Practice Development

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Upcoming Practice Development Events

Sunday, October 27, 2019   3:00-5:30 pm

Class Matters: Exploring the Impact of Class on our Therapeutic Practice (co-sponsored with MIP and PCFINE)

Location: First Church, 11 Garden Street, Cambridge

Fee $50 by October 15th, $60 thereafter (pre-registration recommended)

Knowingly or not, issues of class can influence psychotherapy and therapeutic relationships. Where we practice and whom we treat, for example, as well as decisions about health insurance and fees often reflect the influence of class. Discomfort about social class may emerge when working with those from different economic backgrounds—whether from more privileged or less privileged.

Join us for an experiential approach to learning about class  REGISTER TODAY!

Through lectures, interactive activities, personal reflection, and small group sharing we will develop a more nuanced and informed position about issues of class, classism, and social inequality.

About the Trainers

Annie Hamilton and Joanie Parker are members of Class Action, a nationally recognized social change organization committed to raising consciousness about class and developing ways to address classism.

Learning Objectives

At the end of the program, participants

• will be able to identify the historic, political, and socio-economic forces that promote classism and to recognize the impact of social class on the therapeutic relationship

• will be able to apply greater attunement to their clients’ individual and interpersonal struggles with class-based conflicts when they emerge in a variety of clinical settings from individual psychotherapy to group therapy and couples’ therapy

• will be better able to assess and recognize their own personal bias about social class and to identify the relevant resources to addressing implicit and explicit class bias in their clinical work

• will be more attuned to the impact of classism and other intersecting forms of power present in the therapeutic relationship as well as in the clinical material that clients present.

Suggested Readings

Berzoff, Joan ,Flanagan, L.M., and Hertz, P., editors. (2016). Inside Out and Outside In: Psychodynamic Clinical Theory in Contemporary Multicultural Contexts. Rowman and Littlefield Publishers.

Gherovici, Patricia and Christian, C., editors. (2018) Psychoanalysis in the Barrio, Race, Class, and the Unconscious. New York: Routledge

Rubin, Lillian B. (1994). Families on the Fault Line: America’s Working Class Speaks about the Family, the Economy, Race, and Ethnicity. New York: HarperCollins

Tummala-Nara, Pratyusha (2016). Psychoanalytic Theory and Cultural Competency. Washington, D.C. American Psychological Association.

Continuing Education Credits

Attendees are eligible for 2.5 continuing education credits

Psychologists: The Massachusetts Institute for Psychoanalysis (MIP) is approved by the American Psychological Association (APA) to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. MIP maintains responsibility for this program and its content. Please note: Per APA requirements, psychologists must attend 100% of a course in order to be eligible for continuing education credit.

Social Workers: An application for social work continuing education credits has been submitted. Please contact Liz Martin at for the status of social work CE accreditation. Please note: Per NASW requirements, social workers must attend 80% of a course in order to be eligible for continuing education credit.

LMHC: When an LMHC attends a CE event that has not been approved for CE, an individual may seek approval retroactively by meeting the criteria for approval outlined in the MMCEP LMHC Consumer Guidelines and the CMR 262 Regulations for LMHCs. With Retroactive Approval, the CEs can be applied to the CE requirement to renew a license. Visit for information.

Sunday, December 8, 2019  3:00-5:00 pm

The Paperless Practice: A Guide for the Modern Therapist

Curious about using Electronic Health Records (EHR) in your solo or small group practice but don’t know where to start? Join therapist and former technology consultant Barbara Schmitz LMHC in this practical, non-technical workshop geared toward the private mental health practitioner.

We’ll look at examples of actual systems available to therapists and answer common questions, such as:

  • What’s available and how do I choose?
  • What equipment do I need?
  • How much work is involved in switching from paper systems?
  • What about security?
  • How much does it cost?

You’ll leave this workshop with the tools to evaluate whether moving into the world of EHRs is right for your practice, as well as information on how to make it happen!

NSGP Members $35 / Non Members $45  REGISTER TODAY!

About the Presenter

Barbara Schmitz, LMHC, is a psychotherapist in private practice in Cambridge, MA. She also has 15 years’ experience in technical training and consulting to individuals, non-profits, and schools. She believes technology should work for people, not the other way around.

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Each year, the NSGP Practice Development Committee offers ongoing, informal gatherings in order to  educate our community of clinicians and to provide up to date information on all things that affect our practice.  Our short format programs are cost effective and don’t interfere with work or play.  They are a great way to connect with other clinicians and learn from local experts.  Our events are open to NSGP members and non-members.  We encourage all who are interested in growing a healthy and successful practice to attend.  We look forward to seeing you at our next event.

Previous Practice Development Events

March 2019       Stealth Self-Care in the Therapeutic Hour

October 2018    Update your professional photo!

May 2018           Building a Multicultural and Reflective Practice

March 2018       The Exploding Psychiatric Pharmacopoeia  

January 2018    Working Effectively with Transgender and Non-Binary Clients

October 2017    Theory to Practice:  Incorporating Telemental Health into your Practice

January 2017     Understanding and Talking about Evidence-Based Therapy

October 2016    Making Workshops Great Again: Find Your Sentence and Kill Your Darlings

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