Managing Love and Hate in Groups
with Keynote Speaker Ronnie Levine, PhD, ABPP, FAGPA, CGP
May 7-9, 2020
Join us for this year’s Institute and Ethics Training! HGPS offers this annual event with gratitude to the Institute Sponsors and Annual Fund Contributors who make these events possible. Register for the Institute or Institute and Ethics Presentation together at the bottom of the page.
15.5 Continuing Education hours are available for Psychologist, LCSW, LMFT, LPC, and CGP licenses/certifications, including 3 ethics hours for those attending the ethics presentation.
Institute 2020 Keynote
Managing Love and Hate in Groups
with Keynote Speaker Ronnie Levine, PhD, ABPP, FAGPA, CGP
Love and Hate In Groups
Love and Hate in Groups is a daunting subject to approach. These feelings encompass such a wide range of emotional experiences. We can experience these feelings in ourselves, with our patients, our most intimate relationships, and within society at large. In any of these areas, these feelings can overwhelm us and sometimes they can become destructive. But these feelings can also be enlivening — a source of creativity and vitality. I think it is one’s life’s task to find a way to manage these feelings in order to have a fulfilling life.
This institute is designed to help therapists understand and work more effectively with loving and angry feelings. We will explore how we can become more comfortable working with these as well as other uncomfortable feelings. We will study fears that interfere with being effective, and together develop therapeutic interventions.
Ronnie Levine, Ph.D ABPP, FAGPA, CGP
Ronnie Levine is a clinical psychologist. Lou Ormont, Modern Psychoanalysis, Object Relations and Relational theories have influenced her clinical work. Dr. Levine is on faculties of the EGPS Group Training Program, The Group Center, and Adelphi University Program in Group Therapy. Dr. Levine conducts an on going training group in Austin, TX, Boston, MA and San Francisco, CA.
She has conducted many workshops and Institutes for AGPA and for EGPS and has been the featured keynote conference speaker for a number of local group societies around the country. She also has conducted many international training workshops in Europe and Israel. In May 2020, Dr. Levine has been chosen to be the Respondent for the annual, Foulkes Lecturer, sponsored by the Group Analytic Society International (GASI) in London.
In 2004, Dr. Levine was awarded Fellow of AGPA. Her group articles include Treating Idealized Hope and Hopelessness, Modern Psychoanalysis and Leslie Rosenthal, Progressing While Regressing in Relationships, Modern Psychoanalytic Perspective on Group Psychotherapy, and A Group Analyst’s Perspective on the Trump-Clinton and Aftermath — all published in the International Journal of Group Psychotherapy. Dr. Levine has been awarded the honor of giving the Lou Ormont Lecture at the AGPA annual conference in Chicago, 2009. In June 2011, the Eastern Group Psychotherapy Society honored Dr. Levine for her outstanding contributions to the field of group psychotherapy.
Her private practice, which is in New York, includes individual, couples, and group psychotherapy, as well as individual and group supervision.
Thursday Evening Ethics Workshop
Working with Transgender Individuals and their Families: Ethical Dilemmas Encountered Inside and Outside of Group Therapy
with Denise O’Doherty, LPC, MSN, PMFT, RN
May 7, 2020, 6 – 9 pm
A light dinner will be served at 5:30 pm.
Workshop Working with Transgender Individuals and their Families: Ethical Dilemmas Encountered Inside and Outside of Group Therapy
Working with the issues that transgender individuals, family members and those who love them face, can be challenging. Transgender people want to be able to live and be treated according to their natural and true gender which is not the gender they were given at birth. The process of change can take many steps that go beyond surgical correction and outer appearance. For many, it is a struggle that also includes legal, social, personal, ethical and spiritual challenges that are brought up in therapy with the hope of being understood, believed and respected by the therapist. Therapists may find themselves challenged with client values that differ from theirs and be compelled to look at their own ethics and attitudes regarding gender, religion, non-traditional sex, body dysmorphia, surgery for non-binary or non-gender conforming clients, hormones for children and teenagers, discrimination, family estrangement, and resilience. Knowing how these issues affect spouses, children, parents and others who love those transitioning is important for a successful transition. Therefore, therapists need a progressive knowledge of gender issues and how they present in therapy while being self-aware of their own feelings. This didactic and experiential workshop will present issues that therapists need to consider to effectively do this work. We will break into groups for discussion and resolution of cutting-edge ethical issues that present in and out of group therapy. In addition to presenting tips for therapists doing this work, there will also be an emphasis on transition and its impact on family members, particularly the parents.
