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The Myth of the Selfless Group Therapist
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When: October 27, 2018
1:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Where: Fordham University, Lincoln Center Campus
113 West 60th Street, Room 1022 (Floor 10)
United States

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New York State Psychological Association - Group Psychology and Psychotherapy Division 


Ellen L. Wright, PhD

'The Myth of the Selfless Group Therapist'

Saturday, October 27, 2018

Fordham University, Lincoln Center Campus*

113 West 60th Street, Room 1022 (Floor 10)

Online Registration is closed - Onsite Registration is available.


Each of us has a story about a time when the best interests of a client conflicted with our own. Competing priorities can occur daily in managing client contact, boundaries, fees, and our countertransference reactions or can occur without warning when we deal with personal or family emergencies. While the group therapist faces the additional challenges of increased exposure to emotional stimulation and scrutiny, group provides benefits in managing boundary breaches and acting out. Further, group offers a unique arena for the leader to model and get support for self-care. This workshop will provide participants the opportunity to assess areas in their practices that challenge them most and provide a decision-making model for situations that challenge us to balance professional demands with the constraints of personal life. Material will be presented in a case presentation and experiential group formats where participants will be encouraged to share their dilemmas


1:00 - 1:30 PM   Registration and lite bites

1:30 - 5:00 PM   Workshop

5:00 - 6:00 PM   Wine and Cheese Social 

Learning Objectives: 

This workshop will help participants:

  • Identify how our profession challenges work/life balance;
  • Recognize when personal issues affect professional practice;
  • Apply a decision-making model for managing the intersection between clinical requirements and therapist self-care;
  • Recognize when unidentified feelings of aggression signal mismanaged treatment issues and /or inadequate self-care;
  • Discuss the ways in which treatment modality (individual or group) impacts self-care and the use of self-disclosure;
  • Apply techniques for responding therapeutically to aggression expressed in the treatment setting;
  • Analyze when self -disclosure and boundary shifts are clinically appropriate.

Dr. Ellen Lack Wright is a licensed Psychologist and Certified Psychoanalyst in private practice in Philadelphia. Dr. Wright pioneered the development of group techniques for patients with physical illnesses and expanded the scope of psychotherapy to previously therapeutically resistant populations.

Dr. Wright is a founder and faculty member at the Center for Group Studies in New York City and a Senior Supervising and Training Analyst at the Philadelphia School of Psychoanalysis. A dynamic and engaging instructor and supervisor, Dr. Wright has lectured nationally and internationally and authored papers on innovative application of psychoanalytic techniques.


Limited seating available, advance online registration strongly encouraged. No Refunds.

  • NYSPA Group Division, DOWI, IPD, MPA Members & Students w/ valid ID: $70.00 online by Thursday, October 25, 2018
  • Non-NYSPA Member: $75.00 online by Thursday, October 25, 2018
  • $80.00 at the door

Free admission for Fordham University students with valid ID