Join us at the Spring Conference!

Maryetta Andrews-Sachs, MA, CGP, FAGPA, Conference Chair

We are very pleased that the faculty of the National Group Psychotherapy Institute of the Washington School of Psychiatry will be our guest presenters for the Spring 2012 conference, “A Learning Community: The Dynamic Interplay of Theories and Experience.” We will again be meeting at the historic Saint Elizabeths Hospital in the New Building, in Washington, DC on Saturday and Sunday, April 21 and 22.

Conference Website:

The group faculty at the Washington School have been training group therapists since 1962. The faculty represent many theoretical positions with respect to this work: Psychoanalytic, Lacanian, Systems, Self Psychology, Object Relations, Interpersonal, and Existential. The faculty have dedicated many years to exploring them all, curious about why we each gravitate to one theory or another and how this informs our work. Do theories even matter to us? We invite you to join us in thinking about the role of theory in your work. Due to the constraints of a 2 day conference, we will be looking at two widely used approaches: Modern Analytic and Relational. We will also be joining with senior MAGPS clinicians in a wide ranging discussion on Saturday: “What Difference Does Theory Make?”

Our conference structure will include our traditional large and small group formats for the weekend, with plenary sessions and demonstration groups. Among our small group leaders for this conference are Matt Fleming, Eleanor Hoskins, Bea Liebenberg, Margo London, Rose McIntyre, Bridgett Nemo,  Reggie Nettles, Lenore Pomerance, Mike Stiers, Harriet Swankin, John Thomas, Ayana Watkins-Northern, and Lorraine Wodiska. Our visiting small group leader is Hank Fallon from Atlanta. Professional biographies of the small group leaders are shown on the website,

We are excited to again be meeting at Saint Elizabeths Hospital, which has a long and rich history of providing training in group therapy. Many of our colleagues have trained in group therapy at the hospital over the years.

Our conference hotel is the Courtyard Marriott, Capitol Hill/Navy Yard, 140 L Street, SE. Information about room reservations is available on our website,

Getting to Saint Elizabeths: The address is 1100 Alabama Avenue, SE. The hospital is on the Metro Green Line, at the Congress Heights station. The hotel is ½ block from the Metro Green Line, Navy Yard Station, and two stops from Saint Elizabeths. Car parking is available at no cost on the hospital grounds. NOTE that photo identification must be shown to enter the hospital grounds and also to enter the New Building, the conference site. Full details and online map are available at

The MAGPS community is looking forward to this weekend. We think this will be a stimulating and enriching conference, and we hope you will join us!