Denise O’Doherty LPC, MSN, LMFT, RN
Denise O’Doherty is a Licensed Professional Counselor, a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and a Registered Psychiatric Nurse. She is also an IMAGO Relationship Therapist.
Early in her practice, she worked with crossdressers and their families and those with lesbian and gay issues. This has progressed to include individuals with non-binary gender identity, gender dysphoria, and those making gender transitions. Although her practice is mostly adults, she works with teenagers experiencing gender dysphoria and gender non-conforming identities.
In addition to her 32-year, full-time private practice in Houston, she is also an educator, lecturer and author. She has been a Clinical Instructor for the University of Texas at Houston School of Nursing. She taught in the LCDC program at the University of Houston. She also taught personal development classes for Leisure Learning Unlimited in Houston for 20 years.
In addition to gender issues, Denise specializes in Relationship Counseling, Pre-Marital Counseling, Addiction, Recovery and Codependency.
Denise recently published, Personal Boundaries and Effective Confrontation — A Workbook. (September 2019). Her first book, Thriving Through Transition — Self-Care for Parents of Transgender Children made the Amazon best seller list in September of 2018. Both her books are available on Amazon. Thriving Through Transition is also available on Amazon in Spanish.
To view more about Denise, visit www.RelationshipTherapistRN.com If you plan to attend only the ethics event, register here.
What is Institute?
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The Council on Recovery
303 Jackson Hill Street
Houston, TX 77007
The Institute Includes breakout workshops and groups to enhance learning through experience. This year, the following psychodynamic process groups and special interest groups will be offered. Each Institute participant chooses their first, second, and third choice groups at the time of registration. If you are only able to attend one day, see the SIG one day choices below:
Psychodynamic Process Groups
These small groups provide participants an environment in which to obtain, expand, and retain their skills in conducting group therapy using a psychodynamic model. In three 90-minute sessions over the two day Institute, participants will move through three phases of group norms: boundaries, goals, and defenses.
Psychodynamic Group 1
with group leaders Paul LePhuoc, PhD, CGP and Melissa Beason-Smith, PhD, MEd, CGP
Psychodynamic Group 2
This group is a 2-year commitment for both Institute 2020 and 2021.
with group leaders Jamie Cool, LCSW, CGP and Audrey Ryman-Watson, LCSW, CGP
Psychodynamic Group 3
with group leaders Nanine Ewing, PhD, BC-DMT, LMFT, CGP, FAGPA and Robert Hilliker, LCSW-S, LCDC
Psychodynamic Group 4
with group leaders Richard Newman, LPC, LCSW, LMFT, LCDC, CGP, FAGPA and Drew Krieger, LCSW, LCDC
Special Interest Groups (SIGs)
Note that two day SIGs are listed first, followed by one day SIGs. The two day SIGs are for those attending both days of the Institute, while the one day SIGs are for those only able to attend one day of the Institute.
These groups offer intensive learning about specific theories and approaches in group treatment. Registrants can pursue current interests in greater depth or learn way of integrating new approaches and methods into their work. Most of the special interest sections have extensive experiential components.
Two Day Special Interest Groups (SIGs)
for those attending both days of the 2020 Institute
Creating Openness to Gender and Sexual Fluidity
with Linda Chase, LCSW, CGP and Brittany Burch, LCSW, CGP
As group leaders, we enter every group with our own inherent biases and views on gender and sexuality. It is important for group leaders to explore their own biases and possibly rigid beliefs in order to create a safe and open atmosphere for exploring gender and sexuality issues. The intention of this group is to create the safe and open atmosphere needed for participants to explore their own biases and binary views toward gender and sexuality and move toward a more fluid and binary approach.
Trauma Informed Yoga
with Elizabeth Haberer, LCSW and Tony Aucoin, LCSW, LCDC
This course will utilize didactic and experiential exercises focusing on gaining insight into how cultural identities impact the relationship of the physical body.
