2015 Saturday – Group Faculty

Saturday November 7th

-All day Group Institute
-Develop your skills as a therapist
-Explore group dynamics
-Increase your self-understanding and acceptance
-Experience the joys & challenges being a member of a process group

Additional Description & Learning Objectives 

Special Topic Institutes

Healing Addiction Through the Power of Groups
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Mike Harris


Mike Harris is a graduate of Naropa’s Contemplative Psychotherapy Program. He holds Professional and Addiction Counselor Licenses in Colorado as well as the Certified Group Psychotherapist credential. He has been conducting groups in various settings since 2002. Mike is President and Clinical Director of Crest Counseling Services and conducts four psychotherapy groups within his agency in Salida, CO. Learn more about Mike at www.mikeharrislpc.com or contact him by email at [email protected] He is seeking to hire a licensed therapist.
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Embodying Experience: Bringing Sensation, Movement, and the Body into Group and Relational Process

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Ryan Kennedy


Members of this process group will be invited to access their body as an important resource for making genuine contact with themselves and others throughout the day. Though no previous experience with somatic psychotherapy is necessary or expected, the somatic practice of Gestalt Therapy will serve as a general framework for this group and the Gestalt Cycle of Experience will be reviewed and taught through the course of the day. The Gestalt Cycle of Experience is a model for understanding how people interact with their environment to get important needs met, how these needs move into the foreground and back again, and how the satisfaction of those needs can be truncated by various barriers that prevent full and vital contact with self and environment.

Ryan Kennedy, LAC, LMFT, LPC, RN, CGP, has been a psychotherapist since 1993 and a counselor educator and clinical supervisor since 1996. He served on the faculty of the Somatic Counseling Psychology Program at Naropa University in Boulder, Colorado for almost 20 years and currently is the Executive and Training Director for Noeticus Counseling Center and Training Institute in Denver, Colorado. In addition to being a Certified Group Psychotherapist (CGP), Ryan is also a Board Certified Dance/Movement Therapist (BC-DMT), Registered Somatic Movement Educator and Therapist (RSME/T), and Certified Laban/Bartenieff Movement Analyst (CLMA). Throughout his career he has lead hundreds of hours of groups in inpatient hospital settings, substance abuse treatment programs, residential care, hospice, and outpatient clinics with a variety of populations using both verbal process and the expressive/somatic arts therapies. He has also taught group process and dynamics in university settings, post-graduate institutes, and in business and government settings. Ryan’s clinical approach is deeply rooted in developmental, humanistic, existential, and experiential principles and practices.

Navigating Relationships: Practice and Role Modeling through Co-Leadership – Teri Dillion & Casey Burnett

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Teri Dillion has worked with groups since 2007 in outpatient, wilderness, residential and institutional settings designed to address addiction and co-occuring disorders. Her group facilitation experience includes leading DBT, Seeking Safety and other psychoeducational groups; mindfulness-based and rites-of-passage groups; and interpersonal process groups. Currently Teri leads multiple DUI Therapy groups at Boulder Alcohol Education Center.

Teri is a Licensed Addiction Counselor, Certified Group Psychotherapist, a member of the American Group Psychotherapy Association, and a board member for the Colorado Group Psychotherapy Society.
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Casey Burnett, MA - COGPS PresidentCasey Burnett


Groups are powerful vehicles for awareness, growth.  Growth that comes from being in real relationship with others.  A place were support, validation, and challenge can all meet at the cross roads of your needs and growing edge.  Having lead various groups for past five years, I continue to wonder at the magic of each moment, whether vulnerable or tense there is something for us all in a group.  Leading with honesty, clarity and vulnerability offer us all an opportunity to try on new parts of ourselves.  In private practice I offer various groups on Abuse+God: for survivors who struggle with their faith and also a Freedom From Shame process group.

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Institute Faculty

Ugur Kocataskin

Uğur Kocataskin


Uğur, a Contemplative Psychotherapist in private practice and Assistant Professor at Naropa University, has been leading groups in various educational and clinical settings and in private practice for more than 8 years. A member of the GLBTQI community, he is a passionate student and teacher in the areas of diversity, inclusivity, and multiculturalism. His multi-ethnic heritage, background in music, and interest in contemplative practices provide ongoing grounds for learning. Uğur aims to foster inspiration, growth, and healing through relationship with the understanding that we can only truly see and get to know certain parts of ourselves in relationship to one another.

