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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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MAGPS Fall 2023 Conference

breaking binaries, moving beyond yalom: 
Embracing Diversity Consciousness with Non-Traditional Group Theories

Friday, November 10, 2023 - Sunday, November 12, 2023

Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay Golf Resort, Spa & Marina

*11 CE/CME 

Conference Chair: 

 Catherine Grothus, LPC, NPC, CAC-I 

*CE/CME are APPROVED. For questions email: cce@ubhc.rutgers.edu.

    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.


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.

    Registration rates and information

    Hotel Information:
    The Hyatt Regency, Chesapeake Bay Golf Resort, Spa and Marina

    100 Heron Blvd., US-50, Cambridge, MD 21613

    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 are: 

    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 conferences@magps.org.

    Conference Fees:
    MAGPS Member: $325
    Non-member: $395
    New Professional: $200
    Student/Retiree: $100

    *CE/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;
    No refunds after that date.

    For registration assistance, or to register by phone, contact our conference registrar Shemika Brooks, PhD at registration@magps.org.

    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!

    Where we can’t drive you there, we can provide a list of individuals needing and providing rides. When you register, let us know if you are one of those attendees, your contact information 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!  


    It is the mission of MAGPS to establish a safe, unique, creative learning environment for all attendees by hosting conferences that offer both didactic and experiential learning through participating in whole group and small process group weekend.  Conference registrants are expected to attend all plenary sessions, individual and large group discussions, and all three of the Small Process Group experiences.

    Small Process Group Experiences

    The primary task of the small process group experiences at MAGPS conferences is to provide space to integrate the didactic material presented by the guest speaker with one's own understanding of self and the small group process. Process groups provided by MAGPS can be intense educational experiences, but they are not psychotherapy groups. So, while conference attendees may derive therapeutic benefit by participating in a group, we avoid using the group to explore our personal history or underlying dynamics, as one may do in group therapy.

    The goals of participating in a small process group experience may be achieved through self-exploration and noticing one's feelings, thoughts and reactions in the "here and now." In addition to observing and reflecting on one's own behavior, one may also give and receive feedback from fellow group members about the experience. Participants may experience firsthand the challenge of joining, finding one’s voice and becoming known, remaining emotionally present and working in the moment, and forming relationships and reflecting on interaction. Small Group Leaders (SGLs) will emphasize bridging experiential learning with cognitive understanding of the group’s development and the conference theme.

    Throughout small group sessions over the course of the weekend, challenging dynamics may emerge requiring you to address microaggressions, power and privilege dynamics, effectively manage ruptures, and to the degree possible, restore or repair relational ruptures.  While Small Groups can be a powerful learning tool, this experience has harmed colleagues holding marginalized identities in the past.  Please review the following recommendations by the AGPA, by clicking on the hyperlinked text (AGPA Guidelines for Creating Affirming Group Experiences) before registering for an MAGPS Conference weekend.  If you have hesitation about your ability to incorporate what has been identified by the AGPA DEI Task Force into the small group experience, we ask that you circle back with us in the future after you are better prepared. 

    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.

    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.  The scholarship deadline is October 29, 2023.  First-time attendees and new professionals may register at reduced rates.

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    11 CE/CME

    The content for this activity has been approved. 

    For questions email: cce@ubhc.rutgers.edu

      Presented by: 
      Vinny Malik dehili, PhD, CGP, ABPP

      Vinny Malik Dehili PhD, CGP, ABPP is Board Certified in Group Psychology and serves as the Group Coordinator at Vassar College.

      Vinny has a passion for bringing diversity consciousness and anti-racism practices to group therapy, serving as Co-Chair for the Diversity and Equity Task Force within the American Group Psychotherapy Association (AGPA) and Program Chair of APA Division 49 (Group Psychology/Group Psychotherapy).

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      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

      6:30-11:00 PM: Join MAGPS For a Heavy Reception Followed by Music and Dancing


      Sunday, November 12, 2023

      7:00-8:30 AM: Breakfast

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

      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

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      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.

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