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Upcoming Events :


May 19th & 20th, 2017

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 GPALA Annual Conference:

What’s Authority got to do with it? The Problem and Promise of Power as a Group Leader

Presenter:  Katie Griffin, MA, LPC, CGP, FAGPA

Authority and power: two terms with different meanings, often misunderstood, widely conflated, and, usually, evoking multiple responses in different dimensions of our experience. This conference explores, through didactic and experiential methods, the group leader’s relationship to both concepts. It provides an opportunity to understand the transformative potential in groups conducted by leaders who comprehend the effectiveness of authority as creative, generative, and expansive. The risks, both to the dynamism of the group and to the enjoyment of the work by the leader, associated with unacknowledged needs in the group leader for evidence of power will be examined.

12 CEUs will be offered upon completion of course

WATCH Katie’s Video


June 11th, 2017

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 GPALA Presents:

A Group for All Seasons: Successes and Failures in Group Therapy

Brought to you by: GPALA Legacy Advisory Board

Seasoned therapists share ALL about group psychotherapy at this event. Come share in many years of rich group experiences. Audience questions and comments are encouraged.

This event is open to GPALA Members and Non-Members.

3 CEUs will be offered FREE FOR MEMBERS, at cost of $15 for Non-Members.
Space is limited to 20 people. RSVP early!


Special Thanks to Life Adjustment team for hosting us!





June 17, 2017

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 GPALA Presents:

A Modern Analytic Training Group

Presenter:  Jeff Hudson, M.Ed., LPC, CGP, FAGPA

This experiential training will provide participants an opportunity to deepen their professional and personal self-awareness. Through case consultation and experiential process, participants will examine both the openness and resistance to emotional involvement in groups. We will explore Modern Analytic approaches to resolving resistance and creating vital groups.  These approaches include joining, emotional communication, and a focus on immediacy.  This group is limited to 20 participants.


 June 17-18


Decoding the Tablecloth

A one-woman show written and performed by Gabriela Kohen


This award-winning and critically-acclaimed, autobiographical show explores the transmission of trauma over five generations. Her family displaced from Poland to Argentina and finally to Brooklyn, Ms. Kohen finds herself growing up Jewish and Latina in New York. She portrays over twenty characters in this touching story transporting the viewer from the Warsaw ghetto to Argentina’s tango halls to modern-day New York. New York Magazine calls the show, “A loving yet unflinching family portrait…astonishing subtlety of gesture, expression and accent…an extraordinarily efficient and moving hour of entertainment.” The Washington Post says, “Decoding the Tablecloth is bitter, forgiving, and wise.” Co-conceived and directed by Constance Grappo, Decoding the Tablecloth won the award for Outstanding Solo Show at the New York International Fringe Festival.



A portion of the proceeds from these performances will directly benefit GPALA! We hope to see you there.

July 15-16, 2017

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GROUP INSTITUTE – A Two Day Group Experience

Hosted by William Whitney, PhD, LMFT and Monica Farassat, PsyD, LMFT, CGP

GPALA is proud to offer an opportunity for you or your clients to participate in a 12-hour group therapy experience with one of our more seasoned local group clinicians. Called the GPALA Group Institute, these groups will meet for 12 hours in a single weekend, consecutive weekends, or perhaps on a weekday for several consecutive weeks.

This Institute features William Whitney, PhD, LMFT and Monica Farassat, PsyD, LMFT, CGP. This is a chance to get your feet wet with group work by being a member in a short-term, immersive group experience. Learn something about yourself as well as observe the work of a certified group psychotherapist (CGP). All participants will be active members in a psychotherapy process group.