Fall 2017 Newsletter
Volume 25, Issue 2 
Editor's Note:
Being a plugged-in American means that I cannot pick up the newspaper, turn on the TV, surf the Internet, or even listen to a standup comedy set without having to face the reality that I am surrounded---by hatred and tumult; by groups eager to desecrate social progress; and by businesses/governments willing to trade our shared planet for their short-term financial gains. In the dark days of this regressive political era, I am lucky to be a part of this MAGPS family. Here, I am surrounded by loving, thoughtful, and curious people who continue to extend themselves to others, provide love and support, listen, and grow (individually, and as a group). 

This newsletter includes our first MAGPS Member Interview, a new endeavor supported by the Outreach Committee designed to help us learn more about the dedicated people in our large Group. Through these interviews, we will introduce our "young" members and document the experiences of our "senior" members. In this edition, you will find an interview with Board member, Lisa Haileab---the next newsletter will showcase an interview with of our past presidents, exploring why they chose to join MAGPS decades ago, and what keeps them 'in the family.'
-Sonia Kahn, PsyD
Letter from the President
by Lorraine Wodiska, PhD, ABPP

Swirl is the word that comes to mind as I consider the first few months of my presidency of MAGPS. It seems to me that we are being blown about and need to keep our grounding as we thoughtfully approach our tasks as group therapists and citizens, which seem to have become quickly entwined after the 2016 election. News is quick, serious, sometimes frightening and requires an ethical and mature response.
With the assistance of Sally Brandel, our Education Coordinator, MAGPS has adopted a theme that will help to integrate our learning for a period of two years, coinciding with the installation of a new US President. The theme and questions are intended to be relevant across all conferences, trainings, and other educational activities of MAGPS for 2017-2018.  Our theme:  The practice of group psychotherapy in times of national upheaval, which presents opportunities and dilemmas.
With the help of a remarkably active, competent and supportive board, we have approached this mission in a number of ways. We have set up four conferences with extraordinary presenters, each with national renown in their respective topics. This past April, Karen Travis spoke about "Desires to Lead":  Perils and Passions," hopefully to move us forward in personal and professional leadership roles. 
We are looking forward to the October 20th conference with Earl Hopper for a conference on "Navigating Consequences of Traumatic Experiences in the Unconscious Life of Groups, Especially Larger Ones." He will help us to better observe and navigate the patterns in our groups and society that challenge the effectiveness and efficiency of our work as group therapists.
Next April, Alexis Abernethy will present a conference on cultural competence, spirituality and transcendence. In in one year, Bonnie Buchele will present material on the trauma we have each managed personally and professionally as therapists throughout this period.
After the incidents in Charlottesville on August 12th, Alison Howard crafted a statement of Diversity and Human Rights and which has been posted on our website. 
Lenore Pomerance requested that our films for the cinema series also address our theme. The first was The Great Dictator starring Charlie Chaplin, a film that was created during another turbulent time in our history. In December, Liz Marsh will discuss Cabaret; in February, Raquel Willerman will discuss Get Out; In April, Myrna Frank will discuss Crash. You can see the theme! 
In the past few weeks, hurricanes have descended on our country with a force we have not seen in our lifetimes. Twelve years ago, I volunteered as a front-line mental health worker with the Red Cross for Katrina and have done the same for the triad of Harvey, Irma and Maria.  Although I don't know when or where I will be deployed (for a ten-day commitment), the Red Cross asks for patience, persistence and flexibility: watchwords that are useful to us these days, and in line with the MAGPS program theme.   
I am proud to be President of MAGPS during this challenging period and am amazed at the wide and varied work we have begun and continue. With the help of my group at MAGPS, I hope we can stay grounded, however strong the winds that may be blowing our way.
What's Inside
Looking Forward to the Fall 2016 Conference
MAGPS Fall 2017 Conference
Navigating Consequences of Traumatic Experiences in the Unconscious Life of Groups - Especially Large(r) Ones
with Earl Hopper, PhD, CGP, DFAGPA &
co-sponsored by The Washington School of Psychiatry 
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 of annihilation that is associated with traumatic experience. He will explore what he has termed the fourth basic assumption, "Incohesion," with its two bi-polar forms of "Aggregation" and "Massification." An appreciation of the dynamics of Incohesion will help us as group therapists better observe and navigate the patterns in our groups and society that challenge the effectiveness and efficiency of our work as group psychotherapists. Please join us.

