Puget Sound Group Psychotherapy Network

An Affiliate of the American Group Psychotherapy Association

2018 PSGPN 13th Annual Spring Conference, May 18-19

Earn 12 CEU’s

Using Theater and Group Process to Promote Mutual Recognition and Communal Wellbeing
Presented by Robert Schulte, MSW, CGP and Tikka Sears

Register here if you are a PSGPN or Alliance member in good standing for EarlyBird Pricing of $275  (after April 18 the price will be $300 for members.

Register here if you are NOT a PSGPN or Alliance member for EarlyBird Pricing of $325. (after April 18 the price will be $350 for non-members.

Register here for EarlyBird Pricing of $150 if you are a student in an accredited counseling or psychology program.

AllianceLogoCoSponsored150pxThis two-day conference combines play reading, interactive theater, and small group processes to identify and explore alternatives that have the potential to generate mutual recognition and communal wellbeing in our private and civic lives.

Using themes illuminated in a dramatic play reading as inspiration, Interactive theater and Theatre of the Oppressed practices will be used to identify and explore desired changes—within our therapy groups and our own lives. Interactive theater brings us into embodied dialogue and reflective practices, allowing us to learn in the here-and- now about ourselves, and the lived experiences of others. We will search together for hidden, but accessible perspectives that might show us the way. Where there is distrust and discord we hope to facilitate empathy and healing.

Robert Schulte, MSW, CGP is a clinical social worker in private practice in Alexandria, Virginia. He is the founding director of the Red Well Theater Group of Washington, D.C. and a faculty member of the National Group Psychotherapy Institute at the Washington School of Psychiatry.

Tikka Sears is a theater director, performer, and teaching artist. Artistic director of Memory War Theater, she spent two years in Indonesia as a Fulbright recipient and artist-in- residence and frequently collaborates with the Black Umbrella Theater. Tikka is the co- founder and co-director of Theater for Change at the University of Washington, Center for Teaching and Learning.

Learning Objectives, the participants will be able to:

  1. Identify social and cultural issues dramatized in the play and explore their relevance to dynamic group therapy.
  2. Compare and contrast the characters, plot, and dramatic action of the play with members, presenting problems, and unconscious enactments of a therapy group.
  3. Become familiar with interactive theater principles and practices as effective tools to promote trust, self-reflection and community within group therapy practice.
  4. Advance dialogue among group therapy practitioners about issues related to commitment, fidelity, and self care within and beyond the therapy group.

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 and smaller groups (led by carefully selected group therapist colleagues), where you’ll have an opportunity to process your experience of the presentation. This pairing over both days was successful last year, 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. REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED BEFORE May 12th so that persons can be placed in process groups ahead of the event.

Process Group Leaders for this event will be announced March 1.

12 CEU’s are available for Masters Level Clinicians.

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

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Completed Events for 2016 and 2017:

Envisioning The Future with Collegiality and Spirit

We discussed how to engage our members in the PSGPN community. We will also discussed board structure, leadership needs, and identify ways members can contribute to the organization to keep it strong. We’ve had a wonderfully successful few years. Our conferences and QPMs were highly praised for their relevance and were well attended. Many have found PSGPN professional trainings to be fulfilling both personally and professionally. Let’s keep up the good work together!

The 2017 Annual Spring Conference

The 12th Annual Spring Conference and Membership Meeting was held May 12-13, 2017
Haim Weinberg, PhD, CGP, FAGPA, Dean of International Programs, Professional School of Psychology, Sacramento, California, presented: “Impossible Groups that Thrive in Leaking Containers: Absorbing a New Paradigm for Group Therapy?”

Presentation with Kavita Avula, Psy.D., Friday, April 7, 2017

“Emergency Response Work Worldwide:  Groups Across the Globe”

This event provided the following: an introduction on how groups can 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.

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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