Greetings Community,
We are sending out this reminder that we will be holding this years Fall Event on Saturday, November 9th from 8a – 5:30p.
Location is:
Joaquin Miller Center
3594 Sanborn Dr.
Oakland, CA 94602
We are excited to welcome Dr. Paul Le Phuoc to our community and to lead us in an exploration of group dynamics as they relate to differences amongst leaders and group members. Please see event description below.

Group as Cultural Mother

Workshop Description
Many models of cultural competence for work with multicultural populations lack a depth perspective that integrates psychoanalytic theory.  This workshop will present the theory of the cultural mother as a deeper way of understanding ‘difference-as-hierarchy’ (sex, gender, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, physical disability/disfigurement) in group therapy, and its manifestations in phenomena such as transference and countertransference.  Techniques will be presented that provide the group leader with effective tools to engage with potential misattunements that often emerge around differences in social identities.
Paul LePhuoc, PhD., CGP
Paul LePhuoc is a licensed psychologist and a Certified Group Psychotherapist in Houston, TX., where he maintains a full-time private practice and leads two long-term ongoing analytic therapy groups.  He is also Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Baylor College of Medicine.  He is a former board member of the Houston Group Psychotherapy Society and the International Board for the Certification of Group Psychotherapists.  He has led training groups in St. Petersburg, Russia through the Center for Group Studies.  He received his Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology at the University of Texas at Austin and has trained at the Menninger Clinic, the Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center, and Columbia University Medical Center.
For further information regarding the Fall Event contact the Fall Event Chair: Shanon Sitkin, LMFT, CGP at
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