Join us in October for the 2011 MAGPS Fall Conference in Charlottesville, VA. Lise Motherwell, PsyD, CGP, FAGPA, will lead the conference in exploring “The Role of Play, Metaphor, and Evocative Objects in Group Psychotherapy. The conference begins Friday Evening, October 28th and ends before Noon on Sunday, October 30th. Full details are available at MAGPS.ORG
Freud said that to be psychologically healthy, humans need to be able to love and to work. More recently, psychologists, educators, and neuroscientists have studied the role of play in our lives, and have found it to be important for the development of healthy social interactions, the brain, and emotional regulation. Group therapy is serious work, so where does play fit in? Over the course of two days, we will explore the role of play and playfulness in group therapy through interactive lectures and demonstration groups. We will examine the concept of the “evocative object”, something that “… fascinates, disturbs equanimity, and precipitates thought (Turkle, 1984),” especially about ourselves and our relationships with others and learn how we might play so that we deepen relationships within the group.
Lise Motherwell, PsyD, CGP, FAGPA is a licensed psychologist in private practice in Boston, MA who treats children, adolescents and adults. She is on the faculty of Harvard Medical School and a supervisor at the Boston Institute for Psychotherapy.
She specializes in divorce therapy groups and developed Pack Your Parachute, a small group seminar to help women negotiate the psychological, financial and legal aspects of divorce. She is a past-president of the Northeastern Society for Group Psychotherapy, the chair of the Affiliate Assembly of AGPA, and is on the board of the AGPA.