 Register by October 13  for the best rate and a guaranteed space.  No day-of registrations will be accepted.
MAGPS supports the professional development of students, interns, residents, and clinicians early in their careers by offering discounted rates for first-time attended and new professionals. Various scholarships are also available, which can be used to cover registration and banquet costs. If you are interested in obtaining a scholarship, you must  apply by October 6.
Questions? Email conferences@magps.org
Book your room  at the 
Clairon Hotel & 
Conference Center
in Shepardstown, 
West Virginia!

  Secure the Conference Rate ($99/night)
Book by October 1
To book your room, call 1-304-876-7000
About the Presenter
Earl Hopper, PhD,  CGP, DFAGPA

Earl Hopper, PhD  is a group analyst of international renown. He brings forty years of experience, drawing upon work from disciplines ranging from sociology to biology. He has been influenced by the ideas of Bion, Foulkes, de Maré and Agazarian as well as "Revisionists" associated with the Washington School of Psychiatry. A Fellow of the British Psychoanalytical Society, a Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychotherapy Association, and a supervisor and training analyst for the Institute of Group Analysis, his special interests include the study of social issues and of personal and social trauma. He has published books and articles in sociology, psychoanalysis, and group analysis and is the Editor of the New International Library of Group Analysis (NILGA).

turning the focus on exciting things going on in the MAGPS community 
Member News & Events
In mid-August,  Karen Eberwein, PsyD, CGP  and her husband welcomed their second child, a baby girl, into the world. Be sure to ask about her the next time you see her, as Karen would be happy to share pictures of their precious little one with you!
On August 14, 2017,  Lisa Haileab, MT defended her doctoral dissertation,  Shaded Love and Violence: Internalized Colorism, Femininity, Depression and Experiences of Violence in Relationships. Her PhD in Counseling Psychology will be conferred from Howard University on December 12, 2017. Lisa was also admitted into the National Group Psychotherapy Institute (NGPI) for 2017-2019!
Lorraine Wodiska, PhD, CGP, ABPP, was elected as a Fellow of the American Group Psychological Association (AGPA). She has also assumed a role as the Senior Exam Coordinator for the American Board of Professional Psychology (ABPP) in Group Psychology. 
On April 28, 2017,  Sonia Kahn, PsyD presented a paper entitled,  Can We Even Call It 'Couples Therapy?': The Challenges of Providing Psychodynamic Relationship Therapy to the Polyamorous, as part of the Section VIII (Couples and Family Therapy in Psychoanalysis) Invited Panel at the Division 39 Spring Conference in NYC. The panel explored ways of working with polyamorous, consensually-nonexclusive, and trans- inclusive sexual/emotional relationship arrangements in therapy.

Rose McIntyre, LCSW, CGP,  will be continuing her work with the  Median Group  at The Washington School of Psychiatry (WSP). The Median Group continues the work of Patrick DeMare, allowing
  members to bridge dialogue; uncovering implicit and explicit biases; deepen understanding of social and cultural issues; and increase acceptance and tolerance for differences. 

The Median Group meets at WSP (5028 Wisconsin Ave. NW, #400, Washington, DC) on three Sundays from 2-4 PM:  October 1, November 5, and December 3, 2017. If you are interested in learning more, please contact  Rose McIntyre .
In June 2017,  David Heilman, MPsy,  had an article entitled,  The Potential Role for Group Psychotherapy in the Treatment of Internalized Homophobia in Gay Men,   published in The International Journal of Group Psychotherapy.


