PREVIOUS ACADEMIC MEETINGS
of the
WESTCHESTER GROUP PSYCHOTHERAPY SOCIETY

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 6, 2019 - “The Difficult Patient and Challenging Scenarios in Group” presented by Robin Good, PhD, CGP, FAGPA

November 8, 2019 - “A Guide to Leadership of Successful Therapy Groups” presented by Gloria Batkin Kahn. EdD, ABPP, CGP, FAGPA

September 27, 2019 - “Where the Wild Things Are: Finding our 'Other' in Group” presented by Kerin Nadler, ICAT and Simon Bresler, LMSW

April 12, 2019 - “Haptotherapy: a unique European Tactile Practice” presented by Ineke van Rijsselberg

March 29, 2019 - “When the therapist becomes the medical patient, courageously engaging with illness and mortality.” presented by Roberta Omin, LCSW

January 12, 2019 - Day-Long Process Group Experience. Facilitators: Margaret Postlewaite, PhD, CGP, SEP, FAGPA and Leo Leiderman, PsyD, ABPP, CGP, FAGPA

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


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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