Group Psychotherapy Conference FAQ

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  • MAGPS Conferences offer a unique learning experience through large group meetings and dialogue, didactic information-sharing and demonstration, and small process group experiences.
  • Our goal is to provide a learning environment in which conference members can integrate a deeper understanding of the topical content and consider introducing new material into their work.
  • This conference is intended for psychiatrists, psychologists, counselors, psychiatric nurses, and social workers.
  • MAGPS encourages attendance by students, interns, residents, and new professionals by offering reduced rates for first-time attendees.


  • Conference Hotel - Courtyard Washington: Capitol Hill / Navy Yard
  • 140 L Street SE, Washington, DC 20003
  • Reservations: 202-497-0027
  • (dial extension 1 – from there you will ask for the Neighborhood rate- code A3P)

  • Receive the special rate of, $206 per night plus tax, by following this link to Marriott Group Rate. Book your room as soon as possible! Please keep in mind that the discount is only "while rooms last," and "the rate is subject to change."
  • NOTE: This conference has been canceled. Please click here for more information.
  • Online registration is available by clicking on the "2020 Spring Conference: Register Now!" button.
  • Registration Deadline is Friday, April 10, 2020. No walk-in registrations will be accepted.
    • MAGPS Member $255
    • Non-member $355
    • 1st Time Attendee $215
    • New Professional $135
    • Student/Retiree $85
    • CEU Processing Fee $25
  • Cancellation Policy: Full refund less $25 if made by Friday, April 10, 2020; no refunds after that date.


Conference & Institute Site - Saint Elizabeths Hospital

1100 Alabama Avenue, SE, Washington, DC 20032

METRO: Congress Heights


white-squareSaturday, April 18, 2020
  • 7:45 AM - 8:45 AM      Registration and Breakfast
  • 8:45 AM - 9:00 AM      Welcome
  • 9:00 AM - 10:45 AM     Plenary Session # 1
  • 10:45 AM - 11:00 AM    Break
  • 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM     Small Group # 1
  • 12:30 PM – 1:30 PM        Lunch
  • 1:30 PM – 1:45 PM          Break
  • 1:45 PM – 2:15 PM          Community Meeting
  • 2:15 PM – 2:30 PM         Break
  • 2:30 PM – 4:15 PM         Plenary Session # 2
  • 4:15 PM – 4:30 PM          Break
  • 4:30 PM – 6:00 PM         Small Group # 2
  • 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM         New Attendees and Mentors Reception
Sunday, April 19, 2020
  • 7:45AM – 8:45AM           Breakfast
  • 8:45 AM – 10:15 AM         Plenary Session # 3
  • 10:15 AM – 10:30 AM       Break
  • 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM       Small Group #3
  • 12:00 PM – 12:30 PM        Small Group Debriefing, Evaluation and CEU
  • 12:30 PM -12:45 PM         Break
  • 12:45 PM – 1:15 PM           Wrap Up and Ending

Small Group Leaders

  • Wanda Collins, PhD* & Alison Howard, PsyD, MEd, CGP
  • Karen Eberwein, PsyD, CGP & Ron Kimball, PhD, CGP
  • Marc Hafkin, PhD, LCSW-C, LPC & Nancy Hafkin, PhD, CGP
  • Bradley Lake, LICSW & TBD
  • Mijin Kim, PhD & Katie Lindner, PsyD
  • Christopher Straley, LICSW, CGP, CST & Rob Williams, LICSW, MBA, CGP
MAGPS traditionally invites a guest small group leader from another affiliate society in an effort to promote stronger connections with our colleagues across the country.

