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Training Group Therapists for the 21st Century

Next two year cycle, 2019-2021

Farooq Mohyuddin, MD, CGP, Chair

Maryetta Andrews-Sachs, MA, CGP, FAGPA, Dean


All conference sessions take place on a Friday and Saturday
9AM–6:30PM.  12 CE/CME credits are awarded for attendance at each weekend.

October 4 – 5, 2019
January 31 – February 1, 2020
April 24 – 25, 2020

September 25 – 26, 2020
January 29 – 30, 2021
April 23 – 24, 2021

The deadline for applications is September 1, 2019. You are encouraged not too wait till the last minute to apply as the class will fill up.

The Institute comprises a two-year program of six intensive group conferences, focusing on contemporary approaches to psychodynamic group psychotherapy and issues in group therapy. Each conference offers multiple opportunities within the faculty/member community for didactic and experiential learning, including lectures and panel discussions, demonstration groups, small group experiences and large group experiences.

Participation in the Institute is open to mental health practitioners and clinicians-in-training who are interested in learning about groups and about group therapy. Group therapy experience, either as a participant or a group leader, is not a pre-requisite. There are two levels of participation: full Institute participants attend the entire cycle of six conferences and belong to the same small group throughout; single-conference participants attend on a per conference basis and are assigned to a small group formed only for that particular conference.  It is possible to register for multiple conferences.

The Conferences

October 4 - 5, 2019

Effective Therapy Groups and Their Leaders:
Psychodynamic, Ethical, and Sociocultural

Co-Chairs: Stacey Jackson-Lampley, Ph.D. and Victoria Lee, Ph.D.

There are many ways to lead and conceptualize a therapy group. In this inaugural conference we will consider the interplay of psychodynamic processes and sociocultural factors, and the role of ethical considerations in both the development and ongoing leadership of an effective group. Interactive plenaries and experiential small and large groups will illuminate both the dynamic and social unconscious of group life in the here-and-now and examine the role of theory as a guide for the group psychotherapist.

January 31 – February 1, 2020

A Relational Approach to Group Therapy:
Enactive Engagement, Companioning, and Narrative

Guest Presenter: Robert Grossmark, Ph.D.
Chair: Karen Eberwein, Psy.D.

Being known by the group and companioned in areas of pain, shame and fragmentation can be a foundation on which group and individual transformation and healing rests. For this conference, Dr. Robert Grossmark will outline a relational approach for working with groups that involves a present and engaged group analyst, who is unobtrusive to the unfolding of the patient’s and group’s inner worlds and yet-to-be-known dynamics. Through vivid examples drawn from his work, he will illustrate how the group analyst unobtrusively companions the group in the flow of enactive engagement and in the emergent narratives of trauma and transformative states. Dr. Grossmark will conduct a demonstration group to illustrate these concepts.

April 24 – 25, 2020

Delights and Shadows:
Working with a Co-Therapist in Group

Co-Chairs: Molly Donovan, Ph.D. and Barry Wepman, Ph.D.

Co-therapy can be an effective way of leading therapy groups, and yet it is fraught with complexities. While the differing perceptions and styles of each therapist can enrich the group experience, these differences also present challenges to the co-therapy relationship and its functioning in the group. We will examine the ramifications of this intense relationship, both pros and cons, from its inception through its working life.

September 25 – 26, 2020

Reflection and Revelation:
The Group Therapist’s Use of Self and Self-Disclosure

Chair: Jonathan Stillerman, Ph.D.

We’ve come a long way from the abstinent, anonymous therapist as an ideal.
Yet, how therapists most effectively use and reveal themselves remains an area of spirited debate. This conference will expand that conversation to the unique context of group therapy. Participants will explore how we as group therapists decide whether to reveal ourselves in our groups, and if so, what to disclose, how to do so, and how to evaluate its impact on members and the group as a whole. We will be paying particular attention to countertransference and its relationship to self-disclosure.

January 29 – 30, 2021

World Views in Conflict: Exploring Implicit Bias through Large Group Experience

Co-Chairs: The Large Group Team and Bradley Lake, MSW

The large group provides a unique opportunity to examine the stereotyping thoughts and beliefs of implicit bias that exist uniquely within all of us. Using LG experience and reflective commentary, we will explore how life circumstance and a multiplicity of large group identities existing within individuals, subgroups, and the group-as-a-whole result in conflicting world views, generating tension and conflict as well as opportunities for collective learning and personal growth. Of particular interest will be unconscious belief systems of social privilege. Our goal is to promote a spirit of inclusion and cultivate therapist empathy for diverse experience and competing perspectives.

