Spring Conference 2018 – Cultural Competence, Spirituality, and Transcendence in Times of Crises

Cultural Competence, Spirituality, and Transcendence in Times of Crises


white-squareGuest Presenter: Alexis Abernethy, PhD, CGP, FAGPA

Saturday, & Sunday, April 21-22, 2018
Saint Elizabeths Hospital, Washington, DC
This event is co-sponsored by
The Washington School of Psychiatry

Conference Description: The Spring Conference offers a unique learning experience through large group meetings and dialogue, didactic information-sharing and demonstration, and small process group experiences. Our goal is to provide a learning environment in which conference members can integrate a deeper understanding of the topical content and consider introducing new material into their work. This conference is intended for psychiatrists, psychologists, counselors, psychiatric nurses, and social workers.



Dr. Alexis Abernethy is creating a conference for MAGPS that is responsive to our mission to work as effective and compassionate therapists in a challenged political and societal climate. She will present an intentional group therapeutic approach that uses metaphors and cultural diversity as opportunities for bridging differences. She will also highlight how a therapeutic posture that incorporates a spiritual perspective that informs and transcends the divisions reflected in our current national climate are helpful in our work as group therapists and our lives as mental health professionals in our community.


Saint Elizabeths Hospital, Washington, DC

Learning objectives:

The participants will be able to:

  1. Describe how group leaders can facilitate the elaboration of members’ stories.
  2. Identify culturally competent interventions that promote the exploration of diverse perspectives.
  3. Identify factors that impede members’ understanding of cultural differences.
  4. Identify how leaders may promote the development of virtues through interaction and the group process.
  5. Identify specific leader interventions that foster a safe atmosphere for understanding and growth.
  6. Identify leader interventions that model efforts to transcend challenging situations.

About our Presenter

Dr. Alexis Abernethy is a Professor in the Graduate School of Psychology at the Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, California.  She received her BS in Psychology from Howard University and her MA and PhD in Clinical Psychology from University of California, Berkeley. She did her Internship at our very own Howard University Hospital in Washington, DC.  Since that time, she has focused her career as a professor, therapist supervisor, consultant, researcher and scholar in the fields of Cultural Competence, Spirituality and Health, and Group Psychotherapy.

She has written dozens of articles and has presented at national professional meetings on explorations in these areas as they relate to group psychotherapy. She is currently the Co-Chair of the AGPA Annual Meeting Committee and has helped form successful AGPA conferences for the past several years.


For more information please contact Cristina Secarea and Farooq Mohyuddin, Conference Co-Chairs, at conferences@magps.org.


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