2017 Fall Conference Preview

Save the Date MAGPS 2017 FALL CONFERENCE Friday, Saturday and Sunday October 20-22, 2017 Clarion Hotel, Shepherdstown West VA Navigating Consequences of Traumatic Experiences in the Unconscious Life of Groups Especially Large(r) Ones   Presenter: Earl Hopper, PhD, CGP, DFAGPA Conscious and unconscious patterns operate in all groups. Although traumatic experience is ubiquitous, it is also a variable in its unconscious effects. Dr. Earl Hopper will speak to the fear…

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Spring Conference 2017 – Saint Elizabeths Hospital, Washington, DC

SAVE THE DATE Desires to Lead: Perils and Passions April 1-2, 2017 at Saint Elizabeths Hospital, Washington, DC Presenter: Karen S. Travis, LCSW, BCD, CGP, FAGPA Leadership abounds with rewards and challenges. It may create competition and also may present opportunities for growth that we would not have had otherwise. We may open ourselves to criticism, possible burn out, and need to manage angry and hurt feelings. Exploring our family…

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Fall Conference 2016 – Attachment, Loss, and Desire in Group Psychotherapy: A Lacanian Perspective

Attachment, Loss, and Desire in Group Psychotherapy: A Lacanian Perspective Scott Conkright, PsyD & The Red Well Theater Group November 4 – 6, 2016, Cambridge, MD Desire and lack permeate group psychotherapy and are available for expression and elaboration among group members as long as the group leader is willing to tolerate the tensions evoked by these primitive feelings, often directed towards him or her. In this conference, Scott Conkright, PsyD, will demonstrate the power…

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Interview with Our Spring Conference Presenter,  Haim Weinberg PhD

I was excited for the opportunity to interview Haim Weinberg in preparation for our Spring Conference.  Here is a preview of our upcoming weekend. Karen:  Before talking about the conference weekend, I thought I might ask a few questions about your background and interests since they are so unique.  You are from Israel, trained and practiced there until 2006, and have also done a significant amount of teaching and lecturing…

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2016 Spring Conference Preview

MAGPS is pleased to announce the Spring 2016 Conference, “Impossible Groups: Absorbing a New Paradigm for Group Therapy?” to be held April 9-10, 2016 at Saint Elizabeths Hospital in Washington, DC. I have had the privilege of having conversations with our plenary speaker, Haim Weinberg, PhD. His curiosity, care and commitment to effective and meaningful group psychotherapy is a cornerstone of the spring conference’s topic: Impossible Groups. According to Dr.…

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Spring Conference 2016 Preview: What are Impossible Groups?

I recently asked Spring Conference Co-Chair Bradley Lake about the title of the upcoming conference. It wasn’t clear to me what an Impossible Group meant. His answer helped me and may be helpful to others, so I am posting it here: Bradley: In my understanding, via my conversations with our guest presenter Haim Weinberg,”Impossible” Groups refers to the changing world (i.e., social media) and how do we as clinicians adapt…

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Interview with the Fall Conference Presenter, Dr. Scott Rutan

Nancy: The theme of the Conference, “to thine own self be true,” is an interesting concept. I think even Shakespeare contemplated it. Could you begin by telling us about your interest in the topic? Scott: I’ve found that therapists have an innate theory upon which they work. It informs what we listen for and value in each hour. I’ve also found that often therapists are not particularly aware of what…

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Fall Conference at the Tides Inn

To Thine Own Self Be True: Translating YOUR Theory Into Better Group Technique Dr. Scott Rutan Friday, Saturday and Sunday: November 13, 14, & 15, 2015 Tides Inn, Irvington, VA Because technique inevitably follows theory in our work as group therapists, it is important to know ourselves and to be able to identify the theory that works best for us.  Dr. Scott Rutan will encourage us to clarify the theory we…

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Interview with Our Conference Presenters Kimberly Ewing, PhD & Bridget Rivera, PsyD

by Jen Bissell, LICSW Jen:  What can conference attendees anticipate learning and hearing about at the conference? Kim & Bridget: Participants will gain a deeper understanding of their worldview, which is informed and shaped by the identity dimensions of race, ethnicity, gender, sexual identity, religion, spirituality, and social class. After attendees gain deeper awareness and insight into these dimensions, we will cover how to hold on to that experience and…

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