ANNUAL NCTS-WEST, OCTOBER 18–20, 2015--Roles, Boundaries, and Vulnerability in Care-Providing Institutions

01 Aug 2015 12:02 AM | Perry Miller, Editor (Administrator)

Join us for this year’s NCTS-West at Christ the King Retreat Center in Sacramento, California.  

This will be an intensive, experiential, residential conference intended to expand your clinical awareness and deepen your capacity to provide pastoral care. Over three days we will create a temporary learning organization offering an opportunity to notice how we function in groups and the institutions in which we work—without the pressures and politics of the actual workplace. In this unique environment, insights can be developed that help increase our influence and effectiveness.
 This is the first CPSP Group Relations Conference co-hosted with Grex, the West Coast affiliate of the A K Rice Institute, offering CPSP the opportunity to work with highly experienced Group Relations practitioners in a focused and reflective environment.

Due to the unique goals of this training model, the number of participants at this conference will be strictly limited. Registrants will pay a significantly reduced cost for this all-inclusive event.

> For conference fees and registration, go to the NCTS-West web site:


> What is the relationship between my personal and pastoral identities and my professional role?

> How in my role do I affect the individuals, groups, organizations, and institutions that I work in, and how do they, in turn, impact me and my ability to stay in role? > Where do I get the authority to do my work?

> What is my experience of leading and following? > What does my training help me to see, and what might my training cause me to miss seeing? > How are the human needs to belong and connect manifest in the complex environments in which we work? 


While group-relations conference learning is a very individual matter, there are common outcomes for CPSP members that could include: 
> Increasing appreciation of the power of the group unconscious, for example, in CPE and your CPSP chapter.

> Enhancing awareness of self in relation to the group dynamics present with patients and families we serve.

> Noticing the group dynamics within interdisciplinary care teams and learning how to work in them effectively. 


The conference will help you understand Boundaries, Authority, Role, and Task (BART) as they are applied. In addition, each participant will be part of an Application Group and receive individualized consultation on their unique work situation. After the conference, a staff-hosted online Video Post-Conference will offer the opportunity to continue to integrate the experience and apply the learning at work. 


Participation in an experiential group-relations conference is a requirement for all CPSP Supervisors-in-Training (SITs) prior to being certified as Diplomates. It is also an invaluable clinical learning experience for all Clinical Chaplains and Pastoral Counselors committed to excellence. For those certified as CPSP Diplomates in Pastoral Supervision and Psychotherapy, it goes without saying that a thorough understanding of group relations is absolutely essential. 


Jack Lampl, Director, is the past-president and current board member of the A K Rice Institute for the Study of Social Systems and of Grex. He has been collaborating with CPSP for the past three years to enhance the quality of clinical training and broaden the exposure to group relations concepts. He is a regular staff member at group-relations conferences at the Leadership Institute of the University of San Diego.

Micki Seligson, Associate Director, is a Jungian Analyst, former board member of the A K Rice Institute, Senior Research Associate, Project Director, Founder, The National Institute on Out of School Time, Wellesley College Centers for Women, Wellesley MA (ret.)


David Roth, Administrator, is a Diplomate CPE supervisor and director of spiritual care at Kaiser Permanente in Northern California, co-founder of NCTS-West, general editor of the Boisen Books Project, and a member of the board of directors of Grex.

Ed Luckett, Jr., Associate Administrator, holds an M.Div. degree, is Hospice and Palliative Care Chaplain for Kaiser Permanente, and Teaching Elder in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.).

Additional Consultants

Kate Regan holds a doctorate in Organizational Psychology from the Wright Institute in Berkeley, CA, as well as a Master’s degree in Religion from Fordham University, in New York. She has over 30 years of experience working with public, private, and not-for-profit organizations as both an internal and an external consultant. 

Tom Butler holds an M.Div. degree and is in private practice. He is a former board member of the A K Rice Institute. 
Mojgan Jahan is a clinical psychologist with over 30 years of clinical experience. In addition to treating individuals with chronic medical conditions, traumas, anxiety, depression, and relationship concerns, she conducts workshops and trains other medical providers. 

Isabelle Reiniger, LCSW, is in private practice in Chicago and Evanston, IL; previously Group Psychotherapist at the Chicago Institute for Psychoanalysis.


David Roth NCTS-West Director