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ROBERT UNGER, MSW, PhD

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2455 Broadway
Boulder, CO 80304
(303) 938-9494
docbob1@msn.com

LICENSURE AND CERTIFICATION

Colorado State Licensed Social Worker (#985090)
Colorado Division of Alcohol and Drug Abuse (ADAD), Level III Certification (#1548)
National Registry of Certified Group Psychotherapists (#2824)
Certified Psychoanalyst (NAAP #P011562).

SUMMARY

Psychoanalyst/psychotherapist in private practice with many years experience in individual, group, and family therapy; teaching; supervision; administration; and consulting. Special areas of expertise are group therapy and addictions. Extensive training in psychoanalysis, group therapy, and family therapy.

WORK EXPERIENCE

Private Practice. Individual, group, and family therapy as well as individual and group supervision. Currently conduct three ongoing mixed-gender psychotherapy groups, one ongoing gay men’s psychotherapy group, four ongoing supervision/consultation groups, and provide ongoing consultation to three agencies. 1973Present.

Faculty, Naropa University, Boulder, CO.Instruct classes in group psychotherapy and psychodynamics in M.A. Contemplative Psychotherapy Program, 1990 to 2014. Member of department leadership team from 2002 to 2007. 1987-2016.

Faculty, Colorado Center for Modern Psychoanalytic Studies, Boulder, CO. Instruct classes in psychoanalytic theory and technique. 1984–2002.

Founder, Colorado Center for Advanced Group Studies, Boulder, CO. Development of group psychotherapy training institute. 1991–Present.

Consultant, various organizations. Specific consulting activities are listed below. 1978–Present.

EAP Consultant, Human Affairs International, Boulder, CO. 1985–1987.

Custody Evaluator, Boulder County Department of Social Services and privately. 1985–1987.

Faculty, Rocky Mountain Healing Arts Institute, Boulder, CO. Taught classes in group process. 1984–1986.

Teacher-Therapist, Alcohol Recovery Center,Boulder County Department of Health, Boulder, CO. Provided alcohol education as well as individual and group psychotherapy in the DUI Program. 1983–1985.

Director, The Dover Center, New York, NY. The Dover Center is a private treatment service specializing in treatment of the troubled employee. Provided individual, group, and family therapy, general coordination and administration of Center activities, and consultation with employee assistance programs and other groups. 1980–1981.

Assistant Director, Bellevue Hospital Alcoholism Program, New York, NY. Program planning and operation; individual and group therapy; clinical training of social workers, students, and hospital staff; coordination of JCAH site visit preparation. 1978–1980.

Psychiatric Social Worker, ACCEPT Alcoholism Clinic of Cabrini Health Care Center, New York, NY. Head social worker in adolescent department. Provided individual and group therapy for adolescents and adults, as well as agency outreach. 1976–1978.

PUBLICATIONS

Group Therapy Training at Naropa University's Contemplative Counseling Psychology Program. Group, December, 2010.

Psychoanalysis and Buddhism—Paths of disappointment. In Brilliant Sanity, 2008.

Conflict Management in Group Psychotherapy. Small Group Research, August 1990.

Selection and Composition Criteria in Group Psychotherapy. Journal for Specialists in Group Work, September 1989.

Sustaining Transference in the Treatment of Alcoholism. Modern Psychoanalysis, Spring 1979.

Treatment of Adolescent Alcoholism. Social Casework, January 1978.

Copies available upon request.

EDUCATION

Doctorate, Counseling and Guidance, 1993. University of Colorado, Boulder, CO. Specializing in group therapy. Internship (1988–1989) at Colorado Institute for Marriage and Family Therapy. Received dean's commendation for superior performance on comprehensive examinations. Dissertation: Influences Affecting Therapist Attitudes and Approaches to Managing Conflict in Psychotherapy Groups.

Master of Social Work, 1976. Hunter College School of Social Work, New York, NY. Group Work and Casework major. Awarded New York State Department of Mental Hygiene grant for alcoholism treatment, which included tuition plus weekly stipend for 1975–1976 school year.

Psychoanalyst, 1996. Center for Modern Psychoanalytic Studies, New York, NY, and Boulder CO. Completed over 50 courses in psychopathology, family treatment, psychosomatic illnesses, therapeutic technique, research, field work, and supervision. Treated patients under supervision at the center's treatment service.

Bachelor of Science, 1967. University of California, Berkeley, CA.

