​​2019 Spring Institute

​April 12-13

Cindy Aron, LCSW, CGP, FAGPA

​The Fury of Scapegoating: Finding Connection in the Face of Difference

Additional Information

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

New Orleans, LA 70130

(504) 566-9990

Reserve your room today at this website or call 1-800-292-0653.  Don't forget to use our room block code LGP​!

About the Speaker

Cindy Aron, LCSW, CGP, FAGPA is Director of Group Programs at Samaritan Health Services, Department of Psychiatry, Corvallis, Oregon. She is on the faculty of the Psychiatric Residency program at Samaritan. Additionally she has a private practice in Portland, Oregon which specializes in the treatment of elite athletes.

Cindy has been a clinical member of AGPA since 1988. She has been on the Annual faculty at AGPA as a workshop leader or institute instructor since 1996. She is a founding member and founding President of the Oregon Group Psychotherapy Society. For many years she was the Oregon representative to the Affiliate Assembly at AGPA, chairing a variety of committees as well as being elected Member at Large. She has been a board member of AGPA as well as elected to the Nominating Committee.  She is a long time member of the AGPA distance learning committee and was a participant for four years on the Open session committee. Cindy received the National Affiliate Assembly Aware for Outstanding Contribution to Affiliate Societies in 2006.

Cindy is a national and international speaker on the topic of Scapegoating in group therapy. Additionally she is very active national and internationally in the advocacy for the provision of mental health services to elite athletes.


Friday, April 12
08:00 - 08:30 Registration & Coffee
08:30 - 09:45 Opening Lecture & Break Out Groups
09:45 - 10:00 Break
10:00 - 11:30 Experiential Group 1
11:30 - 01:00 Lunch
01:00 - 02:45 Demonstration Group 1
02:45 - 03:00 Break
03:00 - 04:15 Experiential Group 2
04:15 - 05:00 Board Meeting

Saturday April 13
08:00 - 08:30 Sign In & Coffee
08:30 - 09:00 Review of Concepts
09:00 - 10:15 Demonstration Group 2
10:15 - 10:30 Break
10:30 - 11:45 Experiential Group 3
11:45 - 01:00 Lunch
01:00 - 02:15 Demonstration Group 3
02:15 - 03:00 Discussion & Integration of Concepts
03:00 - 03:15 Break
03:15 - 04:00 Experiential Group 4
04:00 - 04:30 Debriefing, Integration of Concepts, Group as a Whole


12 CEUs 

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.

Workshop Description

Scapegoating is a powerful, potentially destructive dynamic that merits attention in all groups, be they therapy groups, classrooms or organizations. This conference will explore, didactically and experientially, scapegoating and related intrapsychic and interpersonal phenomena.  Neurobiology provides a framework for fostering compassion, which can help groups face challenges. Specific interventions and group management will be presented to help participants learn to take a potentially destructive force and transform it into a constructive one.


Louisiana Group Psychotherapy Society

Workshop Objectives

1. State group stages and correspondent interpersonal and affective experiences of members.
2. Examine the function the scapegoat plays for the group and the defense mechanisms involved.
3. Appreciate the strengths and limitations of the mechanisms in the human brain that may underlie such phenomena as empathy and complex decision making.
4. Apply here and now understanding of leadership interventions that mitigate the process of scapegoating.
5. Understand the correlation between n the emergence of the scapegoat and the groups’ need to shift from a state of fusion to one of increased separateness.
6. Describe how the brains’ strengths and limitations can help ameliorate shame and foster connection in group.