Several MAGPS members will be presenting at the  2018 American Group Psychotherapy Association (AGPA) Annual Meeting in Houston. 

This year's conference,  The Healing Power of Groups in a Fragmented World, will meet at the Westin Galleria & Westin Oaks Houston from February 26-March 3, 2018. 
For registration information,  click here.
Myrna Frank, PhD  will be leading a two-day Institute titled, Longing for Home: Past Attachments and Reparative Re-Attachments. The workshop will explore the various aspects of longing for home, be it a real home(land) left behind; a symbolic space that houses our fantasized yearnings; or some mix of our early attachments to personal codes of smell, taste and sounds; and will ask how a therapy group can provide a home that facilitates repair via meaningful connection. 
Lorraine Wodiska, PhD, ABPP, FAGPA, Karen Eberwein, PsyD, CGP, Victoria Lee, PhD,  and Farooq Moyhuddin MD, FAPA, CGP will be presenting a half-day workshop entitled, Process Group Experiences versus Group Therapy: What's the Difference?  
Rose McIntyre, LCSW, CGP , and  Karen Stefano  MA,   LPC,   CBT,   NCC will be presenting,  Dialogue versus Destruction: Transformation through the Median Group.

Reflections on the First MAGPS Cinema Series 
Film Screening of the 2017-2018 season, 
Charlie Chaplin's The Great Dictator
 by Judy Tyson, MS, PhD, CGP
Our 2017 MAGPS Cinema Series season opened in September with Charlie Chaplin's film, The Great Dictator. The film choice was in response to the Board's directive that our conference and movie themes reflect the compelling social and political realities ever present in our daily lives. Maryetta Andrews-Sachs and her husband, Bob Zeskind, presented this film.
Cinema Series evenings provide MAGPS members opportunities to socialize with colleagues and share the evening with friends from our personal circle. Our Cinema Series is the Cheers of MAPGS (for those of us who watched the television series). The series is a social vehicle for members to congregate in a welcoming atmosphere where "everyone belongs," with good food, entertainment, and opportunities for professional growth. Lorraine and Dan Wodiska welcome us, graciously sharing their home and hospitality. Cinema Series evenings begin with visiting over a tasty dinner (planned by Lenore Pomerance, assisted by a number of volunteer chefs). Following dinner, the film is presented. (To volunteer to present a film, please contact Lenore.) After viewing the film, there's dessert and a facilitated discussion, with participants exploring the relational dynamics in the film and other points of interest.
This year's films were chosen with themes suggested by our problematic and challenging times. You may be surprised that watching a film in this space will actually allow you to gain insights that support your growth as a group therapist. You might notice that you gain insight applicable to your personal life as well. With group leaders to guide our discussion, and such a diverse mix of talented professionals, opportunities for professional development and entertainment are there for the taking.
The Great Dictator was a perfect reponse to the Board's directive. Chaplin, addressing the destructive power of the bully, entreats us to not ignore Hitler: to speak up.  The film was riveting---some of us could not bear to laugh, and others laughed while watching Hitler be destructive and mean. Our conversation was stimulating and challenging. Who did we identify with? How might you intervene and manage bullying behavior in your group? Is it possible that a group's members can be innocent, unaware, or possess no acknowledgment of the violence around them? What about the beautiful feisty damsel cheering others on?

Chaplin was ingenious, disguising his political statements with humor. In the film, Chaplin plays two roles ---the gentle barber, with Hitler's signature mustache, and Hitler himself. Only clothes distinguish the naïve one from the evil one. What was Chaplin's meta-message?

