2012 Fall Conference Returns to Solomons, Maryland

MAGPS will hold its Fall Conference in Solomons on Friday evening, October 19 through Sunday morning, October 21. We are fortunate to welcome Molyn Leszcz, MD as our guest presenter.

Dr. Leszcz is the Psychiatrist-in-Chief at Mount Sinai Hospital, and Professor and Vice-Chair, Clinical, Department of Psychiatry, University of Toronto. He will be presenting on “The Effective Group Therapist.” Dr. Leszcz has spent an illustrious career studying group therapy in all its variations, and is prepared to share with us his understanding of the factors impacting effectiveness in the group therapist. He will be discussing such topics as the therapeutic alliance, negative outcomes, the maladaptive transaction cycle, and working effectively in the here and now. Dr. Leszcz’s proficiency as an instructor as been acknowledged by multiple awards for excellence in teaching. In 2005, he co-authored, with Irvin Yalom, the 5th edition of the Theory and Practice of Group Psychotherapy, and in 2009, was awarded the Alonso Award for Outstanding Contributions to Psychodynamic Group Psychotherapy.

Assisting Dr. Leszcz this weekend are a talented cadre of Small Group Leaders: Gloria Myers Beller, Trish Cleary, Karen Eberwein, Bradley Lake, Venus Masselam, Bob Schulte, Jonathan Stillerman, Ted Siedlecki, and Katherine Thorn. As is custom in MAGPS, a visiting Small Group Leader, Josephine Tervalon, will join us from Texas. There will be small process groups on three occasions during the weekend.

The venue at the Holiday Inn Conference Center and Marina is conducive to learning and to recreation, as it exists in a relaxed setting overlooking beautiful Back Creek. The hotel is located off Route 4 just before the Thomas Johnson Bridge. Newly refurbished rooms will be $119 for a single and $124 for double occupancy. A fitness center and two restaurants are on premises. The little town of Solomons is a pleasant walk from the hotel. Nearby activities include golfing, boating, fishing, and historical sites of Southern Maryland, such as St. Mary’s City, Calvert Cliffs State Park, and the Calvert Marine Museum.

We hope that the MAGPS Fall Conference is in your October plans. We look forward to an opportunity to learn and play in beautiful Southern Maryland.

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