Sunday’s Workshop Descriptions

Microaggressions and the Self: Learning from our own Power, Privilege and Oppression to Build Cultural Competency.


An experiential workshop where participants will have an opportunity to process their own experiences of oppression and microaggressions in group settings and gain tools to support themselves and their clients to avoid the pitfalls of shame and defensiveness.

Linda Hsieh

Linda Hsieh, MA, LPC, ACS, a social justice psychotherapist in private practice, is a queer woman of color passionate about the impact of oppression upon individual and collective health and well-being. She brings vulnerability, courage and compassion in working with intersectionalities of oppression.


Gender 101



Gender 101

This training aims to foster a comprehensive understanding of gender as a social construct that is not rooted in biological sex and has no baring on sexual orientation. The focus of this training is the intersectionality of gender, biological sex, and sexual orientation and the diversity inherent therein. The purpose is to bring awareness to the expansiveness of human experience in hopes of having a positive impact on gender inclusivity. This training was designed for anyone interested in deepening their understanding of gender and how to best incorporate an understanding of gender in group settings.

Finding yourself as a group leader

10:45 – 12:15


Dr. Kaklauskas PsyD, CGP, FAGPA 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.

Women, Sex and Power: The Madonna, the Whore and the Female Group Leader


Group is a fertile ground for deepening connection. All group leaders will benefit from awareness, use of self and the science of sexuality in groups. Imbued with the power immediacy and mind body awareness, group therapy can become an exciting playground and safe therapeutic container to understand our sexual selves. The group is open to all therapists.

The attendee will be able to:

  • Discern erotic transference
  • Uncover internalized belief systems regarding sexual/erotic material and themes of working with female sexuality.
  • Manage skills in establishing self-regulation and flexible boundaries around erotic material
  • Name some here and now interventions: joining, mirroring, bridging, impact disclosure/therapist reactions, contact function

yoon-kaneYoon Kane LCSW, CGP is the founder and director of Mindful Psychotherapy Services, a private group psychotherapy practice based in Manhattan. She received her undergraduate degree from North Carolina State University and her Master’s degree in social work from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Advanced Standing Program. She received and completed a two year post-graduate fellowship at Yale University specializing in clinical work with children and adolescents at the Yale Child Study Center. At that time, she was also a research fellow for Yale Bush Center for child development research and social policy. Yoon has extensive training and experience in treating depression, anxiety, and trauma. In addition to her private practice, she has testified as a trauma expert on behalf victims of child sexual abuse in federal and state court. Yoon presents at professional conferences, conducts training workshops and therapy groups for professionals in clinical practice. In her free time, she is an avid runner, road biker and loves to write and paint.

laura-kasperLaura B. Kasper, Ph.D., CGP, is a psychologist in private practice in San Francisco, CA working with groups, couples and individuals. Laura received her Master’s and Doctoral Degrees in Counseling Psychology from the University of Maryland. Laura completed her internship and post-doctoral clinical fellowship at The George Washington University and was a Staff Psychologist there for several years before starting her private practice. Laura has been an Adjunct Faculty member at both the University of Maryland and The George Washington University, and is currently an Adjunct Faculty member at the University of California San Francisco. Laura has taught undergraduate and graduate coursework in group therapy and the psychology of sexuality. Laura’s research and clinical interests and expertise include immediacy in individual and group therapy, authenticity with one’s self and in relationship with others, and issues of sexuality, sexual orientation, and gender. In her free time, Laura is enjoys hiking and being in nature, cooking, salsa dancing, and spending time with close friends and family.

Witnessing White Privilege: White Privilege and its Affect in Groups


White privilege is something that is part of everyone’s life, positively or negatively. We all interact with it either by being part of it or by being negatively effected by it. In groups white privilege is rarely spoken about and yet it is still affecting all groups in dynamic ways no matter the racial diversity of the group. In this workshop we will discuss briefly some of the terminology and how to notice the unconscious affect of white privilege. This workshop will be a learning experience through group process.

The attendee will be able to:

  • Identify how white privilege effects group dynamics
  • Understand different techniques used in-group to help create awareness around white privilege
  • Be able to identify white privilege

phillip-122Phillip Horner is a licensed clinical social worker and a certified group psychotherapist. He has published original research on white racial identity, lead trainings on white privilege, and has presented at the American Group Psychotherapy Association (AGPA) on “Effective Facilitation when Microaggresions Occur,” and will be co-presenting a workshop at AGPA 2017 entitled “Reflections in Risk: Bearing Witness to Racism in Group.” Phillip’s private practice focuses on group, individual, and family psychotherapy. He also works as a lead therapist at AIM House, where he facilitates several process groups.

