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Meetings of professional/clinical interest are scheduled four-five times during each academic year. They are usually held on the second or fourth Friday of the month in September, October, December, January, March, and May/June. (Upcoming Events)

These meetings are held at the Behavior Health Center (formerly the Psychiatric Institute) of Westchester County Medical Center, in Valhalla, New York at Noon. The meetings last for 2 hours. The format is informal. A buffet luncheon of Chinese lunch or wraps is served. There is a brief business meeting followed by a presentation by an invited guest or guests.

Every September (annual meeting): Community Meeting where members informally presented clinical work experiences, writings or ideas in progress. This allows us to give feedback and support and learn more about each other’s work.

The following are presentations from the last two years:

December 1, 2018 - "Migration Crisis: How to Effectively Use Community Resources"

November 9, 2018 - “Utilizing a Systems Centered Approach to Group Therapy as a means to help veterans struggling with readjustment to civilian life.” presented by Neal Spivack, PHD, CGP  

October 12, 2018 - "Infants and Children as Change Agents with Group Work with parents impacted by Trauma" presented by Wendy Bunston, PhD

January 13, 2018 - Day-Long Process Group Experience, Facilitators: Margaret Postlewaite, PhD, CGP, SEP, FAGPA and Leo Leiderman, PsyD, ABPP, CGP, FAGPA

October 27, 2017 - “Not Again! Why People Repeat Relationships with Abusive Partners and How Group Therapy Can Help” presented by Mary W. Nicholas, LCSW, Ph.D., CGP, FAGPA

September 15, 2017 - Grounding Therapeutic Work in the Language of the Bodypresented by Jean Seibel, MA, LCAT, BC-DMT

April 28, 2017 - Serious Fun: Spontaneity, Creativity and Play in Group Therapy”
presented by  Robert H. Klein, Ph.D, ABPP, FAPA, DLFAGPA, CGP and Victor L. Schermer, MA, LFAGPA

April 7, 2017 - Violence Conference Co- Sponsored by The Westchester Group Psychotherapy Society and The Westchester Center for Psychological Education (WCPE)

December 2, 2016 - The Power of Groups on Bereavement & Loss Resolution presented by Anne-Marie Conlan, LMHC and Mary Cullman, LMSW

October 28, 2016 - Process Group: Group therapy techniques & interventions
presented by Richard Beck, LCSW, BCD, CGP, FAGPA

September 30, 2016 - Hate-Filled Violence in the World – How it Affects Our Patients and Ourselves, presented by Gloria Batkin Kahn, EdD, ABPP, CGP, FAGPA

April 15, 2016 - Racial Identity Development and Implications for Group Work presented by
Christine Schmidt, LCSW

March 25, 2016 - Trauma presented by Ann Kliman, M.A., Craig Haen, Ph.D., RDT, CGP, LCAT, FAGPA, Ken Reinhard, Ph.D., ABPP, CGP, Leo Leiderman, Psy.D., ABPP, CGP, FAGPA, Lisa M. Salvi, Ph.D., and Peter J. Taylor, PhD, SEP, CGP, FAGPA

December 13, 2015 - Utilizing Relationship-Focused Group Therapy to Aide in Working with Difficult Couples presented by Dr. Gloria Batkin Kahn

October 30, 2015 - Emotional Incest in Group Psychotherapy---A Conspiracy of Silence
by Robert Pepper, Ph.D.

September 18, 2015 - Shifting Paradigms in Contemporary Trauma Treatment and their Implications for Group presented by Craig Haen, Ph.D.

March 27, 2015 The Individual in the System: How an Understanding of Group Dynamics Can Deepen Individual Psychotherapy presented by Margaret Postlewaite, Ph.D., CGP, FAGPA

January 23, 2015 - Finding the Fear®: A Couple Therapy Training Workshop
presented by Lee D. Kassan, MA, LPsyA, LMHC, CGP


