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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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 share what she has learned over 30 years of work…

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Interview with Steve Van Wagoner

In preparation for the Fall 2013 MAGPS Conference, I had the pleasure of interviewing our guest presenter, Steven Van Wagoner. As you will read, Dr. Van Wagoner is personally and professionally invested in the conference theme and very much committed to creating a learning environment where it is safe to strive and grow together. Here’s a taste of the weekend to come: JCS: Competition. Envy. Shame. That’s a daunting triumvirate.…

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Save the Date: Fall Conference 2013

The Interplay Between Envy, Competition, and Shame: It’s Impact on Intimacy in Groups Steve Van Wagoner, PhD, CGP, FAGPA October 25 – 27, 2013 Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay Cambridge, MD In psychotherapy groups, members cope with vacillating experiences of inclusion and exclusion that arouse powerful feelings of attraction and identification, as well as frustration and envy. Envy, and its consequent influence on competitive and potentially destructive action is so common and…

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Suggested Pre-Conference Readings

Dr. Roth has recommended two readings prior to attending the conference: 1) a paper that was published in a book about applications of the work of Bion, Alcoholics Anonymous as Medical Treatment for Alcoholism: A Group-analytic Perspective on How it Works, in Building on Bion: Branches, ed. Robert M. Lipgar and Malcolm Pines, Jessica Kingsley Publishers (2003); and 2) the first chapter of Dr. Roth’s book: Group Psychotherapy and Recovery from…

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MAGPS Interview with Jeffrey D. Roth, MD, FAGPA, FASAM

Interviewed by Trish Cleary, MS, LCPC-MFT-ADC, CGP, FAGPA  Dr. Jeffrey D. Roth is an addictions psychiatrist and group psychotherapist. He graduated from Yale University Medical School and did his residency in psychiatry at the University of Chicago. Dr. Roth is the past-president of the Chicago Center for the Study of Groups and Organizations. He is board certified in addictions medicine and a Fellow of the American Society of Addictions Medicine.…

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Save the Date: Spring Conference 2013

Group Psychotherapy and Recovery from Addiction Jeffrey D. Roth, MD, FAGPS, FASAM April 20 & 21, 2013 Saint Elizabeths Hospital, Washington, DC Addiction is a disease of isolation. Recovery occurs in groups. Group psycotherapy and mutual support groups are the ideal combination of group experiences to foster recovery from addiction. This conference will demonstrate experientially the use of the group-as-a-whole in supporting recovery from addiction. Guest Presenter: Dr. Jeffrey D. Roth…

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