Brief Biographical Information

  • Wanda Collins, PhD: Dr. Collins, a licensed psychologist, serves as the Assistant Vice President for Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) at Emory University in Atlanta, GA.  She previously served as the counseling center director at Duke University in NC and American University in DC; on the faculty at the Washington School of Psychiatry in the Supervision Training Program; and on the boards of the Association for University and College Counseling Center Directors (AUCCCD) and the International Association of Counseling Services (IACS).  In addition to her passion for higher education, Wanda is interested in leadership, clinical work, supervision, training, and group therapy. She is also committed to issues of diversity and inclusion. She holds an MA in general psychology from American University and an MS/PhD in counseling psychology from Virginia Commonwealth University.
  • Karen Eberwein, Psy.D., CGP is a licensed psychologist and certified group psychotherapist who has been practicing in Washington DC since 2005.  In addition to working as a psychotherapist, Karen is an adjunct faculty member for the Doctor of Psychology Program at The George Washington University where she supervises and coleads a group with a doctoral students at the Center Clinic.  She is also a faculty member for the Washington School of Psychiatry's National Group Psychotherapy Institute, and has been a member of MAGPS for 14 years (including having served on the Board since 2010).    Lastly, in addition to working as a psychotherapist, Karen utilizes her psychology degree and advanced training in group and organizational dynamics to consult to human resource and security components of organizations on how to manage threats to employees or other internal corporate assets.
  • Marc Hafkin, LCSW-C, MFT, PhD: Marc practices in Bethesda, Maryland seeing individuals, couples, and groups since 1975. His background includes bioenergetics, gestalt, traditional approaches, Jungian psychoanalysis and experiential methods. For the past twelve years, he has focused on learning about Psychodrama and the power of working issues in the “here and now.” Marc enjoys the co-leading of groups and seeing couples with his wife, Nancy.
  • Nancy Hafkin, PhD, CGP: Nancy is a psychologist in Bethesda, Maryland where she sees individuals, couples, and groups and offers supervision. Group therapy has been a focus and a delight for the past thirty years. She is currently a new trainee (only four years) in Psychodrama and is learning to use action methods in her work. She is happy to be seeing couples and co-leading groups with her husband, Marc. More here at:
  • Alison Howard, PsyD, MEd, CGP is a clinical psychologist and certified group psychotherapist in private practice in Washington, DC. She received her doctorate from the George Washington University in 2001 and her Master’s in Education with a concentration in counseling from Suffolk University in Boston in 1995. She has advanced training in psychoeducational assessment and diagnosis, couples psychotherapy and group psychotherapy. Her clinical work began in 1994 during her masters program in a women’s counseling center in Boston, and spans schools, community mental health agencies, college counseling centers, and hospitals. She sees adolescents and adults and runs groups out of her practice. Her interests include teaching psychodynamic theory and supervision, career and executive consultation, and she has recently begun work building a coalition to address racism in the mental health community. Alison has been on the MAGPS Board of Directors since 2017.
  • Mijin Kim, Ph.D.: Dr. Kim completed her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in S. Korea. She studied counseling psychology in a master’s program and worked in several university counseling centers as a therapist before coming to the United States. In the Counseling Psychology Ph.D. program at University of Houston, she did her practicum at university counseling centers and a Veterans Affairs hospital. Dr. Kim completed her internship at the Counseling and Mental Health Center at the University of Texas at Austin. After graduation, she began working as a Senior Staff Clinician at the University Counseling Services at Virginia Commonwealth University. Her clinical and research interests are on therapeutic factors based on attachment theory and psychological adjustment among immigrants. Regarding her group experiences, she has facilitated multiple group psychotherapies in a variety of formats, including interpersonal process groups, cognitive processing therapy groups, support groups for underserved populations (women of color, international students), and process groups for students with difficult family dynamics.
  • Bradley Lake, LICSW has been in private practice for 29 years, working with individuals, couples, and groups, as well as providing supervision for clinicians both locally and nationally.  He has offices in Washington, DC and in Annapolis, MD.  He recently launched The Implicit Bias Initiative – providing companies, organizations, universities and local governments with hands-on training programs via both group and individual work.  Bradley lives in Annapolis with his husband, two children and three dogs.
  • Katie Lindner, Psy.D.: Katie is a staff psychologist at Virginia Commonwealth University's Counseling Center. Her clinical interests include identity development, multicultural issues, LGBTQIA+ issues, and existential concerns, specifically with college student populations. She has been facilitating process groups in college counseling centers for 5 years. When not working, Katie likes to spend time outdoors with her partner and her two furbabies.