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS AND ACTIVITIES

American Group Psychotherapy Association
    - Elected to Board of Directors, January 2000
    - Awarded Fellowship Status, January 2000
National Association of Social Workers
Association of Modern Psychoanalysts
Colorado Group Psychotherapy Society
Boulder County AIDS Project: Volunteer individual and group therapist.
Boulder Homeless Shelter: Facilitate staff process meeting and train staff in motivational interviewing.
National Association for the Advancement of Psychoanalysis

PERSONAL

Married, two adult sons. Active in competitive masters-level cycling and running. 2015 Colorado age-group road cycling series champion. Featured in Los Angeles Times Article, "Older Athletes Push the Limits," http://www.latimes.com/health/la-he-aging-athlete-20110901,0,7412333.story.

CONSULTING AND TRAINING ACTIVITIES

Presenter, “Working with Contracts in Couples Relationships,” “Glue” Series, Boulder, CO, March 2017.

Faculty, American Group Psychotherapy Association Group Training Institute, “Process Group with Intermediate Telephone Conference Sessions,” with Gil Spielberg, AGPA Institute and Conference, New York, March 2017.

Institute Leader, Colorado Group Psychotherapy Society annual conference, Denver, October 2016.

Faculty, American Group Psychotherapy Association Group Training Institute, “Process Group with Intermediate Telephone Conference Sessions,” with Gil Spielberg, AGPA Institute and Conference, New York, February 2016.

Institute Leader, Colorado Group Psychotherapy Society annual conference, Boulder, CO, October 2015.

Faculty, American Group Psychotherapy Association Group Training Institute, “Process Group with Intermediate Telephone Conference Sessions,” with Gil Spielberg, AGPA Institute and Conference, San Francisco, February 2015.

Supervisor of facilitators, Colorado Group Psychotherapy Society annual conference, Boulder, CO, October 2014.

Faculty, American Group Psychotherapy Association Group Training Institute, “Process Group with Intermediate Telephone Conference Sessions,” with Gil Spielberg, AGPA Institute and Conference, Boston, February 2014.

Keynote Speaker and Supervisor of facilitators, Colorado Group Psychotherapy Society annual conference, Boulder, CO, October 2013.

Faculty, American Group Psychotherapy Association Group Training Institute, “Process Group with Intermediate Telephone Conference Sessions,” with Gil Spielberg, AGPA Institute and Conference, New Orleans, February 2013.

Faculty, American Group Psychotherapy Association Group Training Institute, “Process Group with Intermediate Telephone Conference Sessions,” with Gil Spielberg, AGPA Institute and Conference, New York, February 2012.

Faculty, American Group Psychotherapy Association Group Training Institute, “Process Group with Intermediate Telephone Conference Sessions,” with Gil Spielberg, AGPA Institute and Conference, New York, February 2011.

Faculty, Kansas Leadership Conference, week-long training in collaborative leadership with Kansas community leaders, Lawrence, KS, March 2010.

Faculty, American Group Psychotherapy Association Group Training Institute, “Process Group with Intermediate Telephone Conference Sessions,” with Gil Spielberg, AGPA Institute and Conference, San Diego, February 2010.

Facilitator, Gender Violence Prevention Committee, University of Colorado, Boulder, CO, January 2010.

Presentation, “Is there Such a Thing as a Safe Group,” University of Colorado Counseling Center, Boulder, CO, November 2009.

Presentation, “Group Therapy with Any Type of Group,” day-long conference for Pikes Peak Psychological Association, Colorado Springs, CO, October 2009.

Presentation, “Group Therapy with Veterans,” Veterans Centers Western Regional Conference, Denver, July 2009.

Faculty, American Group Psychotherapy Association Group Training Institute, “Process Group with Intermediate Telephone Conference Sessions,” with Gil Spielberg, AGPA Institute and Conference, Chicago, February 2009.

Faculty, American Group Psychotherapy Association Group Training Institute, “Process Group with Intermediate Telephone Conference Sessions,” with Gil Spielberg, AGPA Institute and Conference, Washington, DC, March 2008.

Faculty, American Group Psychotherapy Association Group Training Institute, “Under the Microscope: A Continuous Observation Experience,” with Gil Spielberg, AGPA Institute and Conference, Austin, TX, March 2007.

Group Therapy Consultant, Boulder Veteran’s Center, Boulder, CO, 2007–present.

Presentation, “Psychoanalysis and Buddhism: Paths of Disappointment,” at the conference, “The Sacred Space of Psychotherapy,” Naropa University, Boulder, CO, May 2006.

Consultant, Weekend program for Austin Group Psychotherapy Society, Austin, TX, April 2006.

Faculty, American Group Psychotherapy Association Group Training Institute, process group for advanced group therapists, AGPA Institute and Conference, San Francisco, February 2006.

Workshop Facilitator, “Challenging Conventional Paradigms: Group Psychotherapy as Awareness Practice,” Canadian Group Psychotherapy Association annual conference, Vancouver, British Columbia, November 2005.

