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Spring Conference 2020 - Post-Processing: A Means To Being Seen - Mid-Atlantic Group Psychotherapy Society (MAGPS)

Spring Conference 2020 – Post-Processing: A Means To Being Seen




Post-Processing: A Means To Being Seen


white-squareGuest Presenter: Kristi Vera, LICSW

Saturday, & Sunday, April 18-19, 2020
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, experiential 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.



We are now more deeply entrenched in the age of social media than ever before. Our clients and ourselves often connect with others using only a “like” online. It is easier than ever to lose out on authentic interpersonal connections and to feel unseen in our daily lives. Our 2020 Spring Conference will explore how this can lead to feelings of isolation and shame, and introduce a group technique, post-processing, that can allow group members to be powerfully seen/held by their group leaders. Post-Processing models mentalization for group members, shines a light on shame, and can electrify your groups. Come join us for an exploration of post-processing in group psychotherapy.


Saint Elizabeths Hospital, Washington, DC

Learning objectives:

The participants will be able to:

  1. Describe the benefits and risks of using post-processing.
  2. Identify ways to work with shame and isolation within the group setting.
  3. Explore clinician’s possible shame responses in engaging in post-processing.
  4. Identify ways in which post-processing aides in mentalization.

About our Presenter

Kristi Vera completed her MSW at Virginia Commonwealth University and is licensed as a clinical social worker in the commonwealth of Virginia. She received her training in group facilitation under the leadership of John Corazzini, co-founder of APA Division 49. She has coordinated the group program at VCU since 2003. She teaches group psychotherapy courses for Clinical and Counseling Psychology Ph.D. students at VCU and for 3rd year Psychiatry residents at MCV where she also serves on the advisory board for Psychiatry resident group training. She provides frequent consultations to university counseling centers regarding developing effective group training programs. Kristi’s professional interests also include working with trauma survivors and she has a certificate in Trauma treatment from UMBC and is a level I certified Sensorimotor Psychotherapist.


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


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