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    • Monday, October 14, 2019
    • Friday, November 01, 2019

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    • Sunday, October 27, 2019
    • 3:00 PM - 5:30 PM
    • 11 Garden Street, Cambridge, MA

    The Northeastern Society for Group Psychotherapy (NSGP), the Massachusetts Institute for Psychoanalysis (MIP), and the Psychodynamic Couples and Family Institute of New England (PCFINE) present

    Class Matters: Exploring the Impact of Class on our Therapeutic Practice

    • Broaden your understanding of class and classism and their impact on your therapeutic practice
    • Place class experience within a historical and social context and help bridge cross-class divides
    • Identify how your practice is influenced by your own class background

    Date:                 Sunday, October 27, 2019

    Time:                 3:00 p.m.—5:30 p.m.

    Location:          First Church, 11 Garden Street, Harvard Square

    Fee:                   $50 before October 16th, $60 thereafter

    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

    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.

    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 08, 2019
    • 11:00 AM - 1:30 PM
    • Newton
    Registration is closed


    Losing our Balance as Group Therapists:

    How Batman and Pogo can Help Us Regain It

    Presented by Joe Shay, PD, CGP, FAGPA

    Have you ever had a group member get very angry with you? Have you ever felt very angry with a group member? What does the therapist do in such situations? When is it better to be real and self-disclose your reaction, even if it’s harsh? Or to be silent while you collect yourself? Or use theory to explain what you think is happening? Or invite the group to be curious or to share their reactions? Or even to stop running groups?

    And what if the group member is already carrying a strike against them such as having committed a sex offense, or been a serial philanderer, or voted for a candidate for office whom you abhor? How does this factor into your clinical decision at that moment?

    Dr. Joseph Shay will try to address these issues by using videos, self-disclosure, and also a little theory, so no one wants to quit their job.

    Hosted by Suzanne Cohen, EdD, CGP in Newton, MA

    Space is limited so register today!

    • Sunday, December 08, 2019
    • 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM

    December Practice Development Event

    The Paperless Practice: A Guide for the 21st-Century Therapist

    Presented by Barbara Schmitz, LMHC

    3-5 pm, Sunday, December 8, 2019 

    (location will be sent to paid registrants)

    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

    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.

    • Saturday, January 18, 2020
    • Saturday, May 16, 2020
    • Various
    • 6

    The NSGP Training Committee is pleased to announce the opening of registration for the

    2020 Principles of Group Psychotherapy Course!

    This is an amazing opportunity for you to

    • learn through both didactic and experiential components
    • understand key facets of group therapy including the role of the leader, group dynamics, issues involving diversity, and many more
    • complete the didactic requirements for your Certified Group Psychotherapist credential (CGP)
    • develop skills suitable for working in a variety of settings (e.g., hospitals, clinics, private practice, etc.)
    • earn up to 24.5 CEUs

    The Principles Course consists of five half-day didactic modules and a one day-long experiential group, generally meeting once a month for the first half of the year. The course features an all-star line up of faculty to guide participants through the foundational material of understanding group dynamics and running therapy groups.

    Module 1: The Foundations of Group Therapy - Joe Shay, Ph.D. CGP (January 18)

    Module 2: The Change Process in Groups - Theresa Cohen, LICSW CGP (February 1)

    Module 3: The Role of the Leader - Ann Keren Neeman-Kantor, Psy.D., LICSW (March 21)

    Module 4: Group Dynamics - Adam Silk, MD, CGP (April 18)

    Module 5: Structure & Thematic Groups - Amy Matias, Ph.D., LICSW, CGP (May 2)

    Module 6: Day-Long Experiential Group - Scott Reinhardt, Ph.D., CGP (May 16)

    The deadline to register is Tuesday, January 3! Completion of the Principles Course also includes one year of NSGP membership and all membership benefits.

    Don't miss out on this great opportunity!

    Scholarships may be available. NSGP members and non-members are encouraged to apply. Please see our website for more information.

    Questions? Please contact Selina Guerra at, or by phone at 617-651-0446.

    Brought to you by the NSGP Training Committee

    Annie Weiss, LICSW CGP FAGPA & Caleb Englander, LICSW, co-chairs
    Jeff Brand, Psy.D. CGP
    Ann Keren Neeman-Kantor, LICSW, Psy.D
    Penelope Moore, LICSW
    Marilyn Downs, Ph.D, LICSW
    Selina Guerra, PhD
    Vivian Roman-Hampton, LICSW

    • Thursday, January 30, 2020
    • 8:00 AM
    • Thursday, April 23, 2020
    • 9:15 AM
    • Roslindale, Massachusetts


    The NSGP Experiential Group Module II is now open for registration. Utilize one of our most memorable learning tools on 'how to be a group therapist' by stepping into the role of a group participant! 

    This program is for clinicians interested in developing their skills and confidence as group leaders.  The group is facilitated by Barbara McQueen, LICSW, a seasoned group therapist.  Hours can be applied toward CGP certification and CEUs are available.

    The entire 24 week training is broken down into Module 1 (September-December 2019, now CLOSED) and Module 2 (January 30-April 23, 2020.) Each module is 12 weeks in duration and meetings take place on Thursdays, 8:00-9:15 a.m. in Roslindale (MBTA-accessible and with ample parking.)

    Module 2 will run from January 30 - April 23, 2020 (no meeting March 5.)

    The deadline to register for Module 2 is January 16, 2020 and space is limited so REGISTER TODAY!

    Cost: One module is $475. Price includes a $50 non-refundable registration fee.

    For questions, contact Annie Weiss or Marilyn Downs

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