Save The Date: 2019 Fall MAGPS 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 psychotherapy and supervision/consultation in Washington, DC. He has been leading psychotherapy groups for 20 years and currently leads three ongoing treatment groups and a consultation group specifically for group therapists. Dr. Stillerman serves on the faculty of the Washington School of Psychiatry where he teaches in the National Group Psychotherapy Institute, the Clinical Program on Psychotherapy Practice and the Supervision Program. He is also the Co-Founder and former Co-Director of Men Can Stop Rape, a national non-profit empowering male youth to work as allies with women to prevent gender-based violence and redefine healthy masculinity.