North Carolina, US

NC Chapter - 2018 Spring Symposium: “Freshening Up Your Group Work: Tools and Techniques”

​Saturday, April 14, 2018 from 9:00 am – 1:15 pm (Meet and Greet/Coffee and Bagels 8:30 – 9:00 am)

NC State University, North Campus

This program will consist of two workshops, coffee and bagels before the workshop, and lunch on your own (if staying for membership meeting)

CEUs: 4.0 Contact hours – certificates of attendance will be provided.

Workshop One:

9:00 am – 11:00 am - “Mindfulness: What Just Happened?”

Enjoy this interactive, collaborative, experiential workshop.  We will explore creative techniques to invigorate groups.  Mindfulness/being in the present moment will be practiced to help deepen the group experience. Presenter: Susan Gale Orovitz, PhD, CGP

11:00 am -11:10 am - Break

Workshop Two:

11:15 am - 1:15 pm - “Fostering Engagement:  Reflections from a Psychoeducational Dual Diagnosis Group with Women in Recovery”

This talk will outline the goals, process, and concepts that have evolved through the presenter’s experience developing a Dual Diagnosis group for clients at UNC Horizons. UNC Horizons serves pregnant and parenting women who are in recovery from substance addition. The Dual Diagnosis group is part of Horizons’ Substance Abuse Intensive Outpatient Program. Presenter: Selden Holt, MSW, LCSW

1:30 pm – 2:30 pm – Membership meeting over lunch (Optional)

Fee: $45: Non-IASWG Members​ / ​$5.00: Students & Free for IASWG Members

Registration: To register, please email [email protected] by 4/11/18 so that we can get an accurate continental breakfast count. Cash or checks accepted at door (we cannot accept credit or debit card payments at this time). To become an IASWG member click on: 

For more information: April Parker, [email protected]; Marilyn Ghezzi, [email protected]; Willa Casstevens, [email protected]; Anne Jones, [email protected]

Presenter Bios:

Selden Holt, MSW, LCSW, received an A.B. from Duke University and an MSW from UNC Chapel Hill. From 2001-06, she worked at the local community mental health center in a variety of positions relevant to child mental health. From 2006-2008, she served as Training Coordinator for a comprehensive mental health service provider primarily supporting community support staff. From 2009-2014 she worked at UNC’s Center for Excellence in Community Mental Health.  In 2014, she joined UNC Horizons as an outpatient therapist offering assessment, individual, and group therapy to pregnant and parenting women in recovery from substance addiction and other co-occurring illnesses. She lives in Chapel Hill.

Susan Gale Orovitz, PhD has over 40 years of experience as an educator and psychologist. Dr. Orovitz provides individual, couples, family and group therapy to adults. She also provides clinical consultation to licensed mental health professionals. She is a relationally oriented psychotherapist who believes that healing comes about through a deeper, more authentic connection with oneself, with others in the world, and, for some, with an inner spiritual center and power greater than oneself. Dr. Orovitz has a long distance tele-psych practice (Zoom/Skype/FaceTime/phone) for individuals, couples, group therapy, consultation with mental health professionals and spiritual direction. She also has a local practice in Durham, NC.  Dr. Orovitz is the current President of the Carolinas Group Psychotherapy Society (CGPS). She is the Affiliate Societies Assembly (ASA) Representative to American Group Psychotherapy Association (AGPA). She is also the ASA "Group Circle” quarterly Editor.
Parking is free on campus on the weekends.  People can enter campus, if they are driving east on Hillsborough, by turning right at Horne Street onto campus, and then making an immediate left onto Founders Drive which is the entrance to the parking lot at the north end of the 1911 Building (Founders Drive dead-ends at Current Drive).  People can enter the north door on the Hillsborough end of the 1911 Building, and the conference room is on the ground floor. Campus map link


Past Events

2017 Fall Conference: “Group Work and Ethics” 

Mindfulness Practice with Groups through the Lifespan - October 11th, 2017

Chapter member, Roberta Wallace, MSW, LCSW clinical social worker at Duke University Health System in the area of Solid Organ Transplant, has invited NC Chapter members, Chris Toenes, MSW, LCSW and April Parker, MSW, LCSW to speak at a continuing education session for the Duke Health System Clinical Social Work staff on October 11, 2017. The topic will be “Mindfulness Practice with Groups through the Lifespan.”  The chapter is also working on plans for a local fall group work conference.  

UNC faculty, alumni host group work symposium (March 14, 2017)

The N.C. Chapter of the International Association of Social Work with Groups (IASWG) held its spring 2017 symposium, titled “Mindfulness Across the Life Span” on the campus of N.C. State University on March 4.

April Parker, MSW ’11, presented a workshop on “Mindfulness Practice Implications with Child and Geriatric Groups.” Parker, the chapter’s professional development and program chair is a social worker at Central Regional Hospital. She also has a private practice and does clinical supervision. David Orovitz, LCSW, Parker’s former supervisor at Central Regional and now a full-time Tai Chi instructor joined Parker for part of the workshop to lead a demonstration on how Tai Chi and Qigong exercises can be adapted for persons with physical or cognitive limitations.

Chris Toenes, LCSW, an alum of N.C. State presented an experiential workshop on “Practicing Mindfulness for Substance Use Disorder Relapse Prevention and Long-Term Recovery.” Toenes is a therapist at TROSA and facilitates groups on recovery and grief and loss. Dr. Karen Bluth, presented the final workshop of the day on “Teaching Mindfulness and Self-Compassion with Adolescents.” Dr. Bluth holds a faculty position in the Program on Integrative Medicine in the UNC School of Medicine and runs many mindful self-compassion groups with adolescents and adults.

“This was an outstanding conference and definitely one of our best so far,” said Anne Jones, clinical professor at UNC’s School of Social Work and chapter chair. “All the presenters were outstanding.”

Jones, along with School clinical assistant professor Marilyn Ghezzi, and Willa Casstevens from N.C .State’s Department of Social Work, started the state chapter of IASWG four years ago. The chapter is open to any practitioner interested in group work. The group plans to continue growing its membership by offering online webinars in addition to two workshops per year.

By Anne Jones, clinical professor

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