In an impassioned speech, Chaplin's barber wanders up to Hitler's podium and speaks directly to us. Looking at us boldly, he entreats us to hold to our humanistic values ---the consequence of submitting to intimidation is giving up our basic rights and values. At the time, mocking a bully was laughable and speaking directly to the plight of the Jewish people was out of bounds. Even our president wanted to avoid controversy. Chaplin paid a price for voicing his view, for speaking to the violence he was observing while others chose to stay silent. (Google Charlie Chaplin's final speech in The Great Dictator!) The U.S. government requested that Chaplin leave the country, stating he was no longer welcome in the USA. 
The Great Dictator provoked intense reactions, both in its time and in our Cinema Series viewing. Many of us left with thoughts of how to make a difference. My take away: Pay attention to the silence. Silence can take many forms (e.g., chaos, disagreement, rage, fear). In its presence, the bully takes unlimited powers. As we watched The Great Dictator, we were reminded of the horror and destruction of so many lives that Hitler orchestrated. We must face the grim historical fact: whether Hitler was made fun of, ignored, minimized, or affirmed, for years, socio-political forces of silence and abstention allowed him to maintain his power and destroy whatever (or whomever) he chose to destroy... until he was stopped.
Consequences When Altering the Frame and Unconventional Group Therapy Interventions
with Rob Pepper, PhD on  December 12, 2017
A ltering the frame of analytic group treatment always has consequences. In the morning, Dr. Robert Pepper will address the 8 (eight) clinical and ethical dangers of blurring the boundary between therapy and not therapy.  This includes breaches of confidentiality, the double bind, looping, gaslighting, the 'emperor's new clothes' effect, the pass-along effect, over-stimulation and scapegoating.

In the afternoon, he plans to consider non-traditional group techniques that have relevance for more "difficult" group situations. Over the past 40 years of practice, Rob has culled a variety of unique interventions and has written widely on this topic. He will offer a fishbowl demonstration group comprised of volunteers who will role-play their most challenging group members, and will follow that by a process group discussion of all participants.
This promises to be an engaging day for those who have experienced unintentional boundary shifts and for those interested in some unconventional (but therapeutic) thoughts!  Please join us at the Washington School of Psychiatry on Sunday, November 12 th from 9 am to 4 pm. 

