Austin Group Psychotherapy Society

AGPS events are a great way to network with wonderful therapists, gain unique, experiential professional development, and make new friends. You don’t need to be a member to attend most trainings; however, as a member, you can take advantage of pricing discounts and access exclusive members-only events. 

Suggestions for Speakers or Topics? Email our Programming Chair.

Upcoming events

    • Wednesday, June 02, 2021
    • (CDT)
    • Wednesday, June 30, 2021
    • (CDT)
    • 5 sessions
    • Online Event
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    Please come join Bree McDaniel, AGPS Membership Chair, for a casual summer book club for AGPS members, held on Wednesday nights in June from 7-8pm. Come meet other members! Treat yourself to some self-care and read a good book with us.

    Book: When Nietzsche Wept: A Novel of Obsession by Irvin Yalom

    From the Back Cover:
    In nineteenth-century Vienna, a drama of love, fate, and will is played out amid the intellectual ferment that defined the era. Josef Breuer, one of the founding fathers of psychoanalysis, is at the height of his career. Friedrich Nietzsche, Europe's greatest philosopher, is on the brink of suicidal despair, unable to find a cure for the headaches and other ailments that plague him.

    When he agrees to treat Nietzsche with his experimental “talking cure,” Breuer never expects that he too will find solace in their sessions. Only through facing his own inner demons can the gifted healer begin to help his patient. In When Nietzsche Wept, Irvin Yalom blends fact and fiction, atmosphere and suspense, to unfold an unforgettable story about the redemptive power of friendship. 

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    Every Wednesday in June, 7-8pm:  June 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30

    You do not have to have read before the start date. There will be an introduction to the book and social time.


    • Friday, June 25, 2021
    • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM (CDT)
    • Online Event
    • 10
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    ...And your Subjective Countertransference, of Course!"

    Hosted by:  Dylan Davies, MA, LPC, LMFT


    Description:

    Why are you drawn to work with couples? Are you simply passionate about healthy dyadic communication or are you, unknowingly and unconsciously, trying to remedy the interpersonal failures of your parents’ relationship(s) or your own partnership(s)?

    If you don’t work with couples, what may be informing this choice? What feelings and triangulations might you be avoiding?

    When working with two or more clients, whether in interpersonal group therapy or couples therapy, our relational and familial histories play out in our subjective countertransference. The original family scene manifests in pesky, hidden, and perhaps, conscious agendas. In group therapy, we often talk about the “group family” and the kinds of parents and caregivers we, as leaders, become in this context. We tend to speak less about this in couples work. In this intimate Friday Night Conversation, we will explore the intersection of our unique family constellations and the impact on our work with both couples and groups. Participants will reflect and converse on the various ways we show up reflexively in the clinical encounter, what roles we assume, and in what enactments we may find ourselves.

    About the Presenter(s):

    Dylan Davies, MA, LPC, LMFT, is a psychotherapist specializing in couples therapy and interpersonal group therapy. She has been an active member of AGPS for seven years and currently co-leads two adult process groups. Dylan enjoys working with couples who have reached an impasse together and are looking to enhance their relationship by more deeply understanding and transforming their conditioned relational patterns. She also works with couples surrounding issues of sex, money and everything else that gets complicated. Her mission is to help couples create more vitality in their relationship and live with a greater sense of ease, freedom and harmony together. When she’s not doing therapy, Dylan plays clawhammer banjo and hangs out with her big, red, curly-haired dog, Rooster.

    Charge: There is no charge for this event.


    • Saturday, June 26, 2021
    • 9:00 AM (CDT)
    • Sunday, June 27, 2021
    • 12:15 PM (CDT)
    • Online Event
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    Facilitated by Pierre Choucroun, PhD, LPC-S, CGP

    Event Description:

    The task of the therapy group is to help clients develop new ways of relating with people that meet their emotional needs more directly. This task conflicts with the defense strategies that our clients use to keep themselves from feeling all emotions. Our clients' character traits often aid them in maintaining a defended posture in group. As a therapist, it can be difficult to balance between allowing clients to stay where they are emotionally and using group interventions in an active way. This institute will focus on techniques that group therapists can use to support and intervene with clients’ defenses over the lifespan of a group. Working with these defenses helps clients freely participate in their therapy groups and live in more cooperative ways.

    Please Note: This event is specifically for first year AGPS scholarship recipients who have been pre-approved for registration.

    About the Presenter:

    Pierre Choucroun, PhD, LPC-S, CGP, is a Certified Group Psychotherapist and has been in practice for over fifteen years. He is President-Elect of the Austin Group Psychotherapy Society and an active member of the American Group Psychotherapy Association. Pierre began his career providing individual, family, and group therapy to criminal offenders, bereaved families, and patients facing end-of-life issues. He holds a PhD in Counselor Education and Supervision and has additional specializations in working with patient defenses and high-conflict families. Pierre currently focuses on long-term psychoanalytic work with groups and individuals. He currently leads and co-leads ongoing therapy groups, and one training group, in his private practice.

    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.

    Schedule:

    Saturday, 6/26/21

    Process 9:00am-10:30am

    Break 10:30am-10:45am

    Process 10:45am-12:15pm

    Lunch 12:15pm- 1:45pm

    Process 1:45pm-3:15pm

    Break 3:15pm-3:30pm

    Process 3:30pm-5:00pm

    Sunday, 6/27/21

    Process 9:00am-10:30am

    Break 10:30am-10:45am

    Process 10:45am-12:15pm

    Objectives:

    The participant will be able to:

    1: Define and apply the concepts of defense and resistance.

    2: Identify approaches that interrupt treatment destructive behavior and prolong effective treatment.

    3: Describe how countertransference feelings are used to intervene with defenses and resistance.

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

AGPS General Event Descriptions

WHAT IS A WORKSHOP?

Workshops are part lesson and part experiential process. Presenters provide education on a topic and insight into how to use techniques in a group therapy setting. The experiential portion often includes a “fishbowl” where participants volunteer to be part of a demonstration group therapy process led by the presenter and observed by other attendees. Finally, participants have time to ask questions and provide observation of the group session.

WHAT ARE DIVERSITY DIALOGUES?

The Diversity Dialogues are a conversation series intended to provide a safe space for mental health professionals to discuss critical topics in regards to race, culture, gender, age, ability, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, nationality, and religion in our community and around the world. Participants can heighten their awareness, become comfortable in engaging in intersectional dialogue, and utilize the understanding obtained to expand beyond cultural competency to the action of social justice.

WHAT ARE INSTITUTES?

Institutes are a highly experiential form of small group teaching led by an experienced leader intended to develop general therapy skills relevant to leading groups. These process-oriented groups are primarily designed for clinical professionals and often offer a chance to explore a particular theme in greater depth or to experience a different theoretical approach. The secure environment allows for rich cognitive and emotional learning about group process and oneself, as well as a chance for personal and professional renewal.

WHAT ARE FRIDAY NIGHT CONVERSATIONS?

These evenings were born from a desire to connect in a more personal setting and discuss meaningful issues affecting our professional lives and identities. They are available to members every few months with varied topics and hosts.

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