Minnesota Group Therapy Conference Spring 2021 (May 20-21)

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Conference Theme:  Creating Corrective Experiences for Ourselves and for Our Clients

12.0 CE credits


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Welcome! We hope you will join us for this exciting event. Many clinicians find this conference to be a rich, deep and rewarding experience–both personally and professionally. 
Please read the full conference details on this webpage, and reach out to the conference leadership committee with any questions you might have. 

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 (5 hours) will be spent in your Small Group Experiential Training (SGET) comprised of 6-12 members and 1-2 highly skilled group leaders. 

The evaluations from our last conferences were overwhelming positive, and included several helpful suggestions. Attendees said they would recommend this event to any colleague that is wanting experiential training. 

"Just sign up!"..." It's very worth it"... "but be prepared for what it is (experiential rather than just didactic)."
    -Fall 2020 Conference Participant

"Experiential aspect was much more powerful than the traditional “lecture” approach. I very much appreciate it."
   -Fall 2019 Conference Participant

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 group leaders about choices they made and their theoretical underpinnings. Additional information will be presented in didactic forms, handouts, and oral presentations.

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.

Purpose of the conference: To provide experiential group training to enhance and increase the therapist's ability to be a fully human and present group psychotherapist

WHEN

May 20-21, 2021 (Thursday/Friday)

8:00am-5:00pm (Thursday)

8:30-4:30pm (Friday)

We will practice taking many self-care breaks throughout the conference


Where

Online via Zoom

Cost

Purchase your tickets HERE!

$250 Professional Rate  ($275 On May 1, 2021)

$175 New Professional Rate (<3 years since graduation) ($200 On May 1, 2021)

$100 Student Rate ($125 On May 1, 2021)

$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 On May 1, 2021)

$15 for Continuing Education Certificate (Optional)

BIPOC Scholarship Application Available HERE

LGTQIA+ Scholarship Application Available HERE


Who

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


Keynote Presenter: Carlos Canales, Psy.D., CGP, FAGPA, SEP™

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Title: Attachment-Focused Somatic Experiencing Group Psychotherapy


Dr. Canales will demonstrate ways to develop a group climate with the basic underlining tenets for establishing safety, connection, and self and other regulation. Fundamentally, living in a regulated state and fostering secure bonds may be humanity’s most important survival response. This clinical approach uses sensory and bodily awareness cultivated for the purposes of presence, empathic witnessing, and interrelating.

These essential concepts will be demonstrated didactically as well as experientially. Dr. Canales will facilitate a live group demonstration comprised of 7-9 volunteers (you will have the chance to volunteer as a group member if you desire).

 

Learning Outcomes:

1. Increase your familiarity with an attachment-focused practice and somatic experiencing.

2. Experience and articulate moments of physiological change (neuroception) around states of intrapsychic or interpersonal safety and danger.

3. Assess aliveness, connection, disconnection, and deadness in communication.

4. Name two interventions for engaging others using physiological awareness.

 

Dr. Canales, can you briefly describe your theoretical approach to group leadership?

"I am deeply influenced by attachment-theory, psychodynamic theory, and somatic experiencing. I believe that learning to track our own physiology in the here-and-now and appreciating our basic need for connection, bonding, and security enhances our exploration, individuation, and creativity."

 


Dr. Canales, how will your keynote take into consideration viewpoints from diverse populations and cultural locations?

"I will explore and highlight culturally sensitive and responsive approaches to attending to our bodies and our connection with others, our bonding efforts, particularly when we lose safety, connection, or increase our distance from one another. We will discuss our process taking into consideration our social identities and other potential diversity dynamics."

 

More Information about Carlos Canales

Dr. Carlos Canales, Psy.D., CGP, FAGPA, SEP™, is a licensed Clinical Psychologist, Certified Group Psychotherapist, and Somatic Experiencing® Practitioner. He received his doctoral degree from Rosemead School of Psychology in 2007. He is fluent in Psychodynamic, Gestalt, Family Systems, Somatic Experiencing, and Emotionally Focused Therapy. During his career, he has worked at multiple settings including university counseling centers, community mental health centers, and hospitals. He opened his private practice in 2011 and is the co-founder of Vida Psychotherapy, a group clinic in West Des Moines.

Dr. Canales is bilingual and bicultural. He is a clinical member of the Iowa Psychological Association (IPA), The Four Corners Group Psychotherapy Association, and a fellow at the American Group Psychotherapy Association (AGPA).

Schedule

THURSDAY

8:00-8:10am - Registration

8:10-8:30- Welcome, Introduction to Conference Structure

8:30-9:20am - Keynote Presentation - Carlos Canales PsyD, LP, FAGPA, CGP, SEP™

9:30-10:30am - Demonstration Group facilitated by Dr. Canales

10:40-11:30 - Demonstration Group (continued)

11:40-12:00 Debrief, discussion. questions

12:00-1:15pm- Lunch (on your own)

1:15-2:45pm - Small Group Training Experiential #1

3:00-4:30pm  - Small Group Training Experiential #2

 

 

 

 

 

 

FRIDAY

8:30-10:00am - Small Group Experiential #3

-break-

10:15am-11:45pm - Small Group Experiential #4

12:00-12:30pm Large Group Debrief

Lunch Break 12:30-1:45pm- On your own OR create your own Zoom lunch groups

1:45-3:15pm - Breakout Workshops

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3:30-4:30pm Large Group Debrief, Evaluations, Exploration of Future Conference, Prizes, Goodbyes

 

 

 

 

 

 
 
 
 

Note - You will receive an email two weeks prior to the conference (on May 6th) asking you to rank order your top three SGET choices and top three Workshop choices


Some of these SGET are repeats from our last conference and some are new.

