SAVE THE DATE: MAGPS 2019 FALL CONFERENCE
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
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.
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.