Faculty, American Group Psychotherapy Association Group Training Institute, process group for advanced group therapists, AGPA Institute and Conference, New York, March 2005.

Presentation, “Psychoanalysis and Buddhism: Paths of Disappointment,” at the conference, “The Cushion and the Couch—Explorations in Buddhism and Psychoanalysis,” sponsored by the Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Study Center, New York, November 2004.

Workshop Facilitator, “Competition—The Underbelly of Group Psychotherapy,” Canadian Group Psychotherapy Association annual conference, Banff, Alberta, October 2004.

Presentation, “The Power of Participation: Civic Engagement in a Fragmented World” (discussion of similarities and difference between small group and community processes), Naropa University–Marpa Center for Business and Economics, Boulder, CO, May 2004.

Workshop Facilitator, “Competition—The Underbelly of Group Psychotherapy,” American Group Psychotherapy Association annual conference, New York, February 2004.

Group Consultant, Boise Group Psychotherapy Society, Boise, ID, October 2003.

Workshop Facilitator, “Can a Group Leader Be a Competent Member of a Group,” American Group Psychotherapy Association annual conference, New Orleans, February 2003.

Workshop Facilitator, “Conflict, Cohesion, and Individuation—Three Interlocking Forces in Group Psychotherapy,” American Group Psychotherapy Association annual conference, New Orleans, February 2002.

Workshop Presenter, “Group Psychotherapy—Breeding Ground for Powerful Emotions,” Portland Group Therapy Association, Portland, OR, December 2001.

Workshop Facilitator, “Competition—The Underbelly of Group Psychotherapy,” American Group Psychotherapy Association annual conference, Boston, February 2001.

Workshop Facilitator, “Competition—The Underbelly of Group Psychotherapy,” American Group Psychotherapy Association annual conference, Los Angeles, February 2000.

Public Presentation, “The Group Experience and the Relationship Between Conflict, Competition, and Individuation,” part of a lecture series sponsored by the Boulder Institute of Psychotherapy and Research, Boulder, CO, January 2000.

Group Consultant, Southcentral Counseling Center, Anchorage, Alaska. One-week consultation with various departments on group dynamics. Included public presentation. March 1999.

Faculty, American Group Psychotherapy Association Group Training Institute, workshop for advanced group therapists, AGPA Conference and Institute, Houston, February 1999.

Presentation, “Group Therapy for Substance Abusers,” workshop for the Substance Abuse Counselors of Colorado, Denver, May 1998.

Training Series, “Fundamentals of Group Psychotherapy,” six-week training session for the Boulder County Mental Health Center, Boulder, CO, February 1998.

Faculty, American Group Psychotherapy Association Group Training Institute, workshop for intermediate-level group therapists, AGPA Conference and Institute, Chicago, February 1998.

In-Service Presentation, “Resolving Resistances to Forming and Maintaining Therapy Groups,” Boulder County Mental Health Center, Boulder, CO, October 1997.

Faculty, American Group Psychotherapy Association Group Training Institute, AGPA Conference and Institute, New York, February 1997.

Community Presentation, “Group therapy—What is it and how does it help?” presentation for the Boulder Psychotherapists’ Guild, Boulder, CO, October 1996.

Co-Presenter, “Creating Immediacy in Group Therapy,” with Dr. Louis Ormont, Boulder, CO, April 1995.

Workshop Facilitator, “Experiential Training and Supervision of Group Therapists,” American Group Psychotherapy Association annual conference, Atlanta, February 1995.

In-Service Presentation, “Advanced Group Topics,” Boulder County Mental Health Center, Boulder, CO, September 1994.

Presentation, “Managing Conflict and Cohesion in Group Psychotherapy,” Psychological Resource Organization, Denver, August 1994.

Staff Facilitator, Colorado AIDS Project, Denver, CO, February through March, 1994.

Workshop Facilitator, “Experiential Training and Supervision of Group Therapists,” American Group Psychotherapy Association annual conference, Washington DC, February 1994.

Presentation, “The Leader’s Role in Managing Conflict and Aggression in Psychotherapy Groups,” Colorado Center for Modern Psychoanalytic Studies, Boulder, CO, May 1993.

Presentation, “Conflict and Cohesion in Group Therapy,” Denver Chapter of the American Group Psychotherapy Association, Denver, March 1993.

Workshop Facilitator, “Experiential Training and Supervision of Group Therapists,” American Group Psychotherapy Association annual conference, San Diego, February 1993.

Group Leader, ongoing psychotherapy group for people with HIV, Boulder County AIDS Project, Boulder, CO. Initiated November 1992.

Facilitator, Nursing Department, Boulder Community Hospital, conflict resolution for staff morale problem, September 1992.

