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Conference Theme: RESTORING HOPE THROUGH CONNECTION

10.5 CE credits

Note -  We are planning to reschedule this two-day conference for Fall 2020. We are preparing a half-day VIRTUAL GROUP THERAPY CONFERENCE for Friday May 8th.  Please CLICK HERE for details about this HALF-day virtual conference.

Purpose: Provide experiential group training to enhance and increase the therapist's ability to be a fully human and present group psychotherapist.

Experiential Format: The experiential nature of this conference means you will learn about group dynamics and interventions by being a group member of a process group made up of psychotherapist peers. You will experience and study actual group issues as they organically arise in your group work together. This 'real-time' group work creates a learning environment that is not possible in didactic, role-playing, or other forms of trainings. Much of the conference, approximately 5 hours, will be spent in your Small Group Experiential Training (SGET) comprised of 8-12 members and 1-2 highly skilled group leaders. 

The group psychotherapy skills gained in these SGET's are important for any group leader, regardless of group leader experience, theoretical orientation, or patient population.

At the conclusion of each to experiential training section, you will have the opportunity to ask your small group leaders about choices they made and their theoretical underpinnings. Additional information will be presented in didactic forms, handouts, and oral presentations with one breakout workshop selection of your choice.

If you have attended a group therapy conference from the American Group Psychotherapy Association (or one of their affiliate societies) you likely have a good understanding of the experiential nature of this conference. If not, then please visit our FAQ section (below) to better understand the Minnesota 2020 Spring Group Therapy Conference.

Keynote Speaker: Patrick Dougherty, MA, LP

Title: I Can't, But We Can: How Groups can Treat and Heal Collective Trauma

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KEYNOTE DESCRIPTION:

Our communities, country, and world suffer from many collective traumas that create fear, anger, and social despair. Such collective trauma affects not only our clients but also ourselves. In addition, collective trauma impacts the issues, how they are presented, and how we respond in therapy. 

Like our clients, many of us feel overwhelmed by collective trauma. And, as in our clients, we can become distressed and reactive or numb and avoidant, which are natural responses to trauma. But we are now learning that one of the most effective tools in treating collective trauma is to engage in collective response. 

Whether in a group of three or 103 people, utilizing paradigms and practices for traversing these turbulent waters while remaining in connection with others, we can process the acute symptoms while strengthening our resilience. In small and large groups, this keynote guides participants through intrapersonal and interpersonal processes that explore the impact of collective traumas. By embracing our own vulnerability and being fully human with colleagues, we acquire the capacity to treat collective trauma symptoms and contribute to its healing.

From this Keynote You will learn:

  • Practices to increase a stronger sense of embodied resourcefulness in yourself and group members
  • Strategies for building group resilience through clarifying a shared intention and creating a single group nervous system
  • Protocols for teaching attuned presence for members to use in small group processing
  • How to use the therapist’s humanity and vulnerability appropriately to help foster the healing of our clients and our communities

Patrick Dougherty, M.A., L.P. is a licensed psychologist who has been in practice over 40 years offering individual, couples and group therapy focusing on healing the trauma that prevents a full engagement with life. He has also been working with social despair and collective trauma (movingthroughit.org) since the early days of his practice. He is a member of the Pocket Project (pocketproject.org), an international group of people studying with Thomas Hubl and developing methods to identify and treat inter-generational and collective trauma. He has written numerous articles and two books, Qigong in Psychotherapy and A Whole Hearted Embrace.

View full details about each presenter and session HERE!

You will receive an email prior to the conference asking you to rank order your top three SGET choices and top three Workshop choices


SMALL GROUP EXPERIENTIALS (All day Friday, Saturday morning)


Name: Scott Kamilar, PhD, ABPP, LP 
Title of Small Group Experiential:  Mindfulness of Body, Speech and Mind in Process Groups


Name: LynAnne Evenson, MS, LMFT
Title of Small Group Experiential:  Bringing Awareness to Unconscious Bias in Group Settings


Name: Nate Page, PhD, LP 
Title of Small Group Experiential:  Activating and Illuminating the Here-and-Now in Your Therapy Groups


Name: Brian C. Post, PhD, LP 
Title of Small Group Experiential:  General Process Group Experiential


Name: Jon Lewis, PhD, LP 
Title of Small Group Experiential: It's Easier to Ride a Horse When It’s Going In the Right Direction - When to speak, and when to observe, as the group leader




WORKSHOPS (90 minutes on Saturday afternoon) 


Name: Brian Post, PhD, LP 
Title of Workshop: From "No Way!" to New Group Member: Screening and Preparing Clients for Process Groups


Name: Amanda Storey, PsyD, LP 
Title of Workshop: Managing Challenging Group Situations


Name: Jon Lewis, PhD, LP 
Title of Workshop: Working with Silence in Group


More Workshops will be posted soon!


