IGPS Fall Conference

October 19 and 20, 2018

Power, Privilege, and Social Location:  The Challenge of Exploring Difference in Groups

Presenter:  Paul Gitterman, LICSW, Msc

Cathedral Counseling Center, Chicago, IL

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 Power, Privilege, and Social Location:  The Challenge of Exploring Difference in Groups

Presenter:  Paul Gitterman, LICSW, MSc

Power, Privilege, and Social Location - the challenge of exploring difference in groups.  This two-day workshop will provide both theoretical and experiential opportunities to examine the role of different aspects of identity and discuss the implications for group work.  The workshop will appreciate how the essential difference is in group cohesion and relationships in general.  Through exploring difference, the group establishes protective norms and can therefore effectively negotiate mis-attunements and micro-aggressions.

Paul Gitterman received his Master's Degree in Clinical Social Work from the Smith College School for Social Work and his Master's Degree in Psychoanalytical Developmental Psychology from the University College London and the Anna Freud Center.  He is a psychotherapist at Williams College Integrative Wellbeing Services and has a psychotherapy practice in Williamstown, MA

Learning Objectives

-Describe how difference is experienced from an early developmental perspective and how it can impact future representations of difference

-Describe how to welcome difference as a way of building group cohesion

-Describe how ego supportive interventions are useful in addressing microaggressions in groups

Explain how different experiences of the dominant culture may impact group members' trust and transferential experiences in group

-Explain why the leader's knowledge of their social identities is so important and helpful in group work


-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

-Unvalidated parking is available at 108 North State Street or 25 North Michigan Avenue, among other lots.

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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