Adventures of the Mind: Bringing Mentalizing to Life
with Jennifer Markey, PhD, MEd, CGP
Come join us as we creatively explore our minds! This group will take participants on an experiential tour of mentalizing. Through a series of experiential exercises, we will demystify the concept of mentalizing and give participants some ideas of integrating mentalizing into their group practice.
with Jana Rosenbaum, LCSW, CGP, FAGPA and Susan Barnum, LPCC (NM), CGP, TEP
Traditional process group therapy is indeed effective but can take a long time for group members to develop authenticity, boldness, intimacy, and readiness to deal with issues. We will explore simple yet empowering psychodramatic techniques that help group members “turn corners” in their work without disturbing the group’s psychodynamic process.
One Day Special Interest Groups (SIGs)
for those attending only one day of the Institute
Therapist’s Loss: Clinician Survivors of Suicide (Friday Only)
with Aaron Fink, MD, CGP, FAGPA
Unfortunately, losing a patient to suicide is a common experience (1 in 5 clinicians). This traumatic experience has a profound personal and professional impact on the clinician that is typically poorly addressed because of multiple factors. We will address this too often neglected topic by interweaving experiential and didactic material.
Helping Trauma Survivors with their Grief (Saturday Only)
with Terry Fassihi, PhD and Noblet Davidson, LCSW, CGP
It is clear that there is a strong relationship between grief and trauma which can be summarized thus:
- Trauma causes grief.
- Trauma complicates grief for losses beyond trauma.
- Trauma makes coping more challenging.
Patients in treatment for trauma can benefit from a group that elucidates the complex intersection between trauma and grief — and clarifies how coping skills and understanding can be beneficial. This workshop describes the content and process of a group developed to help patients who have experienced trauma deal with grief with understanding and self-compassion.
Mentalizing Based Art Therapy (Saturday Only)
with Kula Moore, LPC, ART-BC, CPRP
This program will provide participants with an introduction to mentalizing based art therapy with a specific focus on group interventions. Participants will engage in an experiential art therapy process and practice discussing artwork from a mentalizing stance.
Institute 2020 Schedule
Thursday May 7, 2020
3 Ethics hours
5:30 Light Dinner Served
6:00 Welcome and Announcements
6:10 Denise O’Doherty, LPC, MSN, PMFT, RN Ethics Presentation
Friday May 8, 2020
7 CE hours
7:30 Registration and Breakfast—Sponsored by Origins Behavioral Healthcare
8:15 Welcome Announcements
Plenary: Jean Dixon, LPC, CGP
8:20 Information and Announcements
8:30 Ronnie Levine, Ph.D, ABPP, FAGPA, CGP
Managing Love and Hate in Groups, Part One
10:45 Session One: Process Group/Special Interest Group
12:15 Lunch Provided
1:00 Ice Cream Social—Sponsored by Acadia Healthcare Treatment Placement Specialists
1:30 Awards, Raffles, Sponsors, Announcements
2:00 Ronnie Levine, Ph.D, ABPP, FAGPA, CGP
Managing Love and Hate in Groups, Part Two
4:15 Session Two: Process Group/Special Interest Group
5:45 Conclusion for the Day
Saturday May 9, 2020
5.5 CE hours
7:30 Registration and Breakfast
8:15 Welcome and Announcements
8:30 Ronnie Levine, Ph.D, ABPP, FAGPA, CGP
Managing Love and Hate in Groups, Part Three
10:45 Session Three: Process Group/Special Interest Group
12:15 Lunch —Sponsored by Memorial Hermann
1:30 Awards, Raffles, Sponsors, Announcements
2:00 Ronnie Levine, Ph.D, ABPP, FAGPA, CGP
Managing Love and Hate in Groups, Part 4
4:00 Closing and Evaluations
Coffee Bar available throughout the event—Sponsored by Transcend Recovery Center
Institute 2020 Faculty
Tony Aucoin, LCSW, LCDC
Tony began his social work career in 2009 working with The Council on Recovery before transitioning into private practice. He has a primary focus on clinical issues specific to sexuality, shame, men and couples therapy. While in practice he has contracted with The Menninger Clinic, The Daring Way™ and also serves as adjunct faculty with the University of Houston’s Graduate College of Social Work.
