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Indecent Exposure?: The Pitfalls and Potential of Group Therapist Self-Disclosure

Hyatt Regency: Cambridge, Maryland

Friday, Saturday and Sunday

November 1-3, 2019

Presenter:   Jonathan C. Stillerman, PhD, CGP

  • 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.
  • Hotel Accommodations
  • Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay Resort, 100 Heron Blvd, Cambridge, MD 21613
  • For special rate, $149 to $209/night plus tax: single to quadruple occupancy. Reserve by October 1st, 2019 by visiting or calling the Hyatt at 1-888-421-1442. Also, mention the MAGPS block rate. 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.
  • Online registration is available by clicking here or on the "Register Now!" button.
  • Registration Deadline is Friday, October 25, 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
  • For assistance or to register by phone, contact our conference registrar: Alison Howard at 202-368-3501, or email
  • Cancellation Policy: Full refund less $25 if made by 10/25/2019; no refunds after that date.
white-square Friday, November 1, 2019
  • 5:30pm - 6:30pm Registration
  • 6:30pm - 6:45pm Welcome
  • 6:45pm - 8:30pm Opening Plenary
  • 8:30pm - 10:00pm Reception
Saturday, November 2, 2019
  • 8:30am - 10:15am Plenary
  • 10:15am - 10:30am Break
  • 10:30am - 12:00pm Small Group #1
  • 12:15pm - 2:00pm Lunch
  • 2:00pm - 3:15pm Break
  • 3:30pm - 5:00pm Plenary
  • 5:15pm - 6:45pm Small Group #2
  • 7:30pm - 11:00pm Banquet
Sunday, November 3, 2019
  • 7:30am - 8:30am Continental Breakfast
  • 8:30am - 10:00am Small Group #3
  • 10:00am - 10:30am Small Group Debriefing & Evaluation
  • 10:30am - 10:45am Break
  • 10:45am - 12:45pm Closing Plenary

Small Group Leaders

  • Molly Donovan, PhD, CGP, FAGPA
  • Natalia Grekova, MD & Mustafa Kaghazwala, DO
  • Susan Jacobson, MMH
  • Sonia Kahn, PsyD
  • *Laura B. Kasper, PhD, CGP
  • Bradley Lake, LICSW
  • Reginald Nettles, PhD, CGP
  • Barry Wepman, PhD, CGP, LFAGPA
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

Molly Donovan, PhD, CGP, FAGPA

  • Molly Donovan, PhD, CGP, FAGPA is a psychologist in private practice in Washington, DC.  Molly was fortunate enough to have been exposed to group therapy in her pre-Doctoral training and groups have been a part of her practice ever since, whether in agencies or in her long-time private practice.  She has led training groups at national conferences of the American Group Psychotherapy Association, the American Academy of Psychotherapists, and in Northern Ireland.  She is on the faculty of the Washington School of Psychiatry and is past chair of the School’s National Group Psychotherapy Institute.

Natalia Grekova, MD & Mustafa Kaghazwala, DO

  • Natalia Grekova, MD is a psychiatrist working at St. Elizabeths Hospital in Washington, DC.  She is a member of the faculty providing instruction for psychiatry residents.  Her focus is psychodynamically oriented psychotherapy for individuals and groups.  She graduated from medical school and obtained psychiatry training in Russia and had experience working with patients in acute crisis and the leading of process groups.  In the USA, she continued her training, leading inpatient psychiatric groups, and completed residency at St. Elizabeths.  She is very passionate about both teaching and learning, and is looking forward to participating in a Conference with such a controversial topic.
  • Mustafa Kaghazwala, DO is a 4th year psychiatry resident at St. Elizabeths Hospital.  He has a medical degree from Western University of Health Sciences and undergraduate degrees in Psychology and Neurobiology from UC Davis.  During Residency, he has had the priviledge of working with a myriad of underpriviledged and affluent patients with varying degrees of mental illness and disability.  He has led process groups at SEH for the past three years and recently launched a group at the Washington School of Psychiatry which he has been co-leading.  He is psychodynamically focused and primarily interested in creating natural group environments that promote honesty, permit healthy conflict, and encourage interpersonal connections.

Susan Jacobson, MMH

  • Susan Jacobson, MMH, has been in practice for 42 years in Columbia, Maryland, where she works with adults and couples and leads four long-term on-going groups.  A graduate of Johns Hopkins University Medical School’s Master in Mental Health program, she is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker.  She has led many groups at MAGPS, The Washington School of Psychiatry, and the American Academy of Psychotherapists and learns from and is enlivened by each of these experiences.

