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… Read More

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… Read More

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… Read More

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… Read More

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… Read More

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… Read More

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… Read More

Interview with Our Spring Conference Presenter, Cathy Nugent, LCPC, TEP

by Eleanor Hoskins, LCSW, CGP, Spring Conference Co-Chair In preparing for the upcoming Mid-Atlantic Spring conference, I had the opportunity to interview our presenter, Cathy Nugent, LCPC, TEP.  The conference, which will be held at St. Elizabeths Hospital in Washington, DC, is titled Care for the Heart and Soul of the Psychotherapist: Psychodramatic Explorations.  Throughout the two-day experience, Cathy will… Read More