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Saturday, November 7

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Saturday, November 7
Time: 8:30am - 4:15pm
Location: Online Event
Event: MAGPS Fall Conference with Dr. Aziza A. B. Platt

Fall Conference 2020 – Let’s Face The Fact(or)s: Navigating Race in Groups Through Re-Examining Therapeutic Factors

Let’s Face The Fact(or)s: Navigating Race in Groups Through Re-Examining Therapeutic Factors

white-squareGuest Presenter: Aziza Belcher Platt, PhD

Saturday, & Sunday, November 7-8, 2020
Location: Virtual
This event is co-sponsored by
The Washington School of Psychiatry


Conference Description: This conference, which is intended for psychiatrists, psychologists, counselors, psychiatric nurses, and social workers, offers both didactic and experiential learning experiences to deepen attendees understanding of topical content in preparation for introducing the gained knowledge into their group work.



Dr. Aziza Belcher Platt has created a fall conference for MAGPS in response to current nationwide racial reckoning and community calls for healing and equity. Through various activities (i.e., presentations, discussions, small and large groups sessions, and small process group experiences) attendees will explore race in groups from the perspective of group therapists. The conference will focus on how group therapists can utilize the dynamics unique to group, the ever-present therapeutic factors, and one’s own full clinical repertoire, to navigate the gamut of racial-cultural events. Attendees will develop and strengthen their abilities and confidence in guiding their groups into racial-cultural exploration and through difficult racial-cultural interactions. Guided by professional ethics and social justice obligations, clinicians will: 1) Practice addressing the group climate; 2) Gain introspection into members’ racial-cultural identities, and, 3) Learn how to guide interracial/intercultural group interactions towards corrective experiences within the group. Ultimately, learnings from this conference will help practitioners, and by extension their group members, facilitate corrective experiences in their social groups, daily lives, and communities at -large.

Learning objectives:

The participants will be able to:

  1. Identify relevant ethical codes associated with addressing systemic oppression and creating inclusive and culturally responsive therapeutic encounters
  2. Analyze race and racism in individual and societal systems and extrapolate that to group therapy
  3. Identify the trajectories and outcomes of racial-cultural events in groups Use an understanding of the therapeutic factors to illuminate, facilitate, and resolve racial-cultural events within groups
  4. Apply a broad range of skills, strategies, and innovative practices to incorporate principles of social justice into their group work
  5. Identify performance and social anxiety and methods to address it; and,
  6. Demonstrate Increased self-knowledge and awareness of practitioner anxiety and coping mechanisms and how they may impact work with patients

About our Presenter

Dr. Aziza A. B. Platt is a licensed psychologist who provides culturally responsive individual and group psychotherapy, family therapy, and psychological assessment. She treats various concerns and specializes in racial-cultural issues, trauma, and grief. She was inspired to get into mental health to contribute to efforts to make therapy more acceptable, accessible, and affordable particularly for marginalized communities. Social justice and liberation are an indelible part of her work. For patients, she aims to eliminate barriers, structural and otherwise, to seeking and receiving quality and culturally competent mental health care, especially for underrepresented and under-served communities. As a practitioner, she strives to help the field and practitioners become increasingly more culturally aware and responsive. As a scientist, she focuses on health disparities and evidence-based research to inform culturally responsive clinical practice. She hopes to integrate the skills from her previous career as a software developer into her psychological endeavors.


For more information please contact Karen Eberwein & Chris Straley, Conference Co-Chairs, at


Time: 9:00am - 5:00pm
Location: Online Event
Event: FCGPS 2020 Conference Group: A Healing Force for the 21st Century

The conference will be entirely virtual around the theme of Group: Healing in the 21st Century.  CONFERENCE INFORMATION

We have 10 institutes and 13 workshops over the two days! 


We are offering 20% discount for all affiliate members using the code: AGPA2020

We are also offering a 20% discount for all essential workers using the code: ESSENTIAL2020




SATURDAY November 7, 2020

9:00 am - 9:10 am Orientation and Brief Status Update FCGPS

9:15 am - 10:30 am Panel

10:40 am - 1:10 pm (Institutes)

1:10 pm - 2:30 pm Lunch

2:30 pm - 5:00 pm (Institutes) 

End of Day


Time: 9:30am - 5:30pm
Location: Online Event
Event: AGPS Annual Conference with Dr. Alexis D. Abernethy
The AGPS Annual Conference returns! Join us for a thought-provoking training on racism and group psychotherapy.

