Austin Group Psychotherapy Society

Institute - Defense Against Intimacy

  • Saturday, September 11, 2021
  • 9:00 AM
  • Sunday, September 12, 2021
  • 1:00 PM
  • Online Event
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Jev Sikes, PhD, CGP

Event Description:

Jev Sikes is leading an institute which will explore the conscious and unconscious ways we keep distance in our relationships. Participants will explore their feelings in the here and now and will notice defensive patterns. The leader will use an interpersonal, object relations approach.

About the Presenter:

Jev Sikes, PhD, CGP, psychologist at Deep Eddy Psychotherapy, is an object relations group psychotherapist heavily influenced by Scott Rutan, Louis Ormont, and Yvonne Agazarian. He has been leading groups for over 45 years. In the early 70s, he led two to three weekend ("marathon") groups each month around the country, and, in the summer, two-week advanced personal growth labs for National Training Laboratories in Bethel, Maine. In the 90s, he led 11 group psychotherapy group sessions each week, including two couples' groups. Jev has taught group psychotherapy at the university level and has also led training workshops in Austin and around the country.

What Are Group Institutes?

Institutes are a highly experiential form of small group teaching led by experienced instructors. They are intended to develop therapy skills relevant to leading groups. They often offer a chance to explore a particular theme in greater depth or to experience a different theoretical approach. Institutes are primarily designed for mental health professionals who have clinical psychotherapy experience. While institutes are not therapy, they are process-oriented and it is expected that they may stir feelings spanning the whole range of human experience. Members agree to attend the entire group, to participate actively, and to respect the confidentiality of the other members. The secure environment of these small groups allows for rich cognitive and deep emotional learning about group process and oneself, not to mention a chance for personal and professional renewal.


Saturday, September 11, 2021:

     9:00-11:40am: Group Process

     11:40am-12:00pm: Discussion of Leadership Issues

     12:00-1:15pm: Lunch

     1:15-4:45pm: Group Process

     4:45-5:15pm: Discussion of Leadership Issues

Sunday, September 12,, 2021:

     9:00am-12:15pm: Group Process

     12:15-12:45pm: Discussion of Leadership Issues

     12:45-1:00pm: Evaluations


Participants will be able to:

1.  Identifying the yearning to merge.

2.  Identifying the urge to be separate and individual.

3.  Identifying defenses against the desire to be one and the desire to be separate.

4.  Develop compassion for our defenses and difficulties.

10 CEUs available for social workers, LPCs, LMFTs, and psychologists.

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