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Mid-Atlantic Group Psychotherapy Society

The Mid-Atlantic Group Psychotherapy Society (MAGPS) is a regional affiliate of the American Group Psychotherapy Association that serves group therapists in Virginia, West Virginia, Maryland and the District of Columbia.

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Creating Connection through Empathy:
Working with the Intersection of Identities in the Group Process.

fall 2021 (virtual) conference

In a time of overwhelming uncertainty, socio-political crisis, and isolation, people are craving connection. Group provides an opportunity to share experiences, connect and feel seen, validated, and accepted by others. However, many individuals have struggled to access these positive benefits of the group, particularly those with marginalized identities. How do we create a group environment that invites the entirety of one’s experience including the parts of themselves that are othered and discriminated against? How do we shift from creating connection through harmful conflict to a healthy exploration of differences?

Dr. Kathleen Isaac will share how to use empathy and principles of liberation psychology to work with trauma and integrate the intersections of race, sexual orientation, and gender identity into the group process.

    Learning Objectives:

    1. Identify three ways White supremacy has impacted cross-racial dialogue in groups.
    2. Explain how culture and power dynamics shape the experience of group members.
    3. Explain the impact of microaggressions and othering in the group setting.
    4. Distinguish between varying levels of trauma and how they manifest in the group.
    5. Integrate sensitivity to race, gender and sexual orientation in the clinical encounter.
    6. Define intersectionality and understand the impact of racism, homophobia and patriarchy on individuals and groups.
    7. Identify three strategies for creating an inclusive, culturally sensitive group space using empathy.
    8. Integrate principles of liberation psychology into clinical practice.
    9. Prepare practice guidelines on how therapists and group facilitators can address intersectionality dynamics in groups.


    Registration rates and information

    Conference Fees:
    MAGPS Member: $255
    Non-member: $355
    1st Time Attendee: $215
    New Professional: $135
    Student/Retiree: $85
    CEU Processing Fee: $25

    Registration Deadline: 
    Friday, October 29, 2021

    Cancellation Policy:
    Full refund less $25 if cancellation made by October 29; No refunds after that date.

    For registration assistance, or to register by phone, contact our conference registrar Jackie Darby at registration@magps.org.

    Education and Scholarship

    MAGPS is an affiliate of the American Group Psychotherapy Association serving psychotherapists from DC, MD, VA, and WV. Its mission is to provide and support group psychotherapy training and education.

    Scholarship Opportunities: MAGPS supports the professional development of students, interns, residents, and clinicians early in their careers by offering various scholarships to cover registration and banquet costs. First-time attendees and new professionals may register at reduced rates.

    To apply for a scholarship, send an email to Cristina Secarea at scholarships@magps.org.

    11 CE CREDIT HouRS

    Participants must have paid tuition fee, logged in and out each day, attended the entire webinar, and completed an evaluation to receive a certificate. Failure to log in or out will result in forfeiture of credit for the entire course. No exceptions will be made. Partial credit is not available. Certificates will be available following course completion at www.ceuregistration.com

    Cosponsored by R. Cassidy Seminars, P.O. Box 14473, Santa Rosa, CA 95405 

    Psychologists
    R. Cassidy Seminars is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists.  R. Cassidy Seminars maintains responsibility for this program and its content. 11 CE hours
    NY: R. Cassidy Seminars is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Psychology as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed psychologists #PSY-0018. 11 clock hours. Live online

    Psychoanalysts
    NY: R. Cassidy Seminars is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed psychoanalysts. #P-0005.
    11 clock hours. Live online.

    Social Workers
    CA and Other States: Most states accept continuing education courses offered by either CE Sponsors for APA, (which R. Cassidy Seminars is) or will accept the approval of other state licensing boards of the same license type. Some states, either do not require pre-approval of courses, or will allow licensees to retroactively file for course approval themselves. Check with your board to obtain a final ruling.

    IL-SWs: Illinois Dept of Professional Regulation, Approved Continuing Education Sponsor, #159.000785. 
    11 CE hours.
    NY: R. Cassidy Seminars is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Social Work as an approved provider (#0006) of continuing education for licensed social workers. This program is approved for 11 contact hours Live online.
    OH: Provider approved by the Ohio Counselor, Social Worker and Marriage and Family Therapist Board for
    11 clock hours, #RCST110701

    Counselors/Marriage and Family Therapists
    CA and Other States: Most states accept continuing education courses offered by approved providers with national providerships or will accept the approvals of other state licensing boards of the same license type. Others, either do not require pre-approval of courses, or will allow licensees to retroactively file for course approval themselves. R. Cassidy Seminars is an approved provider with two national providerships, as well as holding many individual state license type approvals. Check with your board to obtain a final ruling.
    IL-MFTs: Illinois Dept of Professional Regulation, Approved Continuing Education Sponsor, #168-000141. 
    11 hours.
    NY-LMHCs: R. Cassidy Seminars is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board of Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed mental health counselors. #MHC-0015. 11 contact hours. Live online.
    NY-LMFTs: R. Cassidy Seminars is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board of Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed marriage and family therapists. #MFT-0011. 11 contact hours. Live online.

