MAGPS Fall Conference: Creating Connection Through Empathy: Working with the Intersection of Indentities in the Group Process with Kathleen Isaac, PhD [Save to my Calendar]

    Saturday, November 6th, 2021
MAGPS Fall Conference: Creating Connection Through Empathy: Working with the Intersection of Indentities in the Group Process with Kathleen Isaac, PhD
Saturday, November 6th, 2021

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: $255
Non-member: $355
1st Time Attendee: $215
New Professional: $135
Student/Retiree: $85
CEU Processing Fee: $25

Registration Deadline: 
Friday, October 29, 2021

Cancellation Policy:
Full refund less $25 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.


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