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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, $165 night plus tax, by following this link to Marriott Group Rate. You can also visit our website  at and follow the link there, or by emailing and ask for the booking link. Book your room as soon as possible, please keep in mind that the discount is only available "while rooms last." Keep in mind that is the Cherry Blossom weekend in DC, so the rooms will go fast.

  • Registration Deadline is Friday, March 22, 2019. 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, March 22, 2019; no refunds after that date.


Conference & Institute Site - Saint Elizabeths Hospital

1100 Alabama Avenue, SE, Washington, DC 20032

METRO: Congress Heights


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  • 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, March 31, 2019
  • 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

  • Barbara Cristy, LICSW, BCD
  • Jeffrey Frank , LCSW*
  • Lisa Haileab, Ph.D & Victoria Lee, PhD, CGP
  • Sonia Kahn, Psy.D
  • Liz Marsh, MSW, LICSW & Lisa Smith, LPC, NCC
  • Bridgett Neamo, PsyD & Christopher Ray, Ph.D
  • Joseph Schmidt, Psy.D
  • Daniel Turetsky, Psy.D
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

  • Barbara Cristy, LICSW, BCD: Barbara is a licensed clinical social worker in private practice in Washington, DC. She received her MSW from The Catholic University of America in 1982. Subsequently she received certificates from the Washington School of Psychiatry for completing the Advanced Psychotherapy Training Program as well as the Intensive Short Term Dynamic Psychotherapy (ISTDP) program. Barbara has published various articles on psychotherapy with children, families, physical disability, and ethics. At present her practice is with couples and individuals. My passion has always been learning about others and their cultures through psychotherapy and worldwide travel. Along with this are my activities in the struggle for civil rights, and against the wars in Viet Nam and Iraq. While I intend to retire in DC, I often dream of retiring in either Hanoi or somewhere in Scotland. Since it is only a dream, I don’t have to come to grips with the completely different ambiance in these two locations.
  • Jeffrey Frank, LCSW: Formerly in private practice in Washington, DC until 2016, he now practices in Sarasota, FL. Current group experience includes facilitating a loss and grief group for LGBT seniors at the Sarasota Friendship Center. He has lead and co-lead therapy groups in his practice and as part of substance abuse treatment in DC for the Kolmac Clinic and The Next Step. He is certified in Intensive Short-Term Dynamic Psychotherapy (IS-TDP) and is a member of the International Experiential Dynamic Therapy Association. He served as faculty for the IS-TDP Program at the Washington School of Psychiatry, where he completed the Clinical Psychotherapy Practice Program (2006) and Supervision Program (2012). Other teaching experience: Adjunct Faculty, The George Washington School of Medicine and Health Sciences, Guest Faculty, Marymount University, and Argosy University, Tampa FL. In 2017, he presented at the National Association of Social Workers conference in Orlando, FL, “Connecting to the Unconscious: Utilizing Psychodynamic Interventions in Substance Abuse Treatment”. More information at: ""
  • Lisa Haileab, Ph.D.: Lisa is a Sports Psychotherapist at Howard University. Lisa provides individualized services and group interventions to help students achieve academically and thrive within every aspect of their lives. Lisa believes that the exploration and acceptance of self through talk therapy can help individuals "win on the inside." She is a culturally competent clinician that utilizes insight oriented, relational and evidence-based interventions rooted in psychoanalysis. Her dissertation evaluated the relationship between internalized colorism, self-esteem and experiences of violence in relationships. Lisa was a fellow with the Washington Center of Psychoanalysis and serves on the boards of the Journal of Negro Education and the Mid-Atlantic Psychotherapy Group Society. She is completing the group psychotherapy training at the National Group Psychotherapy Institute (NGPI) at the Washington School of Psychiatry.
  • Sonia Kahn, Psy.D.: Sonia is a licensed clinical psychologist working at Dodini Behavioral Health, a group private practice in Arlington, VA. At her practice, Sonia treats individuals and couples using a relational, psychodynamic approach (heavily influenced by self-psychology). She also co-leads two process groups, and hopes to start another couple of groups this calendar year. Sonia has always been fascinated by the ways that humans try and make sense of the world, be it through artistic expression (writing, film, theater, music, art… improv!), research, debate, or psychotherapy. As an undergraduate, her studies in psychology and English allowed her to explore the interconnections between literature and psychological constructs like emotion, thought, attachment, and connection. Since graduating from George Washington University with her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology, Sonia has sought to give voice to these passions through therapeutic practice, supervision, and writing (academic papers and creative fiction/short story). In 2017, Sonia completed the Intensive Training Program in Couples Therapy at The Institute of Contemporary Psychotherapy & Psychoanalysis (ICP&P). She also holds several board positions, including Member-at-Large for Section VIII: Couple and Family Therapy and Psychoanalysis (a sub-section of APA Division 39: Society for Psychoanalysis and Psychoanalytic Psychology), and Newsletter Editor (soon, Membership Co-Chair) of the Mid-Atlantic Group Psychotherapy Society (MAGPS). At the conference, she looks forward to exploring how improv can be integrated into group process, and learning how we can flex ourselves with these techniques to enhance vulnerability and connection. More here at:
