Save the Date: Fall Conference 2013

fall2013_350x255The Interplay Between Envy, Competition, and Shame:
It’s Impact on Intimacy in Groups

Steve Van Wagoner, PhD, CGP, FAGPA

October 25 – 27, 2013

Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay
Cambridge, MD

In psychotherapy groups, members cope with vacillating experiences of inclusion and exclusion that arouse powerful feelings of attraction and identification, as well as frustration and envy. Envy, and its consequent influence on competitive and potentially destructive action is so common and pervasive that no group therapy is without their interplay.

In this conference, via didactic and experiential learning, we will explore ways in which the group therapist, members, and the group as a whole work with envy and competition, and how the group process holds the possibility of transforming them into creative/constructive energy. Through the leaders’ containment of these powerful experiences and through their modeling, participants will identify and analyze various ways of constructing intimacy and competing for relatedness, and learn to identify and verbalize passionately held feelings of envy, rejection, and perceived loss of power as a way of neutralizing its destructive potential.

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Steve Van Wagoner

Guest Presenter: Steve Van Wagoner, PhD, CGP, FAGPA, is a licensed psychologist and certified group psychotherapist who is in private practice in Washington D.C. He is currently on faculty at the National Group Psychotherapy Institute of the Washington School of Psychiatry, is an adjunct clinical faculty member at Georgetown University and the University of Maryland, a Fellow of the American Group Psychotherapy Association, and currently the Editor of “The Group Circle,” AGPA’s newsletter. Dr. Van Wagoner has presented extensively on group psychotherapy locally and nationally, and has been leading groups for 30 years.