GTTP Symposium: Scapegoating in Society and in Groups:Discussion of Projective Processes about Difference

Saturday, March 30, 2019 from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm. Registration starts at 8:30 am.

GTTP Symposium: Scapegoating in Society and in Groups: Discussion of Projective Processes about Difference

Scapegoating projections are a recurring phenomenon in society-at-large, and in groups, and are fueled by numerous factors. In this Symposium Drs. Arthur Colman and Pilar Montero will examine the macro-level of scapegoating as it offers new perspectives on how scapegoating operates on the micro-level. They will explore how historical, cultural, religious and political dynamics contribute to the human tendency to scapegoat.

Based on their work together, and on Arthur Colman’s book, Up From Scapegoating, the presenters will offer a depth psychological theory of this phenomenon in human relations. They will discuss the psychological and spiritual experience of the scapegoat, in and out of groups, and offer insights into on how the scapegoating process interfaces between groups, the larger collective, and society as a whole. Individuals are, for example, impacted by their external worlds, and then bring those experiences into their groups. Understanding the complexity of these processes will elucidate the factors, of which group therapists need to be mindful as they hold the problems and pains of their therapy group members.

Discussant, Jim Fishman, will take up the ideas presented by Drs. Colman and Montero to help us deepen our thinking about their meaning and application in groups. 

Keynote Presenters:

Arthur Colman, MD is a psychiatrist, Jungian Analyst, and consultant to leaders and organizations. A past president of the A.K. Rice Institute. He is a retired Professor of Psychiatry at the University of California, San Francisco and Faculty of the School of Environmental Design at the University of California, Berkeley. His is the author of seven books on groups organizational design, the life cycle and scapegoating including Up From Scapegoating, several papers on Benjamin Britten and Dimitry Shostakovich as scapegoats and two novels, which together have sold more than a half million copies.                            

Pilar Montero, PhD, is a psychologist, Jungian analyst, and retired faculty of clinical and social programs University of California, San Francisco and San Francisco University. She is now an international group and organizational consultant who has lectured and written on life stage transformations, collective consciousness, and, particularly relevant to this symposium, the impact of altars and effigies on social and political systems. Together they have co-consulted widely on group relations, prejudice and scapegoating issues in countries including the United States, Mexico, South Africa, Brazil, Great Britain, Haiti and Rwanda.


Jim Fishman, LCSW, has been teaching and training clinicians on group theory and practice for over 20 years. He is a frequent presenter at the American Group Psychotherapy Association as well as the Northern California Group Psychotherapy Society. He has published, along with Linda Rose, LCSW, “Navigating the Co-leader Relationship Through Dreams” for AGPA’S The Group Circle, as well as published on AIDS, countertransference, and therapeutic frame. He has served as clinical director of Men’s Services at a GLBT mental health center (Operation Concern), and he has a special interest in issues of shame, sexuality, and gender. He runs a weekly process group for a local psychiatry residency training program.


Rose Phelps LMFT, is a Certified Group Therapist, is a founding member of the Group Psychotherapy Training Program (GTTP). She is also a past President of the Northern California Group Psychotherapy Society. She runs therapy groups for women and men and is a consultant to group therapists.

Date & Time: Saturdays, March 30, 2019 from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm. Registration starts at 8:30 am.

Location: First Presbyterian Church, 2407 Dana St, Berkeley, CA 94704 (get map and directions)

Parking: Parking is available in a lot under the church (entrance on Channing Way). The cost is $1 every 20 minutes, or $10 for the day.

 Fee if Registration Completed: by 2/19/19 after 2/19/19
TPI Members $100 $120
Nonmembers $120 $140
Prelicensed Students/Interns $85 $105

CE: 4 Credits. $10 additional fee for CE credits. The Psychotherapy Institute is approved by the California Psychological Association to provide continuing professional education for psychologists, LMFTs, LCSWs, and LPCCs (provider number PSY005). The Psychotherapy Institute maintains responsibility for these programs and their content (see Course Policies). Fulfills the BBS supervision class requirement.