Sue Barnum, LPCC (NM), CGP, TEP
Sue is a 35-year member of HGPS. She spent 20+ years in private practice in Houston, running six groups, including a psychodrama training group. She was on the Board of HGPS for six years. She has partially retired and moved to Santa Fe, New Mexico, where she uses her skills in working with Creativity for Peace, which brings Palestinian and Israeli teenage girls to peace camp in Santa Fe each summer. She also sits on the Board of that organization. She continues to teach her beloved psychodramatic techniques in process group at AGPA and HGPS, as well in other places to which she is invited. She and Evie Lotze, PhD, co-authored a book on that subject in 2013 entitled Therapist’s Creativity Handbook: Introducing Action and Play into Process Groups.
Melissa Beason-Smith, PhD, Med, CGP
Melissa Beason-Smith is a psychologist in private practice. She earned her doctoral degree from the University of Houston with an emphasis in trauma. She completed her internship and a trauma fellowship at the Michael E Debakey VA Medical Center. Melissa is currently completing training in modern analytic group psychotherapy with the Center for Group Studies in New York City.
Brittany Burch, LCSW, CGP
Brittany Burch, LCSW-S, LCDC is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker-Supervisor and Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor, and a social work graduate from Washington University in St. Louis. She came to Houston for a Social Work Fellowship at the Menninger Clinic in 2006, working at the clinic on both the general psychiatric and eating disorders units. In 2009, Brittany joined the staff of the Montrose Center, a non-proWt agency dedicated to serving the LGBTQ community. She served as the Center’s LIFE Counseling Program Coordinator, overseeing their senior programs, youth programs and the internship training program. In that time Brittany presented to a wide array of audiences educating them on LGBTQ+ clinical issues and interventions. In April 2018, Brittany opened her private practice, Autumn Counseling, Inc. where she specializes in couples’ therapy utilizing Emotionally Focused Therapy, grief support as well as individuals treating trauma through EMDR (eye movement desensitization and reprocessing). She also continues to work with social work students as liaison with the UH’s Graduate School of Social Work. Brittany currently holds the position of Secretary for the Houston Group Psychotherapy Society.
Linda Chase, LCSW, CGP Linda Chase is a Clinical Social Worker and Certified Group Psychotherapist in private practice with over 20 years of clinical experience. She obtained her MSW from the University of Houston’s Graduate College of Social Work in 1998. Ms Chase completed a one year Postgraduate Fellowship in Clinical Social Work at the Baylor College of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences. She is a Texas Board approved Supervisor for LMSW’s seeking LCSW designation. Ms Chase completed a two year Fellowship at The Center for Psychoanalytic Studies’ Postgraduate Studies in Psychodynamic Psychotherapy with adults and a two year Fellowship in Postgraduate Studies with children and adolescents. She continues to be an active member of the Houston Psychoanalytic Society. She is also an active member of the International Association for Psychoanalytic Self Psychology. Ms Chase is a prior President of the Houston Group Psychotherapy Society and continues to be an active member. She is also an active member of the American Group Psychotherapy Association. Ms Chase is an active member in the Houston Eating Disorders Specialists and the National Eating Disorders Association. Ms Chase specializes in eating disorders and body images issues, LGBTQ issues and grief and loss. She works with adolescents and adults in individual, couples and family psychotherapy dealing with an array of relationship and psychological issues. Ms Chase facilitates an Overcoming Overeating Group for adult women with emotional eating and body image issues.
Jamie Cool, LCSW, CGP
Jamie Cool, LCSW, CGP is a licensed therapist with a private practice in Houston, TX. Her therapy practice includes individuals, couples, families and weekly groups. Before private practice, she worked with individuals and families struggling with relationship and recovery issues at The Council on Recovery and led experientially-focused groups with survivors of domestic violence. She is especially interested in the intersection of interpersonal neurobiology, early attachment experiences and relational disturbances. She utilizes her studies and training in humanistic, Jungian and existential therapies, psychodrama, and The Lucid Body to cultivate a holistic and relational approach to the therapeutic journey.
