THE WASHINGTON SCHOOL OF
PSYCHIATRY

NATIONAL GROUP PSYCHOTHERAPY INSTITUTES


The Institute comprises a two-year program of six intensive group conferences, focusing on contemporary approaches to psychodynamic group psychotherapy and issues in group therapy. Each conference offers multiple opportunities within the faculty/member community for didactic and experiential learning, including lectures and panel discussions, demonstration groups, small group experiences and large group experiences.

Participation in the Institute is open to mental health practitioners and clinicians-in-training who are interested in learning about groups and about group therapy. Group therapy experience, either as a participant or a group leader, is not a pre-requisite. There are two levels of participation: full Institute participants attend the entire cycle of six conferences and belong to the same small group throughout; single-conference participants attend on a per conference basis and are assigned to a small group formed only for that particular conference.  It is possible to register for multiple conferences.

CONFERENCE SCHEDULE


Effective Therapy Groups and Their Leaders; Psychodynamic, Ethical and Sociocultural Dimensions

October 4 - 5, 2019 

Co-Chairs: Stacey Jackson-Lampley, Ph.D. and Victoria Lee, Ph.D.

There are many ways to lead and conceptualize a therapy group. In this inaugural conference we will consider the interplay of psychodynamic processes and sociocultural factors, and the role of ethical considerations in both the development and ongoing leadership of an effective group. Interactive plenaries and experiential small and large groups will illuminate both the dynamic and social unconscious of group life in the here-and-now and examine the role of theory as a guide for the group psychotherapist.

A Relational Approach to Group Therapy: Enactive Engagement, Companioning, and Narrative

January  31  - February 1, 2020

Co-Chairs: Stacey Jackson-Lampley, Ph.D. and Victoria Lee, Ph.D.

There are many ways to lead and conceptualize a therapy group. In this inaugural conference we will consider the interplay of psychodynamic processes and sociocultural factors, and the role of ethical considerations in both the development and ongoing leadership of an effective group. Interactive plenaries and experiential small and large groups will illuminate both the dynamic and social unconscious of group life in the here-and-now and examine the role of theory as a guide for the group psychotherapist.

Delights and Shadows: Working with a Co-Therapist in Group

April 24 - 25, 2020

Co-Chairs: Molly Donovan, Ph.D. and Barry Wepman, Ph.D.

Co-therapy can be an effective way of leading therapy groups, and yet it is fraught with complexities. While the differing perceptions and styles of each therapist can enrich the group experience, these differences also present challenges to the co-therapy relationship and its functioning in the group. We will examine the ramifications of this intense relationship, both pros and cons, from its inception through its working life.

Reflection and Revelation: The Group Therapist's Use of Self and Self-Disclosure

September 25 - 26, 2020 

Chair: Jonathan Stillerman, Ph.D.

We’ve come a long way from the abstinent, anonymous therapist as an ideal.
Yet, how therapists most effectively use and reveal themselves remains an area of spirited debate. This conference will expand that conversation to the unique context of group therapy. Participants will explore how we as group therapists decide whether to reveal ourselves in our groups, and if so, what to disclose, how to do so, and how to evaluate its impact on members and the group as a whole. We will be paying particular attention to countertransference and its relationship to self-disclosure.

World Views in Conflict: Exploring Implicit Bias Through Large Group Experience

January 29 - 30, 2021

The large group provides a unique opportunity to examine the stereotyping thoughts and beliefs of implicit bias that exist uniquely within all of us. Using LG experience and reflective commentary, we will explore how life circumstance and a multiplicity of large group identities existing within individuals, subgroups, and the group-as-a-whole result in conflicting world views, generating tension and conflict as well as opportunities for collective learning and personal growth. Of particular interest will be unconscious belief systems of social privilege. Our goal is to promote a spirit of inclusion and cultivate therapist empathy for diverse experience and competing perspectives. 

How Do I Leave Thee? Endings and Existential Issues in Group

April 23 - 24, 2021

Co-Chairs: Maryetta Andrews-Sachs, LCSW and Farooq Mohyuddin, MD

Existential issues - freedom, isolation, meaninglessness and death - intertwine throughout our lives and the lives of our group members and underlie all our therapeutic work. This final conference of the two-year cycle will provide the perfect context for Institute members to experience these profound human issues first hand and explore their impact on therapy group members and group dynamics.

Please note: This final conference of the cycle will be limited to those students who have been enrolled in the full two-year Institute. No single conference registrations will be accepted.

MORE INFORMATION


Eligibility & Selection

The Program is open to psychiatrists, medical residents, psychologists, doctoral psychology students, social workers, social work students, nurses, counselors and other licensed mental health professionals.

Please apply. Applicants are invited to submit a CV and application. An interview with the Program Chair, Dean or a member of the Selection Committee will be conducted prior to acceptance into the two-year Program.

The deadline for applications is September 1st.

Training Component Options

A faculty advisor is available to assist any Institute member seeking additional training components to supplement their educational Institute experience, including: 

  • Supervision of clinical group work
  • Basic Principles of Group Psychotherapy Course
  • Guidance in beginning a therapy group
  • Continuing education opportunities in group therapy

CE/CME Award

 72 CE/CME credits for the 2 year cycle.. 

Tuition

 $2000 total, $1000 due each year. 

Scholarship Support

The Sy Rubenfeld Scholarship Fund provides financial support for tuition for clinicians-in-training and early career professionals based on available funds. Contact the Dean for more information. Scholarship application 

Faculty

Farooq Mohyuddin, MD, CGP (Chair)
Maryetta Andrews-Sachs, MA, CGP, FAGPA (Dean)

Kavita Avula, PsyD
Mary Dluhy, MSW, CGP, FAGPA
Molly Donovan, PhD, CGP, FAGPA
Stacey Jackson-Lampley, PhD
Beatrice Liebenberg, MSW, CGP, DFAGPA
Reginald Nettles, PhD, CGP
Leon Paparella, MSW, CGP
Robert Schulte, MSW, CGP
Rosemary Segalla, PhD, ABPP, CGP, FAGPA
Jonathan Stillerman, PhD, CGP
Steve Van Wagoner, PhD, CGP, FAGPA
Ayana Watkins-Northern, PhD, CGP
Barry Wepman, PhD, CGP, FAGPA

Guest Faculty:

Karen Eberwein, PsyD
Bradley Lake, LICSW,
Victoria Lee, PhD
Bruce Pickle, PhD

Christopher Starley, MSW

Rachel Mitler, PsyD

Victoria Lee, PhD, CGP


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