AGPS Annual Conference

Neuroscience and Racism: The Power of Groups for Overcoming Implicit Bias


Dr. Alexis D. Abernethy, Clinical Psychologist, Certified Group Psychotherapist, Professor of Clinical Psychology, and Chief of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

6 CEUs (3 Ethics) Available for Social Workers, LPCs, LMFTs, & Psychologists.

Event Description: 

Alexis D. Abernethy, PhD, CGP, FAGPA, will present on how race-related stimuli are processed in the brain and current insights related to implicit bias. The implications of these insights for group leadership will be discussed, and participants will engage in experiential exercises that will aid them in addressing these issues in groups.

About the Presenter:

Dr. Abernethy is a clinical psychologist and professor in the School of Psychology & Marriage and Family Therapy at Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, California. She is also the Chief of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at Fuller. Dr. Abernethy graduated from Howard University with a BS in Psychology and received her MA and PhD from the University of California, Berkeley. She has conducted institutes and workshops nationally on cultural competence and spirituality in group therapy. Dr. Abernethy is a Certified Group Psychotherapist and Fellow of the American Group Psychotherapy Association (AGPA). She has served as Co-Chair of AGPA’s Institute Committee and Annual Meeting and currently serves on the Board of Directors for AGPA.

Dr. Abernethy edited the 2004 special edition of the journal Group on spirituality in group therapy. She contributed the chapter, “A Spiritually Informed Approach to Group Psychotherapy” in Kleinberg’s 2012 edited volume, The Wiley-Blackwell Handbook of Group Psychotherapy. She recently co-authored an article with Lee Stevens on “Neuroscience and Racism: The Power of Groups for Overcoming Implicit Bias” and another article with David Allen and Marie Carroll: “Adapting Group Therapy to Address Real World Problems: Insights from Groups Offered in the Bahamas” in The International Journal of Group Psychotherapy (2017).

Event Schedule :

8:30-9:00am Arrival/Registration

9:00-9:15 Announcements/Introduction

9:15-9:35 Lecture by Presenter

9:35-9:50 Discussion/Q & A

9:50-10:15 Lecture by Presenter

10:15-10:30 Discussion/Q & A

10:30-10:40 Break

10:40-11:40 Demonstration Group

11:40-12:00pm Demonstration Group Discussion

12:00-1:15 Lunch

1:15-2:15 Demonstration Group

2:15-2:45 Demonstration Group Discussion

2:45-3:00 Break

3:00-4:10 Questions/Application to Practice

4:10-4:25 Final Thoughts/Wrap-Up

4:25-4:30 Evaluations

Workshop Objectives: 

Participants will be able to:

1. Explain how stereotypes are created and maintained in the brain.

2. Identify the key social psychological concepts that influence stereotyping

3. State how implicit racial messages in society affect the brain even at an unconscious level.

4. List three interventions that enhance therapists' abilities to attend to racial dynamics in the process of ethical decision making.

5. Identify how therapists’ backgrounds inform their perspectives when addressing racial dynamics.

6. Identify approaches to address and overcome the problems of implicit racism in a group setting.

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Time: 11:30am - 7:30pm
Location: Online Event
Event: NCGPS Fall Event with Katie Griffin, MA, LPC, CGP, FAGPA

Registration link:

NCGPS Fall Event

Presenter: Katie Griffin, MA, LPC, CGP, FAGPA, CGP

Location: Online via Zoom

Saturday, November 7, 2020

8:30 AM – 4:30 PM PST (Pacific!)

Course Description:The role of a group leader today challenges all of us. What does it mean to be a group leader in this paradigm? This conference will address the pressure to be resilient in the face of global crises. We will explore together our existing assets available for use in new ways. This will be a didactic and experiential event.

Participants will learn how to handle the impact on group members of a pandemic, polarizing political climates, systemic racism and climate change, assist them with responses to turbulent economics, gender-based and racially oppressive systems, help them talk to each other about the emotionally significant journey of their lives while broadening their capacity for here and now intimacy. It will also help us learn how to deal with our own reactions to all of these subjects while holding and bearing the larger part of anxiety created by life in our society, and do this online.

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