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October 2018

Fall Conference: Diversity within Diversity–The Intersection of Identities Within Groups

October 19
The HGPS One Day Conference is October 19th from 8:30-5:30 at the Council on Recovery. This year's theme: "Diversity within Diversity - The Intersection of Identities Within Groups" featuring Keynote Speaker Sandra López, LCSW, ACSW. 3 ethics CEUs.

Featured Topic: Culturally Competent Ethical Practice:

Practicing Cultural Humility and Embracing Cultural Opportunities presented by Sandra A. López, LCSW, ACSW, DCSW Our professional code of ethics across disciplines sets ethical standards for promoting cultural competence in our clinical practice. Still, as clinical practitioners we may struggle in knowing how to effectively work with diverse cultures especially in our world today. Contemporary views of culture acknowledge that individuals may draw from various cultural affiliations in defining their identity or identities which may influence their perception of problems and ways of coping. The intersection of these distinct cultural identities can create complex encounters and even challenging ethical dilemmas for the clinical practitioner especially in group psychotherapy. This keynote will address how we can best navigate these complex challenges, adopt a practice of cultural humility, and seize the cultural opportunity. By the end of the keynote presentations, participants will be able to:
  1. Explore the ethical responsibilities related to cultural competence
  2. Define a theoretical framework for cultural competent practice
  3. Describe key cultural constructs including cultural humility, cultural opportunities, microaggressions, and other constructs to enhance cultural understanding
  4. Identify clinical ethical dilemmas in the context of clinical practice; and
  5. Explore practical application of an ethically culturally competent practice approach.

About Sandra A. López, LCSW, ACSW, DCSW

Sandra A. López is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker from Houston, Texas with over thirty-eight years of practice experience in academia and private practice. She holds NASW distinctions as an Academy Certified Social Worker and Diplomate in Clinical Social Work. She is a recently retired Clinical Professor from the University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work where she served as Director of the Social Work Trauma Education Program. Her teaching excellence was recognized in her selection as Outstanding Faculty by ten graduating classes. Because of her outstanding contributions to the College, a scholarship was established in 2014 called the Sandra A. López Scholarship Endowment for Excellence in Clinical Practice. López is a longtime member of NASW and has held numerous leadership positions locally and nationally. Due to her contributions to NASW and the profession, the NASW Texas Chapter renamed their Leadership Institute in November, 2005, to what is now The Sandra A. López Leadership Institute. She has received numerous honors and awards including NASW Texas Social Worker of the Year, Lifetime Achievement Award, and most recently the 2016 Social Work Excellence Award from the University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work. She is currently in clinical and consulting practice with established expertise in the arena of trauma and in particular traumatic grief. She is a widely recognized local, state, and national keynote presenter, trainer, and consultant on several major subject areas including trauma, trauma informed care, traumatic grief, clinical social work supervision, ethical practice, compassion fatigue, secondary trauma, vicarious trauma, and the practice of self-care. She is nationally recognized as a staunch advocate and passionate speaker on topics such as addressing vicarious trauma and promoting self-care and resiliency in social work and helping professions. View More Information »

November 2018


Brown Bag: Hope and Healing after an Affair using Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT)

November 9 @ 11:30 am - 1:00 pm
With Liliane Nahas, M.Ed., LPC-S, LMFT-S Infidelity is one of the common reasons for divorce and is a frequent theme in couple therapy. Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy can help couples seeking therapy to heal their relationship after an affair. Infidelity in most cases is a threat to any relationship and can damage the stability of the relationship. EFT therapists conceptualize affairs as “attachment injury” – a violation of trust that questions the basis of a relationship. By focusing on the key emotions and their attachment significance, EFT can help couples heal and form a secure attachment bond after an affair. This workshop will explore attachment injuries along with the EFT approach to resolving them. Please contact Constance Moore, M.Ed., LPC, CGP at 713-961-5055 or mcamtexas@yahoo.com with any questions. HGPS Brown Bags are held at The Council at 303 Jackson Hill off Memorial. View More Information »

January 2019


Brown Bag: “Transference Love: An Artificial Rose” with James W. Lomax, MD

January 11, 2019 @ 11:30 am - 1:00 pm

Houston Group Psychotherapy Society Presents:


“Transference Love: An Artificial Rose”

With James W. Lomax, MD

1.5 CEUs                  

Dr. Lomax from Baylor College of Medicine and the Center for Psychoanalytic Studies will present Transference Love: An Artificial Rose.  This will be an hour long presentation on erotic transference, Eros and psychotherapy.  It will be followed by a 30 minute discussion by our HGPS members Travis Courville, LCSW, CGP, FAGPA, Audrey Ryman-Watson, LCSW, CGP and Paul LePhuoc, Ph.D, CGP.  They will discuss Dr. Lomax’s presentation in the context of how these principles can be utilized in the group dynamic process.  Questions from the audience will be welcomed.

RSVP to admin@hgps.org. If you would like a box lunch please note in your RSVP. Lunch will be $12 payable on site.

Please contact Constance Moore, M.Ed., LPC, CGP at 713-961-5055 or mcamtexas@yahoo.com with any questions.  HGPS Brown Bags are held at The Council at 303 Jackson Hill off Memorial. 


About James W Lomax, MD

Dr. Lomax is a psychoanalyst whose clinical effort involves psychotherapeutic and psychoanalytic treatment of individuals with anxiety, mood, and personality disorders, as well as those with complicated grief, traumatic loss, and other adjustment reactions. He is interested in the interface between psychiatry (from a psychoanalytic perspective), religion, and spirituality. His interdisciplinary efforts involve the Menninger Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Baylor College of Medicine with the Institute for Spirituality and Health of The Texas Medical Center, the Department of Religious Studies, Rice University, the Hope and Healing Center and Institute at Saint Martin’s Episcopal Church, and many of the clinical entities of the Texas Medical Center. The purpose of these relationships is to deepen the exploration of phenomena, such as healing, grief, and response to loss from the different perspectives that each of the aforementioned disciplines brings to bear on similar situations.
Psychiatry & Behav Sciences
Baylor College of Medicine
Houston, TX, US
Brown Foundation Chair of Psychoanalysis in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Baylor College of Medicine
Houston, Texas, United States
Advanced Training from Houston-Galveston Psychoanalytic Institute
Advanced Training from Baylor College Of Medicine Affiliate Hospitals
Advanced Training from University Of Oregon Affiliate Hospitals
Residency at Baylor College Of Medicine
BA from Rice University
American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology
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April 2019

Spring Institute — Save the Date!

April 26, 2019 - April 27, 2019
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