WHEN

May 8-9 (Friday/Saturday)

8:00am-4:00pm (Friday)

9:00-4:00pm (Saturday)


Where

University of Minnesota St. Paul Campus (Ruttan Hall and Peters Hall 1994 Buford Ave, St Paul, MN 55108)

Cost

$250 Professional Rate  ($275 After March 6, 2020)

$175 New Professional Rate (<3 years since graduation) ($200 After March 6, 2020)

$100 Student Rate ($125 After March 6, 2020)

$500 Professional Rate + Scholarship  - Your rate plus covering the cost for attendees that would not be able to participate without scholarship assistance. This would cover the rate of one other professional attendee, 2.5 students, or close to 1.5 new professionals. ($550 After March 6, 2020)

$15 for Continuing Education Certificate (Optional)

$20 for catered lunch on Saturday (Optional)


Who

This conference is for any mental health clinican (professional or student) that is wanting to improve their group processing and group therapy skills.


Schedule (Tentative)

FRIDAY

8:00-8:25am - Registration

8:30-8:50am - Welcome, Introduction to Conference Structure

8:50-10:20am - Keynote Experiential (Patrick Dougherty, "I Can't, But We Can")

 -break-

10:40-12:00pm - Small Group Training Experiential #1

12:00-1:30pm- Lunch (on your own)

1:30-3:00pm  - Small Group Training Experiential #2

-break-

3:15-4:00pm Large Group Debrief

 

 

 

 

SATURDAY

9:00-10:00am - Small Group Experiential #3

-break-

10:10-11:20 - Small Group Experiential #4

11:30-12:00pm Raffle Prizes and Networking (and SGET leader debrief meeting)

12:00-1:20pm- Catered Lunch (Optional) with Discussion about Future of MN Group Therapy Conferences, Announcements, More Networking

1:30-3:00pm - Breakout Workshops

3:15-4:00pm Large Group Debrief, Evaluations, Goodbyes

 

 

 

 

 

FAQs

Answers to some frequently asked questions.


Conference Leadership Committee

Tom Glaser is a past president of the Minnesota Group Psychotherapy Society and has been running therapy and training groups for over 30 years. Tom is the author of Full Heart Living: Conversations with the Happiest People I Know, an Amazon.com bestseller. Whether counseling individuals or groups, hosting podcasts, or teaching, his passion for helping people live their best lives flows through. For more information about Tom please visit tomglaserLP.com or fullheartliving.com.

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Nate Page is the Group Coordinator at Carleton College Student Health and Counseling. He is the creator of Group Therapy Central LLC, an organization designed to provide high quality group services as well as group therapy training.  He is the director of the Carleton Phoenix Project which focuses challenging unhealthy cultural norms surrounding perfectionism, shame and burnout in college students. He is actively involved in the American Group Psychotherapy Association. To learn more information about Nate and his work please visit: grouptherapycentral.com or https://www.facebook.com/carletonphoenixproject/

Jessi Leader is a relationship therapist and the founder of Moody Octopus Collective, a private practice in south Minneapolis. she supports folks who are looking to restore trust, connection and intimacy in their relationships. Jessi is passionate about working with folks experiencing disconnection, those impacted by affairs, couples and issues specific to men. She facilitates group therapy for Modern Men, as they redefine masculinity and how to show up in their relationships. For more information on her work: moodyoctopus.com.

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Amanda Storey works for Sanford Health in Moorhead, MN where she provides psychological services to adults. Amanda has taken a particular interest in group therapy after being exposed to it throughout her graduate training and internship. Currently, she facilitates two Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) groups and an advanced DBT group that balances both structure and process. She has become increasingly passionate about group therapy and hopes to share this passion with others through opportunities such as this conference.

Jon Lewis is a clinical psychologist who currently facilitates groups in adult partial hospitalization program at a local hospital. His group experience spans outpatient, intensive outpatient, and inpatient treatment settings. He is an active member of the American Group Psychotherapy Association (AGPA), and regularly attends their annual national conference. He also completed AGPA's Certified Group Psychotherapists (CGP) training program, and has a strong interest in training group therapists. His clinical interests include attachments concerns, personality pathology, and psychodynamic psychotherapy. For more information about Jon please visit MplsTherapy.org

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Here are a few of the written responses we received from the anonymous evaluations forms completed at our Fall 2019 Conference:

"The Experiential content was fantastic; Honestly the best training I’ve been to in a long while."

