24th Biennial Training Institute, June 3-4, 2017
Pre-Institute evening, June 2
Executive Suites Hotel, Oakland, CA
The NCGPS Institute offers a wonderful opportunity for both learning and social connections old and new. During this period of economic and political stress, it is especially important to support our relationships to each other and to our profession. 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.
This year we are pleased to bring our institute to Oakland, an urban setting that encourages students, interns, and new professionals to be part of an in depth training experience. We are reaching out to include many young people who will become the new generation of group therapists. To that end, many of our institutes will focus on topics that address issues vital to the city of Oakland and beyond, including race, income inequality, gender, and the many diverse communities that exist within the city.
On Friday evening, prior to the beginning of the training institute, participants have the opportunity to gather their registration materials and, for an extra charge of $25, to enjoy a catered dinner on site. At 7 pm that evening, all those who have registered for the institute are invited to attend a special screening of Karina Epperlein’s documentary film, Finding the Gold Within (GoldTheFilm.com). This is a groundbreaking film that offers its audience an opportunity to intimately experience a long-term large group conducted by older black males in support of black male youths from 12 to 20 years of age. Both the individual and group-as-a-whole narratives reveal poignantly the risk entailed in coming out of invisibility. As group members, these courageous young souls share their efforts to set out on their own paths and to withstand a challenging constellation of racial and other prejudices. The filmmaker will be present, and two group leaders will facilitate the discussion that follows.
Hope to see you there!
Vivian and Bill Roller