Fall Workshop: Emotional Availability in Group: Expanding the Capacity for Intimacy in Group Members and Leaders

Workshop presented by:

Jeffery S. Hudson, M.Ed., LPC, CGP, FAGPA


Philip J Flores, Ph.D, CGP, FAGPA, ABPP

October 3, 2015; 9 am – 4 pm

Registration opens July 10, 2015

6 CEU’s approved by GALPCA. 6 CEU’s pending for GAMFT, GPA, and GSCSW.

Workshop Description:

As psychotherapists we routinely work with our patients’ availability for emotional engagement. Our success depends in part on our own emotional availability. During this workshop we will examine both the openness and resistance to emotional involvement in groups. We will discuss common sources of resistance for both members and leaders. As we deepen our understanding of resistance, we can more readily welcome both positive and negative transferences. Additionally we will explore Modern Psychoanalytic approaches to working with resistance such as joining, emotional communication, and contact functioning.


Jeff HudsonPresenter Information:

Jeff Hudson:

Jeff Hudson, an experienced individual, couples, and group psychotherapist, has practiced psychotherapy in a variety of settings since 1992. These settings have included private practice, mental health agencies, hospitals, and counseling centers at the University of Texas and Texas State University. He has been in full-time private practice in Austin since 1994.

Jeff’s formal training in psychotherapy began over two decades ago at Southwest Texas State University (now Texas State University) where he completed a Master of Education in Counseling in 1992. Since achieving this degree he has received extensive postgraduate training in psychoanalytic theory and practice.

One important consideration in selecting an effective psychotherapist is finding an individual who continues to work on their personal mental health and develop their clinical expertise. Jeff’s ongoing training has been primarily through the Austin Group Psychotherapy Society, the American Group Psychotherapy Association, and the Center for Group Studies in New York City. Additionally, he has participated in ongoing consultation and reading groups throughout his career.

Milestones in his postgraduate work have included certification as a Certified Group Psychotherapist (CGP) by the National Registry of Group Psychotherapists in 1997, and his 2006 election as a Fellow in the American Group Psychotherapy Association (FAGPA), one of the organization’s highest honors.

In addition to his private practice, Jeff has been a leader in both local and national professional organizations. On the local level, he has served two terms on the Austin Group Psychotherapy Society Board of Directors and was elected President of the society in 2003. At the national level, Jeff has been on the Board of Directors of the Group Psychotherapy Foundation of the American Group Psychotherapy Association (AGPA) since 2006, where he chairs the national AGPA annual meeting scholarship committee. This committee coordinates fund raising to send students and new professionals to the AGPA annual meeting for training and professional development. Jeff’s leadership in AGPA has also involved chairing the Local Program Committee for the 2007 Annual Meeting in Austin, and establishing and chairing AGPA’s first local scholarship committee to help students and new professionals attend annual meetings.

Jeff is a frequent lecturer and presenter at the local and national level. He has spoken on a wide variety of clinical issues at universities and mental health agencies in Central Texas, and has given presentations and workshops to the Austin Group Psychotherapy Society and the Austin Society for Psychoanalytic Psychology. He regularly serves on the faculty of the AGPA annual meeting where he conducts workshops for group leaders from around the world. Jeff also presents to group psychotherapy societies in Chicago, Los Angeles, and Rochester, New York. Additionally, he supervises psychotherapists in his private practice and co-leads an ongoing, weekly training group for Austin mental health professionals.

