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NCGPS Community Meeting

NCGPS Community Meeting

Come and continue the dream we started at our first Community Meeting in November. We invite you to share in the process. We had a fruitful first meeting, where we collectively decided that we would like to continue with an atmosphere that felt creative, productive and contained. Ildiko Ran and Peter Bernhardt will facilitate the meeting.

Our goal is to connect, and together, to help shape our vision of the Northern California Group Psychotherapy Society at this second NCGPS Community Meeting. All are welcome, whether or not you were able to attend the November, 2018 Meeting. Long time members, past leaders, newer members, interested therapists and graduate students are all welcome. Bring your ideas, your energy and food to share.

For many Northern California therapists who care about Group Therapy, NCGPS has been an important community where members can feel nourished and supported while also being a place of personal and professional growth and challenge.

What would you wish for with NCGPS? What do you need to feel connected, stimulated and engaged? How can we continue to evolve as a professional community that meets the diverse needs of our membership?

We invite you to contribute your energy and creativity. Please join us

Time & Location:

Sunday, February 3rd, 2019


Location: the home of Shira Marin

391 Devon Drive,

San Rafael, CA 94903.

It is a potluck. Please bring a dish to share.

Bring a friend, bring a colleague. We welcome non-NCGPS members as well.

RSVP to Shira at and put Community Meeting in the Subject Line


Annual Dinner – Sunday, January 20

Annual Dinner – Sunday, January 20


Join Us at Joe’s!

Join us for the Annual NCGPS Dinner, in the quiet banquet room of San Rafael Joe’s. Come for great company, good food, nice wines, and a great  opportunity to connect with colleagues in the group therapy community. Dinner includes the ever-popular desert buffet provided by members of the NCGPS Board. Entree choices include vegetarian cannelloni, red snapper meuniere, and chicken breast sauté.

6:30 cocktails/socializing
7:30 dinner

Tickets: $35

For more information contact Dinner Co-Chairs:
Beth Tabakin  (415) 225 -8683 or Geri Alpert (415) 497- 9479

For ride sharing to Joe’s, contact Carla Hamowitz (510)  655-7828

Directions to San Rafael Joe’s, 931 Fourth Street, San Rafael
Take 101 to Central San Rafael Exit. Go West on 4th street for 5 blocks. If you don’t find street parking by the time you get to A Street, Turn right at A, right onto 5th, and right on Lootens to get to Municipal Parking lot directly behind Joe’s on 3rd and Lootens.
Please note: This is San Rafel Joe’s, not Marin Joe’s.


Open Group Studio:
Writing For Yourself! with Edna Wallace

Open Group Studio:
Writing For Yourself! with Edna Wallace

Saturday, January 12, 2019  |  10:00 AM – 1:30 PM PST

This will be an opportunity to write in a form of your choosing—poetry, short story, journaling. I will provide a couple of prompts to stimulate the creative juices and off you’ll go with it. It’s an opportunity for self-reflection and inspiration. A time to rejuvenate and share in a comfortable home setting. We will read our writings aloud to the group afterwards, if we so want, and hear the group’s response (positive comments only). Come write! No judgment, just exploration!

Non-NCGPS members are welcome to attend.

From the Facilitator:

Edna Wallace has been leading therapy groups for over a decade and recreational groups for much longer than that. She loves to write (self-taught); and it’s certainly a form of self-care for her. She has her “hipster laptop” and takes herself off to the neighborhood cafe whenever she can to indulge in this pastime. Edna, together with a therapist colleague, have led a monthly Women’s Writing Salon for over 3 years now. Jim Fishman’s recent OS on Mandala-Painting has inspired her to offer an OS in the same vein—expressing oneself through the beauty of language, word imagery, and storytelling.

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

This Workshop is currently filled! To be place on a waiting list, contact Edna Wallace:

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,