SMALL GROUP EXPERIENTIALS (Four 90-minute sessions with a cohort of 6-10 participants)



Name: Omkar Sawardekar MSW, LICSW (Confirmed) 
Title of Small Group Experiential:  Exploring Core Tensions in Group Dynamics


Name: Jessi Leader, MA, LMFT (Confirmed) 
Title of Small Group Experiential: The Use of Cultural Rituals in Saying Hello and Goodbye


Name: Brian Post, PhD, LP (Confirmed) 
Title of Small Group Experiential: Activating and Illuminating the Here-and-now in Your Group Work 


Name: Nate Page, PhD, LP, CGP (Confirmed)
Title of Small Group Experiential: What Do I Really Want? Finding Value in Exploring Our Unmet Needs as Group Leaders 


Name: Anna Packard, PhD, CEDS, CGP (Post-poned to a future conference) 
Title of Small Group Experiential: Expanding the Repertoire: Creative Exercises to Enhance Group Process





WORKSHOPS (90 minutes on Friday afternoon)



Name: Omkar Sawardekar, MSW, LICSW (Confirmed)
Title of Workshop: Practicing Mental Health at the Intersections of Identity and Culture


Name:  Karen Cone-Uemura PhD, CGP (Confirmed)
Title of Small Group Experiential:  Navigating Challenging Situations with Empowerment Despite Systemic Constraints - A Workshop for conference participants that identify as BIPOC (Black, Indigenous,  Person of Color)


Names: Kristina Hansen, PhD, LP, CGP; Klint Hobbs, PhD, LP; Mike Buxton, PhD, LMFT, Yoko Caldwell, PhD, LP; Derek Griner PhD, ABPP, CGPT (Confirmed) Title of Small Group Experiential: Compassion Focused Therapy: Helping Groups Connect with Compassion


Name:  Saras Bhadri PsyD, LP; Nikki Strong PhD (Confirmed)
Title of Small Group Experiential: A Happier and Healthier you: Integrating Self-Care into Daily Life


Name: Jessi Leader, MA, LMFT (Confirmed)
Title of Workshop: The Use of Cultural Rituals to Say Goodbye


Name: Nate Page, PhD, LP, Certified Group Psychotherapist (Confirmed)
Title of Workshop: Money Matters–Exploring Your Financial Possibilities with Running Groups in Private Practice



Click Here to read full details about SGETs and Workshops

FAQs

Answers to some frequently asked questions.


What did participants say about the last few Minnesota Group Therapy Conferences?

"The Experiential content was fantastic; Honestly the best training I’ve been to in a long while."
-Fall 2020 Participant

"I thought this conference was excellent. It was my first conference of this type so I didn't have any past experience that formed any expectations, and I gained so much value in learning more about myself and others as well."

-Fall 2020 Participant

"What a rich and useful two days of group therapy experience, training and networking!"

-Fall 2020 Participant
"I felt like it was an overall enriching experience. I appreciate how the organizers created a space for non-white voice to be at the center of the conversations!"
-Fall 2020 Participant

"This was fantastic. The experientials were so meaningful, and the presentations were very timely and so needed."

-Fall 2020 Participant
"I enjoyed the conference overall. I love the experiential pieces and I appreciated the focus on racism in the more didactic sections."
-Fall 2020 Participant
"The small process groups were amazing."
-Fall 2020 Participant
[Future attendees] should be prepared for the participation demands of this conference as it is an active (rather than passive) experience."

-Fall 2020 Participant

"Just sign up!"..." It's very worth it"... "but be prepared for what it is (experiential rather than just didactic)."

-Fall 2020 Participant
Thank you to all who organized this, LOVED it! 🙂
-Spring 2020 Participant
More time would be wonderful! Even multiple breakouts through a day.
-Spring 2020 Participant

I am truly looking forward to a 2-day conference.

-Spring 2020 Participant
[My experiential group leader] modeled how group work is done and also used facilitator questions that will be useful in my practice. Very nicely done!
-Spring 2020 Participant

Very good conference!

-Spring 2020 Participant

I was in [group leader's name] group and [their] attunement was wonderful and [their] reflective comments led the group to a deeper level. 

-Spring 2020 Participant
Wonderful experience!
-Spring 2020 Participant
"The experiential small groups were amazing; I learned so much more than in a presentation. I liked how we experienced two different [leadership] styles."
-Fall 2019 Participant
"This is my first experiential training, and I found it to be just what I would have hoped to be. You 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."
-Fall 2019 Participant
"The experiential really was effective–it helped us go deeper and have something to process within a few minutes of starting then continued throughout."
-Fall 2019 Participant

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

-Fall 2019 Participant
 




Archive of Previous Group Therapy Conferences (Below)

 
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Conference Theme: RESTORING HOPE THROUGH CONNECTION

10.5 CE credits

Note -  We ended up rescheduling this two-day conference for Fall 2020.
In it's place, we prepared a half-day VIRTUAL GROUP THERAPY CONFERENCE for Friday May 8, 2020. 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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