2022 HGPS Virtual Institute
Transforming Group Leadership:
The intersection between ethical practice, leader identity, and the power of the here-and-now
presented by Jane Okech, PhD, NCC
Date: Saturday, April 30th, 2022
Time: 8:45 am – 4:45 pm
Effective group psychotherapy leadership is an art grounded in one’s foundational training, clinical supervision, ongoing consultation, and professional development. It is an evolving skill set with experience playing a significant role in shaping one’s attitudes towards leadership and group members, and one’s approaches, style, and expertise as a leader. Through a transforming group leadership lens, this workshop’s core focus will be threefold, (a) to provide an opportunity for reflection on one’s holistic approaches to group leadership, (b) to encourage active examination of the intersectionality of leadership choices with the dynamics of power, privilege and oppression in groups, and (c) to engage in focused dialogue on the power of using the “here and now” as a tool for directing intentional intercultural interactions and healing in groups.
Lectures, breakout sessions, and group-as-a-whole discussions will be utilized to increase participants engagement, understanding of content and to advance the objectives of this workshop. Six (6) Continuing Education hours are available for Psychologists, LCSW, LMFT, LPC, LCDC, and CGP licenses/certifications, including 3 ethics hours. Partial credits are not available for this educational activity.
Questions? Contact [email protected].
The core objective of this workshop is to enhance participants’ professional identities as ethical and culturally responsive group psychotherapists. To meet this objective, Dr. Okech will lead attendees in examining evidence-based practices that have been demonstrated to be effective in groups, especially when working with clients of diverse backgrounds and underrepresented identities. The workshop will aim to meet 5 key learning objectives:
- Enhance participants’ knowledge and awareness of the ethical foundations of culturally responsive group psychotherapy practice
- Deepen participants’ knowledge and awareness of their own cultural backgrounds and its intersection with their group psychotherapy leadership approaches
- Enhance participants’ knowledge and awareness of the role power, privilege, oppression play in group dynamics and process, and their implications for group outcome
- Explore the power of the “here-and -now” focus as a therapeutic tool for addressing intercultural interactions within groups
- Expand participants repertoire of group psychotherapy skills pertaining to group conceptualization, therapeutic interventions, and personal awareness
This 6-hour workshop will be divided into two sections, both including lecture, breakout, and discussion:
|Welcome:||8:45 am—8:55 am|
|8:55 am—9:00 am|
|Morning Session:||9:00 am—12:00 pm|
|Lunch Break:||12:00—1:25 pm|
Jane Okech, PhD, NCC, is a Professor of Counselor Education and serves as the Associate Dean for Academic and Faculty Affairs for the College of Education and Social Services at the University of Vermont (UVM). She was recently appointed by UVM as vice provost for faculty affairs effective July 1, 2022. Her scholarship primarily focuses on the advancement of proficiencies in the practice of group psychotherapy and clinical supervision with diverse populations. She examines counseling micro skill and advanced skill acquisition processes, and their contributions to the development of complex relational dynamics that advance the efficacy of the therapeutic process in individual and group contexts.
Dr. Okech also explores models of clinical supervision and the development of core supervision intervention proficiencies across various domains of clinical practice. Associated aspects of these scholarship foci are its intersection with professional ethics and standards of practice. Her body of work has received professional accolades including recognition with the 2017 “Article of the Year” award by the Association for Specialists in Group Work (ASGW) and Dr. Okech’s election to Fellow status by ASGW in 2018. She currently serves as Associate Editor for the Journal for Specialists in Group Work.
Cost & Registration:
Dr. Okech’s program features small intensive breakout groups so registration is limited to 65 participants. We encourage participants to register early.
|Mental Health Professionals|
(Psychologists, LCSW, LMFT,
LPC, LCDC, & CGP)
|New Career Professionals:||$60|
If cost is a barrier to participation, please contact Richard Newman at [email protected].
Registration Instructions: The registration site is best viewed on a laptop/desktop using the current version of Chrome or Firefox. Need help with registration? Contact [email protected].
2022 HGPS Institute Committee:
HGPS thanks the Institute Committee. The Institute would not be possible without the work of the Institute Committee members.
Dan Workman, LMSW
Brittany Burch, LCSW-S, LCDC, CGP
Elyssa Fink Gottheim, LCSW, CGP
Micki Grimland, LCSW, ACSW
Harvey Rosenstock, MD
Michele Lees, MA, BC-DMT, LPC
Ty David Lerman, MA, LPC-S, CST
Jennifer Markey, PhD, MEd, CGP
Richard L. Newman, MEd, LPC-S, LMFT-S, LCSW, LCDC, NCC, CCMHC, CGP, FAGPA
Ramsha Momin, LMSW
Leticia White, LCSW
HGPS follows the Texas Behavioral Health Executive Council rules for acceptable continuing education for continuing education providers. The Council oversees Texas State Board of Examiners of Marriage and Family Therapists, Texas State Board of Examiners of Licensed Professional Counselors, Texas State Board of Examiners of Psychologists, and Texas State Board of Social Worker Examiners. The Council no longer pre-approves or regulates continuing education providers.