Damian Duplechain recently presented his workshop “How to Have the Marriage of Your Dreams!” at a local Hilton. Also, he was recently invited to present to Daya Houston, and more than 200 people from the South Asian community attended the event. In October, Damien taught Imago Relationship Therapy to the clinical staff of Krist Samaritan Center in the Bay Area. In November, he presented the IMAGO Couples Workshop in both Houston and Galveston Island, something he reports he has enjoyed doing over 100 times in the past decade.
Jana Rosenbaum just returned from her daughter’s wedding in McCarthy, Alaska. Jenny Rosenbaum and Paul Hanis were married in a beautiful and joy-filled ceremony at the toe of Kennicott Glacier. McCarthy is a pristine wilderness area in the heart of the Wrangell Mountains where Jenny and Paul live, literally, in their cabin in the woods.
Aaron H. Fink, MD, CGP, FAGPA spoke to the Houston Eating Disorders Society (HEDS) on Medications for Eating Disorders: Pharmacology and Psychology at their October 4, 2011 meeting.
Rachel Eddins, M.Ed., LPC-S, CGP and Jana Rosenbaum, LCSW, CGP will be presenting “Intuitive Eating: Using Group Therapy to Make Peace with Food” at AGPA in March 2012.
HGPS Member Sharon Hanan shares news that the unusually high heat and the drought this past summer presented challenges for her and her husband. She reports they have spent the last eleven years enabling the renewal of the natural habitat of the Post Oak prairie on their rural property in Bastrop County, allowing the native grasses, flowers and trees to return, and, consequently, providing cover and food sources for deer, small mammals and birds. Enabling is in this case a positive process!
Sharon shares that when Texas was in flames she and her husband kept close watch, from Houston, on the movement of the fires. She stated they feel very blessed that the fire was stopped when it was only three miles from their land. Sharon explained that fire is one of nature’s enablers for the natural habitat. She said, however, that, as human beings, we are threatened by losing shelter and environmental beauty that we call “improvements.” Sadly, Sharon reported that some of therapist friends did indeed lose everything in the flames. She concluded with the thought that it seems that we still have lots to learn about working in harmony with nature.
Mona Fogt, LCSW, (front row, far left) was honored for fifty years of membership at the 35th Annual State Conference of NASW in Dallas. Mona retired in June from private practice in the Spring Branch area. She describes her career in social work, where she focused primarily in the mental health arena, as a rich experience, beginning with child and adolescent practice in three states, before moving to Houston to work at Spring Shadows Glen, adding depth to her skills. Her continuing education after completing her master’s degree included exploring many aspects of mental health including fabulous institutes from Southwest Group Psychotherapy Society and Houston Group Psychotherapy (since 1983).
Members Matter: Invitation to HGPS Members to Contribute
Please allow us to hear about the doings of the members of HGPS. Our endeavors may not be on the front pages of the New York Times, but the effect on the individuals we help may have lasting effects that outlive the aftermaths of the more sensational headline stories.
So let us hear from our very special membership. You, the members, make this organization what it is. It does our hearts and minds a favor to hear about such interesting people. Sharing a part of your life in the HGPS Newsletter is such a quick and easy way to connect or reconnect with your colleagues and to build community.