This year we plan a gathering where therapists can safely connect, play, experience and learn about their own emotional, social and political engagements and defenses.This conference is designed to help you reconnect with the values that first attracted you to this art and science, this strange and compellingly personal profession. And if you learn something about group life and group therapy along the way, all the better.
The conference is organized around an unusual experience called The Large Group. All attendees are invited to participate for a daily three-hour segment that includes active experience in a large group of 50 or more people, plus teaching and debriefing opportunities before and after. This year we are inviting interested academics, political activists and social- justice workers to join us in this social-therapy laboratory.
The Large Group will open a well from which we can draw the spirits of our society, our culture and our times, providing context for all the other experiences at this years’ conference.
A production of the Northeastern Society for Group Psychotherapy, the conference adapts and applies the wisdom from six decades of Boston group therapy tradition in order to create a three-day playground and classroom for everyone working to help the distressed, the disadvantaged and the lonely.
And we have added a new feature — the Therapists’ Circle — which puts our Society’s group-leadership expertise to work on behalf of therapists and educators who seek a chance to refresh and recommit themselves to their profession.
Also note that we seek your applications for the NSGP Fellowship in Organizational and Clinical Leadership. As a Fellow, you get an inside seat on the entire Conference’s development, plus individual mentoring, regular reflective group meetings, and a reading curriculum.
Charlie Glazier LICSW and William Sharp, PsyaD