Archive for March, 2012


March 23rd, 2012

Through the years there have been certain books that have stood out among the rest for me, and here are a few of them to consider:


Drinking: A Love Story, Caroline Knapp.

12-Step Literature (e.g. The Big Book of AA / 12 Steps and 12 Traditions)


The Anxiety and Phobia Workbook, Edmund Bourne.

Buddhist Infusion:

How to Be An Adult in Relationships, David Richo.

Radical Acceptance, Tara Brach.


The Language of Letting Go,  Melody Beattie.


The Five Love Languages, Gary Chapman.

Mating in Captivity,  Esther Perel.

Death & Dying:

Saying Goodbye to Someone You Love,  Norine Dresser and Fredda Wasserman.

Tuesdays with Morrie, Mitch Albom.


Forgive For Good, Fred Luskin.

Men’s Issues:

Facing the Fire,  John Lee.

I Don’t Want to Talk About It, Terrence Real.

Sexual Addictions:

Facing the Shadow (workbook),  Patrick Carnes.

Out of the Shadows, Patrick Carnes.

Somatic Experiencing:

Crash Course,  Laurence Heller and Diane Poole-Heller.

Waking the Tiger,  Peter Levine.


The Four Agreements, Don Miguel Ruiz.

The Power of Now, Eckhart Tolle

The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success, Deepak Chopra.


Entrepreneurs & Small Business Owners:

The E-Myth Revisited, Michael Gerber.

Goal Achievement:

Maximum Achievement, Brian Tracy.

The Success Principles, Jack Canfield and Janet Switzer.

Money Issues:

Rich Dad, Poor Dad, Robert Kiyosaki.

The Wealthy Spirit, Chellie Campbell.


March 13th, 2012

Last week I attended the 2012 Annual Meeting o f the American Group Psychotherapy Association (AGPA), and here are a few reflections:

On Day 1 (“The Special Institute”) I attended a full-day workshop with Esther Perel, author of Mating in Captivity and found her to be dynamic, inspiring and engaging as she shared a very fresh and sometimes controversial perspective to her work with couples and desire.

On Days 2 and 3 (“The Institute”), I participated in a 2-day group experience lead by Ronnie Levine, PhD, a modern psychoanalytic group leader based in New York and an instructor at the Center for Group Studies.  Although it was highly-challenging and unsettling at times, it provided an invaluable experience.

On Days 4 and 5 (“The Conference”) I attended three diverse workshops and one open session.  The workshops all had a demonstration group as part of the format and the open session had a panel of four seasoned clinicians from different theoretical orientations analyzing a videotape of a scripted group.

Being with 25 members of the Group Psychotherapy Association of Los Angeles (away from L.A.) was truly a treat.   On Thursday afternoon the AGPA Community Meeting honored Keith Rand as a new Fellow of AGPA – a well-deserved recognition. Then many of us gathered together for a “happy hour” which felt like an oasis in the midst of 1000 attendees.  Getting to know GPALA members outside of the hustle-bustle of L.A. allowed me to share some really memorable moments and conversations that seem rare back home.

Thursday night I attended a dinner organized by the GLBT Special Interest Group (SIG) as 35 of us gathered at a local Greek restaurant.  On Thursday and Friday during lunch I attended the GLBT SIG and the Addiction/Recovery SIG, and this is another prime opportunity to build and develop relationships.

AGPA is also a place for fun. On Wednesday night Keith organized an outing to see Freud’s Last Session (an off-Broadway play), and there was also a dance and a luncheon which I didn’t attend this year because I went to visit a childhood friend of mine.

All in all, the AGPA Annual Meeting was an abundant 6-day event, and I chose  how to pace myself throughout the week.  It’s certainly a one-of-a-kind opportunity to be part of a vibrant community of those who are passionate about the tremendous power and value of group.