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“What the Hell is Going On??” - PART II - A Socio-Psycho-Politico-Group Analysis of Our Political Situation

Friday, April 7th 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm

EGPS Manhattan Professional Discussion Group is sponsoring another community meeting to explore from a group perspective the turbulent political, social and therapeutic issues we face in the aftermath of the presidential election. Since the election, there has been more apprehension concerning the stability of the country. Trump’s dissenters feel threatened by his erratic personality, his combative governing approach and his executive decisions and policies. They feel democracy is threatened and civil rights are at stake.  Some of Trump supporters are pleased with his performance. Other supporters feel queasy by his personality and style, but are also anxious and angry that Trump is not getting a fair chance. What does this mean for our clinical practice? What does this mean for our lives? This will be a town hall group format where we can learn from our differences and our differing perspectives. Ronnie Levine, Ph.D. ABPP, FAGPA CGP  will chair the meeting, joined by co-chairs Wayne Ayers, PH.D. and Teresa Solomita.LCSW-R , NCPsyA  Please join us and share your thoughts!!

National Anxiety and The Therapist’s Dilemmas

This evening  we will explore such topics as:

National Anxiety  – What are the current social, political, psychological, and emotional issues generating the current states of anxiety within the identity subgroups and the national group?

The Therapist’s Dilemmas – Therapists are struggling as much as their patients are with the onslaught of daily political attacks on thinking and emotional equilibrium. What are the implications of the current socio-political environment in the treatment room and how does our clinical work proceed under these conditions?



Ronnie Levine, PhD, ABPP FAGPA   is a clinical psychologist, psychoanalyst and group analyst and supervisor. Faculty of the Center for Group Studies and EGPS Group Psychotherapy Training Program: on editorial board of the IJGP; Board member of EGPS , published articles include: Treating Idealized Hope and Hopelessness, and Progressing While Regressing in Relationships; invited and featured speaker national and international group conferences; ongoing training  groups in Austin TX and Boston, Mass; Fellow, AGPA ; 2011 EGPS honored for outstanding contributions to  the field of group psychotherapy.


Wayne Ayers, PhD is a psychologist in private practice in NYC. He serves as Assistant Training Director at the Veterans Administration Medical Center, Brooklyn Campus. He is on the board of Eastern Group Psychotherapy Society (EGPS).


Teresa Solomita, LCSW-R, NCPsyA is a graduate of the Hunter College School of Social Work, the Center for Modern Psychoanalytic Studies, the Couples Institute and has advanced training from the Center for Group Studies.  She has been in practice for over 15 years in Manhattan and Brooklyn where she works with individuals, couples and groups.

General Information

The Manhattan Professional Discussion Group offers a wide range of stimulating and educational experiences for all who are interested in furthering their understanding of group process. We invite some of the most interesting figures in the New York group world and beyond to present on exciting issues relevant to group practice. We enjoy exploring group from multiple perspectives.

In addition to clinicians, clergy, educators, artists and business leaders have found the workshops helpful. Previous topics have included working with sexuality in group, group processes in music, diversity in group work, coping with aggression in groups, groups in schools and corporations, group work with trauma. etc.

We value diversity and openness and welcome all in the community interested in exploring the role of group relations in our personal and professional lives.

The monthly meetings are held at:

Beth Israel Hospital
Bernstein Pavilion Conference Center

Podell Auditorium
10 Nathan Perlman Place, New York, NY 10003
(Nathan Perlman Place is a short block parallel to and halfway between 1st & 2nd Avenues and between 15th & 16th Streets.) It is two blocks from the 1st Avenue “L” train station.