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Open Group Studio, May 6: Psychodramatic Family Therapy

Open Group Studio, May 6: Psychodramatic Family Therapy

These small gatherings accommodate about 10-12 people and offer a casual yet educational event and mingling with others who are interested in group work. The hosts are local master group therapists, who open their practice and welcome you to share a discussion about the work they love and specialize in. Please encourage your colleagues who are not yet NCGPS members but might be interested in working with groups, to attend some of these Open Studios!

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

For additional information, please contact:

Laura Kasper, PhD or Lois Friedlander, MFT 

In this workshop, we will explore our family issues through various experiential exercises, including psychodrama. Bring a photo or two of your close family members to use in our rituals, and think of one big question you have about your family.

This Open Studio will be offered by Judye Hess, Ph.D., a long-time member of NCGPS, and a licensed psychologist in Berkeley who has been working with families and teaching family therapy for over 30 years.


24th Biennial Training Institute

24th Biennial Training Institute

June 3-4, 2017
Pre-Institute Evening Program, June 2

The NCGPS Institute offers a unique opportunity for both learning and connections. Our Institute is designed for group therapists at all levels and allows participants to select one of 12 groups—all led by Master group therapists. Participants will engage deeply in group process as members and also examine the dynamics from a theoretical perspective. In addition to experienced group therapists, we welcome students, interns, and new professionals to learn about the value of group therapy as an addition to their current practice.

The groups are geared to various levels of expertise with the intention of bringing the participants to the next level–whether they already have a high level of expertise or are just beginning as group therapists. A special emphasis this year will be topics vital to the societal health of our nation such as socioeconomic, gender, culture, race, and lifestyle differences.


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Choose from 12 Institute Groups:

Pyschodynamic Process Groups
• Beginning
• Intermediate
• Advanced

Special Interest Groups
• How to Bridge Differences
• Whose Lives Matter?
• Healing the Wounds of History
• Psychodramatic Family Therapy
• Gestalt Group Therapy
• Women’s Group
• Individual and Group Combined
• Redecision Therapy
• Men’s Struggle with Intimacy

You can view videos of the presenters discussing their institute Groups on our Facebook page.
Friday evening, June 2 we will screen Karina Epperlein’s Finding the Gold Within, about what it means to be young, black, and male, and to dare to step out of invisibility ( Film maker will be present.There will be opportunity for early check in for those who have registered. Registrants can enjoy a meal that evening for an extra charge.

Registration fees include 3 meals (Saturday lunch and dinner, Sunday lunch) and 4 coffee breaks.

NCGPS Members
Students/Trainees Regular
Students/Trainees Members
Agencies with 4 or more registering together receive member rate.

Click HERE to view the Institute descriptions prior to registration.

You may register by clicking HERE.

To apply for a scholarship or request assistance paying for student membership, contact Laine Demetria,

Note: NCGPS has no affiliation or direct involvement with the Executive Inn and Suites site.

For additional information, contact Institute co-directors,
Vivian Nelson and Bill Roller,, 510-525-9215.


This will take you through the full registration process, including (at the end) a link to the housing reservations at the Executive Inn and Suites website. Download the PDF catalog or refer to printed version for conference details.

Everything you need to know about the conference schedule, workshops, logistics, and more! (PDF File)

Go directly to the Executive Inn and Suites site to reserve your accommodations, or for more information on housing.

Download a 1-page printable version of the conference information, to post or distribute.


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 NCGPS President, Phyllis Jenkins: 408-265-9200,