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What's Process Got to Do with It?: An Exploration of Leadership in Therapy and Training Groups

When: Saturday and Sunday, March 20-21, 2021

Where: Virtual


Karen Eberwein, PsyD, CGP; Victoria Lee, PhD, CGP; Farooq Moyhuddin, MD, CGP, FAPA, FAGPA; & Lorraine Wodiska, PhD, CGP, ABPP, FAGPA

  • 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.
  • Online registration coming soon.
  • 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
  • For assistance or to register by phone, contact our conference registrar: Jackie Darby by email at
  • Cancellation Policy: Full refund less $25 if made by two weeks prior to the conference; no refunds after that date.
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Small Group Leaders

  Jessica Chan, LICSW, CGP, MBA is a psychotherapist in private practice in Washington, DC, where she works with individual adults and facilitates ongoing process groups.  She is on the faculty of the Fundamental Concepts and Techniques of Psychodynamic Psychotherapy Program at the Washington School of Psychiatry, and also serves on the steering committee of the school's Center for the Study of Race, Ethnicity and Culture (CSREC).  Prior to private practice, she worked as a psychotherapist at a local social services agency.  She received her MSW from Catholic University, and her MBA from the University of Virginia. David Flohr PhD, CGP's background includes early work as a school psychologist, intensive child & family work at community mental health centers, hospitals and treatment centers and independent practice since 1992. Over the years my clinical group work has included; co-leadership of 8 Child & Adolescent groups each week for 28 years (with my co-therapist David Beigel), co-leadership of 2 long term weekly Mixed Adult Psychotherapy groups (with my co-therapist Katherine Williams) for 28 years, multiple ongoing weekly consultation and supervision groups since 2002, as well as, training groups at numerous national and international conferences and venues over the years.  Influential in his work has been my membership in a Clinical Family Therapy Reflecting Team which operates within a Narrative conceptual paradigm, works with the "Family Group' and has successfully functioned as a coherent team for over 25 years seeing families and couples for low fee.  The interplay between the Narrative models with models that are more systemic, interpersonal and psychodynamic has shaped my current clinical thinking, style and approach. I am honored to be able to contribute as a Small Group Leader in this year's MAGPS Fall Conference, Let's Face Fact(or's): Navigating Race in Groups Through Re-examining Therapeutic Factors, led by Aziza Belcher-Pratt, Ph.D.  Myrna Frank, PhD, CGP is a licensed psychologist and a certified group psychotherapist in private practice with offices in Bethesda and Silver Spring. Myrna was fortunate to have been encouraged by her then grad school professor, Anne Alonso, to join AGPA who successfully persuaded her to present at the annual conference. She has also benefitted from Stewart Aledort’s training groups. Her Longing for Home workshops and 2 day institutes at AGPA remain a focus and a work in progress, not surprising given her personal journey growing up in South Africa, and spending her early adulthood in Israel before moving to NJ in the 80s with her young family. These rich and sometimes challenging life experiences have informed her work and engendered a deep awareness to race and culture. Myrna does both individual and group psychotherapy, has a long term therapy group in her practice and is currently excited about a second interpersonal psychotherapy group that has just begun, and that will remain online and hence accessible for people in NJ and in geographically distanced areas in Maryland. Nadia Greenspan, LCPC, NCC, CGP, the guest small group leader, is a certified group psychotherapist in private practice in Evanston, Illinois.  She’s been involved in group relations work for the past ten years, where she’s been continuously examining her own relationship with authority, boundaries, race and privilege.  She is an improviser, an acting instructor and a psychological dramaturg.  Her private practice is largely focused on people in creative and performing arts. Sean LeSane, LICSW, the BIPOC small group leader, is a clinical social worker in private practice in Washington DC. Since 2004 he has provided individual, couples, and group psychotherapy as well as supervision to newer therapists. In the office he strives to help clients explore the full range of their emotional experience in their relationships. Victoria Lee, Ph.D., CGP is a licensed clinical psychologist in Washington DC and Maryland. Victoria is a staff psychologist at the Howard University Counseling Services where she provides individual and group therapy to the student population and provides supervision to externs and interns receiving training in the APA-accredited training program. Victoria has a passion for training professionals