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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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    • 9 Jul 2022
    • 28 Oct 2022


    Fall 2022 Conference SCHOLARSHIP

     The 2022 Fall Conference, "Body Justice in Group" is being presented by Paula D. Atkinson, LICSW. 

    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 Cristina Secarea, MD, 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.

    • 29 Sep 2022
    • 31 Dec 2030
    • Online Newsletter & Website

    Call for Submissions

    MAGPS Fall 2022 Newsletter 

    General Announcements

    The General Announcements section of the MAGPS newsletter chronicles members’ awards/honors, achievements, professional accomplishments, and academic publications. This includes presentations \given at the AGPA Conference by MAGPS members. 

    Making an announcement in the newsletter is free! To have your announcements included in the upcoming Spring Newsletter, email your announcement to newsletter@magps.org by September 25, 2022. All submissions received after this date will be published in the Spring 2023 Newsletter.

    Articles & Creative Pieces

    The MAGPS Newsletter is more interesting when it reflects the creative minds, thoughts, feelings, and interests of our large and diverse community. We are looking for articles, art, poetry, short essays, and/or other ideas to be included in our newsletters. 

    Submitting an article or other creative piece in the newsletter is free! For consideration in the upcoming Spring Newsletter, submit your piece to newsletter@magps.org by September 25, 2022. All submissions received after this date will be considered for the Spring 2023 Newsletter.

    If you are lacking an idea but are interested in authoring an article or conducting an interview, there are plenty of opportunities to do so. Please contact newsletter@magps.org anytime to discuss potential writing assignments for newsletters or other communications. This is a great opportunity to get involved and meet other people in the organization!


    Do you have a therapy/supervision/consultation group, job opening, space for lease, or other activity that you would like advertised? If so, please consider advertising with MAGPS! 

    Once payment is received in full, your ad will be posted on the MAGPS website for six months, unless withdrawn by the advertiser. 

    To be included in the upcoming Spring Newsletter, your ad(s) and payment must be received by October 2, 2022. All submissions received after this date will be posted on the MAGPS website and included in the Spring 2023 Newsletter. 

    Full Page Ad   $240

    Half Page Ad   $140

    Ads must be submitted in either Adobe PDF or JPG format and will be placed in the newsletter as they are sent. Images may be included in half- or full-page ads (please be aware of copyright laws and do not use images from a website or program that may be copyright protected); images are optional. For questions or to submit an ad for publication, please email newsletter@magps.org.

    You are solely responsible for the content you provide in your advertisement. Publication of your ad does not reflect MAGPS endorsement or approval. The Board of Directors reserves the right to reject ads for any reason. If this should occur, you will be refunded in full.  

    To purchase ad space, click here.

    Questions or Concerns?


    Mid-Atlantic Group Psychotherapy Society

    1801 Connecticut Avenue NW, Third Floor, Washington, DC 20009

    • 4 Nov 2022
    • 7:00 PM
    • 6 Nov 2022
    • 1:30 PM
    • 100 Heron Blvd, US-50, Cambridge, MD 21613

    Registration is now open for the MAGPS 2022 fall conference!

    Body Justice in Groups

    Presented by Paula D. Atkinson, LICSW

    Join us as Paula Atkinson helps us to explore the psychosocial aspects of weight and body shape, the broad range of social sciences including anthropology and sociology that create the way we think about weight, “health”, worth, and identity. 

    Over the course of this dynamic conference we will explore the topics of fat phobia, size-ism, thin idealism, and weight stigma and how these intersect with other racism, classism, and forms of oppression as well as how they are present in groups. The role of body liberation and body justice will be included as we discuss how it intersects with diversity, equity, and inclusion.  

    During the course of the weekend, participants will:

    1. Analyze weight stigma, sizeism, and thin supremacy in individual and societal systems and extrapolate that to group therapy. Specifically recognizing medical, psychosocial, moral, and social/cultural perspectives on weight and health and how these tenets affect beliefs about fatness/thinness and the treatment of people in larger bodies in the world and in groups.

    2. Name ways in which social media, capitalism, and the diet industry, affect implicit attitudes, practices and cultural norms when it comes to body shape and weight; then identify how these systems affect the group process for participants of all body shapes.

    3. Discuss the prevalence and the ways in which disordered eating, negative body image, food obsession, food addiction, exercise compulsion and diet cycling, may manifest differently in individuals and may influence a group process.

    4. Navigate differently shaped bodies in groups through re-examining therapeutic factors.

    5. Define the following factors: body justice, body liberation, intuitive eating, thin idealism, fat phobia, body positivity, diet mentality, joyful movement, the fat acceptance movement, and the Health At Every Size approach and how these philosophies and movements can positively affect a group process.

    6. Identify relevant ethical codes associated with addressing systemic oppression based on body shape and creating inclusive and culturally responsive therapeutic encounters.

    7. Apply a broad range of skills, strategies, and innovative practices to incorporate principles of body justice into group work.

    Conference Schedule

    Friday, November 4, 2022
    7- 8:00 pm Welcome & Community Connection
    8:30-10:00 pm Welcome Social Hour 

    Saturday, November 5, 2022
    8 -8:30 am BodyWorks Meditation Session sponsored by Anti-Racism Committee
    8:30-9:00 Welcome
    9 -10:00 am Plenary 1: Body Justice for Beginners: How we got to FAT = BAD
    10 - 10:15 am BREAK
    10:15- 11:30 am Small Process Group # 1
    11:30- 11:45 am BREAK
    11:45 -12:45 pm Plenary 2:  Body Reflections for Each of Us: How I Experience Living in this Body
    12:45- 2:45 pm LUNCH
    2:45-4:00 pm Plenary 3: Large Discussion Group & Case Presentation
    4:00- 4:15 BREAK
    4:15-5:30 Small Process Group 2

    7:00- 9:00 pm Movie Night sponsored by the Cinema Series Committee

    Sunday, November 6, 2022
    8- 8:30 am BodyWorks Meditation Session sponsored by Anti-Racism Committee
    8:30-9:00 am Welcome
    9 - 10:00 am Plenary 4: Body Liberation for All: How to Cease Doing Harm
    10 - 10:15 am BREAK
    10:15 - 11:30 am Small Process Group 3
    1:30 - 12:00 pm Small Group Process Debrief
    12:00 - 12:15 BREAK
    12:15 -1:15 Plenary 5: Q&A Group Discussion
    1:15 - 1:30: Conference Closing 


    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.

    Conference Fees:
    MAGPS Member: $295
    Non-member: $395
    1st Time Attendee: $230
    New Professional: $150
    Student/Retiree: $100
    *CE/CME Processing Fee: $40

    Registration Deadline: 
    Friday, October 28, 2022

    Cancellation Policy:
    Full refund less $25 if cancellation made by October 28; 
    No refunds after that date.

    10 CE/CME
    (Pending Approval)

    (Co-sponsored by The Washington School of Psychiatry)

    For registration assistance, or to register by phone, contact our conference registrar Sonia Kahn at registration@magps.org. For more information, visit our 2022 Fall Conference website, view our conference brochureor contact the conference chairs, Jill Penaloza, LCPAT, CGP or Jackie Darby, PsyD., CGP at conferences@magps.org.

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