A Relational Approach to Group Therapy: Enactive Engagement, Companioning, and Narrative

 Presented by the National Group Psychotherapy Institute

Guest Presenter: Robert Grossmark, Ph.D.
Chair: Karen Eberwein, Psy.D.

Friday, Jan. 31-Saturday, Feb. 1, 2020, 9:30AM-6PM

(Check-in and continental breakfast 9-9:30AM)


12 credit hours


Regular $375

At the Washington School of Psychiatry, 5028 Wisconsin Ave NW, Washington DC 20016

Being known by the group and companioned in areas of pain, shame and fragmentation can be a foundation on which group and individual transformation and healing rests. For this conference, Dr. Robert Grossmark will outline a relational approach for working with groups that involves a present and engaged group analyst, who is unobtrusive to the unfolding of the patient’s and group’s inner worlds and yet-to-be-known dynamics. Through vivid examples drawn from his work, he will illustrate how the group analyst unobtrusively companions the group in the flow of enactive engagement and in the emergent narratives of trauma and transformative states. Dr. Grossmark will conduct a demonstration group to illustrate these concepts.

Small Group Experience

Each participant will be assigned to a small process group of 7-10 members. These groups will be led by one or two faculty members. The goal of these groups is to integrate the didactic material presented by providing the participants with an in-vivo opportunity to experience and observe small group dynamics and processes as they unfold.

Large Group Experience

All participants will be members of a large group experience that will convene three times over the duration of each conference. These large group meetings will be facilitated by a multi-person team of faculty consultants. The educational goals are to illuminate large group unconscious processes, identify covert and overt barriers to communication, and to recognize the influence of sociocultural and other contextual factors on a therapy group.


ROBERT GROSSMARK, PH.D, ABPP is a psychoanalyst in private practice in New York City. He works with individuals groups and couples and conducts psychoanalytic reading and supervision groups. He teaches and supervises at the New York University Postdoctoral Program in Psychoanalysis, The National Institute for the Psychotherapies Program in Adult Psychoanalysis, National Training Program in Psychoanalysis, The Eastern Group Psychotherapy Society and other psychoanalytic institutes and clinical psychology doctoral programs.

He has authored numerous papers on psychoanalytic process, group treatment and masculinities and the recently published book The Unobtrusive Relational Analyst: Explorations in Psychoanalytic Companioning. He co-edited the books, The One & The Many: Relational Approaches to Group Psychotherapy and Heterosexual Masculinities: Contemporary Perspectives from Psychoanalytic Gender Theory, all published by Routledge.



We are full at this time. If we can make additional spaces available we will reopen registration. If you would like us to keep you on a list of interested persons, please email the office at wowears@wspdc.org.

Cancellations and Refunds

Refunds will be made for cancellations received at the School office in writing at least 10 days before the seminar date and are subject to a non-refundable administrative fee of $50.

Who should attend?

The workshop is intended for psychologists, psychiatrists, social workers, psychiatric nurses, licensed professional counselors, marriage and family therapists, physicians, medical students, and other graduate students.


The Washington School of Psychiatry is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The Washington School of Psychiatry maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

The School is approved by the Social Work Board of the State of Maryland as a provider of continuing education for social workers in DC, MD, VA and WV.

The Washington School of Psychiatry has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 6388. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. The Washington School of Psychiatry is solely responsible for all aspects of the program.

The School is accredited by MedChi, The Maryland State Medical Society to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The School designates each session for a maximum of 12_ AMA PRA Category I Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Disclosure of Commercial Support and the Unlabeled use of a commercial product. No member of the planning committee and no member of the faculty for this event have a financial interest or other relationship with any commercial product.