Fall Conference 2019 – Indecent Exposure?: The Pitfalls and Potential of Group Therapist Self-Disclosure

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

Photo: Jonathan C. Stillerman, PhD, CGP

white-squareGuest Presenter: Jonathan C. Stillerman, PhD, CGP

Friday, Saturday, & Sunday, November 1-3, 2019
The Hyatt Chesapeake Bay Resort, Cambridge, MD
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.



We’ve come a long way from the classical analytic ideals of abstinence, anonymity and neutrality and the mandate that psychotherapists serve as blank screens for their patients’ projections. Yet, how therapists can most effectively use and reveal themselves with patients remains an area of spirited debate. This conference will expand on that conversation by examining the unique complexities of therapist self-disclosure in the context of group treatment. Participants will explore how we, as group therapists, decide whether to reveal ourselves in our groups, and if so, what to disclose, how to do so, and how to evaluate its impact on members and the group as a whole. Special attention will be given to helping participants clarify their own attitudes and feelings about revealing themselves (and being revealed) in group work.


The Hyatt Chesapeake Bay Resort, Cambridge, MD

Learning objectives:

The participants will be able to:

  1. Differentiate between classical and contemporary views of therapist use of self and self-disclosure.
  2. Identify differences between therapist self-disclosure in group vs. individual therapy.
  3. Describe three different types of group therapist self-disclosure.
  4. Discuss potential risks and benefits of group therapist self-disclosure.
  5. Clarify one’s own boundaries as a group therapist with regard to self-disclosure.

About our Presenter

Jonathan C. Stillerman, PhD, CGP, is a clinical psychologist and Certified Group Psychotherapist with a private practice of therapy, supervision and consultation in Washington, DC. He has been leading psychotherapy groups for more than 20 years and currently runs three ongoing treatment groups and a consultation group specifically for group therapists. As faculty at the Washington School of Psychiatry, Dr. Stillerman teaches in three programs, the Clinical Program on Psychotherapy Practice, the Supervision Program and the Group Psychotherapy Training Program, in which he serves as Dean of the National Group Psychotherapy Institute. A frequent small group leader at MAGPS conferences, he was recently accepted into the National Instructor-Designate training class of the American Group Psychotherapy Association, a program for future AGPA Institute process group leaders. Alongside his clinical work, Dr. Stillerman is a published poet, and in a former life, he co-founded and co-directed Men Can Stop Rape, a national non-profit empowering male youth to prevent gender-based violence.


For more information please contact Nancy Hafkin & David Heilman, Conference Co-Chairs, at conferences@magps.org.


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