard, PhD, CGP

Workshop 17: Group Therapy for Schizophrenic Patients
Nick Kanas, MD, CGP-R, FAGPA

Workshop 18: Rethinking Sex Addiction: Sexual Health Group Psychotherapy for Men
Douglas Braun-Harvey, MFT
Michael Vigorito, MA, CGP

Workshop 19: Harnessing Group Processes for Traumatized and Bereaved Youth
William Saltzman, PhD
Christopher Layne, PhD
Julie Kaplow, PhD

Workshop 20: On the Frontlines of Trauma: Two Innovative Group Treatment Models in Response to Mass Violence
Jorge Burmeister, MD
Isaac Etoku, BA
Gaea Logan, LPC-S, CGP, FAGPA

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

Observer Consultants:
Kavita Avula
Reginald Nettles
Also being held on Friday (1:00-2:15 P.M.) and Saturday, (2:00-4:30 P.M.).
Participants should try to attend all sessions. 

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

Session 304: Puzzling Dimensions of Leadership: How Styles and Roles of the Leader Impact Group Function (AGPA Leadership Track)
Mary Krueger, MSEd, CGP, FAGPA, Chair
Paige LaCava, MA, LCPC, CGP
Dayne Narretta, MSW, LCSW, BCD, CGP

Session 305: Women and Aggression: History, Healing, and Power
Jeanne Bunker, CSW, CGP, Chair
Janice Moore Morris, PhD, ABPP, CGP, FAGPA
Stacy Nakell, LCSW, CGP
Alyson Stone, PhD, CGP

Session 306: Moving Forward: Opportunities for Group in the New Health Care Environment
Kathleen Ulman, PhD, CGP, FAGPA, Chair
Ann Koplow, LICSW
Yara Moustafa, MD, PhD
Martyn Whittingham, PhD, CGP, FAGPA
Alan Witkower, EdD, CGP

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


Workshop 21: The Nuts and Bolts of Starting and Maintaining Groups that Thrive
Ann Steiner, PhD, MFT, CGP, FAGPA

Workshop 22: Then and Now: When is the Past Over?
Dominick Grundy, PhD, CGP, FAGPA

Workshop 23: Listening to the Group Process- An Integrative/Developmental Model
Paul Kaye, PhD, CGP, FAGPA

Workshop 24: Desire and Inhibition: Taking the Leap from Isolation to Connection
Yoon Kane, LCSW, CGP
Tom Thorsheim, PhD, CGP

Workshop 25: Uses of Self in Group Leadership
Liz Dietrich, MSW
Geoffrey Kane, MD, MPH

Workshop 26: Experientially Exploring Identity: The Importance of Self Awareness to Effective Group Leadership
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Karen Cone-Uemura, PhD, CGP

Workshop 27: 99 Unconventional Interventions in Group Psychotherapy
Robert Pepper, LCSW, PhD, CGP, FAGPA

Workshop 28: Modern Attachment Theory: Using the "Spectrum of Attachment" to Improve Clinical Practice
Sue Marriott, LCSW, CGP

Workshop 29: Group Psychotherapy as a Neuro-Exercise: A Polyvagal Theory Perspective
Philip Flores, PhD, ABPP, CGP, LFAGPA

Workshop 30: Group Psychotherapy Focused on Spiritual Development
John Hiatt, MD

Workshop 31: The "Mother" Group: Using Interpersonal Neurobiology to Heal Early Attachment Wounds and Affect Dysregulation in Couples
Darryl Feldman, PhD, CGP
Gloria Batkin Kahn, EdD, ABPP, CGP, FAGPA

Workshop 32: Psychoeducational Groups: Potential for Healing and Growth
Nina Brown, EdD, LPC, NCC, FAGPA

Workshop 33: Louis C.K and the Hole in the Middle of the Room: Working with Masculinities in Group Psychotherapy
Jonathan Stillerman, PhD, CGP

Workshop 34: Loving and Hating the Adolescent in Group Psychotherapy: The Therapeutic Use of Countertransference
Andrew Pojman, EdD, CGP, FAGPA
Workshop 35: Coping with Aging in Ourselves and our Clients: The Challenges of Continuing to be Effective and Engaged Group Therapists
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Kenneth Martin Schwartz, MD, FRCPC
William Shapiro, PsyD, CGP

Workshop 36: Addressing CONTROL & WILLINGNESS in an ACT Focused Sexual Trauma Group in a University Counseling Center
Jennie Bingham, PhD
Melissa Goates Jones, PhD


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