Summer Ethics Workshop: Clinical and Ethical Complexities: A Group Dialogue About Our Values, Beliefs, and Therapeutic Action

Workshop presented by:

D. Thomas Stone, Jr., Ph.D., CGP, FAGPA


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

July 16, 2016; 9 am – 5 pm*

*please note updated time

Registration now open!

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

Workshop Description:

We are gifted with language, and our drive to communicate with each other has taken many forms over our short, but profoundly innovative history. From oral tradition to the written word on clay tablets, and later tree pulp and now digital tablets and phones, we are now in a whirlwind of multiple perspectives about who we are, how we live our lives, and interact with each other. As group psychotherapists, we place immense value on our group members’ ability to express themselves and interact with each other in healthy and engaging ways. Psychotherapy is often referred to as the talking cure. Webbed within the complexities and the challenges of clinical practice are our deeply held values and beliefs about the wide varieties of human expression found in the self, families, cultures, and in political systems. In addition, our values inform how we understand mental health, psychopathology, and therapeutic action.

This workshop will focus on our deeply held values, beliefs, and commitments that inform how we conduct our clinical practice. We will explore the development of our values systems both personally and professionally and how they are integrated and guide us in our work as psychotherapists, especially as group therapists. We will also delve into the diverse and pervasive impact of electronic media and, in particular, social media as well as gender identity, race, and culture. We will also consider the impact of telecommunications on the brain, including its use in psychotherapy. Dr. Phil Flores will present this lecture. The dialogue will eventuate in discovering more fully the inherently dynamic relationship between clinical and ethical practice through lecture, group process, and case examples.


thom stonePresenter Information:

D. Thomas Stone:

D. Thomas Stone, Jr., Ph.D., CGP, FAGPA is a psychologist in private practice who works with individuals, couples, and groups. He is also a consulting psychologist who provides leadership & team development, organizational change consultation, and strategic planning. Dr. Stone is a Fellow of the American Group Psychotherapy Association and on the Institute Committee for the Annual Meeting. Previously, he was on the International Board For Certified Group Psychotherapists and was chair of the Clinical Professional Relations Committee. He was a primary developer of the online membership directory for Certified Group Psychotherapists. He is a former board member of AGPA and has been co-chair of several major committees. He has presented for many years at the annual meeting for AGPA and other professional venues on such topics as: shame, countertransference, ethics, and the effects of trauma on mental health professionals. Dr. Stone is the president-elect of the San Antonio Society for Psychoanalytic Studies. He is an Assistant Adjunct Professor in Psychiatry at the University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio in the Group Psychotherapy Training Program and the Psychology Residency Training Program.

Phil FloresPhil 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:

  1. Summarize the impact of personal and professional values on the ethical and clinical practice of group psychotherapy.
  2. Explain the inherently dynamic relationship between the clinical and ethical practice of group psychotherapy.
  3. Discuss the ethical guidelines for tele-health in clinical practice, especially group therapy.
  4. Describe the role of social media in ethical/clinical dilemmas.
  5. Discuss the effects of tele-health and social media on the brain.
  6. Explain ethical clinical guidelines as it relates to gender, race and culture.
  7. Apply a values-based approach to group psychotherapy practice through case examples.



Oglethorpe University

Trustees Room at the TLCC (Turner Lynch Campus Center)

4484 Peachtree Rd
Atlanta, GA 30319


Workshop Schedule

9 am – 5 pm

8:30-9:00 AM Registration, Coffee, Light Refreshments
9:00 - 9:15 AM Introductions
9:15 - 10 AM Ethics, Values, and Commitments: Family, Culture, and Professional Develop
10 - 10:30 AM Mental Health, Mental Illness, and the Cure
10:30 - 10:45 AM Break
10:45 -12 PM Human Diversity: Practice Guidelines and Dilemmas (inc. case)
12 - 1:30 PM Lunch- We advise you to bring your own or dine in the Oglethorpe Cafeteria ($8.75)
1:30 - 2:30 PM Your Brain on Social Media: Ethical and Clinical Issues (Flores)
2:30 - 3:00 PM The Digital Age: Values, Beliefs, and Biases
3 - 3:15 PM Break
3:15 - 4:15 PM Ethical Telehealth Guidelines (inc. case)
4:15 - 5 PM Closing, Questions, and Evaluations

6 Ethics CEU’s approved for GAMFT, GPA, GALPCA, 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 July 9, 2016.

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