Noblet Davidson, LCSW, CGP
Noblet Davidson, LCSW has been a clinical social worker for 14 years and has a private practice in the Rice Village area. She earned her Master’s Degree in Clinical Social Work from University of Houston’s Graduate College of Social Work in 2006 and has worked with individuals with mental illness in outpatient, residential, and inpatient settings. She worked at the Council on Alcohol and Drugs Houston with individuals with co-occurring disorders and at The Menninger Clinic in Houston for almost 5 years working on the Hope Unit with individuals with depression, anxiety, addictions, and personality disorders. She has expertise and specialization in trauma-focused treatment, addictions work, cognitive behavior therapy and psychodynamic therapy. She provides individual, couples, and family psychotherapy to individuals with a history of trauma, mood and personality disorders. She is also currently leading a trauma psychoeducational group and trauma processing group.
Nanine Ewing, PhD, BC-DMT, LMFT, CGP, FAGPA
Nanine Ewing, PhD, FAGPA, GGP, BC-DMT is a clinical psychologist in private practice in Houston, Texas for the past 37 years. She is a Fellow of the American Group Psychotherapy Association and a Certified Group Psychotherapist and a Dance Movement Therapist. She has spoken nationally and internationally on the subjects of nonverbal communication, Jungian theory, Group process, Group dynamics, Psyche and Soma, Countertransference, the Anti-group, and many other topics. She teaches in an alternate training route for dance movement therapists in Embodied Neurobiology for advanced clinical training at Experiential Therapies in Austin, Texas. She has a private practice in Houston, Texas and runs two groups a week for clinicians and private clients. She does consultations for therapists individually and in group. Her in depth individual work is with a Jungian orientation focusing on dream work and symbolic work in the body and psyche. She has a PhD in clinical psychology and a Masters in counseling psychology and is a Certified Adlerian and has studied hypnotherapy to the consultant level. She believes deeply in the work of the therapist’s inner life and has been committed to her own therapy and analysis for the entire spectrum of her clinical work and dedicates herself to encouraging other clinicians to do the same.
Terry Fassihi, PhD
I completed my PhD in Clinical Psychology at the University of Tulsa in 1998. I have worked in a variety of clinical settings, including the Veteran’s Hospital in Houston, the National Health Service in England, the Menninger Clinic, also here in Houston, and in the Intensive Outpatient and Partial Hospitalization programs of Houston Eating Disorders Center, which I founded in 2010. In 2015, Houston Eating Disorders Center became part of the Eating Recovery Center programs.
As an intern at the VA, I had my first exposure to the concept of trauma and the pervasive effects it had on our veterans. My subsequent work in a variety of settings showed me that trauma was rarely fully addressed in treatment. As an eating disorders specialist, I came to realize that full recovery from eating disorders requires working on past traumas.
For four years, I studied trauma and dissociation through ISSTD and began researching best practices for helping patients with their trauma. I greatly appreciate the mentorship of leading national experts in trauma. I am excited to work with my equally committed colleagues to provide support for deep trauma treatment.
Aaron Fink, MD, CGP, FAGPA
Aaron H. Fink, MC, CGP, FAGPA is a child, adolescent, adult and sports psychiatrist in private practice. He chairs the HGPS Community Outreach Committee. He is a Past President of HGPS (1997-1999, 2011-2013) and one of the Houston Psychiatric Society. He was Co-Chair of AGPA’s Child and Adolescent SIG and initiated the idea of HGPS having its own SIG’s.
He is Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry at Baylor College of Medicine and at McGovern Medical School. At Baylor, he coordinates the group therapy training program and co-leads the residency training group.
Elizabeth Haberer, LCSW
Robert Hilliker, LCSW-S, LCDC, Co-Founder and Chief Clinical Officer of Ethos Behavioral Health Group
Robert’s 17 years in the field of addiction and mental health encompass private practice, clinical supervision, the creation and management of clinical programming, and the co-founding of The Lovett Center in 2014 and Ethos Behavioral Health Group in 2019.
Throughout his educational and professional careers, Robert has gained valuable experience and impactful recognitions. He earned his Master’s degree from the University of Houston’s Graduate College of Social Work, which went on to honor him as a 50 for 50 Alumni in 2019 for embodying the college’s social justice vision. Robert’s education includes a fellowship at the Center for Psychoanalytic Studies and a Postgraduate Social Work Fellowship at The Menninger Clinic, while his resume includes long standing leadership positions at The Daring Way, The Council on Alcohol and Drugs Houston and The Menninger Clinic. At the latter, he earned a Menninger Clinic Pillar Award for Integrity for his work in the Professionals in Crisis Program, an honor meant to recognize those who best exemplify Menninger’s core values: excellence, teamwork, hope, integrity and caring. The Houston Business Journal named Robert a 40 Under 40 Class of 2018 Honoree.