April 23 – 24, 2021

How Do I Leave Thee?
Endings and Existential Issues in Group

Co-Chairs: Maryetta Andrews-Sachs, LCSW and Farooq Mohyuddin, MD

Existential issues - freedom, isolation, meaninglessness and death - intertwine throughout our lives and the lives of our group members and underlie all our therapeutic work. This final conference of the two-year cycle will provide the perfect context for Institute members to experience these profound human issues first hand and explore their impact on therapy group members and group dynamics.

Please note: This final conference of the cycle will be limited to those students who have been enrolled in the full two-year Institute. No single conference registrations will be accepted.

Small Group Experience

Each participant will be assigned to a small process group of 7-10 members. These groups, led by one or two faculty members, will maintain the same membership throughout the duration of the Program. The goal of these groups is to integrate the didactic material presented by providing the participants with an in-vivo opportunity to experience and observe small group dynamics and processes as they unfold.

Large Group Experience

All participants will be members of a large group experience that will convene three times over the duration of each conference. These large group meetings will be facilitated by a multi-person team of faculty consultants. The educational goals are to illuminate large group unconscious processes, identify covert and overt barriers to communication, and to recognize the influence of sociocultural and other contextual factors on a therapy group.


Eligibility and Selection

The Program is open to psychiatrists, medical residents, psychologists, doctoral psychology students, social workers, social work students, nurses, counselors and other licensed mental health professionals.

Please apply. Applicants are invited to submit a CV and application. An interview with the Program Chair, Dean or a member of the Selection Committee will be conducted prior to acceptance into the two-year Program.

The deadline for applications is September 1.


Training Component Options

A faculty advisor is available to assist any Institute member seeking additional training components to supplement their educational Institute experience, including: 

  • Supervision of clinical group work
  • Basic Principles of Group Psychotherapy Course
  • Guidance in beginning a therapy group
  • Continuing education opportunities in group therapy


For Further Information

Contact the Chair or Dean with any additional questions:

Farooq Mohyuddin, Chair, or
Maryetta Andrews-Sachs, Dean,

CE/CME Award

72 CE/CME credits for the 2 year cycle..


$2000 total, $1000 due each year.

Scholarship Support

The Sy Rubenfeld Scholarship Fund provides financial support for tuition for clinicians-in-training and early career professionals based on available funds. Contact the Dean for more information. Scholarship application.


NGPI Faculty

Farooq Mohyuddin, MD, CGP (Chair)
Maryetta Andrews-Sachs, MA, CGP, FAGPA (Dean)

Kavita Avula, PsyD
Mary Dluhy, MSW, CGP, FAGPA
Molly Donovan, PhD, CGP, FAGPA
Stacey Jackson-Lampley, PhD
Beatrice Liebenberg, MSW, CGP, DFAGPA
Hallie Lovett, PhD, CGP (sabbatical)
Reginald Nettles, PhD, CGP
Leon Paparella, MSW, CGP
Robert Schulte, MSW, CGP
Rosemary Segalla, PhD, ABPP, CGP, FAGPA
Jonathan Stillerman, PhD, CGP
Steve Van Wagoner, PhD, CGP, FAGPA
Ayana Watkins-Northern, PhD, CGP
Barry Wepman, PhD, CGP, FAGPA

Guest Faculty

Karen Eberwein, PsyD
Bradley Lake, LICSW,
Victoria Lee, PhD
Bruce Pickle, PhD


Scholarship Application

WSP has very limited scholarship funds. However we will try to help students with a payment plan and scholarship where possible.

About the
Washington School of Psychiatry

Celebrating its 80th year, the School is an accredited provider of post-graduate continuing education.

The Meyer Treatment Center provides low cost access to mental health services. It is an out-of-network facility for insurance purposes.

The Washington School of Psychiatry is an independent non-profit organization. It is not affiliated with the government of the District of Columbia or the government of the United States.

Location and Telephone

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Washington DC 20016

202-537-6050 Treatment Center

202-237-2700 School

202-237-2730 Fax




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