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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.

Fall 2023 Conference // Breaking Binaries, Moving Beyond Yalom with Vinny Malik Dehili PhD, CGP, ABPP at the Chesapeake Hyatt

  • 10 Nov 2023
  • 7:00 PM
  • 12 Nov 2023
  • 2:00 PM
  • 100 Heron Blvd, US-50, Cambridge, MD 21613


(depends on selected options)

Base fee:
  • This ticket type is for attendees who have been granted a conference scholarship. (You will enter the code you received on the following page. Price does not include CE certificate.)

    For more information on applying for a conference scholarship, please visit:
  • MAGPS is offering a reduced rate for BIPOC participants in recognition of the historical and systemic barriers that have kept folks from attending our conferences, one of which has been cost.

    If you choose this ticket type, you may pay what you wish. Please enter a dollar amount in the field labeled 'BIPOC Attendee Fee' on the next page. You are also welcome to choose one of our other tiers.
  • This discounted ticket type is reserved for groups of five or more attendees from the same institution, agency, or practice. If you believe your group qualifies, please contact to receive the discount code. (Price does not include CE certificate.)
  • This ticket type is reserved for current members of MAGPS. (Price does not include CE certificate.)
    For information about joining MAGPS, please visit:
  • This ticket type is for new professionals (<3 years since graduation). Price does not include CE certificate.
  • This ticket type is is for non-MAGPS members. (Price does not include CE certificate.)
    NOTE: If you are interested in becoming a member and paying the discounted member rate, please visit:
  • This ticket type is for conference presenters and Small Group Leaders (SGLs).
    (Note: This price does not include CEs.)
  • This ticket type is reserved for students and retirees.

Registration is now open for the MAGPS 2023 fall conference!

Embracing Diversity Consciousness with Non-Traditional Group Theories

Presented by Vinny Malik Dehili, PhD, CGP, ABPP

We invite you to join us and our conference speaker Vinny Malik Dehili PhD, CGP, ABPP on November 10-12, 2023 as we explore a myriad of non-traditional group theories that challenge Eurocentric values and foster socio-cultural consciousness. (e.g., Buddhism, Jungian, Lacanian, D&D Therapy, Restorative Justice Circle Process, Self-Psychology, Omnipotent Child, etc.) 

Together, we will attune our inner compasses to venture into uncharted territory, reshaping the landscape of what group therapy can be through dynamic demonstrations and insightful discussions. Let us embrace the wisdom of insecurity and cultivate creativity, spontaneity, and inter-being in our group practices.

During the course of the weekend, participants will:

1. Describe/define at least six non-traditional group therapy models.

2. Apply and integrate skills and techniques from the non-traditional group therapy models introduced at the conference into the clinician’s practice of group psychotherapy

3. Set a frame for discussions of diversity within group therapy to move towards emotional equanimity and non-discrimination

4. Recognize binary views of human emotions/states of being and apply group psychotherapy skills to expand the range of emotions and states felt in group

5. Utilize creative interventions related to storytelling, roleplaying, and mutative metaphors to enhance spontaneity within group processes. 

6. Name at least five basic self-object (human) needs.

7. Change the emotional narratives of at least five specific emotion states to depersonalize blame and decrease defensiveness in interpersonal dialogues

8. Discuss ways in which socio-cultural transference from systemic oppression impacts individual members within the group.

Conference Schedule

Friday, November 10, 2023

5:00-7:00 PM: Conference Check-in / Registration

7:00-8:00 PM: Conference Introduction & Welcome

8:00-8:30 PM: Mentorship Social

8:30-10:00 PM: Conference Welcome Social


Saturday, November 11, 2023

7:00-8:30 AM: Breakfast

7:15-8:15 AM: BodyWorks & Moving Meditation sponsored by the Anti-Racism Committee

8:30-8:45 AM: Conference Welcome 

8:45-9:15 AM: Plenary #1 Didactic: From Individualism to Interbeing with Group Theories

9:15-10:15 AM: Demonstration Fishbowl: Buddhism, Mentalization & Self-Psychology

10:15-10:30 AM: Demonstration Debrief and Q&A

10:30-10:45 AM: Break

10:45 AM-12:15 PM: Small Process Group #1

12:15-2:15 PM: Lunch

2:15-3:00 PM: Plenary #2 Didactic: Metaphors, Dreams, and the Space in Between

3:00-4:00 PM: Demonstration Fishbowl: Group Analytic Metaphors, Jung Dream Work & Omnipotent Child

4:00-4:30 PM: Demonstration Debrief and Q&A

4:30-4:45 PM: Break

4:45-6:00 PM: Small Process Group #2

6:30-11:00 PM: Join MAGPS for and a Heavy Reception 
followed by music and dancing


Sunday, November 12, 2023

7:15-8:15 AM: BodyWorks & Moving Meditation sponsored by the Anti-Racism Committee

7:00-8:30 AM: Breakfast

8:30-9:00 AM: Welcome and MAGPS Announcements

9:00-9:30 AM: Plenary #3 Didactic: Spontaneity, Creativity, and Shared Storytelling

9:30-10:30 AM: Demonstration Fishbowl: Psychodrama, Restorative Justice, and Table-Top Roleplaying Therapy

10:30-11:15 AM: Demonstration Debrief

11:15-11:30 AM: Break

11:30 AM-12:30 PM: Small Process Group #3

12:30-12:45 PM: Small Process Group Debrief

12:45-1:00 PM: Break

1:00-1:45 PM: Plenary #4: Wrap Up and Q&A

1:45-2:00 PM: Conference Wrap Up 

2:00 PM: BIPOC Lunch & Social


Hotel Information:
The Hyatt Regency, Chesapeake Bay Golf Resort, Spa and Marina sits in beautiful Cambridge, MD. This award winning resort and spa features a fabulous golf course, child daycare services, a relaxing spa and much more.  

The Hotel Block is fully booked.

Other hotels and lodging ideas in the area: 

Holiday Inn Express (5 minute drive)

Comfort Inn & Suites Cambridge (6 minute drive)

Days Inn Suites by Wyndham Cambridge (4 minute drive)

The Anchorage Bed & Breakfast (12 minute drive)


If you have questions, email us at

Getting to the Conference: 

The Hyatt Regency, Chesapeake Bay Golf Resort, Spa and Marina is most accessible by car. We realize this is not as feasible nor economical for all, MAGPS wants to help you find a way to the Fall 2023 Conference!

Though we cannot drive you there, we can provide a list of individuals needing and providing rides. When you register, please let us know if you are one of those attendees and where you are driving/riding from. MAGPS will provide a list of those individuals to anyone who signs up to be on the list. Now all you have to do is contact each other directly. See you at the MAGPS Conference!  

Conference Fees:
MAGPS Member: $325
Non-member: $395
New Professional: $200
Student/Retiree: $100
*11CE/CME Processing Fee: $50

*The content for this activity has been APPROVED for continuing education credits. 
For questions email:

Registration Deadline: 
Friday, November 3, 2023

Cancellation Policy:
Full refund less $25 if cancellation made by November 3, 2023; 
No refunds after that date.

For registration assistance, or to register by phone, contact our conference registrar Sonia Kahn at For more information, visit our 2023 Fall Conference website or contact the conference chair, Catherine Grothus at

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