René Molenkamp to lead CPSP-sponsored Group Relations Conference in August

23 May 2017 9:00 AM | Perry Miller, Editor (Administrator)

An experiential group relations conference with René Molenkamp, MDiv, PhD, as director is scheduled for August 11-13 at the Christ the King Retreat Center in Citrus Heights, CA, outside Sacramento.

“The Power of Presence: Authorization and De-Authorization in the Helping Professions” ( is intended especially for chaplains, pastoral counselors, CPE supervisors, supervisors-in-training, psychotherapists, and others including social workers, nurses, and others.

René Molenkamp is well known to CPSP members as the co-author of The Tavistock Primer and the most widely used article on boundary, authority, role and task (BART).

The revised 2017 CPSP Standards set out expectations for all certified members concerning group relations: for Clinical Chaplains “familiarity with and an ability to utilize group relations theory in practice,” and for CPE Supervisors and Supervisors-in-Training “a working knowledge and clinical acuity to attend to psychodynamic group process, including unconscious elements as appropriate.”

The conference is co-sponsored by Grex (the West Coast affiliate of the AK Rice Institute for the Study of Groups) and CPSP’s Nautilus Pacific Chapter.

Sacramento’s airport is easily accessible by major air carriers and especially well serviced by Southwest Airlines.

Three full scholarships for CPSP members with serious financial need are being funded by Nautilus Pacific. For more information about the conference and scholarships, contact Ed Luckett, Jr., the conference administrator, at