IGPS Spring Conference

May 17 and 18, 2019

Early Longing, Emotional Engagement, Gender Identity, and Sexual Desire:  Being Fully Ourselves in Relationship

Presenter:  Katie Griffin, FAGPA, CGP, LPC

Cathedral Counseling Center, Chicago, IL

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Early Longing, Emotional Engagement, Gender Identity, and Sexual Desire: 

Being Fully Ourselves in Relationship

Presenter:  Katie Griffin, FAGPA, CGP, LPC

Group members bring internal templates which, when combined with societal expectations, dictate and restrict the expression of longing, emotional connection, gender identity, and sexual desire.  When the group leader helps expand and deepen these internal templates, group members develop more fluidity, breadth of identity, and depth of connection to themselves and others.

Katie Griffin, FAGPA, CGP, LPC, is a group psychotherapist and consultant in private practice in Austin, Texas.  She leads eight weekly groups of various types including two (co-led) online groups, a weekend training group in Los Angeles, and a monthly couples’ group. 

As a consultant, she combines her business background and therapy training to provide coaching and consultation to individuals and businesses.  In all her work, Katie is interested in innovative uses of group work and dynamic processes that enliven people.

Learning Objectives

-Describe the limitations of psychotherapy groups due to binary approaches and the advantages of a more complex and fluid approach

-Identify group leader fears related to the discussion of longing, desire, and sexuality in group

-Identify one's own potential counter-transference issues about these topics

-List three ways in which societal expectations impact one's own group leadership style

-Formulate new interventions to expand the conversation of longing, gender, and sexuality


-Both days will begin at 8:30 a.m. with registration, coffee, and continental breakfast

-Conference will run from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. both days

-90 minutes will be provided for lunch (self-pay) each day

-Please join us for a post-conference dinner on Saturday at a nearby restaurant (self-pay).  Our featured presenter will join us.  This dinner is open to all who wish to attend; location will be emailed at a later date

-Vouchers will be available for discounted parking at 20 East Randolph.

This conference will consist of didactic presentations and experiential components such as process groups. Experiential learning can be tremendously valuable in one’s professional and personal growth as well as emotionally evocative and, at times, challenging. One can be left with much to notice and contemplate.

Early registration is recommended.  Space is limited to the first 50 registrations.

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