Project Description

CGPS 2016 Spring Workshop

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‘Narcissism in Group Process: Yours, Mine, and Ours’

With Nina Brown, ED. D., CGP, DFAGPA

workshop_2016Workshop Theme

The presentation will define and differentiate the various forms of narcissism, and suggest identification strategies and ways for managing and containing the negative aspects of narcissism in groups.  Participants will learn how to identify and manage the self-absorbed behaviors and attitudes of devaluing others:  lack of empathy; emotional shallowness; use of fear, guilt and shame to control others; and the pervasive sense of entitlement that typify the Destructive Narcissistic Pattern (DNP).  This pattern, which may occur in group members and leaders, can have the effect of damaging the group’s progress and process.  Healthy narcissism includes a realistic sense of self-esteem, capacity for empathy, ability to give and receive, appropriate confidence in one’s abilities and general good will toward others.  In the workshop we will play with these ideas about narcissism and explore how they show up in groups and in our own behavior.

About the Speaker

Nina Brown is a professor and eminent scholar at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, VA. She received her doctorate from The College of William and Mary, and current affiliations include membership in the American Counseling Association, a test panel member for The National Board of Certified Counselors, a member and past president of The Society of Group Psychology and Group Psychotherapy ( APA Division 49), the president of the Group Specialty Council, and a Fellow of the American Group Psychotherapy Association. She has published 29 books some of which were translated into Turkish, Polish, German and Korean. Her books include: Teaching Group Dynamics; Expressive Processes for Group Counseling; Group Counseling for Middle and Elementary School Children; Psychoeducational Groups ( now in its 3rd edition); Becoming a group leader, and Creative Activities for Group Therapy. Other books include: The Destructive Narcissistic Pattern; Children of the Self-absorbed ( two editions), Children of the Aging Self-absorbed; Loving the Self-absorbed, and Coping with Infuriating, Mean, Critical People.

Objectives of the Workshop

At the end of the workshop participants will be able to do the following.

  1. Describe the behaviors and attitudes reflective of undeveloped, age appropriate, healthy adult narcissism.
  2. Identify the characteristics of destructive narcissism.
  3. Differentiate between healthy and harmful narcissism as it occurs in group process.
  4. Relate the results of research by Yalom and Burlingame on ‘deviant’ group members in terms of narcissistic behavior and its effects on group process.
  5. Implement a process for self-reflection to increase awareness of possible undeveloped narcissistic behaviors and attitudes in oneself.
  6. Develop intervention strategies to help moderate the effects of members’ destructive narcissistic behaviors and attitudes on each other and on the group leader.
  7. Distinguish between emotional empathy and cognitive empathy and the situations in group work where one or the other may be sufficient or optimal.

Methods of the Workshop

A range of formats will be offered to provide opportunities for participants to integrate the information and experiences of the workshop to suit their particular needs, and to assist them to personalize the material. These formats include lectures, discussion, extended experiential small groups, and a large group.   There will be opportunity in the large group for consultation on issues from your own clinical practice.

Each participant will be assigned to an experiential process group which meets five times during the weekend. The groups are primarily training groups; however, the process groups also offer participants considerable insight into brief group therapy which they can take back into their own clinical practices. Participation in the workshop as a whole is an integral part of the learning process and participants are expected to be present for all group sessions as much as is humanly possible.

Small Group Leaders

Ron Vereen, CGP, MD,
Jane Finch LCSW,
Lise Osvold, PhD,
Elizabeth Jackson, LCSW.

Workshop Timetable

Saturday 8:30am – 5:15pm (Continental breakfast, Lunch 12:00pm)
Sunday 8:30am – 5:00pm (Continental breakfast, Lunch 11:45am)
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Workshop Fees
(Includes continental breakfast and lunch)

$280 CGPS Member ($250 before April 30th)
$355 Non-members ($325 before April 30th, includes CGPS 2016 membership)
$115 Student Members ($85 before April 30th)
$140 Students ($110 before April 30th, includes CGPS student membership)

  • Save $30 with our early bird discount for registrations completed by April 30th
  • Cancellations received by April 30th will be refunded, less a $50 processing fee.
    After this time no refund will be given but, you may send a substitute.
    In either event please notify the registrar.
  • Some scholarship funds are available to CGPS members in cases of financial hardship. To apply contact the workshop coordinator.
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Continuing Education

This workshop is organized by Carolina’s Group Psychotherapy Society (CGPS) and provides 12 continuing education contact hours. CGPS is an affiliate society of the American Group Psychotherapy Association (AGPA). We seek to promote and enhance skills in group therapy and organizational group dynamics while supporting professionals working to improve the mental health and interpersonal skills of persons in the Carolinas.

The CE Sponsor for this event is Southern Regional Area Health Education Center (SR-AHEC). 1.2 CEUs will be awarded to participants who attend 100% of this program. This program will provide 12 contact hours (category A) continuing education credit to NC Psychologists. Southern Regional AHEC adheres to NAADAC Education Provider Guidelines, Provider #843. This program does not provide specific NBCC Credits. However, per LPC licensure guidelines, you may submit up to 15 contact hours of continuing education by attending programs by affiliates of the National Area Health Education Center (NAO). SR-AHEC is a member of the NAO.

Workshop Registrar

Esther SwimWright Phone: 919-695-7276

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