Calendar Icon

Upcoming Events

Open Group Studio: Bringing the Magic of Fairy Tales into Groups, October 21

Open Group Studio: Bringing the Magic of Fairy Tales into Groups, October 21


Bette Kiernan, MFT
Palo Alto

Sometimes groups become stuck in sad repetitive stories that become central themes in therapy. The same patterns of death and rebirth, return from the underworld, and the dark night of winter becoming spring again, can again be called forth to create new narratives with happier endings for individuals and organizations alike.

Through active imagination, enactments of stories and symbolic exploration, we will examine and apply the dynamics and change processes from interchangeable fairy tales, nature and dreams for expanding personal and group journeys.

Bette Kiernan, MFT is a psychotherapist in private practice in Menlo Park, California. She has taught courses on fairy tales and myths /Santa Clara University, UCSC Ext., UC Berkeley, and JFK.

For reflection before Fairy Tale Open Studio October 21 in Foothill Park: Phillip Glass Symphony Number Four-Heroes-with David Bowie

Please note that fees for Open Studios are considered a donation to NCGPS and not payment to the presenters for services. As a result, there will be no credits or refunds if you are unable to attend the event.

Fee: $20 per person, per event. (Space is limited; sign up early!)

For additional information, please contact:

Laura Kasper, PhD or Lois Friedlander, MFT 


Open Group Studio: Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy Video Vignettes, October 1

Open Group Studio: Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy Video Vignettes, October 1

Sorry, this event has reached capacity, so registration is now closed. If you would like to be put on the waiting list or to be notified about a repeat scheduling, please contact Geri Alpert at

Whether you have previously had training in Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy (EFT) or are wanting to get a sense of what EFT has to offer, this is an opportunity to gain new skills and refresh existing ones. We will be viewing video segments from EFT STEP BY STEP, the outstanding new video series produced by Segments will be selected by producers Marie Helene and Victor Yalom from the three tape series, which features 6 different couples treated by 4 master EFT therapists. The three and a half hour event will include lots of time for discussion of the videos, as well as breaks for coffee and refreshments.

10:00 AM – 1:30 PM
The San Rafael office of Dr. Geri Alpert.

Fee: $20 per person (Sold Out)

For additional information, please contact:
Laura Kasper, PhD or Lois Friedlander, MFT 


Fall Event: The Effective Group Psychotherapist,
November 11

Fall Event: The Effective Group Psychotherapist,
November 11

9:15 a.m.-5:30 p.m.

With Dr. Molyn Leszcz

You won’t want to miss this Presentation! Join us for an illuminating, experiential workshop to examine the factors that contribute to therapist effectiveness in group therapy. Dr. Leszcz will address what unfolds at the level of the therapeutic relationship in group therapy that can improve or impede clinical effectiveness.

Areas that will be addressed include: Understanding the central role of group cohesion, empathy and attunement, therapeutic focus, activation of the here and now, the value of interpersonal approaches as an integrative model, therapeutic metacommunication, and the ethical application of the therapist’s use of self, countertransference and judicious transparency.

Dr. Leszcz is a world-renowned expert in group psychotherapy, and an extraordinary leader in Canadian psychiatry. He is a Distinguished Fellow of the American Group psychotherapy Association among other prestigious recognitions. Amongst his many publications, Dr. Molyn Leszcz co-authored with Dr. Irvin Yalom the revised and updated 5th edition of The Theory and Practice of Group Psychotherapy (Basic Books), the incomparable guide to group therapy. Their 6th edition of this of the incomparable text is now in preparation. In March of this year, Dr. Leszcz and his colleagues: Drs. Clare Pain, Jon Hunter, Robert Maunder and Paula Ravitz (also editor with Robert Maunder) published the book Achieving Psychotherapy Effectiveness in the “Psychotherapy Essentials To Go” series (W. W. Norton & Company).

Complimentary Continental Breakfast will be served during registration.
6 CEUs provided for PhD, LMFT, LCSW, and RN’s ($15).

Bently Reserve
Conference Center Lounge
301 Battery Street, San Francisco

Parking can be found for $8 all day at: Golden Gate Garage
250 Clay Street
SanFrancisco, CA 94111

CEs for psychologists are provided by the Spiritual Competency Resource Center (SCRC) which is co-sponsoring this program. SCRC is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. SCRC maintains responsibility for the program and its content. The California Board of Behavioral Sciences accepts CE credits for license renewal by LCSWs and MFTs for programs from approved sponsors of CEs by the American Psychological Association. It is also approved for 6 hours of CE credit by the California Board of Registered Nursing (provider #02193).

Complimentary continental breakfast will be served during registration.

Optional onsite lunch available: catering from Bi-rite, fresh, amazing food, gluten free, vegan, and veggie options. ($15)


By Oct 27
After Oct 27
NCGPS Members
Agencies with 3 or more registering
together receive member rate.
$155  $180


Registrations cancelled in writing by October 27 will qualify for a 50% refund.
If a registration is cancelled after this date, no refund will be given.

For further information, please contact the Fall Event Chair:
Bridget Bertrand, LMFT, at or (650) 539-4325



The Group Therapy Salon

The Group Therapy Salon

How long has it been since you’ve read a paper about group therapy? How well are you acquainted with new papers about groups? When was the last time that you’ve had a theoretical discussion about some issue in the group psychotherapy field?

NCGPS offers a unique experience in The Group Therapy Salon. The idea is to establish small groups (10-12 members each) that meet monthly to read papers in group therapy and discuss theoretical issues about groups.

There are two Salons working right now: One in the South Bay, facilitated by Alice Sklar and one in Sacramento/Davis, facilitated by Haim Weinberg.

Palo Alto Salon
Meets at 8:00 PM on the first Monday of every month, and includes 9 members. There is a volunteer discussant for each reading followed by a leaderless discussion.

Contact Alice Sklar at
or call (650) 961-3482, to get the address and directions.

Sacramento/Davis Salon
currently includes 10 members and meets on the third Monday every month, 7:30-9:00Pm, alternating between Davis and Sacramento. If you are coming from this area please contact Haim Weinberg at or call 916-212-6424.

If you, as a member, are interested in hosting a Group Therapy Salon in your city, please contact Phyllis Jenkins: 408-265-9200,