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Friday and Saturday, January 11-12, 2019

Living Out Loud: Attuning the Therapist and Group Leader’s Voice

Presented by the Rochester Area Group Psychotherapy Society (RAGPS)

Presenter: Marie T. Sergent, Ph.D., CGP

All-day Conference: Friday January 11, 2019 - 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Consultation Group: Saturday, January 12, 2019 - 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM

First Unitarian Church of Rochester, 220 S Winton Rd, Rochester, NY 14610
Saturday: 1577 South Ave, Rochester, NY 14620 (Basement Group Room)

Friday's All-Day Conference

An attuned therapeutic voice allows the therapist and group leader to respond spontaneously and therapeutically to clients’ and group members’ emotional communications and to offer corrective, emotionally maturational interventions. The leader’s personal history can benefit, but can also interfere with the development of, and access to, a spontaneous, authentic, and therapeutic voice. This workshop will explore methods for studying and resolving therapist and group leader obstacles to meaningful, potent emotional communication.


  1. Name the relationship between emotional receptivity and the therapist’s voice.
  2. Describe two types of countertransference.
  3. Describe how countertransference feelings can be utilized to resolve resistance.
  4. Identify three behaviors indicative of therapist resistance.

Saturday's Consultation Group

Marie will lead a 90-minute experiential consultation group providing a confidential setting for therapists to explore their work with individual patients, couples and groups.

Marie SergentAbout Marie Sergent, Ph.D., CGP

Marie T. Sergent is a clinical psychologist in private practice in Rochester, NY, where she practices individual, group, and couple’s psychotherapy, supervision, and teaching. Her group practice includes several interpersonal process groups and a training group for colleagues. Marie has been a faculty member at the University of Rochester for the past twenty-two years and is a former Conference Committee chairperson at the Genesee Valley Psychological Association. She has been a member of the faculty at the American Group Psychotherapy Association’s annual meeting for each of the past six years and has conducted workshops nationally and internationally on the topic of therapist professional and personal development. She is a member of the board of the Rochester Area Group Psychotherapy Association and an advanced student at the Center for Group Studies in New York City, from which she will graduate later this month.

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