 

"The experientials (small groups) were amazing; I learned so much more than in a presentation. I liked how we experienced two different [leadership] styles."

 

"This is my first experiential training, and I found it to be just what I would have hoped to be. You both did an excellent job with the content of the training, modeling the facilitator role, and creating safety during the day to allow myself to open up."

 

"The experiential really was effective–-it helped us go deeper and have something to process within a few minutes of starting then continued throughout"

 

"Experiential aspect was much more powerful than the traditional “lecture” approach. I very much appreciate it."

Location: Rutan Hall and Peters Hall at University of Minnesota Campus St. Paul Campus

Both Ruttan Hall and Peters Hall universally accessable. There are ramps, elevators, and accessible restroom spaces and stalls.  All of the classrooms that we will be using are accessible for a person using a wheelchare. You can read more about Ruttan Hall here and Peters Hall here.

These buildings both have gender nuetral restrooms, and Peters Hall has a meditation/prayer room plus a lactation room.  Ruttan Hall has a publicly accessible microwave (located near the vending machines on the main level) if you are wanting to bring a sack lunch. All campus buildings have sorted recycling, compost, and garbage. 

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Archive of Previous Group Therapy Conferences (Below)

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CONFERENCE THEME: Activating and Illuminating the Here-And-Now in Your Therapy Groups

Purpose: to increase your effectiveness as a group therapist. The experiential format of this institute provides an opportunity for in-depth study of group interventions: it includes both self-reflective examination and didactic discussion of personal group experiences.

WHEN

Friday October 11, 2019

8:30am-4:00pm


Where

Partners In Resilience Group Room

1409 Willow St. Suite #210, Minneapolis, MN 55403 

Cost

$90 for full day conference

$15 for 5.5 CE credits


Who

This conference is for any clinican (professional or student) that is wanting to improve their group processing and group therapy skills.


Learning Outcomes

You will be able to:

(1) Explain Yalom's components of therapeutic here-and-now activation and illumination.

(2) Select group leader interventions designed to help activate and illuminate the here-and-now experiences of members and the group-as-a-whole.

(3) Identify your own subjective experiences of the here-and-now, and explore those of other participants and the group-as-a-whole. 

(4) Incorporate mindfulness-based approaches and interventions to aid in activating and illuminating the here-and-now experience of members and the group-as-a-whole. 

Format

The format of the conference will be comprised of small group experientials, some didactic, and a largre group consultation/mastermind experiential. The experiential format is identical group conferences organized by the American Group Psychotherapy Association and affiliated group therapy societies. Please read our Frequently Asked Questions (below) for more information about the experiential format of the conference. 

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Schedule

MORNING

8:30-9:00am - Check-In

9:00-9:15 - Welcome, Introduction to Conference Structure, Brief Didactic

9:15-10:45 - Small Group Experiential #1 with Nate Page, PhD, LP (Title: Here-and-now activation and illumination in group therapy)

10:45-11:00 - Break

11:00-12:30 - Small Group Experiential #2 with Tom Glaser, MS, LP (Title: Incorporating mindfulness in your therapy groups)

AFTERNOON

12:30-2:00 - Lunch (on your own)

2:00-3:30 - Group Therapy Consultation/Mastermind Experiential. *Please come with questions/concerns you have about your groups (current or future). This experiential will be led by Tom & Nate, and is designed to help meet your needs. We will continue attending to the value of activating and illuminating the here-and-now.

3:30-4:00 - Exploring future MN-based group therapy conferences and events

 

Presenters

Tom Glaser is a past president of the Minnesota Group Psychotherapy Society and has been running therapy and training groups for over 30 years. Tom is the author of Full Heart Living: Conversations with the Happiest People I Know, an Amazon.com bestseller. Whether counseling individuals or groups, hosting podcasts, or teaching, his passion for helping people live their best lives flows through. For more information about Tom please visit tomglaserLP.com or fullheartliving.com.

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Nate Page is the Group Coordinator at Carleton College Student Health and Counseling. He is the creator of Group Therapy Central LLC, and organization designed to privde high quality group services as well as group therapy training.  He is the director of the Carleton Phoenix Project which focuses on perfectionism and shame in college students. He is actively involved in the American Group Psychotherapy Association. For more information about Nate and his work please visit grouptherapycentral.com or https://www.facebook.com/carletonphoenixproject/

More information.

Answers to some frequently asked questions.


(Here is the Conference Informational Flyer)

 

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