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 Upcoming Events :

August 25th, 2020

GPALA Group Chat :Dialoguing about Anti Racism

An Online Group Chat

Moderated by: Stefani Roscoe, LCSW, CGP and Enrique Ortiz, Psy.D

Time: 6:00pm – 7:30pm

GPALA is now offering Group Chats. These are meant to be a space for continuing conversation about group therapy, with each chat focused on a new topic or theme.

This “Group Chat” will explore the challenges of anti-racism in the therapy room and specifically in group process. This will be a welcoming, interactive discussion among fellow therapists that will include exercises to increase our anti-racism in and out of the therapy room. We will begin exploring this complex process in a setting that encourages open hearts and human mistakes.

Cost is FREE!

September 3rd, 2020

GPALA Group Chat :Community is Connection

An Online Group Chat

Moderated by: Christina Dixon, LCSW

Time: 12:00pm – 1:30pm

GPALA is now offering Group Chats. These are meant to be a space for continuing conversation about group therapy, with each chat focused on a new topic or theme.

Belonging to a community and being in relation to others is so important to our own identity. Yet we are finding ourselves in COVID having to be socially distant or sometimes even isolated from our communities. What impact has this had on us as individuals? What creative responses have we developed to maintain connection? Let’s share, as a GPALA community, ideas to strengthen connection during this challenging time.

Cost is FREE!

September 11th- 12th, 2020

GPALA Annual Conference

The Evidence Based Group Psychotherapist

Distinguished Presenter: Molyn Leszcz, MD, FRCPC, CGP, DFAGPA

Join us for a highly interactive, experiential conference featuring seasoned therapists leading process groups for all participants over the 2-day period, ongoing fishbowl group demonstrations led by Dr. Leszcz on both Friday and Saturday, as well as several brief lecture segments followed by Q+A with Dr. Leszcz. 

This ONLINE conference will examine the factors that contribute to therapist effectiveness in group therapy, looking at the finding that, although the psychotherapies are generally equivalently effective, not all therapists are equally effective. The presentation  will address the research that guides the  evidence based group therapist to maximize her effectiveness, with an associated  focus on what unfolds at the level of the therapeutic relationship in group therapy that can improve or impede clinical effectiveness. This course will also include a demonstration group with the presenter.

About our Presenter:

Dr. Molyn Leszcz is Professor, Department of Psychiatry, University of Toronto. He is the President of the American Group Psychotherapy Association. Dr Leszcz served as Psychiatrist- in-Chief at Sinai Health System from 2006-2017 and as Vice Chair, Clinical for Department of Psychiatry, University of Toronto, from 2010-2017.
Dr. Leszcz’s academic and clinical work has focused on improving integration in psychiatric care and broadening the application of the psychotherapies within psychiatry. He co-authored with Irvin Yalom, the 5 th edition of the Theory and Practice of Group Psychotherapy (2005). The 6th edition will be available in late 2020. A co-authored book in the Psychotherapy Essentials to Go series, Achieving Psychotherapy Effectiveness, was published in 2015.

Scholarships will be available

12 CE credits will be available for FULL attendance.

Group Psychotherapy Association of Los Angeles (GPALA) is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. CE courses that are provided by APA-approved CE Sponsors are recognized and accepted for CE credit for MFTs, and LCSWs in California. GPALA maintains responsibility for this program and its content. Full attendance is required to receive credit.