Principles & Foundations of Group Pyschotherapy

Saturday 10-5:30 & Sunday 9-12:15

Groups are not only growing in behavioral health settings, but also in primary care and other medical specialties. Group facilitation skills are rapidly becoming a necessity in our constantly changing healthcare landscape. Also, groups are enjoyable alternatives to individual interventions because 1) allows providers to work with colleagues directly 2) see patients support one another and 3) more efficiently deliver patient education.

To effectively lead groups, one needs to have a fundamental grasp of theory, technique, and self-reflective skills. The Principles and Foundations of Group course will be targeted to clinicians with beginner to intermediate skills who want to build and/or solidify abilities to run effective groups in any venue. The workshop will be 1.5 days (Saturday all day and Sunday morning) and attendees must commit to the entirety of the workshop. The structure is a unique learning experience that pairs brief didactic lectures with experiential learning. In the workshop, you will finally be able to address vexing questions such as: What happens if I want to share something about myself, should I? How do I handle a _____ member? What happens if the group is in an intense moment and the group end time has arrived?

Brian Rothberg, MD, CGP

Brian Rothberg, MD, CGP

I am currently the Associate Practice Director of the University of Colorado Hospital Outpatient Clinic and I am involved in training psychiatric residents in their outpatient practice. My clinical and teaching passion is psychotherapy, specifically group psychotherapy, and I coordinate and teach the group didactic sessions, supervise trainees in their groups, and run my own groups. One of the goals of my job is to train psychiatrists to be group therapists in their future practices and I hope through my work in COGPS to create a vibrant local affiliate for both myself and the growing group community in Colorado and surrounding states.

Brian’s Academic, Appointments, Professional Positions, and Honors



Casey Burnett, MA - COGPS President

Casey Burnett, MA, LPC

Casey is a graduate of Naropa University’s Contemplative Psychotherapy program. He has worked in residential treatment and lead groups in various settings. His primary group work is currently with the WINGS Foundation. Casey provides supervision to graduate level students working with WINGS Foundation. He was the past present of the Colorado Group Psychotherapy Society. Casey is invested in supporting your empowerment and renewal in the present moment. Whether with friends, family, co-workers, or one’s self, Casey has built a practice focused on relationships. He works with individuals, children and couples who want or need help finding their way navigating life.




 Large Group Process


Jeff Price, MA, LPC, LAC, CGP

The large group reflects not only what is occurring in the here-and-now, but also reflects on a transferential level what is occurring in a context: the organization, conference, city, country, political climate, etc.  It is generally defined as the study of its own behavior in the here-and-now.

The participant in the large group can engage in the struggle to learn how to be a good “citizen” in the group/society.  As a citizen, one learns how to influence others and also how important we all may be.  There is then the opportunity to develop connections and feelings of belonging to a society and not to a specific subgroup – important in the development of citizenship.

The large group provides members with the opportunities to explore and learn about the difficulties we all have, as subjects, in recognizing other subjects as “equivalent centers of experience” and enabling a move towards enhancing capacities for mutual recognition in the group.

Although it cannot function as psychotherapy, the large group can serve as an important tool in understanding social interactive processes and interrelationships within society.

Jeff Price has been a regular attendee/group member of the 3-day Large Group workshop at the AGPA conference every year since 1998.


  1. Appraise the role of regression in large groups.
  2. Question their own and others’ attitude to group leadership.
  3.  Identify stages of large group development, from chaos/disintegration via dialogue to reflection.

Smart Business Skills for Group Psychotherapists



This educational session will help participants make decisions on how to orient their private practices in relation to identifying target market, positioning oneself in the marketplace, and being visible inside their chosen marketplace. Emphasis will be placed on relational marketing strategies and techniques for introverted professionals.

Rationale: Establishing and managing a private practice is like any other business. While psychotherapy training programs focus on essential clinical skills, training lacks knowledge of how to decide on a marketing strategy, where to position one’s office as well as oneself in the marketplace.

Learning Objectives: Participants in this educational session will be able to have a general understanding of the business/marketing strategy he or she wishes to fulfill, how the concept of positioning relates to psychotherapy practice, as well as ways to make oneself visible in the marketplace.

Screen Shot 2015-09-29 at 7.57.09 PMMike Harris, LPC, LAC, CGP is known for his direct, transparent, and provocative way of conducting therapy groups. He uses a simple clinical frame to work with immediacy through relational and intersubjective points-of-view harnessing Modern Psychoanalytic group technique. Mike is strongly influenced by Existential and Stoic philosophy as well as Zen Buddhism. This former Marine was trained in Naropa’s Contemplative Psychotherapy program graduating in 2006. He now owns and directs Crest Counseling Services, which is a co-occurring disorders treatment agency in Salida, CO. More than a dozen therapy groups happen each week within Crest’s programing.