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Hope and Despair in Treatment

Robert Hilliker, LCSW, LCDC, CDWF-C

Hope plays a vital role in the healing process and yet it is often not explicitly explored in treatment. In this luncheon workshop we will review the relevant literature on hope and despair, discuss the five constructs of "Reasonable Hope", and how to harness the power of hope and despair to advance the therapeutic process and improve treatment outcomes. 

1.5 CUE’s available
 Friday September 12, 2014
11.30am to 1.00pm

Venue: The Council on Alcohol and Drugs,
303 Jackson Hill, Houston, TX 77007

Please RSVP by return email to Caryn Botes at caryn.botes@hgps.org or telephone 713-668-2680

Boxed lunches are avaliable for $12 - PREORDER ONLY by Wednesday September 10,2014

Board meeting directly following the presentation at 1.00pm.

A Group Training Opportunity


Principles of Group Psychotherapy
September 19 & 20, 2014

This 12-hour course is designed to provide basic understanding of the theory, principles, and application of group psychotherapy. This didactic and experiential presentation will cover group process and dynamics; foundations of group psychotherapy; the role of the group leader, the change process in group and some short-term, structured and thematic group approaches. The AGPA-sponsored course meets the educational requirement for the Certified Group Psychotherapist (CGP) by the International Board for the Certification of Group Psychotherapists.

9AM - 4:30PM, Friday & Saturday, September 19 & 20, 2014
(Lunch is on your own.)

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HGPS Newsletter: Summer 2014




Letter from the President


Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)

by Rachel Eddins

ACT:  What is Acceptance and Commitment Therapy?

ACT:  ACT in Group Context

Musings on Ethics…by Floyd Jennings

Cele of Approval…by Cele Keeper

Recap: 2014 HGPS Annual Institute Review…by Jean Dixon

News: Josephine Merritt Tervalon honored by Smith College School of Social Work

HGPS Members Matter….featuring news about Tenley Fukui

Caring for the Caregivers…by Cele Keeper

Letter from outgoing HGPS Editor…by Donna Nance

General Invitation for Contributions to HGPS Newsletter:  General and Special Features

The Summer 2014 Issue of the HGPS Newsletter is brought to you by:
  • Rachel Eddins, Committee Chair
  • Donna Nance, Editor
  • Cele Keeper, Author, Cele of Approval, and Caring for the Caregiver
  • Janee Bellamy

For each issue, the HGPS Newsletter team surveys and reports on current treatment and therapeutic modalities being studied and used by our members in their practices. When possible, we include information on how these tools and methods might be used in Group settings.  If you would like to contribute information for future feature article of this nature, or, if you are curious about a treatment modality you may have heard of and would like for us to research and report on it in future editions of the newsletter, please contact us and let us know (contact information below).

Please be advised that treatment modalities presented in the HGPS Newsletter are for information and educational purposes only; the information presented in these articles is as diverse as HGPS members’ interests, practices and treatment philosophies. No treatment modality presented in the newsletter is specifically endorsed by HGPS.

Letter from Outgoing Editor

Letter from Outgoing Editor

Dear HGPS,

After unbelievably fast-passing period of seven years (!), this will be my last issue as volunteer editor of the HGPS Newsletter.  Micki Grimland, can you believe it is that long since we met for my initiation lunch?  I have thought of that day fondly many times since then.  Such a nice welcome you extended to me.

An unexpected increase in outside responsibilities allows me less time to devote to this work, leaving the opportunity open to someone new.

It has been an honor to serve in this capacity reporting the news of such a vibrant, fascinating and thoughtfully diverse community.  Working with my fellow HGPS Newsletter Committee Members and our online publisher has been a true pleasure.

I have really enjoyed this work!  I have learned so much.

Thank you for everything and I wish each and everyone all the best.

Heath and Peace,

Donna Nance
HGPS Newsletter Editor