Drew Krieger, DSW (candidate), MBA, LCSW, LCDC
Andrew Krieger is a private practice psychotherapist and mental health executive with extensive experience in technology, group therapy, clinical program design and development and addiction. Mr. Krieger’s private practice is in Bellaire, Texas and he is the CEO of Contemporary Medicine Associates and Co-Founder of PsychTrac, Inc. He has also held clinical positions at some of the leading treatment programs in Texas and has served in executive roles in top companies across multiple industries. Mr. Krieger received his Masters of Clinical Social Work and Masters of Business Administration from the University of Houston; he will receive his Doctorate degree in Social Work, with a mental health technology focus of study, at the University of Southern California in April of 2020.
Paul LePhuoc, PhD, CGP
Paul LePhuoc is a licensed psychologist and a CertiWed Group Psychotherapist in Houston, TX., where he maintains a full-time private practice and leads two longterm ongoing analytic therapy groups. He is also Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Baylor College of Medicine. He is a former board member of the Houston
Group Psychotherapy Society and the International Board for the CertiWcation of Group Psychotherapists. He has led training groups in St. Petersberg, Russia through the Center for Group Studies. He received his PhD in Counseling Psychology at the University of Texas at Austin.
Jennifer Markey, PhD, MEd, CGP
Jennifer is a Licensed Psychologist in private practice. She received her Masters in Education in Risk and Prevention from Harvard University School of Education. She went on to receive her doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology from Suffolk University. Jennifer brings a wealth of clinical and research training experiences to her practice, including 3 years of post-doctoral training on the Professionals in Crisis unit at the Menninger Clinic, APA-approved internship training through Baylor College of Medicine (Depelchin Children’s Center, Ben Taub Hospital, Baylor College of Medicine Outpatient Psychiatry Clinic), and additional research and training experiences at Massachusetts General Hospital (Boston, MA), Edith Nourse Veteran’s Administration Hospital (Bedford, MA), Tufts University Counseling Center (Medford, Massachusetts), McLean Hospital (Belmont, MA), Manville School at the Judge Baker Children’s Center (Boston, MA), and The Boston Children’s Hospital (Boston, MA). Jennifer completed 3 years of post-graduate training — Studies in Psychoanalytic Thinking — at the Center for Psychoanalytic Studies (Houston). She has advanced training and experience in the area of group psychotherapy: 1) previously serving as an Advisory Board Member (2016-2018) and currently serving on the Training and Education Committee for the Houston Group Psychotherapy Society, co-teaching the Principles in Group Psychotherapy Course to Houston-area clinicians, and 3) co-teaching the Didactic Group Psychotherapy Seminar for second year Psychiatry Residents at the Baylor College of Medicine.
Kula Moore, MA, ART-BC, LPC, CPRP
Kula Moore is a Board Certified Art Therapist, Licensed Professional Counselor, and Certified Psychiatric Rehabilitation Specialist. She earned a BA in Studio Art and Biology from Baylor University and obtained her Masters in Art Therapy Counseling from Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville. She has worked in community counseling, academic, outpatient and inpatient psychiatric settings. Kula is founder of Art Therapy Houston, PLLC, a private practice providing art therapy services to individuals, families, and organizations in the Houston area. She also practices art therapy at The Menninger Clinic, where she works primarily with the emerging adult population as a Senior Psychiatric Rehabilitation Specialist. She specializes in personality disorders and the young adult population. With extensive training in Mentalizing-Based Treatment, Moore co-developed a mentalizing-based art therapy group protocol and has presented this work at local, national and international conferences and workshops. She is also a recent author of Mentalizing in Group Art Therapy: Interventions for Emerging Adults. Moore has served on the board of the South Texas Art Therapy Association and contributed to the development of The Creative Arts Therapists in the Texas Medical Center, a group that brings together expressive therapists across modalities. She is also co-founder and illustrator at One Moore Book, publisher of multicultural and educational stories for children of countries with low literacy rates and underrepresented cultures. She joyfully lives, works, paints, and plays in the great city of Houston.