    OH: Provider approved by the Ohio Counselor, Social Worker and Marriage and Family Therapist Board for
    11 clock hours, #RCST110701
    TX: Approved CE Sponsor through the Texas State Board of Examiners of Marriage & Family Therapists. Provider #151 11 CE hours.

    Creative Arts Therapists
    NY: R. Cassidy Seminars is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board of Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed creative arts therapists, #CAT-0005. 11 contact hours. Live online.

    Chemical Dependency Counselors
    CA: Provider approved by CCAPP, Provider #4N-00-434-0555 for 11 CEHs. CCAPP is an ICRC member which has reciprocity with most ICRC member states
    TX: Provider approved by the TCBAP Standards Committee, Provider No. 1749-06, 11 hours general. Expires 3/31/5051.  Complaints about provider or workshop content may be directed to the TCBAP Standards Committee, 1005 Congress Avenue, Ste. 460, Austin, Texas 78701, Fax Number (515) 476-7597.

    Educators
    TX: R. Cassidy Seminars is an approved provider with the Texas Education Agency CPE# 501456. This course is 11 CE Hours.

    Nurses
    CA: Provider approved by the CA Board of Registered Nursing, Provider #CeP15554, for 11 contact hours

    Dentists
    CA: R. Cassidy Seminars is a provider approved by the Dental Board of California as a registered provider of continuing education. RP# 4874 11 CE Hours.

    Disability Access - If you require ADA accommodations please contact our office 30 days or more before the event. We cannot ensure accommodations without adequate prior notification.

    Please Note: Licensing Boards change regulations often and while we attempt to stay abreast of their most recent changes, if you have questions or concerns about this course meeting your specific board’s approval, we recommend you contact your board directly to obtain a ruling.

    Presenter Bio

    Kathleen Isaac, PhD

    Kathleen Isaac, PhD is an African American, cis-gender female, licensed Clinical Psychologist and Clinical Assistant Professor at NYU Langone Health, where she provides individual, couples, and group psychotherapy to medical students, residents, and hospital employees. She also has a part-time private practice focused on serving BIPOC and LGBTQ+ clients with integrative treatment approaches, where she specializes in trauma, health psychology, and cultural issues. Dr. Isaac has been featured on multiple media platforms. She is committed to promoting the use of mental health treatment and reducing mental health stigma.

    One of our Student/New Professional Representatives, Margaret Francis, interviewed Dr. Isaac in advance of the conference. Here is a video recording of that conversation. 

    SMALL GROUP consultants

    MAGPS traditionally invites seasoned local group facilitators to serve as small group leaders (SGLs), along with at least one guest from another affiliate society in an effort to promote stronger connections with our colleagues across the country. These small group process leaders will serve to help guide attendees take a deep dive into understanding the ways in which they engage with others on an interpersonal level. Participants will be randomly selected prior to the start of the conference.

    This year's SGLs include:

    Josh DeSilva, PsyD
    Wanda Collins, PsyD
    Lisa Kays, LICSW, LCSW-C
    Aziza Belcher-Platt, PhD
    Kevin Gillette, PsyD
    Marvin Evans, MS, MBA, LCPC
    Sean LeSane, LICSW
    Michael Wannon, PhD

    Recommended Readings

    Bemak, F., & Chung, R. C. Y. (2019). Race dialogues in group psychotherapy: Key issues in training and practice. International Journal of Group Psychotherapy, 69(2), 172- 191.

    Finlay, L. D., Abernethy, A. D., & Garrels, S. R. (2016). Scapegoating in group therapy: Insights from Girard’s Mimetic Theory. International Journal of Group Psychotherapy66(2), 188-204.

    Gitterman, P. (2019). Social identities, power, and privilege: The importance of difference in establishing early group cohesion. International Journal of Group Psychotherapy69(1), 99-125.

    Isaac, K. (2019). Lifting as We Climb: The Development of a Support Group for Underrepresented Minority Medical Students. Group43(2-4), 101-112.

    Kent, J. (2021). Scapegoating and the ‘angry black woman’. Group Analysis, 0533316421992300.

    Kinouani, G. (2020). Silencing, power and racial trauma in groups. Group Analysis53(2), 145-161

    Schmidt, C. (2018). “Don’t Shy Away From Race Prejudice.” Group. 41(2): 9-22.

    Miles, J. R., Anders, C., Kivlighan III, D. M., & Belcher Platt, A. A. (2021). Cultural ruptures: Addressing microaggressions in group therapy. Group Dynamics: Theory, Research, and Practice25(1), 74.

    Stevenson, S. (2020). Psychodynamic intersectionality and the positionality of the group analyst: the tension between analytical neutrality and inter-subjectivity. Group Analysis, 53(4), 498-514.

    Disclosure of Commercial Support and the Unlabeled Use of a Commercial Product: No member of the planning committee and no member of the faculty for this event have a financial interest or other relationship with any commercial product(s) discussed in the program. The Washington School of Psychiatry is an independent non-profit organization. It is not affiliated with the government of the District of Columbia or the government of the United States. Please Note: Licensing Boards change regulations often and while we attempt to stay abreast of their most recent changes, we recommend you contact your board directly to obtain a ruling if you have questions or concerns about this course meeting your specific board’s approval.

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