to be more culturally competent and has co-led process groups on cultural diversity. She has also co-lead process groups for doctoral students enrolled in group therapy courses at Howard University. Victoria completed the group psychotherapy training at the National Group Psychotherapy Institute (NGPI) at the Washington School of Psychiatry followed by the Fellowship in Leadership at NGPI. She currently co-leads a process group for NGPI as a faculty member. Reginald Nettles, PhD, CGP is a licensed psychologist and Certified Group Psychotherapist (CGP) in independent practice in Columbia, Maryland, providing individual, couples, and group psychotherapy and consulting services. He, is an alumnus of the Group Psychotherapy Training Program and the Advanced Psychotherapy Training Program at the Washington School of Psychiatry (WSP). He has served as Director, Counseling Center, University of Maryland Baltimore County, Clinical Director of a NIDA funded research demonstration project in residential substance abuse treatment, and on the staffs of Howard University and American University Counseling Centers. Dr. Nettles is a faculty member of the National Group Psychotherapy Institute and founding Chair/Co-chair of the Center for the Study of Race, Ethnicity and Culture, both at WSP. He has interests in the roles of culture and identity in practice, and has presented and published on multiple minority identities, the intersections of race, sexual orientation, and physical disabilities, and multicultural and diversity competency in groups. Joseph Schmidt, M.Div., Psy.D., is a clinical psychologist in private practice at Dodini Behavioral Health in Arlington, Virginia, where he provides psychotherapy to individuals, couples and groups. He has over twenty years experience with the Tavistock tradition of studying groups and social systems. He is passionate about understanding how and why individuals "find" or "lose" their voice in group settings, as well as identifying the ways that identity intersects with self-authorization. Additional Group Leaders, if needed Lenore Pomerance, MSW, CGP, is a clinical social worker in private practice in Washington DC working with individuals, couples and groups. She has served on the Steering Committee of the Center for the Study of Aging of the Washington School of Psychiatry, and has specialized in issues of aging, sexuality, dying and death. In addition she has had a lifelong interest in and passion for the Chinese language and culture. At the age of seventy, she responded to her inner Peace Corps Volunteer of the 1960’s, by traveling to China to renew her language skills and start a practice of Taichi and qigong. Lorraine Wodiska, PhD, CGP, ABPP, FAGPA is an independent private practice in Arlington, VA and has been working with individuals, couples and groups for over thirty years.  At this time, she conducts three psychotherapy groups.  She has taught Basic and Advanced Group at Johns Hopkins for nearly ten years.  Lorraine presents at national meetings almost annually on various topics, including: “Teaching Group”, “Transgenerational Transmission of Trauma”, and “Breaking Group Contracts”.  Lorraine is on the Board and a Fellow of the American Board of Professional Psychology in Group Psychology (ABGP) and is the Immediate Past President for the Mid-Atlantic Group Psychotherapy Society (MAGPS).  She is a Fellow in the American Group Psychotherapy Association (AGPA), has served as the Co-Chair of the Open Sessions Committee for many years and is now on the Board of Directors.  Over the years, she has led process groups at MAGPS, at AGPA workshops, at Johns Hopkins, at a women’s homeless shelter, and with Carl Rogers and staff.  Group size has ranged from 6 to 400 participants.  Given the current climate of attending to justice and equality in our country, Lorraine is honored to be a part of MAGPS’ efforts in this conference as well as on the Board to further anti-racism in our organization and will be learning along with the other conference attendees.
  • MAGPS supports the professional development of students, interns, residents, and clinicians early in their careers by offering various scholarships to cover registration and banquet costs. First-time attendees and new professionals may register at reduced rates. For more information and to apply for a scholarship, please email Lorraine Wodiska at
  • # CE/CME Hours: 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 CounselorsApproved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP #6388, and may offer NBCCapproved 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 8 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, we recommend you contact your board directly to obtain a ruling, if you have questions or concerns about this course meeting your specific board’s approval.
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  • MAGPS is an affiliate of the American Group Psychotherapy Association (AGPA) 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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