Competition and Collaboration: A Group Process Experience

Join Dr. Elizabeth Olson and Dr. Francis Kaklauskas for their institute: “Competition and Collaboration: A Group Process Experience,” at our upcoming annual conference!

We depend upon, compete against, and work along side each other in many aspects of our lives. We wonder if there is enough attention for everyone, who obtains what we desire and why, who we can trust, and if those around us are competent, safe, and helpful. In this process group, members are encouraged to explore these topics as biological drives, self and object representations, and internalized dilemmas flower together in the group field. Through verbal tilling, members will examine the subtle influences of their histories, cultural myths and modeling, and the unfolding here-and-now process on their thoughts and feelings. We will work towards understanding better why and how we harness competitive and collaborative feelings and how we respond to these feelings in healthy, foolhardy, destructive, and humorous ways.

Dr. Elizabeth A. Olson, Psy.D., L.C.S.W., C.G.P. has worked with adolescents, young adults, families, parents, adults, and group in her private practice for over twenty years. She works with clients over time to help them create lasting, in-depth character change through a deeper understanding and awareness of unconscious, procedural patterns. She presents nationally and has been published peer reviewed articles and chapters on topics that include group psychotherapy, mindfulness, eating disorders, dialectical behavior therapy, parenting, and family dynamics. As a psychologist, her work is informed by her interest in the unconscious, neuropsychology, mindfulness practice, behavioral strategies, and her experiences as a parent and a spouse. In her own life, she enjoys hiking, running, yoga, meditation, and spending nquality time with family and friends. Dr. Olson offers individual, group, and family psychotherapy.

Dr. Francis J. Kaklauskas PsyD, CACIII, FAGPA, C.G.P. has led groups for the last twenty-five years in a variety of settings. He currently teaches and supervises group psychotherapy students and trainees at the University of Colorado, California Institute for Integral Studies, Naropa University, and the Professional School of Psychology (PhD program in Group Psychotherapy). He has published five books and dozens of articles and chapters focusing on treatment that integrates psychodynamic theory, research, multicultural perspectives, spirituality, and practicality. He has served in a variety of roles in the American Group Psychotherapy Association including as a member of the national board and the Science to Service task force, as well as Affiliate Society representative and chair of the Research Special Interest Group. He is part of a Bridge Consortium and Templeton Foundation funded research team conducting trials on the impact and interplay of spiritually informed psychotherapies, empathy, and mindfulness. In his private practice, he facilitates training and supervision groups for clinicians as well as long-term psychotherapy groups for clients, as well as providing individual, couples, and family therapy.