  • Christopher Straley, LICSW, CGP, CST: Christopher Straley, MSW, is in private practice in Washington, DC. with over 19 years of experience. He is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in DC and MD. He is also a Certified Sex Therapist by the American Association for Sexuality Educators, Counselors, and Sex Therapists, and a Certified Group Therapist by the American Group Psychotherapy Association. He works primarily with men and the LGBTQIA+ community, specializing in same sex relationship counseling, substance use/misuse, groups, and men’s sexual health. Christopher currently co-leads two groups, a Sexual Health in Recovery group for bi/gay men and a mixed gender process group. He is currently forming a gay men's process group. He can be found at or on Psychology Today.
  • Rob Williams, LICSW, MBA, CGP, is a Clinical Social Worker, Clinical Instructor of Psychiatry at George Washington University and the founder of Aida Therapy. Rob has been supervising, leading, co-leading, and participating in process and therapy groups for over 20 years. He is a graduate of the National Group Psychotherapy Institute at the Washington School of Psychiatry and is a Certified Group Psychotherapist (CGP). He has presented workshops on group topics across the country and internationally. Rob is also a member of the Red Well Theater Group, a troupe of psychotherapists who present dramatic readings of stage plays to illuminate the complexities of relationships and the universal need for mutual recognition. In his real life, he practices Zazen sitting meditation and is an abstract visual artist.
  • MAGPS supports the professional development of students, interns, post-docs, residents, and clinicians early in their careers by offering scholarships to cover registration and banquet costs.
  • Students, First-time attendees and new professionals may also register for conferences at reduced rates.
  • Scholarships are awarded to applicants on a lottery basis.
  • To apply for a scholarship, please email
  • 11.25 CE/CMEs for Professional Counselors, Clinical Social Workers, Marriage and Family Therapists, Psychologists and Medical Professionals.
  • Participants must attend, sign in/out each morning and afternoon, and complete an evaluation to receive certificates.
  • The Washington School of Psychiatry is approved by the American Psychological Association to provide continuing education for psychologists.
  • The Washington School maintains responsibility for this program and its contents. The School is approved by the Social Work Board of the State of Maryland as a provider of continuing education for social workers in DC, MD, VA, and WV.
  • The School is approved by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences as provider #5691 of continuing education to social workers and counselors in California. The School is a National Board for Certified Counselors-Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP #6388, and may offer NBCC-approved clock hours for events that meet NBCC requirements. The School solely is responsible for all aspects of the program.
  • The School is accredited by MedChi, The Maryland State Medical Society, to provide continuing medical education for physicians. The School designates this conference for a maximum of 12.25 AMA PRA Category I Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
  • Disclosure of Commercial Support and the Unlabeled Use of a Commercial Product: No member of the planning committee and no member of the faculty for this event have a financial interest or other relationship with any commercial product(s) discussed in the program. The Washington School of Psychiatry is an independent non-profit organization. It is not affiliated with the government of the District of Columbia or the government of the United States.
  • Please Note: Licensing Boards change regulations often and while we attempt to stay abreast of their most recent changes, if you have questions or concerns about this course meeting your specific board’s approval, we recommend you contact your board directly to obtain a ruling.
white-square Suggested Pre-Conference Readings:
  • Dearing, R. & Tangney, J. (Ed.) (2011). Shame in the Therapy Hour. DC: American Psychological Association.
  • Fonagy, P., Campbell, C., & Batement, A. Mentalizing, Attachment, and Epistemic Trust in Group Therapy. International Journal of Group Psychotherapy 67(2), 176 - 201.
  • Muehl, K. (2009). Experiences of Post-Processing in Group Psychotherapy. (Doctoral Dissertation). Access from
  • Smith, M. (2008). Working with Shame in Therapeutic Groups. Group Analysis 41(3) 252 - 264
  • Click here to download a ZIP file of the conference readings.
white-square For more information please contact David Heilman and Cristina Secarea, Conference Co-Chairs, at
  • DISABILITY ACCESS: For ADA accommodations for lodgings or conference access, please advise at least 10 days prior to the event either with your online registration or by email to We cannot ensure accommodations without adequate notice.
  • MAGPS is an affiliate of the American Group Psychotherapy Association serving psychotherapists from DC, MD, VA, WV, and PR. Its mission is to provide and support group psychotherapy training and education.
  • Disclosure of Commercial Support and the Unlabeled use of a commercial product. No member of the planning committee and no member of the faculty for this event have a financial interest or other relationship with any commercial product(s) discussed in this educational presentation.


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