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Membership Retreat Nov 4

Membership Retreat Nov 4

Come and join us for this important community building event. Please feel free to bring a colleague who might be interested in joining our community! We, the Board, have been working hard to rejuvenate our organization and bring us together in an effort of mutual support for all of us.

We all long for a professional home where we can feel nourished, supported and also challenged both professionally and personally.

As group therapists, we strive to create such an environment for our members that functions as an attuned and responsive family€. Now we are turning the question to our members: What do you want in our group, NCGPS?

What do you need to feel at home and nourished? How can we improve our offerings at NCGPS so all of us, members, could call it our professional home?

Come dream with us. Come play with us at the Members’ Retreat.

The morning will be a time for creative process – communal dreaming and visualizing.
In the afternoon we will start to take steps to actualize the dreams we have shared.

We need your energy and creativity.

Sunday, November 4

Peter and Daisy’€™s house
1051 Siler Pl
Berkeley CA

Please bring a dish to share.

We encourage carpooling. If you want a pickup at the Rockridge BART station email Carla at Please check the signs at the entrance to Siler Place to find a parking spot that does not block the neighbor’€™s driveways on Siler Place.

RSVP Daisy at


Open Group Studio:
Family Psychodrama with Judye Hess, PhD

Open Group Studio:
Family Psychodrama with Judye Hess, PhD

Saturday, November 10, 2018  |  12:00 PM – 3:00 PM PST

Do you have unresolved issues from your family of origin that you would like to explore? Are these issues getting in the way of your progress in work or relationships

Growing into adulthood and even having families of our own, does not necessarily mean we have differentiated from our families of origin. Many of us still feel the burden of painful introjects from our families that influence our relationships with our co-workers, friends, partners and children. To make matters even more difficult, many of these influential people from our past, are no longer living, unavailable for contact, or have changed so much that the parent we grew up with, bears little resemblance to the person we know today.

The use of psychodramatic techniques, with fellow participants acting as members of each others’ families, is a powerful way to recreate the past, and elicit and work through our buried feelings from childhood.
In this intensive group which is both safe and challenging, members can begin to unravel their childhood conditioning, and reconnect with deeper parts of themselves. Compassion and wisdom can begin to replace the blame and shame that has been held, for less than optimal childhood experiences.

Judye Hess, PhD, Professor Emerita, from California Institute of Integral Studies, was a core faculty member of the Integral Counseling Psychology program of the California Institute of Integral Studies for 30+ years where she taught Family Dynamics and Therapy, Couples Counseling and Group Dynamics. She has maintained a private practice in Berkeley where she focuses on seeing families and couples, and leading groups.

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,