Puget Sound Group Psychotherapy Network

An Affiliate of the American Group Psychotherapy Association

May 12 – 13, 2017 PSGPN 12th Annual Spring Conference
Earn 12 CEU’s!

Impossible Groups that Thrive in Leaking Containers: Absorbing a New Paradigm for Group Therapy?” Presented by Haim Weinberg, Ph.D., CGP, FAGPA

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AllianceLogoCoSponsored150pxMany groups do not follow the “rules” described in the textbooks. Some of them do not portray the stages that the books detail. In some, the setting is quite different from what is recommended by theory, especially having too loose boundaries. Under these conditions, we could expect that members of the group would not feel safe enough to open up, and that the group will not be able to work through deep issues. Nevertheless, surprisingly, under the right leadership, these groups seem to progress into advanced stages as if they flourish in cracked containers. How does this happen? Should we change or adjust our theories?

Haim Weinberg, Ph.D., CGP, FAGPA is a licensed psychologist, group analyst and Certified Group Psychotherapist in private practice in Sacramento, California. He is the past President of the Israeli Association of Group Psychotherapy and of the Northern California Group Psychotherapy Society (NCGPS). Dr. Weinberg is the list-owner of the group psychotherapy professional online discussion forum. Academic Vice-President of the Professional School of psychology in which he created and coordinates an online doctoral program in group psychotherapy. He wrote a book on Internet groups and co-edits a series of books about the social unconscious. Click the link to see what he has published: WeinbergPublished.

Here are 2 articles by Dr. Weinberg:

Learning Objectives, the participants will be able to:

  • Describe the conditions necessary for group progress according to professional literature.
  • Discuss groups that do not follow the recommended setting or rules.
  • Outline the impact of these diversions on the group process.
  • Explain how these group do make progress.
Process Groups Meet Both Days Interspersed with the Didactic Presentation

Learning is often best accomplished by doing, and our emotional growth matters at least as much as our intellectual growth. In that spirit, this year will include an integration between the main presentation (led by Dr. Weinberg) and smaller groups (led by carefully selected group therapist colleagues), where you’ll have an opportunity to process and better understand the material. This pairing over both days is a change in format for us, and will provide many opportunities to grow both professionally and personally.

Registration is for BOTH Friday and Saturday only due to the need for continuity in the Process Groups. Saturday only registration is NOT available for this event.

New Venue! This year we are presenting at the Talaris Conference Center in Laurelhurst. The address is: 4000 NE 41st Street, Seattle, WA 98105-5428. There is free parking at the center.

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CE: Continuing education credits (6 units) will be available for all masters level clinicians for each day of the conference.

This event is co-sponsored by the Northwest Alliance for Psychoanalytic Study.

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Spring 2017 Quarterly Professional Meeting

Friday April 7, 2017, 6:30-9:15 pm

Presentation with Kavita Avula, PhD

Seattle Psychoanalytic Society and Institute
4020 East Madison Street, Suite 200
Seattle, WA. 98112
6:30-7:00 Social time
7:00-9:15 Presentation

“Emergency Response Work Worldwide:  Groups Across the Globe”

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How can groups serve us during or in the immediate aftermath of an emergency?  The well-known Critical Incident Stress Debriefing model has received widespread criticism but this does not mean that effective group work is not possible after a crisis.  There are skillful ways to use groups and triggering ways of offering group that can leave people worse off.

Join international psychologist, Dr. Kavita Avula, who will reflect on the work she has done using groups nationally and internationally including engagements at Penn State University after the child sex abuse scandal, Nairobi after the Westgate Mall Attacks the Philippines after the supertyphoon in the Philippines , and the recent violent outbreak in South Sudan.

Kavita Avula, Psy.D. is a licensed clinical psychologist who specializes in cross-cultural psychology and global mental health, trauma and resilience, crisis and critical incident response. She is the Lead Consulting Psychologist of The KonTerra Group, a firm that provide organizational and individual support to international aid organizations that have projects based in conflict-affected areas – and previously worked at The World Bank’s Counseling Unit.  She is involved in emergency and disaster response work on an international level and has recently worked in the Uganda, Tanzania, Mexico City, Ukraine, Afghanistan, Kenya, the West Bank, and the Philippines. A faculty member of the National Group Psychotherapy Institute, Dr. Avula consults to organizations when challenges arise that impact optimal functioning and group cohesion. She infuses mindfulness into her approach to psychotherapy and offers mindfulness workshops to organizations that place a high value on staff care and wellness.

Moderator: Leyla Welkin, PhD, LMHC

CE: Continuing education credits (2 units) will be available for all masters level clinicians.

For more information please contact Beth Shields @ 206-550-7320



Completed Events for 2016 and 2017:

Presentation with Dan Gross, MSW, LICSW, Friday, February 3, 2017

“Group Therapy With Military Veterans: Effective Ways To Work With Trauma”

This event provided the following: an introduction to working with Veterans, discussion of various evidence-based treatments for Veterans in groups, specific explanation of present centered therapy, and an experiential section that includes a debriefing/summary of learning. The presenter has more than a decade of experience serving Vets within and outside the VA Healthcare System, and is a long time practitioner of group psychotherapy.

Presentation with John Skandalis, psychodramatist, Friday, November 4th

In this “Introduction to Psychodrama,” John presented a brief theoretical overview of this group-based action method. He then focused on how and why it is used in therapy groups to help them function optimally by including members who are isolates.

An experiential component followed and included a full psychodramatic cycle: warm up as a group, an enactment using psychodrama, and finally shared and processed the work piece.

Training: Modern Analytic Group Therapy August 26-27th

We are very excited to have had our 2nd weekend of in-depth group therapy training in Seattle!

The 2016 Annual Spring Conference

The 11th Annual Spring Conference and Membership Meeting was held May 13-14, 2016
Mary Sussillo, LCSW, CGP, FAGPA, the Director of the Center for Bereavement, presented: “Coming Alive with Your Tribe: The Transformative Power of Mourning in Group”

Spring QPM with Robin Brownstein LICSW & Martin Bullard LICSW

A Presentation on How to Facilitate a Group for Young Adults was April 8th.

Winter Social Event with a Guided Tour at Northwest African-American Museum was February 5th


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Spring Conference 2017  May 12th and 13th haim2-in-brazil-2015PSGPN welcomes Haim Weinberg, PhD, CGP, FAGPA, Dean of International Programs, Professional School of Psychology, Sacramento, California.


Kavita Avula, PhD, Friday, April 7th 2017

Emergency Response Work Worldwide:  Groups Across the Globe

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