The Self of the Group Leader: Mindfully Working with Power, Privilege and Difference


Saturday, November 12th

8:30AM Registration:

9-950 AM Keynote:


Uğur Kocataskin, MA, LPC, CAC I
Assistant Professor at Naropa University

Will you tell me who you are? Can I tell you who I am? : Cultural identities in and out of groups.

Description: Who are we as group leaders and members once in the group therapy room? Which identities do we bring in and which ones do we leave out the door? What are our needs and responsibilities in creating spaces for a fuller manifestation of self and in fostering an ability to relate to difference with increasing ease?

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. He is a passionate student and teacher in the areas of diversity, inclusivity, and cross-cultural dialogue. His multi-ethnic heritage, background in music, and interest in contemplative practices provide ongoing grounds for learning and transformation. 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.

10AM – 5pm Learning Tracks*

10-12:45pm Part 1 Session

2-5pm Part 2 Session
You will give your preference for workshops and experiential group institutes the week prior to event

[a] Experiential Group Institutes

Experiential Group Institute Description & Learning Objectives

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

Experiential Group Institute Faculty Bios & Descriptions of Special Topic Institutes

Special Topic Institutes

Experiential Group Institute Faculty


[b] Principles & Foundations of Group Psychotherapy**

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.

** This course runs for 1.5 days and will continue Sunday morning during workshop slots. You are committing to both days when signing up.

  • Mixture of lecture and demo groups
  • Review of group interventiosn and practice
  • Participate in practice groups through-out the course

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5:30 – 7:30PM  Group Social & Mingle


After the conference come shake it out on the dance floor at our COGPS meet and greet! Saturday evening one of our sponsors, ArtsAware is hosting a spectacular soiree. There will be live music by two COGPS members, Sasha Raskin and Francis Kaklauskas as well as refreshments, and a silent auction. Come check out our robust selection of auction items! This soiree is going to rock! Not only is is a great opportunity to network with other group psychotherapists and study your own process in a social setting, it is incredible opportunity to see all your favorite groupies get down with dance moves that you never imagined could have existed even in your wildest dream analysis. We look forward to  seeing you there!   

Sunday, November 13th

Workshops or Continue Principles & Foundations

You will give your preference for workshops and experiential group institutes the week prior to event






9:00 – 10:30

Women, Sex and Power: Integrating the Madonna, Whore and the Female Group Leader – Part 1

Yoon Kane + Laura Kasper

Recognizing and addressing microaggressions in group counseling and learning from our own blindspots to become more culturally competent

Linda Hsieh

Witnessing White Privilege: White Privilege and its Affect in Groups

Phillip Horner



10:45 – 12:15pm

Women, Sex and Power: Integrating the Madonna, Whore and the Female Group Leader – Part 2

Yoon Kane + Laura Kasper


Gender 101


 Finding yourself as a group leader

Dr. Francis Kaklauskas




 Lunch Break


Large Group Process

Jeff Price, LPC, LAC, CGP


Smart Business Skills for Group Psychotherapists

Mike Harris, LPC, LAC, CGP




  • Aurora, Colorado, at University of Colorado
    CU Anschutz Medical Campus,
    13001 E 17th Pl
    Building 500
    Aurora, CO 80045
  • For both days there will be a lunch break and attendees will be on their own.
  • Some light refreshments will be provided at the beginning of each day.
  • We will be taking preference from your group Group Institute Faculty and for Workshops the Monday prior to event. You can stay up to date with current faculty and workshop offerings on this website.