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Saturday, November 6

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Saturday, November 6
Time: All day event
Location: Zoom
Event: MAGPS Fall Conference: Creating Connection Through Empathy: Working with the Intersection of Indentities in the Group Process with Kathleen Isaac, PhD

In a time of overwhelming uncertainty, socio-political crisis, and isolation, people are craving connection. Group provides an opportunity to share experiences, connect and feel seen, validated, and accepted by others. However, many individuals have struggled to access these positive benefits of the group, particularly those with marginalized identities. How do we create a group environment that invites the entirety of one’s experience including the parts of themselves that are othered and discriminated against? How do we shift from creating connection through harmful conflict to a healthy exploration of differences?

Dr. Kathleen Isaac will share how to use empathy and principles of liberation psychology to work with trauma and integrate the intersections of race, sexual orientation, and gender identity into the group process.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Identify three ways White supremacy has impacted cross-racial dialogue in groups.
  2. Explain how culture and power dynamics shape the experience of group members.
  3. Explain the impact of microaggressions and othering in the group setting.
  4. Distinguish between varying levels of trauma and how they manifest in the group.
  5. Integrate sensitivity to race, gender and sexual orientation in the clinical encounter.
  6. Define intersectionality and understand the impact of racism, homophobia and patriarchy on individuals and groups.
  7. Identify three strategies for creating an inclusive, culturally sensitive group space using empathy.
  8. Integrate principles of liberation psychology into clinical practice.
  9. Prepare practice guidelines on how therapists and group facilitators can address intersectionality dynamics in groups.




Conference Fees:
MAGPS Member: 5
Non-member: 5
1st Time Attendee: 5
New Professional: 5
CEU Processing Fee:

Registration Deadline: 
Friday, October 29, 2021

Cancellation Policy:
Full refund less if cancellation made by October 29; No refunds after that date.

For registration assistance, or to register by phone, contact our conference registrar Jackie Darby at


MAGPS is an affiliate of the American Group Psychotherapy Association serving psychotherapists from DC, MD, VA, and WV. Its mission is to provide and support group psychotherapy training and education.

Scholarship Opportunities: MAGPS supports the professional development of students, interns, residents, and clinicians early in their careers by offering various scholarships to cover registration and banquet costs. First-time attendees and new professionals may register at reduced rates.

To apply for a scholarship, send an email to Cristina Secarea at


R. Cassidy Seminars to provide continuing education for psychologists, social workers, and counselors. R. Cassidy Seminars is an independent organization. It is not affiliated with the government of the District of Columbia or the government of the United States.

Please Note: Licensing Boards change regulations often and while we attempt to stay abreast of their most recent changes, we recommend you contact your board directly to obtain a ruling, if you have questions or concerns about this course meeting your specific board’s approval.



Kathleen Issac, PhD

Kathleen Isaac, PhD is an African American, cis-gender female, licensed Clinical Psychologist and Clinical Assistant Professor at NYU Langone Health, where she provides individual, couples, and group psychotherapy to medical students, residents, and hospital employees. She also has a part-time private practice focused on serving BIPOC and LGBTQ+ clients with integrative treatment approaches, where she specializes in trauma, health psychology, and cultural issues. Dr. Isaac has been featured on multiple media platforms. She is committed to promoting the use of mental health treatment and reducing mental health stigma.


MAGPS traditionally invites seasoned local group facilitators to serve as small group leaders, along with at least one guest from another affiliate society in an effort to promote stronger connections with our colleagues across the country. These small group process leaders will serve to help guide attendees take a deep dive into understanding the ways in which they engage with others on an interpersonal level. Participants will be randomly selected prior to the start of the conference.


Bemak, F., & Chung, R. C. Y. (2019). Race dialogues in group psychotherapy: Key issues in training and practice. International Journal of Group Psychotherapy, 69(2), 172- 191.

Finlay, L. D., Abernethy, A. D., & Garrels, S. R. (2016). Scapegoating in group therapy: Insights from Girard’s Mimetic Theory. International Journal of Group Psychotherapy66(2), 188-204.

Gitterman, P. (2019). Social identities, power, and privilege: The importance of difference in establishing early group cohesion. International Journal of Group Psychotherapy, 69(1), 99-125.

