Southern Region


Southern Region of AAP

The Southern Region of the American Academy of Psychotherapists is a very active part of AAP. We’re dedicated to keeping the art of psychotherapy alive and dynamic. AAP believes in the value of experiential, expressive, depth and humanistically oriented psychotherapies. AAP also believes in the importance of the development of the therapist on all levels. Our members believe in the essential value of these therapies and the emphasis on personal development of the therapist. Toward this end, AAP's activities have process groups and experiential groups throughout. 


Our Salons are entertaining, educational and enriching

Southern Region Salons are informal functions in the home of an AAP member or a cozy professional space. We normally hold one Salon in September/October, prior to the national AAP Institute and Conference, and another in January/February, prior to our own Spring Conference.

The Southern Region provides additional local opportunities for new and seasoned psychotherapists to meet and network.  We also provide an opportunity for graduate students and new therapists to get a taste of the American Academy of Psychotherapists. Our mission is to help grow the Academy by introducing new therapists, graduate students and practicing therapists to our regional events. Those events include two informal Salons each year and an annual Spring Conference.

At our Salons, provocative and seasoned psychotherapists offer an experience of the Academy that is always entertaining, often educational, and frequently uplifting and healing. We all share in bringing food for a delicious potluck dinner that precedes the presentation.


Learn and grow at a Spring Conference

Our yearly Conference occurs in the Spring in settings across the Southeastern United States. We try to choose Conference sites that offer beauty and an intimate and relaxing atmosphere. Past venues include the Balsam Mountain Inn in the North Carolina mountains and the Daufuskie Island Resort along the coast of South Carolina.

Our Spring Conferences are imbued with a warm and inviting atmosphere. In this supportive aura, attendees can learn, grow, and experience a unique organization of psychotherapists devoted to the highest caliber of personal and professional growth.

Southern Region events are open to all.


The 2017 Southern Region Spring Conference will be March 24-26 at Brasstown Valley Resort, Young Harris, Georgia 
Spring Conference 2017   •   March 24-26   •   North Georgia Mountains

2017 Southern Region Spring Conference

Turning Lead to Gold:
Dancing with Transformation


March 24-26

▶ Brasstown Valley Resort ◀
Young Harris, Georgia


Experience the AAP Southern Region

We look forward to sharing the academy with you. Come to a Southern Region event and share in an experience you won’t soon forget.

Please join us for an evening potluck dinner and salon experience. 
Contact person: Maureen Martin, Chair, Southern Region Committee    


Upcoming Salons and Workshops

Atlanta, GA • Friday, January 19, 2018 • 7:00
salon • Theme TBA


Recent Salons and Workshops

Atlanta, GA • Friday, September 8, 2017 • 7:00
salon • Experiential Group Psychotherapy
Sandy Springs, GA • Friday, January 13, 2017 • 7 pm - 9:30 pm
Salon • Turning Lead Into Gold • Dancing with Transformation - the Supervisory Experience
Hosted by AAP Southern Region, The Link Counseling Center, The House Next Door
2016 • Symbolic Language • Listening to Our Inner Voices In Creating Relationships
(Sandy Springs, GA)
2016 • Dancing With Our Shadow • Power in the Psychotherapy Relationship
(Sandy Springs, GA)
2015 • Who? Me? Old? • Aging/Maturity in Life and Psychotherapy
(Sandy Springs, GA)
2015 • Risk vs Safety, and Other Paradoxes of Psychotherapy
(Sandy Springs, GA)
2014 • Transformation in Psychotherapy Using Non-Ordinary States of Consciousness
(Sandy Springs, GA)
2014 • Beyond Our Reach or Within Our Grasp: Boundaries . . .
(Sandy Springs, GA)
2013 • The Sex Addict's Journey Toward Wholeness
(Sandy Springs, GA)
2013 • The Dangers of Not Knowing Your Dark Side
(Sandy Springs, GA)
2012 • Finding Ourselves in Relationship
(Sandy Springs, GA)
2012 • Working At The Edge • A Preview of Our Spring Conference
(Sandy Springs, GA)
2011 • Is All Psychotherapy Experiential Psychotherapy?
(Sandy Springs, GA)
2011 • Emotion-Focused Therapy
(Sandy Springs, GA)
2009 • Flourishing in Hard Times • How to Fix the World and Ourselves
(Sandy Springs, GA)

 

Graduate Students Are Our Future

One of the goals of the Southern Region is to attract and welcome students. Over delicious potluck suppers at salons and through experiential workshops at our conferences, you get an "unplugged" experience with seasoned therapists who practice depth psychotherapy. Conference workshops are primarily experiential instead of didactic, emphasizing the emotional/psychological process of the participants over content. We are the beacon for long-term therapy in a time when graduate programs focus on short-term, empirical interventions.

We offer students free registration at our Spring Conference and make every effort to welcome and encourage those who pursue this rewarding profession. So, all students please join us and bookmark this web site to keep posted on our activities.

We look forward to sharing the Academy with you.

Southern Region Committee members include:

Maureen G Martin, Chair

Curt Arey, Treasurer
Nancy Moser, Secretary
Barbara Thomason
Dairlyn Chelette
Bob Coyle
Mitch Foy
Annie Prescott
Meredith Albert
Erin Simone

 


Southern Region salons from recent years include:

    2011 Salon, Michael Barnett, Emotion Focused Therapy. March 18
    2008 Salon, An Evening Encounter with Psychomotor Therapy, February 29


Spring Conferences from recent years include:

 

Spring Conference 2016   •   April 1 - 3   •   St Simons Island

2016 Southern Region Spring Conference

At the Crossroads: Well-Worn Path or Uncharted Territory


April 1 - 3

▶ Sea Palms Resort ◀
St Simons Island, Georgia

 

Spring Conference 2015   •   March 20 - 22   •   Lake Chatuge

2015 Southern Region Spring Conference

Finding Fierceness in Vulnerability


March 20 - 22

▶ Ridges Resort and Marina ◀
Hiawassee, Georgia

 

Spring Conference 2014   •   March 21 - 23   •   Grand Strand

2014 AAP Southern Region Spring Conference

The Cost of Virtue:
Managing Your Inner Saboteurs


March 21 - 23

▶ Hilton Myrtle Beach Resort ◀
Myrtle Beach, SC
2011 The Role of Emotion in Psychotherapy
2009 Many Paths to Genuine Presence
2008 The Heart and Soul of Psychotherapy: Celebrating the Process