Come Play with us at the Fall Conference!

By Henry E. Morris, PhD, LCSW, CGP, Conference Chair

MAGPS will hold its fall conference in Charlottesville, Virginia on Friday evening, October 28 through Sunday, October 30, 2011. This is the first time in Charlottesville for the Mid Atlantic conference in several years. The conference speaker is Lise Motherwell, Psy.D. She will be presenting on “The Role of Play, Metaphor and Evocative Objects in Group Psychotherapy.”

Lisa Motherwell, PsyD, CGP, FAGPA,

Lise Motherwell, PsyD, CGP, FAGPA is a licensed psychologist in Boston who has been active with AGPA for several years. She has a private practice and is on the faculty of Harvard Medical School and is a supervisor at the Boston Institute for Psychotherapy. She is a past president of the Northeastern Society for Group Psychotherapy and currently serves as Chair of the Affiliate Assembly for AGPA and is on the board of AGPA. She is co-editor of Complex Dilemmas in Group Therapy with Joseph Shay, Ph.D. which was published in 2005. She specializes in divorce therapy and has developed a unique program, “Pack Your Parachute,” to help women deal with the complex issues of divorce. Creativity and play are special interest of hers and she has presented this program for other affiliate societies. She will specifically examine the concept of the “evocative object” which “fascinates, disturbs equanimity and precipitates thought (Turkle, 1964).”

This conference will follow the traditional MAGPS structures of several large plenary groups with demonstration groups and small experiential groups led by experienced group psychotherapists from the mid Atlantic area and will include an invited leader from outside of our area. The small group leaders are:

  • Rhona Engels, LCSW, ACSW (Guest Small Group Leader – Eastern Group Psychotherapy Society)
  • Harry Gill, MD, PhD
  • Larney Gump, DEd, ABPP
  • Susan Jacobsen, MSW, CGP
  • Bradley Lake, LICSW
  • Emily Lape, LCSW, CGP, FAGPA
  • Michael Stiers, PhD, CGP
  • Ayana Watkins-Northern, PhD

R. Cassidy Seminars is providing 10.25 continuing education hours for psychologists, social workers, counselors and marriage and family therapists.

Inn at Darden, Darden School of Business, UVa

The fall conference will be meeting at the Darden School of Business at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, Virginia. The conference center has aworldwide reputation. The hotel is the Inn at Darden is at 100 Darden Boulevard, Charlottesville, Virginia and can be reached for reservations at 434-243-5000. The hotel is next to the conference center and there is a parking deck immediately accessible. Rooms are available for $130 per night and each room has one queen size bed. The overflow hotel is the English Inn, 2000 Morton Drive, Charlottesville, Virginia (434-971-9900).
The Charlottesville area is popular during the beautiful fall season. Saturday afternoon is free and attendees are invited to visit the many sites available around Charlottesville including the popular downtown mall, Monticello and the skyline drive.

Looking forward to seeing you at the conference!