Fall Conference 2017 – Navigating Consequences of Traumatic Experiences in the Unconscious Life of Groups – Especially Large(r) Ones

Navigating Consequences of Traumatic Experiences in the Unconscious Life of Groups – Especially Large(r) Ones

white-squareGuest Presenter: Earl Hopper, PhD, CGP, DFAGPA

Friday, Saturday, & Sunday, October 20-22, 2017
Clarion Hotel, Shepherdstown, WV
This event is co-sponsored by
The Washington School of Psychiatry

Conference Description: The Fall Conference offers 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.



Conscious and unconscious patterns operate in all groups.  Although traumatic experience is ubiquitous, it is also a variable in its unconscious effects. Dr. Earl Hopper will speak to the fear of annihilation that is associated with traumatic experience. He will explore what he has termed the fourth basic assumption, “Incohesion”, with its two bi-polar forms of “Aggregation and Massification”. An appreciation of the dynamics of “Incohesion” will help us as group therapists better observe and navigate the patterns in our groups and society that challenge the effectiveness and efficiency of our work as group psychotherapists. Please join us.

Clarion Hotel & Conference Center in Shepherdstown, WV
Clarion Hotel & Conference Center in Shepherdstown, WV

Learning objectives:

The participants will be able to:

  1. Distinguish the roles of isolates (lone wolves and space cadets), cheerleaders and morale boosters (singletons/individual member/member individual), omnipotent rescuers and others.
  2. Identify the role they tended to take in the Large Group.
  3. Discuss the concept of the social unconscious.
  4. Compare and differentiate the purpose, goal, and structure of large group, small group and median group.
  5. Define and list the basic assumptions that operate on an unconscious level.

About our Presenter

Dr. Earl Hopper is a group analyst of international renown. He brings forty years of experience, drawing upon work from disciplines ranging from sociology to biology. He has been influenced by the ideas of Bion, Foulkes, de Maré and Agazarian as well as “Revisionists” associated with the Washington School of Psychiatry. A Fellow of the British Psychoanalytical Society, a Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychotherapy Association, and a supervisor and training analyst for the Institute of Group Analysis, his special interests include the study of social issues and of personal and social trauma. He has published books and articles in sociology, psychoanalysis, and group analysis and is the Editor of the New International Library of Group Analysis (NILGA).


For more information please contact Sally Brandel & Rose McIntyre, Conference Co-Chairs, at conferences@magps.org.


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