Sonia Kahn, PsyD

  • Sonia Kahn, PsyD is a licensed clinical psychologist working at Dodini Behavioral Health, a group private practice in Arlington, VA.  She 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 year.  Sonia has always been fascinated by the way that humans try and make sense of the world, be it through artistic expression (writing, film, theater, music, art), 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 human connection.  Since graduating from George Washington University, Sonia has sought to give voice to these passions through therapeutic practice, supervision and writing.  In 2017, Sonia completed the Intensive Training Program in Couples Therapy at ICP&P.  She holds Board positions at MAGPS (Membership Co-Chair) and APA (Member at Large for Section VIII:  Couple and Family Therapy & Psychoanalysis. As a Small Group Leader, she looks forward to exploring when her own self-disclosure can be used to encourage risk-taking, vulnerability, and deepened connection among group members and when holding back is the optimal choice.

Laura B. Kasper, PhD, CGP

  • Laura B. Kasper, PhD, CGP is an interpersonal relationship expert and has been leading groups for 18 years.  Laura is currently Adjunct Clinical Assistant Faculty at Stanford University’s School of Medicine where she supervises psychiatry residents in group and individual therapy.  Laura was previously Adjunct Clinical Faculty at UCSF’s School of Medicine where she ran interpersonal process groups for psychiatry residents.  Laura has led group therapy workshops at the American Group Psychotherapy Association’s (AGPA) annual conference, the Northern California Group Psychotherapy Society’s (NCGPS) annual conference, and the Colorado Group Psychotherapy Society’s (CGPS) annual conference.  Laura is the co-founder of the Northern California Modern Analytic Group Therapy Salon, and participates in ongoing training in Modern Analytic group techniques at the Center for Group Studies in NYC, as well as with Modern Analytic group therapy experts like Elliot Zeisel, Ronnie Levine, and Jeff Hudson.  Laura participated in the National Group Psychotherapy Institute at the Washington School of Psychiatry.  From her formal training, Laura grounds her work in psychodynamic and relational practices; from her years as a mediator, she brings a mindfulness orientation to her work.  Laura’s practice is in San Francisco.

Bradley Lake, LICSW

  • 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.

Reginald Nettles, PhD, CGP

  • Reginald Nettles, PhD, CGP, a licensed psychologist and certified group psychotherapist, practices in Columbia, Maryland.  He is a former President of MAGPS and an AGPA Board of Directors and Institute faculty member.  He is a Washington School of Psychiatry National Group Psychotherapy Institute faculty member, and has served as adjunct faculty at George Washington University, Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, and the University of Baltimore. Dr. Nettles has published and presented locally and nationally on multiple minority identities in groups, and has led groups in agency, college counseling center and private practice settings for over 30 years.

Barry Wepman, PhD, CGP, LFAGPA

  • Barry Wepman, PhD, CGP, LFAGPA is a psychologist in Washington, DC, and has been in the practice of psychotherapy with individuals, couples and groups for over 40 years.  He has published, both professionally and non-professionally, and has presented and led groups at local, national and international conferences.  He is on the faculty of the Group Program at the Washington School of Psychiatry.  He is a Fellow of the American Group Psychotherapy Association.  And, he is very excited to be participating in this Conference.
  • 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.
  • The deadline for scholarship applications will be October 18, 2019.
  • For more information please email our scholarship chair, Lorraine Wodiska, PhD, CGP, ABPP, at
  • 12.25 CE/CME Hours for Professional Counselors, Clinical Social Workers, Marriage and Family Therapists, Psychologists and Medical Professionals.
  • 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, 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.
white-squarePre-Conference Reading
  • Elder, E. (2005). The "Outing" of the Therapist: Issues of Self Disclosure Around Sexual Orientation, Group, 29:3, 321-336.
  • Engels, R. (2001). The Therapeutic Value of Self-Disclosure in Group Treatment When the Clinician Has a Catastrophic Illness. Psychoanalytic Social Work, 8(2), 1-9.
  • Maroda, K.J. (2009). Less is More: An Argument for the Judicious Use of Self-Disclosure. In A. Bloomgarden & R.G. Menutti (Eds.), Psychotherapist Revealed (pp. 17-30). New York, NY: Routledge.
  • Sternbach, J. (2003). Self-Disclosure With All-Male Groups, International Journal of Group Psychotherapy, 53:1, 61-81.
  • Zeisel, E. (2012). The Leader’s Use of Self: A Modern Analytic Approach to Working in the Intra-Psychic and Interpersonal Realm, The Louis Ormont Lecture, American Group Psychotherapy Association Annual Meeting, New York, NY.
  • CLICK HERE to download the above readings.
white-squareFor more information please contact Nancy Hafkin & David Heilman, 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 (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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