Go to www.magps.org for registration information.
Looking for Love... In All  the Wrong Places? 
Treating Love Addiction in Group Therapy
by Grace Riddell, LICSW, LCSW-C
Jane was married to Roger for 25 years. They have six children one of whom is special needs. Both were raised in a strict conservative religion. After 20 years of marriage, Roger decided he no longer wanted to be part of the family's religion. He started drinking alcohol and having sexual relationships with women outside the marriage, including a girlfriend who got pregnant and gave birth to his child. Throughout their marriage Jane idealized Roger, which led her to defer to him without considering her own wants and needs. Roger sought excitement outside the marriage because he felt suffocated and trapped with Jane, burdened by the pressure of being put on a pedestal he could fall from. Roger stayed in the marriage because he feared being alone.
Jane is addicted to being high on love. Her brain releases the neurotransmitters dopamine and oxytocin, which play major roles in reward-motivated behavior. These "feel good" chemicals are like drugs which are potent for most, but intoxicating for the addict (Costine, 2016). Jane is a love addict.
What is Love Addiction? Where does it Come From?
As children, many love addicts were parented by distant or neglectful caregivers causing them to lose confidence in taking care of themselves (Mellody, Miller, & Miller, 2003). Love addiction can cause harmful consequences for the love addict and their partners.  The love addict's greatest fear is abandonment, with an underlying fear of intimacy.
Jane entered her relationship with Roger in an idealizing fantasy of being taken care of. She sought attention and reassurance from him while denying the importance of the life Roger had created for himself outside the marriage and disregarding his distancing behaviors. Her denial was shattered when she discovered his affair. When Jane began group therapy, she was in the process of withdrawing from her fantasy, and experiencing pain, anger, fear, shame, rage and panic (see diagram above). She then obsessed about Roger, engaging in stalking behaviors while neglecting her own health. In response to Jane's intrusive behavior, Roger protected himself by withdrawing further, using alcohol and turning his energy toward work and his girlfriend. A pattern ensued where Roger would seduce Jane back into the relationship, only to push her away again.
Identifying Codependence in Group Work
According to Pia Mellody, an internationally known author and expert on codependence, the root of Love Addiction is codependence. Group psychotherapy is a powerful component in healing from love addiction and codependence.
People who struggle with codependency focus on others instead of themselves. In group therapy, Jane was able to examine her low self-esteem and internalize positive self-direction from her fellow group members. She put a paper with the quote, "focus on yourself" beneath her pillow each night. Committing to a year-long abstinence from dating gave her more time devoted to her own self-care.
Codependents struggle to have healthy boundaries with others They tend to have impaired boundaries with holes or walls. Jane used the group frame to learn appropriate boundaries with others in the group. At times, she tested the group boundaries and acknowledged when she tried to manipulate the other members. For example, one time she brought her four-year-old son to a group session. Though the group empathized with her frustration at not being able to find a babysitter, the members openly shared the impact this boundary violation had on them, allowing Jane to better understand the importance of holding appropriate boundaries.
Codependents also have difficulties with assessing their own needs and wants. Because Jane was neglected and suffered sexual abuse and abandonment as a child, she grew up believing she did could not have needs. When she married, she gave up her career dreams in favor of helping her husband's career. Now, she wanted to become a yoga instructor and to finish college. With the group encouragement and support, Jane accomplished both goals.
Another symptom of codependence is difficulty being moderate. Jane was obese and depressed when she entered the group, and her self-care was extremely poor. After prolonged time in the group, she attained her desired weight and achieved mood stability.
Jane served as an inspiration to other group members, exemplifying the power of self-growth and the benefits of offering forgiveness and releasing resentments-lessons each group member would carry with them.
Mellody, P., Miller, A.W., & Miller, J.K. (2003). Facing love addiction: Giving yourself the  power to change 
the way you love. Francisco, CA: Harper.  
Costine, L.D. (2016). Lesbian Love Addiction: Understanding the Urge to Merge and How to  Heal When 
Things go Wrong. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield.

Grace leads several groups on codependency in DC and MD. Click here for more information.
Remembering Anna Lake

Anna Peltin Lake of Bethesda, Maryland, beloved wife, mother, grandmother, sister, great aunt, cousin, colleague and dear friend to many, passed away April 13, 2017 at the age of 86. Anna was born and raised in Brooklyn, NY and Trenton, NJ. One of five children born to the late Bendit and Jenny Peltin, her roots and robust energy for life were New York based. She was instrumental in the migration of her extended family from New York to the Washington DC Metro area.She was a force. She leaned into life and grabbed as many experiences as her two arms would hold. Family, family, family. Her loving husband of a remarkable 67 years, Harold Lake, survives her. Together they raised, loved and nurtured four boys: Gary (predeceased 1973), Steven, Bradley and Richard. They gave their children vast opportunities for education, culture, and travel. Anna instilled in each one of them a drive to reach their full potential and pursue their passions.She adored her eight grandchildren: Gregory, Ryan, Devin, Jillian, Marisa, Ben, Gabriel and Ellie. She loved her daughters-in- law Maureen and Lisa, and son-in-law William. She treasures her two wonderful sisters Shirley and Sandee and her brother Izzy (predeceased) and their amazing children and families. Another beloved brother, Norman, died in childhood. She loved her in-laws, Jerry and Freda Lake, and their children and families. Her kitchen was open to all--family was love and she wanted to feed you (and feed you...). Anna and Harold travelled the world--Israel, China, most of Europe, and throughout the United States. These adventures fed her deep desire to learn and explore different cultures and to enrich her life.

