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  • Sunday, August 12, 2018
  • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
  • The Sherman Oaks Galleria | 15301 Ventura Blvd. (Sherman Oaks (intersection of 405 and 101 freeways)
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Presenters: Elaine Leader, Ph.D., CGP, LFAGPA and Miguel Ramiez, LCSW, BCD

SUMMARY OF PRESENTATION: This presentation will focus on all aspects of adolescent group psychotherapy including: forming and starting a group, maintaining a group, co-therapy relationship issues, and adjunctive therapy and contacts. A video will be shown to demonstrate group process and a former adolescent group member will speak about how the group impacted her.


  1. List 3 important ground rules for adolescent group members.
  1. Identify 3 most common behaviors used by adolescents.
  1. Apply 2 strategies to ensure a productive co-therapy relationship.
  • The Sherman Oaks Galleria Community room (at Sepulveda and Ventura Blvds.) --  The Sherman Oaks Galleria Community Room is located at 15301 Ventura Blvd. Sherman Oaks, CA 91403
  • (The Community Room is located on the 1st level near the Cheesecake Factory and beyond the Paul Mitchell and ATM).
  • VALIDATION FOR ALL DAY FREE PARKING will be given to the first 60 people at the meeting.


Dr. Leader received her MSW from UCLA and her Ph.D. from The Sanville Insttute where she was a founding year member. She was Coordinator of Adolescent Group Psychotherapy Training in the Department of Psychiatry at CedarsSinai from 1972-1998 and where she and Miguel Ramirez were co-therapists of an adolescent group for over 14 years. She has been in private practice since 1970 where she led an adolescent group from 1975-2017. She is currently Founder at the Center for the Study of Young People/TEEN LINE and was its Executive Director from 1981-2015. TEEN LINE, affiliated with Cedars-Sinai, is a teen-to-teen hotline with an extensive community outreach program that includes educational videos, brochures and the widely-acclaimed Youth Yellow Pages. A website, www.teenlineonline.org offers a teen-to-teen Message Board and a wide range of educational offerings. Dr. Leader is currently Chairperson of the Legacy Advisory Board of the Group Psychotherapy Association of Los Angeles. She is also a consultant to law enforcement, adolescent-serving agencies and the media.

Drleader3@gmail.com Phone: 310-277-6279

Miguel Ramirez, LCSW received his MSW from UCLA in 1972. He played a major role from 1973-1975 running both adolescent and multi-family groups for the Girls’ Family Treatment Program, Los Angeles County Probation Department. In 1974, he did clinical training through NIMH for the Nicaraguan government post-earthquake disaster. From 1978-1992, he co-led an Adolescent group with Dr. Elaine Leader in the Department of Psychiatry at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. Miguel was a Co-founder of the Center for the Study of Young People/TEEN LINE for which he continues to provide clinical back-up for the hotline service. From 1975-2012 Miguel had extensive group experience in the Adult Outpatient Department of the Thalians Mental Health Clinic at Cedars-Sinai, working with young adults, the chronically ill and for the Partial Hospitalization program. Miguel has also participated as a mitigation expert for California death penalty cases since 1991 to the present. He has done private practice and provided supervision and consultation while at the Thalians Community Mental Health Center.

Mhramirezlcsw@sbcglobal.net Phone: 818-223-7650 


Tanya Moradians Ph.D, LCSW 818 783-1881 or tmoradia@ucla.edu

Gloria Gesas, LCSW 818 990-1053 or gegesaslcsw@gmail.com

ATTENDANCE AND CEU INFORMATION: All are welcome and may attend at minimal charge. Members and students are encouraged to attend for free. Members earn 2.0 CE credits at no cost. Non-members are charged $10 attendance fee. Credits for non-members is $20 for 2.0 CE credits.

All disciplines are welcome. Members and students are encouraged to attend for free. Members earn 2.0 CE credits at no cost. Beginning March 1st, non-members will be charged a $10 fee for admission and $20 a unit for 2 CEUs. BBS has approved CEUs for LCSW, LMFT,LPCC.

Light refreshments are provided. Bring your flyers, brochures and business cards for networking and socializing. ASWs and Interns with the approval of your supervisors, can use these educational credits toward your hours.

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