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Dr. Robert Unger

My approach to psychotherapy is not primarily problem or solution focused; I am interested in working in depth to help people to understand themselves; their impulses, desires, and needs, so that they can make conscious decisions about how to meaningfully direct their lives in an increasingly complicated world. Hence I deemphasize the language of diagnosis in favor of one of self-reflection, awareness, and understanding. As virtually any issue one brings to treatment can be either attributed to, or is influenced by, some kind of relationship dilemma, relationships are usually a significant focus of my work, including the client-therapist relationship itself.
Because of my orientation towards interpersonal dynamics, I work with people in groups whenever possible, feasible, or desirable. I have found that group work is an excellent mode for one to find out about how they function in relationships, how they affect and are affected by others.
I have been on the faculty of the Naropa University for 21 years, teaching group dynamics and therapy, hence my approach integrates depth psychotherapy with mindfulness practice. I conduct several supervision groups and consult to organizations on group/organizational issues.

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Dr. Susan Nimmanheminda

Ph.D., L.C.S.W., C.A.C. III
Susan Nimmanheminda, PhD, LCSW, CAC III has been a psychotherapist working in the Boulder area for over 30 years. She works with individuals (adolescents and adults), couples, and groups. Since getting her master’s degree in clinical social work she has continued to train and learn new skills in Hakomi body oriented psychotherapy, substance treatment, group dynamics, EMDR and psychoanalysis. She works with individuals who are struggling with trauma, depression, anxiety, life transitions, self esteem, relationship problems, sexuality and substance abuse, as well as people who feel they are “generally pretty happy” but are looking for support in creating a richer, more productive and satisfying life

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 Andrew Van Dyke


This institute will be facilitated as a “Mindfulness Process Group” using modern analytic tradition influenced by Systems-Centered and Interpersonal theoretical frameworks.

Andrew Van Dyke is a graduate of University of the Rockies clinical psychology program. His dissertation research is entitled “Examination Of Personal Motivations And Interpersonal Factors As Determinants Of Alcohol Recovery Outcomes And Changes In Adult Attachment Status During Remission From An Alcohol Use Disorder”.  He is a former President of Colorado Group Psychotherapy association and has served on the Affiliate Assembly of the American Group Psychotherapy Association and the Psychological Society of the Pikes Peak Region. He holds a Professional Counselor license in Colorado as well as the Certified Group Psychotherapist credential. He has been conducting groups in various settings since 2005. Andrew is President and Clinical Director of Group Solutions P.C since 2009, and has most recently led the therapist team working with dual-diagnosis at New Choices chemical dependency rehabilitation program at Cedar Springs Hospital in Colorado Springs, CO. He has been trained in the Modern Analytic method through the Center for Group Studies in New York City.  Learn more about Andrew at www.TheGroupSolution.com or contact him by email at [email protected]


Group Institute Supervisors

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Jeannie Little, LCSW, CGP is the co-founder and Executive Director of the Harm Reduction Therapy Center in San Francisco. She is a licensed clinical social worker and certified group psychotherapist. Since 1990 she has been at the forefront of developing harm reduction therapy, a treatment model for people with co-occurring substance use and mental health disorders. With a background in homeless and housing services, she adapted harm reduction therapy as a community treatment model that has reached thousands of marginalized people with little access to mental health care. She is also a developer of harm reduction groups and has taught hundreds of therapists and diverse agency staff the principles and practices of harm reduction groups.  She provides training and ongoing consultation to professional and peer staff in outpatient clinics, drop-in centers, and supportive housing.  She is co-author of Over the Influence: The Harm Reduction Guide for Managing Drugs and Alcohol and Practicing Harm Reduction Psychotherapy, An Alternative Approach to Addictions, 2nd Edition.

Francis-KaklauskasDr. Francis Kaklauskas


Dr. Kaklauskas works with adolescents, young adults, adults, families, couples and groups. He currently leads supervision, training and process groups in his private practice. He graduated from the Master of Arts in Contemplative Psychotherapy program in 1992. Since that time, he has provided psychotherapy and other psychological services.  He is a Fellow and Board Member of the American Group Psychotherapy Association, as well as serving on a variety of national tasks forces and committees focusing on the topics of research and diversity.  Dr. Kaklauskas’ other publications include being the primary psychological consultant and on-screen presenter for the best selling three part video series, Hooked: The Addiction Trap, and co-authoring the Group Psychotherapy chapter in The Handbook of Clinical Psychology. He has also co-edited two critically acclaimed psychotherapy textbooks, Brilliant Sanity: Buddhist Approaches to Psychotherapy and Existential Psychology East-West.