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Spring Institute – Ethics Thursday Evening & Institute Friday & Saturday

April 25 - April 27

Institute April 26th & 27th

Desires to Lead: Perils and Passions
presented by Karen Travis, LCSW, BCD, CGP, FAGP

Ethics Workshop April 25, 2019  

Do We Have Fantasies, or Do They Have Us? Ethics and the Imagination in Psychotherapy presented by Sean Fitzpatrick, PhD, LPC 

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  • Specific Interest Groups and Process Groups (see brochure link above for descriptions)
  • Up to 15.5 CEU’s available
  • Sponsorship Opportunities Available! (Click link on the right)
  • Agency/Group pricing available for 3+ registrations. Email admin@hgps.org for more information.

Institute Keynote

Desires to Lead: Perils and Passions

Karen Travis, LCSW, BCD, CGP, FAGPA

Leadership abounds with rewards and challenges. It may create competition and also may present opportunities for growth that we would not have had otherwise. We may open ourselves to criticism, possibly burn out, and need to manage angry and hurt feelings. Exploring our family of origin, our personal history of leadership, our mentors and models are ways to tap into our desires and decisions to lead. We will also consider our fears that may block us from leadership, and our passions that compel us into leadership? In this conference we will explore, share and learn together as a group. Please join us.

Learning Objectives 

  • Identify what compels them to be in or seek leadership positions
  • Evaluate what personal impact they want to make as leaders
  • Trace family of origin positions of leadership
  • Explore their life cycle of leadership: past present and desires beyond
  • Cite restraints and excitements about being a leader and/or follower

About Karen Travis, LCSW, BCD, CGP, FAGPA

Karen S. Travis is a licensed clinical social worker, board certified diplomat in clinical social 
work and a certified group psychotherapist. She graduated with an MSW in 1980, did agency work until 1992 when she opened a private practice. 

Post graduate school she earned a certificate in Gestalt Therapy. She was an adjunct faculty at the LSU school of social work for 9 years and taught Advanced Group Treatment. Currently along with a full time private practice she is a contract group therapist at Jefferson Oaks Behavioral Health, runs and teaches group at the OLOL Psychiatric Residency Program, and supervises new professionals for LCSW licensure.

Karen has served on many committees and board of directors both locally and nationally. She is a fellow in the American Group Psychotherapy Association. Currently is incoming chair of the Group Foundation for Advancing Mental Health,a long time and active member of The National Association of Social Workers, Louisiana Group Psychotherapy Society and The American Group Psychotherapy Association. Intrigued by group therapy since her late teens when she took her first group treatment class in undergrad social work school, she has lead groups for 34 years and worked with individuals, families and couples.

She presents at conferences locally, nationally and internationally. Most recently she presented at the International Group Therapy conference in Croatia.

Ethics – Thursday, April 25th 6-9 PM

Do We Have Fantasies, or Do They Have Us? Ethics and the Imagination in Psychotherapy

Sean Fitzpatrick, PhD, LPC

**Light Dinner Served at 5:30pm**  

Ethics Overview: Are there right and wrong ways to imagine; things we should or should not feel, think, desire? Our greatest innovations, works of art and acts of compassion emerge from the human imagination; as do our horrific atrocities. The imagination is not a tool at our ready disposal, to direct as we will. How we imagine matters. 

Therapists work in an intersubjective imaginal field. Jung suggested that, “Every psychic process is an image and an imagining.” Our imaginations fill with the experiences, conscious and unconscious, of our clients. Those experiences interact with our own in ways that are mysterious and as potentially destructive as they are potentially transformative – for them and for us. Our imaginings of our clients, our fantasies of and with them, come unbidden. Rather than attempting to ignore or control those fantasies, however, we can learn how to host them in ways that honor the potential for growth and healing in both client and therapist. In this workshop, we will use lecture, film, and discussion to explore the ethical dimension of the imagination in the practice of psychotherapy.

About Sean Fitzpatrick, PhD, LPC

Sean is the executive director of The Jung Center. He has master’s degrees in religious studies and clinical psychology, and he completed his doctorate in psychology, with a concentration in Jungian studies, at Saybrook University. He is also a psychotherapist in private practice. He lectures internationally, and his first book, The Ethical Imagination, is under contract with Routledge. He is a senior fellow of the American Leadership Forum. 


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