2016 Annual Conference
Meet the World in Group: The Power of Acceptance and Belonging
Please Note: Conference registration is processed on a first-come, first-served basis and ALL Workshops have limited registration.
In a society that tragically divides along lines of race, ethnicity, gender, orientation, class and age, this year’s Conference considers the idea of group cohesion---the binding sense of acceptance and belonging that is at the heart of any effective group.
Operating from the premise that, no matter the setting of the group---whether it is in an agency, institution or private practice---successful group leaders do more than simply generate interaction between members and situate the group in the here-and-now. Successful leaders also stimulate a sense of passionate solidarity—a shared stake in the well being of the group-as-a-whole. They achieve this in a variety of ways. They create a climate that welcomes the wide scope of voices seeking inclusion in the group. They cultivate a milieu energized by friction and soothed by understanding. And they establish a context that dignifies the fracturing conflicts of our social world.
This year we invite you to explore how you affirm the many voices seeking room in your groups and how you transform the wilderness of the therapeutic space into a receptive setting that inspires acceptance and belonging.
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General Information about EGPS Conferences:
The annual Conference of the Eastern Group Psychotherapy Society is an opportunity for mental health and allied professionals in private practice, community and organizational settings to participate in a stimulating array of presentations and trainings devoted to the art of group psychotherapy.
This two-day event, held each November, provides a forum to enhance clinical skills, deepen professional knowledge and interact with colleagues and friends. Utilizing multiple formats including a core Plenary session, Large group sessions for all participants, as well as an extensive slelection of small group workshops, the annual Conference offers attendees from many backgrounds and levels of experience a chance to sample a wide variety of current group methods and approaches.
Anchored to broad themes such as Desire, Sexuality, Conflict, Aggression, Gender, Race or Group Leadership, the Conference Plenary and workshops present diverse approaches to group psychotherapy including Modern psychoanalytic, Relational, Systems-Centered, Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT), Couple's Therapy, creative arts therapies, including dance, music art and psychodrama.
The annual EGPS Conference is a unique learning experience, not only for the richness of its offerings, but also for the warm and inviting climate created by those who attend. This affirmative spirit enables both first-time and veteran participants to learn openly together, despite differences in age, gender discipline and experience.