Anna was a psychotherapist for close to 40 years. She leaned into life with a thirst for knowledge. While raising school-aged children, she went to University of Maryland in Baltimore, first to get her Bachelor's degree and then her Masters in Clinical Social Work, where she graduated with Honors. 
She cut her teeth as a social worker in the neonatal unit at Washington Hospital Center, working with premature infants and their families. She later worked at Georgetown University as a mental health counselor, and she built a successful private practice. She continued to challenge herself to lifelong learning, hungry to acquire knowledge for use in her work with her patients. 

Her patients' lives often left her marveling at our human capacity for resilience and growth. She so valued being a part of their journey in self-discovery. She loved being a therapist and being involved with the therapy community. The Washington School of Psychiatry became and remained for many years an extremely important place for her, a second home, to learn, train and teach. It was here she was involved in helping to create their impressive Aging Program. 

At 70, she felt called to the Torah and completed her Bat Mitzvah at Washington Hebrew Congregation. Anna touched and inspired many lives in her many roles. The force with which she embraced life lives on in many that knew her. She loved fiercely, was loved in return, and will be deeply missed.

Funeral Services were held at Washington Hebrew Congregation. Donations in her memory can be made to the Gary Lee Lake Memorial Fund at University of Maryland.
Meet MAGPS Member 
Lisa Haileab, MT 
Interview by Terri Dilmore, PhD

Meet Lisa Haileab, MT (Ph.D. in December 2017), a recent doctoral graduate of Howard University's Counseling Psychology program! Lisa is currently a practicing psychotherapist with Parkhurst Associates in their Dupont Circle and Del Ray offices, and she also provides therapy to students at the University of California's Washington DC Campus.  Lisa is a Program Coordinator with the National African American Drug Policy Coalition (NAADPC) and facilitates the Hip Hop to Prevent Substance Abuse (H2P) prevention program, working with youth ages 12-16 in Washington, D.C. Lisa was recently admitted into the National Group Psychotherapy Institute's Fellowship program's Class of 2019.

Lisa joined the MAGPS Board as a Mentor in April 2016 while completing her pre-doctoral internship at Howard University's Counseling Center. She is now a Student and New Professional Representative. Lisa chose to join the MAGPS Board to further enhance her professional skill set in group psychotherapy and help contribute to the development of future practicing group therapists. Lisa brings with her an educational and professional background that add a unique and important voice to the MAGPS Board.  

Lisa, what prompted you to study psychology?
I was in a near fatal car accident on December 1, 2002, during my second year at the University of Virginia. I sustained a Traumatic Brain Injury and my world stopped. As I healed, and pieces of the person everyone remembered returned (in part), I felt a desperate obligation to give back. I earned a Masters of Teaching in Special Education in the Curry School of Education at the University of Virginia and taught for six years, which allowed me to witness the impact trauma had on the children and families I worked with. I knew I had to serve in a different role, so I left teaching and pursued a Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology.

What led you to want to practice group therapy?
Initially, I was not interested in groups and not open to allowing anyone into my business, but that changed. As an extern, I was in a group seminar taught by Dr. Ayana Watkins-Northern at Howard University Counseling Center. I studied Bion and began to understand the function of the group's unconscious. I co-facilitated a group and, through facilitating my own group and participating in an administrative process group, I began to experience the power of group therapy. I realized that no one can persist through life unscathed.  We suffer from the same anxieties, which manifest in different ways. I witnessed and experienced the power of shame and how it contributed to my defenses. I realized that we all suffer similarly and can heal one another through the voice of another person who can speak to our pain.

What made you interested in joining MAGPS?
I believe in the utility of the group experience and hope to sharpen my skills and ability to lead groups. Also, I wanted to confront my fears.
How do you see groups helping your professional career?
I believe that groups keep me honest.  I am humbled by the experience of being in, and running groups, and learn something new in every group. I've learned to better utilize supervision, theory and listen closely to the experiences of each member.

