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Group Therapy Outside of Private Practice

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NCPGS Presents An Online Workshop

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Group Therapy Outside of Private Practice: A Conversation with our Clinical Panel

Moderated by: Latoyia Griffin Piper, LCSW, CGP

An often overlooked area in our group therapy community is that of leading groups outside of private practice. There are some stereotypic visions of what that might look like: clinicians running cookie-cutter CBT and DBT groups, devoid of interaction, group dynamics, or deep sharing. That simply isn’t the case.

Come and learn from our panelists and their view on their work. The practitioners on this panel are well versed in process and group dynamics… they have a deep love and respect for a range of modalities including process and skills based groups. There are definite challenges in these groups, which will be talked about, as well as sustaining rewards.

What are these groups like, in terms of length, dynamics, sharing? Where is the process in the skills groups? How is process managed by clinicians? What about long-term work; what happens after these groups end? How to bridge over to longer-term groups? Bring your questions, we will have ample time to have a discussion!

We will also talk about fostering safety and inclusion, in light of increased experiences of racially based violence experienced by those in our community and as well as the current challenges of how the covid pandemic shapes our groups.

2 CE units will be offered for completion of this course. You must chose the option to purchase these credits upon registration.

About the panel:

Jane J. Alfonso, MFT, is a Bay Area native and psychotherapist with over 10 years of experience in hospital and community-based settings. Most recently at UCSF's PHP and IOP, and now at the Adult OP program at Kaiser Vallejo, she brings her interest and practice in experiential and somatic therapies to diverse populations. In her continued inquiry into what it means to be embodied, Jane is also a third year student in Contemporary Reichian Therapy.

Kristi Haney-Chambers is a Psychiatric Mental Health Clinical Nurse Specialist working in the Behavioral Health Clinic at the San Francisco VA. She has practiced at the VA for over 32 years and has a passion for working with Veterans and the diverse population Veterans represent. Among her roles, she offers Cognitive Behavior Therapy Groups for Veterans with Depression and Anxiety, and specializes in facilitating the transition from skills groups to process groups. She also has a passion for education and training and is an Associate Clinical Professor at the UCSF School of Nursing and Assistant Clinical Professor at the UCSF School of Medicine. She has a special interest in multidisciplinary education, and trains and mentors Psychiatry, Psychology, and Advance Practice Nursing trainees in group and individual psychotherapy.

Sasha DeCania is the Executive Clinical Director of Ignite Teen Treatment, which provides 4 levels of care: Residential Care, Partial Hospitalization, Intensive Out Patient and OutPatient services. Sasha is a long time resident of Southern Nevada with deep roots in the Las Vegas community. Sasha is Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with a Masters of Science in Marriage and Family Therapy. She has an unwavering commitment to providing quality care to clients and has practiced in the field of mental health since 2002. Along with this commitment, Sasha has substantial experience working with families and children with mental health, trauma, and substance abuse concerns. Sasha has extensive training in mindfulness and cognitive behavioral therapy and has enjoyed developing programs for several agencies and companies in the Las Vegas valley, such as Community Counseling Center, Family and Child Treatment and Destinations for Teens, where she was awarded Clinician of The Year in 2017. In 2018 Sasha received from The National Association of Women Business Owners, the Women of Distinction Award in Medical and Healthcare Services for Las Vegas, NV. Sasha is a Clinical Member of The American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy. She is also an Approved Supervisor for Marriage and Family Therapists and Certified Professional Counselor Interns for the last 6 years for the Sate of Nevada. Sasha was an adjunct faculty member for UNLV's Department of Women’s Studies for 6 years and has also been a guest lecturer for the UNLV's Department of Counseling, Marriage and Family Therapy.

Julia St. George, LCSW, is an individual and group psychotherapist with 9 years’ experience working with adults and seniors in intensive services at UCSF Langley Porter Psychiatric Institute (IOP/PHP) and currently with veterans dealing with substance use, trauma, and co-occurring mental health and medical conditions at the San Francisco VA Medical Center. She has received advanced training in group psychotherapy from The Psychotherapy Institute (TPI) in Berkeley and co-led a clinical consultation group for the Coalition for Clinical Social Work in San Francisco. She leads process-oriented, skills-based, and relaxation-based groups using training in psychodynamic and mindfulness-based psychotherapy, DBT, CBT, and ACT.

Edna Wallace works at the Mental Health and Addictions Hospital in Mountain View, part of El Camino Health. This hospital serves a diverse population ranging from adolescents and new mothers through to older adults. Edna case-manages patients and runs skills and process groups at the hospital, working primarily with older adults suffering from major depression, severe anxiety, or bipolar disorder. In addition to her hospital work, Edna has a small private practise, specializing in older adults and clients following alternative sexual lifestyles. For self-care, Edna enjoys writing short stories, hiking and biking, contra dancing (not during COVID!), Toastmasters, playing Scrabble and other board games, and getting together with friends.

Scott Weber, works at Herrick Hospital in the PHP/IOP programs, I work with a range of diagnosis including mood disorders, psychosis, and characterological issues. In addition to running psychoeducation including CBT/DBT, short term process, and relaxation groups, I provide individual social work support.

Latoyia is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Certified Group Psychotherapist in private practice, with a Master’s in Social Work and Advanced Certification in Women’s Studies. She has a sincere passion for her work & brings that passion to each activity she undertakes. She has valued providing individual, couples, group and family therapy in a range of settings (rural county outpatient mental health, continuing day treatment, for profit outpatient mental health, and private practice). She focuses on whole person centered care with attention to strengths, diversity and inclusion.

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NCGPS strives to make our events accessible to all of the intended audience. If you require any special accommodations to fully participate, please email either of the conference Co-Directors.

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Full refund (minus Eventbrite fees) up to 1 day prior to the event.After that the registration fee cannot be refunded but can be credited towards a future event (minus Eventbrite fees). To request a credit please email: lindsay.ncgps@gmail.com

CE information:

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.

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