Richard Newman, LPC, LCSW, LMFT, LCDC, CGP, FAGPA
Richard Newman is a Licensed Professional Counselor Supervisor, a Social Worker, a Marriage and Family Therapist Supervisor, and a Chemical Dependency Counselor who has been treating clients for over forty years. He is a Certified Group Psychotherapist, a National Certified Counselor, a Certified Clinical Mental Health Counselor, and a Fellow of the American Group Psychotherapy Association (AGPA). He has experience with inpatient, agency, and outpatient practice from a clinical, a supervisory, and an administrative viewpoint. He specializes in working with children and adolescents, and, in doing so, he does considerable family and marital therapy work. He has led groups for children, adolescents, adults, and marital couples over his clinical career, and he has participated in teaching the AGPA Principles Course.
Jana Rosenbaum, LCSW, CGP, FAGPA
Jana Rosenbaum has been practicing psychotherapy since 1993 and is currently in private practice in Houston. Her advanced training includes psychodynamic psychotherapy, ACT, trauma-informed yoga, EMDR, Somatic Experiencing, Emotionally Focused Therapy, mindfulness, psychodrama, and group psychotherapy. She works in a relational style with a focus on the mind-body connection.
Audrey Ryman-Watson, LCSW, CGP
Audrey received her Master of Social Work Degree at The University of Houston, while receiving psychotherapy training at the Baylor Psychiatry Clinic. Upon graduation, Audrey also completed a two-year postgraduate Psychodynamic Psychotherapy fellowship at the Center for Psychoanalytic Studies in Houston. In addition to being a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Audrey is also a Certified Group Psychotherapist.
Prior to transitioning into private practice, Audrey worked at the Center for Recovering Families, a division of The Council on Recovery, serving as both a primary therapist and Coordinator of Treatment Services. Currently, Audrey is a clinical adjunct professor at the University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work. Audrey has also served as a board member of the Houston Group Psychotherapy Society and on The Center for Psychoanalytic Studies Alumni Group.
Audrey’s interests include working with individuals, couples, groups and families. Audrey primarily use a psychoanalytic/psychodynamic informed approach as well as dialectical, cognitive, attachment, and family systems models of treatment. Audrey has concentrated expertise in addressing the issues of co-occurring disorders, addiction, personality disorders, and interpersonal relationship struggles.
2020 HGPS Institute Committee
HGPS thanks the Institute Committee. The Institute would not be possible without the work of the Institute Committee members.
Guy Bender, LPC
Ann Marie Buckley, LCSW
Tom Carter, PhD, MTh, MA, LPC, CGP
Linda Chase, LCSW, CGP}
Jamie Cool, LCSW, CGP
Travis Courville, LCSW, CGP, FAGPA
Charisse Ferrer, LPC
Sarah Gallup, MS, LPC-I
Brandy Gibson, LMSW
Mara Gittess, LPC
Elyssa Fink Gottheim, LCSW, CGP
Cindy Hearne, PhD, CGP
Gregory Kaplan, MA student
Michele Lees, MA, BC-DMT, LPC
Ty David Lerman, MA, LCP-S
Kat Nazaroff, LCSW, LCDC, CDWF
Richard Newman, MEd, LPC-S, LMFT-S, LCSW, LCDC, CGP, FAGPA
Harvey Rosenstock, MD
Erika Sosa, LMSW, LCDC
Leticia White, LCSW
New Special Student Rates, Volunteer Opportunities, and Scholarships
This year, HGPS is pleased to offer current students a special rate of $25 per day. Students only need to choose the student option at registration. Every year, HGPS has volunteer opportunities in which participants can help with various tasks during the Institute and attend free of charge. To learn more about volunteer opportunities, contact Leticia White at email@example.com.
HGPS is dedicated to providing education about group psychotherapy. As part of this mission, a variety of scholarships are being offered for those who are interested in attending the 2020 Institute but are concerned about the financial burden that it may impose. Applicants will be considered for all available scholarships, so please do not hesitate to apply. Please contact Richard Newman at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in applying for a scholarship. The application deadline is April 23, 2020.
Agencies are welcome at the Institute and receive a standard 25% discount when three or more people from an agency register. For more information, contact Dorothy Weathers at email@example.com.
If you need help registering, contact Dorothy Weathers at firstname.lastname@example.org or 713-668-2680.
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