Additional presenters have included: Janet Baumann, MSW; Richard Beck, RCSW; Susan Bello, PhD, ATR; Shoshana Ben-Noam, PsyD,CGP; Bruce Bernstein, PhD; Martha Broderick, MSW; James Cosse, PhD; Michael Crocker, MA, LCSW; Carol Dallinga, CSW; Ben Dattner, PhD; Mia de Bethune, MA, ATR-BC, LCAT; Patty Donovan-Duff, RN, BFN, CT; Sheila Ehrlich, PhD.; Andrew M. Eig, PhD, ABPP; Sharon Farber, PhD.; Dr. Christopher Farmer, MD; Diane C. Feirman, CAE; Marcia Geller, Ph.D.;  Dominick Grundy, PhD, CGP; Craig Haen, MA, RDT; Dr. Mike Harris; Kelley Hershman, MA; David Janeway, DO; Gloria Kahn, EdD; Nancy Kehoe, RSCJ, PhD; Karl Kessle, MD; Howard Kibel, MD; Jeffrey Kleinberg, PhD.; Autumn Knight, BA; Marilyn Kotcher, CSW, Paul Kymissis, MD; Avril Lindsay, LCSW; Ellen Litman, PhD.; Heidi Landis, RDT-BCT, LCAT, TEP, CGP; Greg MacColl, LCSW, CGP, FAGPA; Michelle Maidenberg, Ph.D., MPH, LCSW-R, CGP; Anne McEneaney, PhD, CGP; Mary B. McRae, EdD; Robert Milich, PhD; Alec L. Miller, PsyD; Zerka Moreno; Lita Moses, MSW, Terry Nathanson, LCSW-R LMT; Bert Pepper, MD; Robert Pepper, MSW, PhD; Kenneth M. Pollock, Ph.D., CGP; Margaret Postlewaite, PhD; Arnold Rachman, PhD.; Ken Reinhard, PhD: Ona Robinson, PhD; Bob Schavarien, MSW; Ellen Singer, LCSW, CGP; Roberta Slavin, PhD,LP; Lyn Sommer, PhD, ABPP, CGP; Henry Spitz, MD; Peter Taylor, PhD; Maureen Underwood, LCSW, CGP; Rebecca G. Walkley, NCC, LMHC, CGP; Rebecca Walters, M.S., LMHC, LCAT, TEP; David Weiser, MD; Nancy M. Witt, MS; Joan Wittig BC-DMT, LCAT; Fred Wright, PhD; Zeke Youcha, MSW

Additional topics have included:  Immediacy: Keeping the members focus on one another!; Creating Safety in Group: Moving Through Traumatic Bereavement; Translating Theory into Interventions in Group Psychotherapy; Preparation of Patients for Group Participation; Effective Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT) Group Strategies to Sustain Weight Loss & Weight Management; Facebook and Group: Clashing Cultures in the Modern Age; Playing the Unspeakable: Story and Drama in Group Process; Group Art Therapy: A Multi-Dimensional Approach to Group Interaction; An Intersubjective Approach to Analytic Group Psychotherapy; Movement Improvisation in and as Group Therapy; Somantic Mutuality in Groups; Leadership in Racially and Culturally Mixed Groups; Throw Away the Book": Writing and Anxiety; Exploring Religion and Spirituality in Group Work: The Last Taboo?; Activating Group Process: The Empty Chair in Psychotherapy & Psychoeducation Groups; Executive Coaching; Self-Sabotaging Behavior; Sexual Compulsivity; Cognitive Behavior Group Psychotherapy; Children & Family Dealing with Trauma; Animal Assisted Therapy; Use of Group Skills Training in Dialectical Behavior Therapy with Multi-Problem Patients; Money & Taboos, Bereavement, Treating Childhood Trauma; Self-Disclosure, Parenting; Marketing your group psychotherapy practice; Biodanza-Healing Movements, Applying Group Dynamics to Business Consultation, Eating Disordered Patients, Self-mutilators, Psychodrama, Cognitive Behavioral Group Therapy, Working with Male Survivors of Sexual Abuse, Holocaust Survivors, Groups within Managed Care, Sandor Ferenczi and Group Therapy, Dealing with Work Inhibitions, Homogenous Groups, Group Psychotherapy for Patients with Major Impairments, Counter Gang for Inner-City Youth, Management of Anger & Violence, Goal-Focused Group  Psychotherapy for Older Adults, The Medical Community under the Nazis, PTSD, Critical Incident Stress Debriefing Groups, Developmental Play Therapy Groups for Children, Erotic Imagination In Group Therapy, Help for Helpers Drop-in support group, Fall, 2001

Previous conferences and panels: 

July 3-5, 2008: WGPS Conference in Cyprus; all WGPS, EGPS and AGPA members were invited to attend.

January 21, 2004:  Joint meeting with the Psychiatric Society of Westchester, Crowne Plaza, White Plains; Howard Kibel, MD, CGP, FAGPA, spoke on his group experiences following 9/11/01.

June 13, 2003: End of the year dinner: Ruth Chris' Steak House, Paul Kymissus, MD, "Issues in the Management of Schizophrenia: the Convergence of Group Therapy and Psychopharmacology."

May 2, 2003, "Troubled Youth in Troubled Times: Group Therapy for Youth with Sexualized Behavior", co-sponsored with The Children's Village, Dobbs Ferry, New York

June 7, 2002, End of the year Membership Bash: Gourmet Dinner & Panel: "Group Process and Medication Issues: How Do They Mix?"

April 27, 2001, Day-long conference on "Sharing the Circle of Life with Adolescents: Group Dynamics and Practices", Westchester Country Club, Harrison, New York. Co-sponsored with the Westchester Medical Center Department of Behavioral Medicine.