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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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    • 22 Sep 2023
    • 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • ala in Dupont Circle (1320 19th St NW, Washington, DC 20036)

    • 24 Sep 2023
    • 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    • Online (Zoom)

    (Online) White Racial Affinity Group
    Sunday, September 24, 2023
    3:00-5:00 PM

    We are pleased to offer the White Racial Affinity Group on Sunday, September 24th from 3:00-5:00pm  EDT. This Anti-Racism Affinity Group is for White participants and is co-convened by Barbara Cristy and Jill Penaloza. This group meets the 4th Sunday of every month.

    Please mark your calendar for upcoming meetings on October 22nd & November 26th. 

    This meeting of the White Affinity Group will be on Zoom. You will receive the Zoom meeting link after you have registered In this meeting we will discuss our own experiences of identity, race and racism, and how white supremacy culture affects us, our practices and MAGPS. 

    Although these groups are not traditional interpersonal process groups, we do expect to be attuned to what comes up in the here and now. The purpose is not to enhance clinical group skills but to use group process to deepen our awareness of how we can become anti-racists in an anti-racist organization.

    The MAGPS BIPOC Affinity Group meets on the 3rd Sunday of each month. You will receive an email to register for these meetings or you can register by going to the MAGPS website and clicking on Events. For more information about affinity groups and other anti-racism programming at MAGPS, please reach out to ARC@magps.org

    Click here to register.
    All registrants will get the Zoom Meeting Link emailed to them. 

    Affinity group events are free for MAGPS Members.
    Click here to renew or join MAGPS for 2023.

    If you have any questions about this event, please email our ARC Chairs at ARC@magps.org

    • 1 Oct 2023
    • 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    • Online (Zoom)

    MAGPS Invites you to a Roundtable Discussion on October 1, 2023

    3:00-5:00 p.m.

    "Anti-Semitism and Anti-Black Racism: Moving Towards Solidarity”

    What does it mean when we say Anti-Semitism?

    How do Jews (and other marginalized communities) move from Alliship with the Movement for Black Lives towards Solidarity?

    How do we move away from a monolithic frame for Jewish identity?

    What happens in our bodies when our trauma is triggered in response to the equity movement?

    Join the conversation to explore these questions and more at the upcoming MAGPS Anti-Racism Committee Roundtable with Graie Hagans on Sunday 10/1 from 3-5pm

    Graie Hagans [he|they] is a nationally-recognized trainer and leader in organizing the Jewish community to divest from white supremacy and work for our collective safety. In his role as Senior Advisor at Bend the Arc: Jewish Action he designs political education curriculum for thousands of activists, organizational leaders, and members of Congress and develops and leads trainings on antisemitism and anti-Black racism, the history of racial inequality in the US, and understanding how antisemitism animates white nationalist movements. Graie enjoys building community with the Black Jewish Liberation Collective and Jews in All Hues, spending time with their pitbull Elinor Rigbie and being an uncle! Graie holds an MPP from Rutgers University and is currently running a city council campaign in Philadelphia, PA.

    Click Here to Register
    • 10 Nov 2023
    • 12 Nov 2023


    Fall 2023 Conference SCHOLARSHIP

     The 2023 Fall Conference, "Breaking Binaries, Moving Beyond Yalom: Embracing Diversity Consciousness with Non-Traditional Group Theories" is being presented by Vinny Malik Dehili, PhD, CGP, ABPP on November 10-12, 2023. 

    Our biannual conferences are designed for members of our community to come together and learn about group therapy and group dynamics in a warm, collegial, and engaging environment.

    MAGPS conferences are intended for trainees and practitioners in psychiatry, psychology, social work and other mental health disciplines.
    Conferences offer both didactic and experiential learning experiences to deepen attendees' understanding of topical content in preparation for introducing the gained knowledge into their group therapy work. Attendees do not need to be actively participating group therapy,
    or live/work in the Mid-Atlantic region.

