Brooklyn Discussion Groups

Current groups

Power and Acceptance: Is Black on Black Racism Real - Rudy Lucas, LCSW, CASAC

Sunday, March 26th 10:45 am to 1:00 pm

Social Acceptance exists as a tension to group honesty. Group honesty, however, is the antidote to the self-hatred of internalized racism. Together, we will learn through observing and reflecting on our cognitive, emotional, and somatic experiences how racism divides people of color into hierarches of privilege.  



Rudy Lucas, LCSW, CASAC, is a modern psychoanalytic group psychotherapist with over twenty years experience in Greenwich Village, New York. He is a member of the Anti-Racist Alliance and serves on the Board of Directors of the Eastern Group Psychotherapy Society where he Co-Chairs the Work Group for Racial Equity. He facilitated three trainings in St. Petersburg, Russia since 2008. He has been active in substance abuse and chemical dependency treatment with numerous professional organizations for over three decades.

The Non-verbal Level - "Where the Truth Comes Out" - Corinna Brown, LCAT, BC-DMT & Johanna Climenko, LCSW-R, LCAT, BC-DMT

Sunday, April 16th 10:45 am to 1:00 pm

The non-verbal level of expression is where a large percentage of our awareness of people and interaction occurs. The goal of this presentation is to bring what is generally pre-conscious perception to a conscious level, so that it can become clear what we are responding to, and we can start to conceptualize the phenomena of non-verbal process.

We will introduce the lenses of Dance/Movement Therapy, Reichian Character Analytic Mind Body Therapy, and Laban Movement Analysis as frameworks to explicate this level. The premise of all these modalities is that how we move and how we inhabit our bodies reflects how we think, feel, and operate in the world.

Because in order to become sensitized to the non-verbal level, we must experience it in ourselves, this workshop will be both experiential and didactic. It is a presentation designed for therapists of all kinds: those that do ‘sitting talking therapy,’ as well as approaches that embrace other body/mind/spirit work.

We will explore our own personal movement repertoires and how we inhabit our bodies. We will also experience how our own movement personalities interact with those of others, in dyads, and in a group.

Participants will be able to extrapolate concepts gleaned from this presentation for self-awareness and self-care, and more clarity about how and what we are perceiving and responding to in one-to-one and group interaction.


Corinna Brown LCAT, BC-DMT, is a Dance/Movement Therapist, Reichian Character Analytic Mind/Body Psychotherapist and the Co-director of the Center for Reichian Energetic Therapy. She has  26 years of group experience (16 years with addiction), teaches at Pratt Institute's Graduate Creative Arts Therapy Program, and is in private practice. She works with individuals, groups, and couples in Brooklyn & Manhattan.

Johanna Climenko, LCSW-R, LCAT, BC-DMT, pioneering Dance/Movement Therapist, Laban Movement Analyst, Reichian Character Analytic Mind/Body psychotherapist  and Licensed Clinical Social Worker, has worked with populations from infants—geriatrics, taught and consulted, in and out of academic settings in the U.S. and Netherlands. Currently, Director, Center for Reichian Energetic Therapy, where the combined modality she created of DMT, LMA, and RT is employed, working with individuals, couples, groups, systems analysis, and professional training.

General Information

The Brooklyn Discussion Group of the Eastern Group Psychotherapy Society welcomes members and newcomers to our monthly clinical meeting. These meetings consist of an informal gathering and a presentation by an expert in the field. It is an opportunity for professional development by becoming informed about the topics presented, and getting to know and be known by other clinicians. You can come to a single meeting and need not be an EGPS member. Become part of our vibrant community.
We meet in Cobble Hill, Brooklyn, on the 4th Sunday of the month (with exceptions) from 11 AM to 1 PM.
Coffee & light breakfast will be served.
$5 for first time attendees and students, $10 for members - $15 for non-members of the EGPS.
If you have a specialty, passion, or interest you would like to share with a receptive clinical audience, we would like to hear from you. If you present you get the satisfaction of making these issues and your practice known to a wider audience.
We invite you to submit a short proposal to present at one of our meetings. We select presenters who best add to our member’s knowledge and experience. We value topics that are most relevant to working with groups and have a balance between didactic, interactive, and experiential components.
Our monthly meetings are for 2 hours on Sunday mornings and consist of ½ hour of networking and noshing, ½ hour business meeting and member introductions, and a 1 hour presentation.
Please be in touch with either Co-chairperson: Jerry Sachs at 301-651-9947, or Erica Gardner-Schuster by clicking her name.