Prior to becoming a psychotherapist, Jeff worked in administration at the University of Texas for several years, and trained to become a classical pianist. He holds a Master of Music from the Peabody Conservatory of Johns Hopkins University and a Bachelor of Music from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Phil Flores:

Philip J. Flores, Ph.D, ABPP, CGP, FAGPA is a clinical psychologist who has worked extensively for the past thirty years in the area of addictive disorders and group psychotherapy. He is a Fellow of the American Group Psychotherapy Association (AGPA) and is a Diplomate in Group Psychology, a certification issued by the American Board of Professional Psychology.  Dr. Flores is also Adjunct Faculty at Georgia State University, the Georgia School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University and is supervisor of group psychotherapy at Emory University. In addition to his two books, Group Psychotherapy With Addiction Populations by Haworth Press (3rd ED), and Addiction as an Attachment Disorder by Jason Aronson Press, he was also Consensus Panel Chair for Substance Abuse Treatment: Group Therapy, A Treatment Improvement Protocol (TIP #41) issued by the U. S. Department of Health & Human Services. Dr. Flores is the lead author on the American Group Psychotherapy Association’s treatment manual, Group Psychotherapy of Substance Abuse and Addiction. Dr. Flores is co-chair and contributing member of the Science to Service Task Force of American Group Psychotherapy Association that produced the Clinical Practice Guidelines for Group Psychotherapy. Dr. Flores’ latest book, Addiction as an Attachment Disorder was the 2005 Gradiva Award Winner issued by The National Association for the Advancement of Psychoanalysis. He has also presented numerous workshops nationally and internationally on these two subjects. Dr. Flores and his wife, Lisa Mahon, Ph.D., continue to run several outpatient psychotherapy groups a week in their private practice in Atlanta, Georgia.

Workshop Objectives:

The attendee will be able to:

  1. Discuss the influence of personal history on the group leader’s emotional availability.
  2. List three common sources of countertransference resistance.
  3. Identify emotions that you may discourage in their groups.
  4. List two common verbal resistances to intimacy.
  5. Name three patient fears that impede emotional intimacy.
  6. Discuss the tole of self-acceptance in effective group leadership.

***Note new workshop location***


Oglethorpe University

Library/Dolive Theater, 2nd Floor

4484 Peachtree Rd
Atlanta, GA 30319


Workshop Schedule

9 am – 4 pm

8:30-9:00 AM Registration, Coffee, Light Refreshments
9:00 - 9:15 AM Welcome and announcements - Phil Flores
9:15 - 9:45 AM Emotional communication, the neuroscience of affect - Jeff Hudson
9:45 - 10:30 AM Emotional availability in group and five basic principles of modern analysis - Jeff Hudson
10:30 - 10:45 AM Break
10:45 AM -11:05 PM Small group discussions: The influence of personal history on countertransference - Jeff Hudson
11:05 - 11:15 PM Sharing experiences of small group discussions with the larger group - Jeff Hudson
11:15 - 12:15 PM Demonstration group meeting #1 - Jeff Hudson
12:15 - 1:15 PM Lunch - We advise you to bring your own or dine in the Oglethorpe Cafeteria ($8.75)
1:15 - 2:00 PM Expanding the capacity for intimacy in group and the role of acceptance - Jeff Hudson
2:00 - 2:15 PM Break
2:15 - 3:15 PM Demonstration group meeting #3 - Phil Flores
3:15 - 3:50 PM Post-group discussion, 
Q&A, Closing Comments - Phil Flores
3:50 - 4:00 PM Evaluations - Phil Flores

6 CEU’s approved by GALPCA. 6 CEU’s pending for GAMFT, GPA, and GSCSW.

PLEASE NOTE: Workshop start and end times are firm in order to provide CE credit. AGPS cannot provide CEs for participants who have arrived late or leave early from any part of the workshop.

Due to time constraints, we encourage participants to purchase lunch from the Oglethorpe cafeteria or to bring your own lunch. The cafeteria lunch is $8.75, and there is a large variety of food from which to choose.

Workshop Fees

NOTE: Pre-registration cutoff date is September 25, 2015.

No refunds for cancellations within 7 days of the event.

**Any non-member registering for the workshop will receive 50% off of AGPS Membership. 


Early Rate $125 $160 $60
After Reg. Cutoff $150 $185 $70
On-Site $150 $185 $70