Hope in Groups: Insights from Group Psychotherapy – Sept. 19, 2013

Philip Scrofani, Ph.D., ABPP

The lecture will address the concept of hope within a Catholic approach to group psychotherapy.

There will be a brief overview of the scientific evidence supporting the efficacy of group therapy. This will be followed by some thoughts about hope in the broadest sense and then from the viewpoint of social scientists and researcher.

The lecture will then treat hope as it might be seen by the group psychotherapist in a clinical setting.

There will be three excerpts from actual clinical material to illustrate how hope might be manifested with the group environment.

Philip Scrofani, Ph.D., ABPP, is currently Director of the Psy.D. Program and a full-time, Associate Professor at IPS. His expertise is in clinical psychology, cognitive-behavioral therapy, group therapy, and research review, and he teaches in these areas. He has been Board Certified by the American Board of Professional Psychology since 1990.

Dr. Scrofani was the Director of Family Psychotherapy Training for five years and Director of Psychology for the Commission on Mental Health Services in Washington, D.C. for 12 years.

In that capacity, he had oversight responsibility for approximately 100 clinical psychologists and administrative responsibility for an APA accredited psychology internship.

He later accepted a faculty position with the Psychiatry Residency Training Program for the Department of Mental Health in Washington, where he continues to be involved in the training of 32 physicians in residency for psychiatry.

He joined the faculty at IPS in 2004.


NEW THIS YEAR!   Lectures will be held across the street from IPS at the Hampton Inn (2000 Jefferson Davis Hwy., Arlington, VA  22202) in the Dogwood Room located on the first floor. A sign in the lobby will direct you.

Complimentary parking for guests is located behind the hotel. To access the garage, turn on20th Street South and travel one block to S. Eads Street then turn left.  Entrance to parking garage is on the left.  To reach the lobby, walk out of the garage and around the corner to the front of the building.

 Each lecture begins at 5:00 p.m. followed by a 15-minute Q&A session. Afterwards, guests are invited to attend a complimentary wine and cheese reception at 6:15 p.m. on the first floor of the IPS campus (2001 Jefferson Davis Hwy., Arlington, VA, 22202).

Walking directions from the Hampton Inn to IPS: walk across at the light on 20th Street South and Jefferson Davis Hwy. Turn right and walk one block to 2001 Jefferson Davis Hwy. 


There is no charge to attend the Newman Lectures however donations are greatly appreciated. To make reservations, please RSVP below  or contact Nancy Flynn at or call 703.416.1441 ext. 127.

To learn more about the Blessed Newman Lecture Series, click here.

For a list of this past year’s lectures, click here.


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