Friday, March 19th, 2021 2:00pm - 5:00pm (US/Eastern)
Friday, March 19th, 2021
2:00pm - 5:00pm

Full details and registrations:

In early 2017, several women group leaders in Austin began discussions and creative explorations of the ways women therapists experience and work with aggression in themselves and in their group members. From these discussions emerged writings, art, poetry, song, an AGPA Open Session, an AGPA open session and e-Learning presentation. Each writer has incorporated reactions to current events as the papers and case studies evolved.

Regardless of where we find ourselves on the gender identity continuum, our culture, family-of-origin, politics, religion, clinical training, and clinical experiences have shaped and influenced our experience and therapeutic use of aggressive feelings.

Seven Austin women who were integral to this exploration will share their stories, challenges, theoretical development, and clinical anecdotes, followed by a large group discussion.

Virtual Workshop Via Zoom

Appropriate for individual and group therapists 3 ETHICS CE HOURS

Learning Objectives. Participants will be able to:

1.     Distinguish types of direct and indirect aggressive expression common in group members and women group leaders.

2.     Identify and describe at least three examples of countertransference in women group leaders that impact their work with aggression in themselves and in their groups.

3.     Describe the factors that help women become better able to use their aggression effectively in group treatment.

4.     List three ethical considerations in working with aggression in groups.



Jan Morris, Ph.D., ABPP, CGP, FAGPA, moderator
Jeanne Bunker, LCSW, CGP, FAGPA
Barbara Davis, LCSW-S, CGP
Ani Mirasol, MS, LCSW-S, CGP
Stacy Nakell, LCSW, CGP
Patty Olwell, LPC, CGP
Lavanya Shankar, Ph.D.

About the Presenters:

Jan Morris is a psychologist in private practice.  She is Board Certified in the practice of group psychotherapy, a faculty member with the modern analytic training Center for Group Studies in New York City, a Board member of AGPA and frequent presenter around the US.  Jan loves leading groups, as well as supervising and training group leaders.

Ramona Aarsvold, Ph.D. has been a psychologist in private practice for 30 years, and treats adults and adolescents in individual, group, or couple psychotherapy.  She has been a presenter at AGPA, AGPS, and Austin Psychoanalytic. Ramona is the adoptive mother to a teenage son.

Jeanne Bunker, LCSW, CGP, FAGPA, has had a thriving psychotherapy practice in Austin, TX, working with groups, individuals and couples since 1993. Passionate about teaching and mentoring, Jeanne is a faculty member at the Center for Group Studies in NYC, a frequent presenter for the American Group Psychotherapy Association (AGPA), and conducts various ongoing training and supervision groups for clinicians. To support her own growth and balance, Jeanne studies and teaches Tai Chi and Kung Fu within the Shaolin-Do tradition. 

Barbara E. Davis has practiced as a psychotherapist for over 40 years and is a past president of AGPS.  As a faculty member of the International Society for Bioenergetic Analysis, a modality that integrates body oriented psychotherapy with psychoanalytic thought, she has led numerous workshops and training groups in Canada, New Zealand, Brazil and the US, including workshops for AGPA and AGPS.  She specializes in working with trauma, serious illness, grief and loss, as well as enhancing intimacy for couples.

Ani Mirasol is a sex-positive psychotherapist in private practice.  She offers individual, relationship, and group therapy for adults and teens, specializing in the intersection of oppression and trauma.  In her fun time, she enjoys the arts, the outdoors, and laughing. 

Stacy Nakell, a clinical social worker, has had a therapy practice in Austin for almost 2 decades. For one of these decades, she also fought as an amateur boxer. She specializes in group and individual treatment for those struggling with skin-picking and hair-pulling. She is working on a draft of her first book, "Calming restless hands: A psychodynamic approach to treating body-focused repetitive behaviors."

Patty Olwell is a therapist in private practice.  She works with individuals, couples and groups. She became a therapist after a long corporate career and a decade working for public radio.  She was a founding board member and past president of Austin IN Connection. When she is not working with clients she is following her passion for dance: salsa, bachata, west coast swing, rumba, bolero and more.  She agrees with Friedrich Nietzsche that “We should consider every day lost on which we have not danced at least once.”

Lavanya Shankar is a psychologist in private practice, working with individuals, couples and groups. She specializes in trauma and grief, and has a particular interest in helping clients cultivate healthy relationships. She is involved in ongoing training through the Center for Group Studies in New York. She is also passionate about raising awareness of issues related to diversity.


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