Workshop – Schedule

Sunday’s Schedule:


Courses Description

Psychodrama, Sociometry and Action

methods for building connection in groups

Karen Drucker, Psy.D., TEP.

9-12:15 pm


  1. Participants will learn action methods for warming up a group to build safety and connection between members.
  2. Participants will experience psychodramatic methods for enhancing empathy and compassion for self and others.
  3. Participants will experience how psychodrama can be used in service of the group process.


Agreements are Meant to be Broken

How Group Structure Reveals the Character
Dr. Elizabeth A Olson, PsyD, LCSW

9-12:15 pm

The ways that group members relate to agreements regarding time, fee, and basic structure offer opportunities for understanding and changing character patterns. Each group member relates uniquely to these agreements. Agreements are unconsciously interpreted and altered in actions by group participants. How these agreements are altered in the group reveals character repetitions that may interfere in outside relationships and endeavors. In this workshop, we will discuss group structure and explore clinical vignettes that elucidate the benefits of broken agreements. We will discuss creative interventions for addressing these sometimes challenging yet, helpful group moments.


Effects of Childhood Sexual Abuse on Adults & the Power of the Group Modality

Research has shown that support groups, such as those offered by WINGS, can help adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse heal their childhood wounds, stem self-destructive behavior and learn to create healthy sexual and relationship boundaries as adults. This workshop will focus on the impact of unresolved trauma on the adult survivor of childhood sexual abuse and how the group modality can assist in minimizing these impacts and promote hope and healing for the survivor.

Stay Sheridan, LCSW
Megan Chuhran, MSW
9-10:45 am


  1. Attendees will leave the workshop with a better understanding of the impact of childhood sexual abuse on the psychological, physical, and relational health of adult survivors.
  2. Through the discussion of relevant research and WINGS’ annual group evaluations, attendees will leave with increased knowledge on the specific ways the support group modality can assist the healing of adult survivors.


Expressive writing groups

accessing the therapeutic power of personal story

Kate Thompson, MA, CJT
10:45 am – 12:15 pm
Expressive writing groups: accessing the therapeutic power of personal story

There is a growing body of evidence to support the benefits of writing as a therapeutic medium. However writing is also extremely powerful and people who use it with intention can also require help with structure, pacing and containment. A group can be a way of safely constructing a personal narrative in a supportive and relational setting.

  1. Participants will experience some classic expressive writing techniques and begin to develop a personal writing practice
  2. Participants will explore the benefits of writing in groups versus writing alone
  3. Participants will learn how to establish a safe group in which sharing is always an opportunity and never an obligation


Large Group Process

voicing a collective unconscious 

Francis Kaklauskas, PsyD , CACIII , FAGPA
Jeff Price, MA, LPC, LAC, FAGPA
1:30 – 3:30 pm


  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.


Responding to Community Traumas

using groups for emotional clean up after natural disasters

Casey Burnett, MA
3:45 – 4:30 pm


  1. Participants will learn how society trauma impacts group members
  2. Participants will experience conflict of leading a group with diverse response to trauma
  3. Participants will learn to set manageable goals for leading support groups after community traumas