Isaac, K. (2019). Lifting as We Climb: The Development of a Support Group for Underrepresented Minority Medical Students. Group, 43(2-4), 101-112.

Kent, J. (2021). Scapegoating and the ‘angry black woman’. Group Analysis, 0533316421992300.

Kinouani, G. (2020). Silencing, power and racial trauma in groups. Group Analysis53(2), 145-161

Schmidt, C. (2018). “Don’t Shy Away From Race Prejudice.” Group. 41(2): 9-22.

Miles, J. R., Anders, C., Kivlighan III, D. M., & Belcher Platt, A. A. (2021). Cultural ruptures: Addressing microaggressions in group therapy. Group Dynamics: Theory, Research, and Practice, 25(1), 74.

Stevenson, S. (2020). Psychodynamic intersectionality and the positionality of the group analyst: the tension between analytical neutrality and inter-subjectivity. Group Analysis, 53(4), 498-514.


Time: 12:00pm - 2:00pm
Location: Online Event
Event: Carolinas GPS: The IFS Model in Group therapy

The Carolinas Group Psychotherapy Society invites you to this two hour, online event, which is FREE to MEMBERS:

The IFS Model (Internal Family Systems) in Group Therapy

Non-members suggested donation .

When: 6 Nov 2021 12:00 PM, EDT

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Saturday, November 6, 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM, online 

“There Are a Whole Lot Of Us In This Room! The IFS Model in Group Therapy”

Presented by Deborah Klinger, M.A, LMFT, CEDS-S

FREE to CGPS members! Suggested donation for non-members.

Following on the heels of our 2016 workshop with IFS originator Dick Schwartz, CGPS member Deborah Klinger discusses how to integrate IFS theory and technique into our work with groups.

The Internal Family Systems (IFS) model, created by Richard Schwartz, PhD, LMFT, offers a non-pathologizing and collaborative view of human cognitive, emotional and somatic life and a clear, dynamic therapeutic approach for therapist and client transformation. Drawing from general and family systems theories, IFS approaches individuals as systems made up of parts and a core Self that operate according to systemic principles. This system includes vulnerable parts that contain painful feelings and negative beliefs (referred to as “burdens”) acquired earlier in life, and parts that have taken on protective roles, which work to keep the pain of these vulnerable parts from flooding the internal system. These protective parts are responsible for maladaptive coping behaviors, and often contribute to external conflict with others. IFS helps clients understand and work with their internal systems by developing compassionate relationships between Self and parts, relieving the burdens parts are carrying, and moving toward Self-leadership to facilitate healing. In IFS groups, members learn about their systems and get to know their parts in the context of relationships. There's room for creativity and flexibility in different types of groups, or in one group utilizing different types of exercises and modalities. In a group process format, IFS enables group members to identify parts of themselves that are activated by and react to the parts of other members. Group members learn to speak for, rather than from their parts, as they interact with one another, enabling them to experience Self-led, rather than parts-led, communication. IFS groups can also offer the opportunity for working with the system of a particular member, with other members role-playing parts of that member. Group leaders can include meditation, art exercises, dyad work, and myriad other options. In this workshop, I'll be explaining interpersonal dynamics from an IFS perspective, and leading experiential samples of various types of IFS group activities.


Deborah Klinger, M.A, LMFT, CEDS-S, is in private practice in Durham, NC. Deborah received her Master's in 1990, and soon after began working in the field of eating disorders. Deborah is a Certified Internal Family Systems Therapist and Approved Consultant, Certified Eating Disorders Specialist and Approved Supervisor, an AAMFT Approved Supervisor, and Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy practitioner. She's presented at many conferences. over the years. A graduate of the Trauma-Sensitive Yoga certificate training at the Trauma Center at JRI, she periodically teaches yoga for trauma, and her own “Love Thy Body: Yoga for Eating and Body Concerns.” She combines IFS, Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, DBT and EMDR for a holistic, body-mind approach to healing.

Certificate of Attendance

A two-hour attendance certificate will be provided. While these are not certified CE Contact Hours, our certificate is sufficient documentation for some licenses.

Best regards,
Carolinas Group Psychotherapy Society


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