Group Experiential Institutes are educational opportunities for professionals to experience what it is like to be a member of a group.  By doing so, we able to see ourselves more clearly, and understand the anxieties and habits of our groups’ members better.  At times, the Group Experiential Institute may feel like group therapy, however that is not its intent, the goal of the Institute is to be educational. You are responsible for what you share or do not share, please respect the confidentiality of your fellow group members – whatever is said in group stays in group.

We also ask that each member hold the intention of respect towards other members who differ in race, sexuality, gender expression, socioeconomic class, or religion. This group will last for five and half hours and will be divided into two sections with a break for lunch. If at the end of the group you feel as though you have been hurt or if you need extra support COGPS has scheduled an hour long Institute Recovery Group led by James Abrams MA, LPCC, LAC, please see a COGPS board member or volunteer during the conference for more information.


Addiction as Misplaced Desire
Mike Harris LAC, LPC, CGP




Competition and Collaboration: A Group Process Experience
Dr. Elizabeth Olson PsyD, LCSW, CGP
Dr. Francis Kaklauskas PsyD, CACII, FAGPA, CGP




Desire and Disappointment in Group Psychotherapy–Strange Bedfellows or Not?
Dr. Bob Unger LCSW PhD




Desire as path: Investigating fear, longing, and pleasure in group
Paul Bialek MA, LPC



Embracing our Shadow & Giving it Voice
Matthew Holloran, JD, LPC, CACIII


Feedback-Informed Treatment (FIT) in Process Oriented Group Psychotherapy
Dr. Jason Seidel, Psy.D




Tweets from the Unconscious: Wishes, Fears, Impulses, and Surely, Love
Dr. Larry Mortazavi, MD