  • Victoria Lee, PhD, CGP: Victoria is a licensed clinical psychologist in Washington DC and Maryland. Victoria is a senior 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. She also co-leads a process group for doctoral students enrolled in group therapy courses at Howard University. Victoria has a passion for training professionals to be more culturally competent and has co-led a process group on cultural diversity at the American Academy of Psychotherapists and provided cultural diversity training for the clinical staff at the Lourie Center for Children’s Social and Emotional Wellness in Maryland. Victoria received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology at Howard University. Regarding her group therapy training, 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 guest faculty. Victoria also has professional affiliations at the Mid-Atlantic Group Psychotherapy Association where she currently serves as board member of the organization. More at:
  • Liz Marsh, MSW, LICSW: Liz is a Clinical Social Worker and Art Therapist in private practice in Washington, DC. Liz has spent over 10 years combining her love of relational therapy and the expressive arts to help her clients get to know themselves and find deeper connections in their relationships with others. For the extent of her career, Liz has been using Group Psychotherapy as a primary tool in her tool box. Liz looks forward to partnering with Lisa Smith, another artist/ therapist at this Improv conference to practice "coloring" (working) outside of the lines. More here at:
  • Bridgett Neamo, PsyD: Bridgett is the Director of Testing and a Psychotherapist at Howard University Counseling Services and a Major in the United States Army Reserves. She provides individual and group psychotherapy, in addition to coordinating and facilitating outreach activities to the Howard University student, staff/faculty and community. Dr. Neamo is a board member of the Interpersonal Violence Prevention Program where she is dedicated to the prevention and awareness of dating violence, domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking prevention and intervention. She is also a committee member of the Ward 1 Drug Free Coalition that is committed to substance abuse education, prevention and training to the targeted audience of Howard University community and Ward I. Dr. Neamo’s focus and areas of interest is on trauma, sexual molestation and assault, sex trafficking, depression and suicide, substance abuse, chronic illnesses, stress management and relaxation, nutrition and health and wellness. Dr. Neamo is passionate about not only dedicating her time and energy to community service, but also most importantly, educating the community about mental health and arming them with the tools and resources. She has a plethora of experience working with children, adolescents and adults to include also working with juveniles and adults in the criminal justice system.
  • G.Christopher Ray, Ph.D.: Dr. Ray joined Capital City Charter School in August 2017. He holds a Ph.D in Counseling in Psychology from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, a Master of Arts in Counseling from Michigan State University and a Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood Education from Morehouse College. Dr. Ray brings to Capital City a vast experience working not only in school settings in the country but also internationally. Prior to joining Capital City, Dr.Ray was an Assistant English Teacher in Middle Schools in Sanyo-Town, Okayama, Japan as part of the Japan Exchange Teaching Program (JET Program) and a staff psychologist at Howard University Counseling Services. Dr. Ray also worked at St. Martin's Episcopal School in Atlanta, GA as a Pre-Kindergarten Lead Teacher and was an intern school Counselor at Dwight Rich Middle School in Lansing, Michigan. Dr. Ray considers himself a sports nut! He is a soccer (football) fanatic! He loves our home team DC United, FC Barcelona and West Ham United. He also cheers for the Green Bay Packers (Go! Pack! Go!), Washington Nationals, Wisconsin Badgers and Michigan State Spartans. The Harry Potter Series are his FAVORITE books of all time and he loves to travel and get lost on the side of Mt. Fuji in Japan. See more at:
  • Joseph Schmidt, Psy.D.: Joseph is a licensed clinical psychologist in the Commonwealth of Virginia and works at Dodini Behavioral Health, a practice that serves adult individuals and utilizes co-therapy to work with couples and groups. He took the scenic route into psychology, having started his career working in public libraries, later studying theology, and then public health policy before beginning training in psychology at The George Washington University. Saying “Yes” to a number of other paths eventually led him to do what he loves – namely working with people who need a space to stop and reflect, to be heard and to consider how they want to move forward with their lives. More here at:
  • Lisa Smith, LPC, NCC: Lisa is a psychotherapist and couples counselor in private practice in Washington, DC. She specializes in helping clients strengthen their relationships and heal from trauma, integrating a range of psychodynamic, mind-body, and expressive arts (visual art, writing, improv) approaches. Her training includes an MS in Counseling from Johns Hopkins University and an MS and PhD training in Sociolinguistics from Georgetown University. She is a former Board Member of MAGPS. Lisa is excited to play with improv in the small group she'll be co-leading at this conference with Liz Marsh, with whom she also co-leads Art Spa Creative Self-Care for Therapists groups. More here at:
  • Daniel Turetsky, PsyD: Daniel graduated from the Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology in 1992. Group therapy has been a focus and joy of his practice for the past 30 years and he has presented at national and local conferences on his group work with adults and children. He is in practice in Georgetown, DC and Bethesda, MD, where he is continually humbled by the intimacy and soulfulness of the therapeutic connection. Currently, he is leading or co-leading groups for children, high schoolers, men, co-ed young adults and co-ed older adults. More here at:
  • 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 11.25 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.
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  • 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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