How would you like to contribute to the advancement of MAGPS?
I hope to continue to serve on the Board. I look forward to engaging in research and scholarship around the utility of groups. I also want to keep learning about group dynamics and bring my wealth of experiences to my colleagues, and the group-as-a-whole.

The MAGPS Diversity Statement
Alison Howard, PhD, CGP 
MAGPS is an organization committed to the study and practice of group psychotherapy and is affiliated with the American Group Psychotherapy Association.  We, like many within the helping traditions, have been following the worsening climate for racial and ethnic minorities, women, members of the LGBTQ+ community, non-Christian religions, immigrants, refugees and other marginalized groups in our country. We have been saddened and alarmed by the rising verbal and physical assaults on people and places that represent the fabric of our communities and country and yet have been deemed as "other" with a tone of hatred and intolerance.  We are aware that there has always been an undercurrent of "othering," as often seen in our groups and throughout history, but we have seldom seen it so publically reinforced as we have since the 2016 presidential election cycle began.
As group therapists, we at MAGPS are all too familiar with the process of "scapegoating," whereby a member of the group becomes marginalized and then an attempt is made to ostracize or expel that member. This process is always an effort to expel those aspects of ourselves that we are afraid to confront and understand, but in no way does this behavior serve the broader goals of any group and instead undermines the group itself.
Like many organizations that serve to foster inclusiveness and the study of both small and large group dynamics, we must speak openly against the bigotry and racial violence that has been occurring unchecked. We publically condemn any words or action that serve only to segregate and silence people based on the color of their skin, their religious views, their ethnicity, their sexual orientation or their gender identification. As a community of psychotherapists, we are dedicated to ameliorating the trauma of being marginalized and ostracized and we are fully prepared to speak out against what we see as an emerging culture of intolerance and threat to our most vulnerable friends, neighbors, colleagues and family members. MAGPS is itself a group of diverse professionals and we are dedicated to the protection of civil rights for all people. We would like to offer to all people, a place of understanding and compassion, where inclusion, freedom of speech, diversity of thought, and the courage to be are always welcome.
Daring to Lead -- Remembering the 
Spring Conference  with Karen Travis  
by Rose McIntyre, LCSW, CGP & 
Lorraine Wodiska, PhD, ABPP
2017 Spring Conference Co-Chairs 
Our Spring 2017 Conference was held on April 1-2 at Saint Elizabeths Hospital in Washington, DC.  While the city was celebrating its famous Cherry Blossoms, we explored the theme of leadership.    
MAGPS was grateful to welcome Karen Travis LCSW, BCD, CGP, FAGPA as she presented "Desire to Lead: Perils and Passions," and gave us a personal and professional glimpse into how we are shaped into leaders.

Together, we explored how leadership can be developed throughout our lifetime, and how we navigate the ever-present rewards, opportunities, and challenges that accompany the leadership role. We considered the many layers of being leaders and followers, including the importance of knowing one's audience, building resilience, and maintaining hope.  
We had record attendance of 95 attendees, including new and returning members, and 23 scholarship recipients from Saint Elizabeths training program and local universities.
Our process groups were led by a distinguished team of small group leaders:  Kathy Reedy (our guest from Kentucky), Maryetta Andrews-Sachs, Sally Brandel, Nancy and Marc Hafkin, Emily Jones and Fox Vernon, Bradley Lake, Rachel Miller, Reginald Nettles, Jonathan Stillerman and Rachel Miller, and Daniel Turetsky.
At this meeting, we installed the new officers and gratefully acknowledged the significant work of those who were leaving their board positions.  We also reviewed our programmatic theme for the next two years:  how p racticing group psychotherapy during times of national upheaval presents us with opportunities  and dilemmas. We intend to use the Group to explore our ethical and moral responsibilities as group therapists, explore the impacts of dissent and disruption on mental health, and consider issues of privilege, "othering," and cultural division.
All told, the spirit and demonstration of leadership was quite alive throughout the weekend!
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