    Scholarships are available for students and first-time attendees. 

    Scholarships cover all conference registration fees and include one-year of free MAGPS membership. 

    If you are interested in applying for a scholarship, click the REGISTER button on the left and Karen Eberwein, PsyD, ABPP, CGP, our Past President and Scholarship Chair will be in touch with you shortly. If you have any questions about our Scholarship process or the Conference itself, please feel free to email her at scholarships@magps.org.

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

    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 Hour

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


    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


    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.  

    Click here to reserve your room with our discounted rate**

    ** Please note that the hotel rate is only available till October 12, 2023 **

    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 submitted for continuing education credits. For questions email: cce@ubhc.rutgers.edu

    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 registration@magps.org. For more information, visit our 2023 Fall Conference website or contact the conference chair, Catherine Grothus at conferences@magps.org.

Past events

27 Aug 2023 August 2023 White Racial Affinity Group
23 Jul 2023 July 2023 White Racial Affinity Group
16 Jul 2023 July 2023 BIPOC Racial Affinity Group
25 Jun 2023 June 2023 White Racial Affinity Group
18 Jun 2023 June 2023 BIPOC Racial Affinity Group
21 May 2023 May 2023 BIPOC Racial Affinity Group
6 May 2023 (Spring 2023, Virtual) And Then I Froze: Processing Cultural Enactments Using Mindful Facilitation with Donna J. Harris
6 May 2023 Conference Scholarship Application (Spring 2023)
23 Apr 2023 April 2023 White Racial Affinity Group
16 Apr 2023 (copy) April 2023 BIPOC Racial Affinity Group
26 Mar 2023 March 2023 White Racial Affinity Group
19 Mar 2023 March 2023 BIPOC Racial Affinity Group
26 Feb 2023 February 2023 White Racial Affinity Group
19 Feb 2023 February 2023 BIPOC Racial Affinity Group
22 Jan 2023 January 2023 White Racial Affinity Group
15 Jan 2023 January 2023 BIPOC Racial Affinity Group
27 Nov 2022 November 2022 White Racial Affinity Group
20 Nov 2022 November 2022 BIPOC Racial Affinity Group
4 Nov 2022 (Fall 2022, Chesapeake Hyatt) / Body Justice in Group with Paula Atkinson
23 Oct 2022 October 2022 White Racial Affinity Group
23 Oct 2022 October 2022 BIPOC Racial Affinity Group
25 Sep 2022 September 2022 White Racial Affinity Group
28 Aug 2022 August 2022 White Racial Affinity Group (and information about moving forward!)
24 Jul 2022 July 2022 White Racial Affinity Group
9 Jul 2022 Conference Scholarship Application (Fall 2022)
5 Jun 2022 June 2022 White Racial Affinity Group
21 May 2022 (Spring 2022, Virtual) Passing the Torch: Viewing Intergenerational Dynamics in Group with Shemika Brooks & Jackie Darby
24 Apr 2022 April 2022 Racial Affinity Group
16 Apr 2022 Cinema Series - April 2022 - The Danish Girl
3 Apr 2022 Conference Scholarship Application (Spring 2022)
19 Mar 2022 March 2022 Racial Affinity Groups
27 Feb 2022 Racial Affinity Groups - February
19 Feb 2022 Cinema Series - February 2022
18 Dec 2021 Cinema Series - In the Heights (2021)
18 Dec 2021 Racial Affinity Groups - December
12 Dec 2021 Community Meeting & Town Hall
14 Nov 2021 ARC Community Meeting - November 14, 2021
6 Nov 2021 (Fall 2021, Virtual) // Creating Connection Through Empathy: Working with the Intersection of Identities in the Group Process with Kathleen Issac
16 Oct 2021 Cinema Series - Blindness (2008)
13 Oct 2021 ARC Town Hall - October 13, 2021
10 Oct 2021 ARTF Affinity Groups - October 10, 2021
25 Sep 2021 ARTF Roundtable
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