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NCGPS 2018 Fall Event:
Emotional Availability in Group

NCGPS 2018 Fall Event:
Emotional Availability in Group

October 6, 2018, 9:15am – 5:30pm


Emotional Availability in Group: Fostering Intimacy in Challenging Times
with Jeffrey S. Hudson, M.Ed., LPC, CGP, FAGPA

Early Bird Registration Closes Saturday 9/8/2018

Join us for this wonderful Fall Event with renowned expert in group psychotherapy, Jeffrey S. Hudson, M.Ed., LPC, CGP, FAGPA

As psychotherapists, we routinely work with our patient’s availability for emotional engagement. Our success depends, in part, on our own emotional availability. In this workshop, we will examine both members’ and leaders’ resistance to emotional involvement. This will include discussion of sources of resistance and of the influence of the current political environment on our clinical work. Additionally, we will explore Modern Psychoanalytic approaches such as joining, emotional communication, and contact functioning.

Listen to an interview with Jeff Hudson

Learning Objectives:

  1. Discuss the influence of personal history on the therapist’s emotional availability
  2. List three common sources of countertransference resistance
  3. Name three patient fears that impede emotional intimacy
  4. Define emotional availability
  5. Distinguish between objective and subjective countertransference reactions
  6. Identify emotions that you may discourage in your clinical work

Morning Didactic: “Enriching the Group Experience: A Focus on Emotional Availability”, “Foundations of Modern Psychoanalytic Treatment”

Afternoon Didactic: “Expanding the Capacity for Intimacy”, “The Role of Acceptance in Effective Group Leadership”

Location: The Women’s Building
3543 18th Street #8
San Francisco, CA 94110

Transportation: Parking can be found at 2 nearby garages; within walking distance of Bart Station.


Complimentary Continental Breakfast will be served during registration as well as beverages and snacks at breaks

***Please make sure to choose Registration type, including the below options***

Lunch Catering from Bi-rite: fresh, amazing food, gluten free, vegan, and veggie options ($15 payable at time of Registration)

6 CE’s available for attendance. ($15 Payable at time of Registration) NCGPS is approved by the California Psychological Association to provide continuing education for Psychologists, which also satisfies the requirements of the BBS as a provider of continuing education for LCSW’s, LMFT’s, LPCC’s, and LEP’s. NCGPS satisfies the CE requirements for the Nursing Board. NCGPS maintains responsibility for this program and its content. Full attendance is required to receive credit. There is a $15 fee for those desiring CE’s which must be paid at the time of registration. CE certificate will be provided at the completion of the course.

For further information Regarding the Fall Event or Registration contact the Fall Event Chair: Latoyia Piper, LCSW, CGP, at and (702) 485-0430

Scholarships for Licensed Professionals and Students/Trainees/Residents/Interns are available. Please send the following information to the Fall event chair via email: Full name, address, phone, email, license type, license number, if unlicensed list degree type and academic/professional status as well as supervisor, if in an academic program please provide name of institution, description of current work setting, reason for requesting scholarship, current NCGPS membership status. Contact for the Fall Event Chair: Latoyia Piper, LCSW, CGP, at and (702) 485-0430.

Refund policy
A 50% refund will be given if requested in writing by Sept 8, 2018. After that time a credit will be issued for a future event. Lunch payment is not refundable. Please contact us via email at

(Registration fee does not include CE’s $15 and Lunch $15)

Sept. 8
After Sept. 8
NCGPS Members

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Open Group Studio:
Painting A Mandala as a Path to Wholeness
with Jim Fishman, LCSW, CGP

Open Group Studio:
Painting A Mandala as a Path to Wholeness
with Jim Fishman, LCSW, CGP

Saturday, September 8, 2018 | 10:00 AM – 12:15 PM PDT

A Mandala is a circular symbol that can contain opposite archetypal energies; past, present and future; and is a dialogue between the Conscious and Unconscious. Through visualization, music, and breath, participants will then be guided artistically to explore the deep medium of watercolors– to enter the depths that emerge through art. We will each have a chance to share our images with the group and see how your mandala resonates with ourselves and others. No previous art experience necessary. Participants will be able to create– and take home– their own palettes using a wide range of colors and textures.

Exact address and meeting location will be provided once ticket is purchased.

Please note that fees for Open Studios are considered a donation to NCGPS and not payment to the presenters for services. Each presenter is donating his or her time to support the NCGPS community. As a result, there will be no credits or refunds if you are unable to attend the event for any reason.

About Jim Fishman:

I have been a practicing psychotherapist and group leader/teacher for 35 years. In 1996 I took a 2 year sabbatical in India, where I began to employ the daily use of art (watercolors) to hold, contain, and process all that was unfolding. To this day, I continue to be surprised by the power of watercolor painting can create openings that transcend time, roles, and limiting self-definitions. I believe in the power of art to hold and allow for surprise.

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,