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AGPS Annual Conference 2018: Cultivating the Internal Secure Base in Group...

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1617 North Interstate 35 Frontage Road

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with Aaron E. Black, Ph.D., CGP


12 CEUs (including 3 Ethics credits)

available for Social Workers, LPCs, LMFTs, & Psychologists.

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Attachment theory concepts are applicable in all forms of psychotherapy. The secure base, emotional self-regulation and mentalization provide a powerful lens to understand how attachment develops in childhood and shows up within the therapy group. Dr. Black’s value in making these concepts accessible and usable is evident in the way he talks about complex ideas with understandable language. He provides a clear application, bypassing jargon, to promote a working knowledge and informed interventions that can foster clients’ earned secure attachment behaviors.

Consider eighteen month old Sarah playing happily when a stranger enters the room. Without hesitation Sarah grabs her mother's leg and gazes at her face, trying to assess her mother's feeling. Is mommy afraid? Should I be afraid? She sees no fear. Relieved, she drifts back to playing with her toy. Such a simple moment, and yet, systematic study of these interactions forever changed the course of developmental and clinical psychology.

Through combining didactic and experiential learning, this conference will take an in-depth look at factors that contribute to earned secure attachment behavior. This integrative approach provides opportunity to gain insight, self-awareness, and behavioral skill with integrating cognitive, emotional and behavioral elements.
Developmentally-appropriate intervention strategies that aim to remove barriers to the expression of secure attachment behavior in group will be described and demonstrated. We will learn how to enhance the leader's ability to effectively attend to insecure attachment through awareness of and sensitivity to insecure self-states, rather than classification of attachment styles. Specific psychological features of insecurely-attached self-states will be described as they shape both the group leader’s countertransference as well as client resistances to emotional contact and immediacy. The dynamics of mentalization as an achievement of secure attachment will be examined in order to craft interventions for the individual, subgroup, and group-as-a-whole.

SMALL GROUP EXPERIENCE

Each person attending the conference will participate in a small group led by highly skilled senior members of our group community. Small group experiences provide all participants with an opportunity to experience the unique dynamics and benefits of group work firsthand. The purpose of this activity is to provide a rich context for development that deepens understanding of our clinical work, our clients, and ourselves. It can remind us of our clients’ perspective as a participant and give exposure to the facilitation style of other seasoned group leaders.

SMALL GROUP LEADERS

Jan Morris, Ph.D., CGP, ABPP, FAGPA
Katie Griffin, FAGPA, CGP, LPC
Joseph Acosta, MA, LPC, FAGPA
Alyson M. Stone, Ph.D., CGP
Allen Lambert, LCSW, CGP
Laura Ebady, PsyD, CGP
Jeanne Bunker, LCSW, CGP, FAGPA (1st Alternate)
Deborah Sharp (2nd Alternate)

GROUP OBSERVERS

Jeffrey S. Hudson, M.Ed., LPC, CGP, FAGPA
Dave Kaplowitz, LMFT, CGP (1st Alternate)

About the Presenter:

Dr. Aaron Black has a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology and is a Certified Group Psychotherapist. A former faculty member of the University of Rochester, Dr. Black has been in private practice in Rochester, NY for 25 years where he teaches, supervises, and works clinically with individuals, couples and groups. He has published numerous papers in peer-reviewed journals on group psychotherapy, attachment theory and psychological trauma, as well as presenting at national and international conferences on these same topics. Dr. Black is on the faculty of the Center for Group Studies in NYC and a current board member of American Group Psychotherapy Association. His most recent publication is entitled "On attacking and being attacked in group psychotherapy," which appears in the July, 2017 issue of the International Journal of Group Psychotherapy.

Learning Objectives:

1. Explain the concept and functions of the secure base in attachment theory.
2. Define mentalization and describe how it develops.
3. Be able to identify insecurely-attached self-states in group members to enhance the ethical practice of clinicians
4. Provide an example of how resistance facilitates emotional self-regulation in group therapy.
5. Describe an developmentally-sensitive and ethically sound intervention that can be used to resolve resistance to secure attachment in group therapy.

Refunds: To cancel your registration, please send a request by email to: agps.events@gmail.com. Registration fees will be refunded for requests received at least 2 weeks before the start of the event.

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