Do you want to be part of the Demonstration Group?

Please read this article if you are interested in being considered for participation in the demonstration "fishbowl" group during the institute.  All potential applicants will receive a video interview with the presenters prior to selection.  This will occur at least a month prior to the conference.  No volunteers on site will be accepted.​

​​2018 Spring Institute

May 4-5

Peter J. Taylor, PhD, SEP, CGP, FAGPA 
&  Roger Saint-Laurent, PsyD, SEP, CGP

Moving beyond Ambivalence and Fear to Embodied Relationship:
Group Psychotherapy Informed by the Principles 
of Somatic Experiencing

Presenter Bios

Peter J. Taylor, PhD, SEP, CGP, FAGPA and Roger Saint-Laurent, PsyD, SEP, CGP are clinical psychologists, Somatic Experiencing Practitioners, and Certified Group Psychotherapists in private practice in NYC and Briarcliff Manor.   Dr. Taylor is a Fellow of the American Group Psychotherapy Association and past-president of the Eastern Group Psychotherapy Society.  Dr. Saint-Laurent has served as Chair and Dr. Taylor as Secretary of the Board of Directors of the SE Trauma Institute, which with its regional and international partners oversees SE trainings throughout the world.  As senior training assistants and approved session and consult providers, Drs. Taylor and Saint-Laurent have studied with eight of the SE international faculty, assisted at more than thirty SE trainings modules, and offered workshops on the intersection of SE and group psychotherapy, Introductions to SE, and SE training and consultation groups both privately and at professional meetings and conferences throughout the US and Canada.  Dr. Taylor received his PhD from Columbia University in 1992 and Dr. Saint-Laurent received his PsyD from Nova Southeastern University in 1994.

Workshop Objectives

  • Apply basic concepts of Somatic Experiencing® in order to develop a more embodied therapeutic stance.
  • Judge the usefulness of tuning in to deeply felt internal states to make subsequent interpersonal interactions with group members and colleagues more effective.
  • Trace the development of group menbers' individual and collective self-regulation.
  • List physiological reactions regulated by the parasympathetic branch of the autonomic nervous system (the PNS), the sympathetic branch of the nervous system (the SNS), and discuss clinical applications of these reactions.
  • Utilize the interplay of gentle cycles of sympathetic and parasympathetic stimulation to facilitate the re-regulation of the autonomic nervous system.
  • Use titrated activation to maintain group members and the group as a whole within a range of resiliency.
  • List the three specific defensive or protective survival responses—fight, flight, and freeze—and offer examples of how these responses can manifest in group dynamics.
  • Utilize techniques for the containment and management of client activation, including maintaining group leader’s own settled nervous system; having group members notice indicators of safety in the room; taking time to invite a group member’s attention to go where it wants in the environment; inviting social engagement, which typically leads members back to more PNS-dominated state; developing strategies for grounding, orienting, and stabilizing prior to working with states of higher activation; and having group members learn to notice somatic signs of activation in self and others as that activation arises, before it becomes overwhelming.

Continuing Education

CEUs: 12.25

  • Psychologists: LGPS is an approved continuing education sponsor for Louisiana licensees.
  • Social Workers: LGPS is an approved continuing education sponsor for Louisiana licensees.
  • Counselors: LGPS will submit an application to become an approved provider for Louisiana licensees.

Louisiana Group Psychotherapy Society


Additional Information

Hampton Inn & Suites - New Orleans Convention Center
1201 Convention Center Blvd

New Orleans, LA 70130

(504) 566-9990

HOTEL RESERVATIONS     This is the same weekend as Jazz Fest, so please book your hotel rooms in advance!  Call 1 (800) 292 0653 to reserve a room at our special discounted room block rate by 4/3/18.  Use code: LGP.  You can also book online here.

ARTICLE BY TAYLOR & SAINT-LAURENT    Group Psychotherapy Informed by the Principles of Somatic Experiencing: Moving Beyond Trauma to Embodied Relationship [International Journal of Group Psychotherapy, Volume 67, 2017 - Issue sup1: Special Issue for the 75th Anniversary of the American Group Psychotherapy Association]