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Call for Proposals: 48th Clinical Conference 
Due Nov. 30th

Call for Proposals: 48th Clinical Conference 
Due Nov. 30th

48th Clinical Conference 
June 1st -3rd, 2018
We are delighted that our next 2 1/2 day residential conference will again be at Asilomar, the coastal retreat center that has been the location for this event for more than 40 years. The NCGPS board and the conference committee are invested in having this be one of our best years ever and the selection of outstanding presenters is the next step toward that goal. It is now time for those wishing to lead workshops to submit proposals. It is also time to let us know of any topics or presenters who you would particularly hope to see on the program. The schedule for this conference includes 2 hour workshops on Friday night, 6 hour workshops on Saturday and 3 hour workshops on Sunday morning.  
We are eager for as many new presenters and topics as possible, as well as repeats of those that have been highly valued at past conferences. So whichever category you may be in, we welcome your proposals. If you are a new presenter, or developing a new topic and would like to discuss your proposal before proceeding with the formal application, we are happy to talk with you.  In addition to our regular offerings on psychodynamic and interpersonally oriented groups, members have expressed interest in the following areas: Diversity Issues, Trauma, Chronic Pain, CBT, DBT, SCT, EFT, Substance Abuse, Somatically Oriented Therapies, Psychodrama, Grief, and Dreams.
Since presenting at  the NCGPS conferences is an honor and privilege available only to NCGPS members, all who have presentations accepted are expected to pay 2018 dues. In addition, all presenters are expected to attend the conference and to be part of both the learning and teaching communities
APPLICATION DEADLINE  IS NOVEMBER 30thOn that date proposals will be forwarded to the Conference Committee for review and disposition, which we hope to have completed by the end of December. If you have any questions, please contact us:
Geri Alpert ( (415) 497-9479
Erica Anderson  ( (510) 910-1578

Annual Dinner! Saturday, January 27, 2018

Annual Dinner! Saturday, January 27, 2018

You are invited to dinner!

Please save the date for the NCGPS annual dinner on Saturday, January 27th at 6:00 at San Rafael Joe’s.
Join us in the cozy banquet room of San Rafael Joe’s for great company, good food, and a no-host bar. Our Annual Dinner is a time to celebrate together…the good works we do, to network and share what’s new in your neck of the woods.
Stay tuned for reservation and cost details.
If you would like to be on the committee for 2018 or for future annual dinners, please let me know!  Thank you.  Carla Haimowitz

Open Group Studio: Group flight phase dynamics
January 13

Open Group Studio: Group flight phase dynamics
January 13

Group flight phase dynamics: a systems exploration of theory and experience

January 13, 2018, 10 to 12:30

Peter Berhnhardt, LMFT

San Francisco near Valencia & 23rd

We will form an experiential group using functional subgrouping, then look back at our work to identify driving and restraining forces toward reaching our goals.

Living human systems are highly sensitive to initial conditions. Flight phase dynamics arise in the beginning of a new group, when membership changes, or when new material arises that challenges the status quo.

How we build a group in a flight phase sets the norms for what will follow. The flight phase is characterized by anxiety on the one hand, and curiosity on the other.

Defenses against the unknown, such as social defenses, intellectualization, anxious speculations about the future and mind reading others, all keep a group in “flight”.

Explore ‘explaining’ by teaching a group how to undo anxiety, group members increase reality testing and free up curiosity.

We will look into the theory of phases of group development

Peter Bernhardt, MFT has studied with Yvonne Agazarian and Susan Gantt in Systems Centered Training since 1998. He has taught group dynamics at CIIS and JFK University and leads men’s groups in San Francisco and Albany CA.

Register online through EVENTBRITE

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

For additional information, please contact:

Laura Kasper, PhD or Lois Friedlander, MFT 


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,