Facilitator, Colorado Student Loan Program, management retreat for 31 managers, Denver, September 1992.

Workshop Facilitator, “The Challenge of Working with Mandated Persons in Group Psychotherapy,” American Group Psychotherapy Association annual conference, New York, February 1992.

In-Service Presentation, “Working With Non-voluntary Clients in the Group Setting,” Boulder County Mental Health Center, Boulder, CO, April 1991.

Workshop Facilitator, “Conflict Management in Group Psychotherapy,” American Group Psychotherapy Association annual conference, San Antonio, TX, February 1991.

Editorial Board, Naropa Institute Journal of Contemplative Psychotherapy, 1990–1992.

Clinical Supervisor, Alternatives to Family Violence, Westminster, CO, 1990–2013.

In-Service Presentation, “Agency Transference Issues as a Reflection of Client Population,” alternatives to family violence, Westminster, CO, August 1990.

In-Service Presentation, “Fundamentals of Group Psychotherapy,” Boulder County Department of Social Services, Boulder, CO, May 1990.

Workshop Facilitator, “Group Psychotherapy in Addictions: Dealing with Underlying Conflicts and Aggression,” NASW annual conference, Denver, April 1990.

Consulting Supervisor, Alternatives to Family Violence, Commerce City, CO, March 1989–present.

Workshop Facilitator, “Conflict Management in Group Psychotherapy,” NASW annual conference, Denver, May 1989.

Workshop Facilitator, “The Nuts and Bolts of Group Psychotherapy,” a three-session course presented to the Boulder County Mental Health Center, Boulder, CO, April 1989.

Workshop Co-facilitator, “Substance Abuse Implications for Parenting and Custody Recommendations,” Boulder Interdisciplinary Committee on Child Custody, Boulder, CO, October 1988.

In-Service Presentation, “Conflict Management in Therapy Groups.” Boulder County Mental Health Center, Boulder, CO, February 1988.

Workshop Co-facilitator, “Transference Communications and Treatment Interventions,” with Dr. Phyllis Meadow, Colorado Center for Modern Psychoanalytic Studies, Boulder, CO, June 1987.

Workshop Facilitator, “Conflict Management in Group Therapy,” The Rader Institute, Eating Disorders Clinic, Columbia, MO, March 1987.

Workshop Facilitator, “The Maturation Process,” Center for Modern Psychoanalytic Studies, Durango, CO, January 1987.

Workshop Facilitator, “Transference Issues in Alcoholism Treatment,” Four Winds Alcoholism Rehabilitation Center, Farmington, NM, October 1986.

Workshop Facilitator, “Group Process as a Means to Enhance Social Interaction,” NASW annual conference, Denver, May 1986.

Workshop Facilitator, “Need for Cooperation Between Divorcing Parents,” IDCC Education Series, Boulder, CO, May 1986.

Guest Speaker, “Interpersonal Communication,” Red Cross, Longmont, CO, October 1985.

Workshop Facilitator, “Social Work and Wellness Concepts,” Denver University School of Social Work, Boulder Placement Students, Boulder County Department of Health, February 1985.

Workshop Facilitator, “Addictive Process,” Metropolitan State College Social Sciences Department, Denver, February 1985.

Workshop Facilitator, “Undiagnosed Alcoholism in Social Service Settings,” Boulder County Child Protection Services, Boulder, CO, February 1985.

Co-Facilitator for group process class, Naropa University Master’s Program in Psychology, Boulder, CO, Fall 1982.Ground Rounds Presentation, “Alcoholism, Aggression, and Environment,” Naropa University Master’s Program in Psychology, Boulder, CO, February 1982.

Facilitator, “Psychological Aspects of Alcoholism,” Retarded Infant Services, October 1981.

Facilitator, “Techniques in Group and Individual Psychotherapy,” City-Wide Institute on Alcoholism, April 1981.

Committee Member, Referral and Treatment Standards Committee, New York City Affiliate of the National Council on Alcoholism, 1980–1981.

Facilitator, “Psychological Aspects of Adolescent Alcohol Use,” Brooklyn College Office of Neighborhood Affairs, December 1980.

Workshop Facilitator, “Working with Drinking Adolescents,” Fremont County Mental Health Center, Riverton, WY, November 1980.

Facilitator, “Working with Teenagers in Groups,” National Council on Alcoholism Youth Program, October 1980.

Facilitator, “Techniques in Individual Treatment,” Issues and Treatment in Adolescent Alcoholism, June 1980.

Facilitator, “Techniques in Individual Counseling,” PROMESA, Bronx, NY, June 1980.

Workshop Facilitator, “Group Therapy Techniques in Alcoholism Treatment,” Multi-discipline Institute on Alcoholism, Bronx, NY, May 1980.

Workshop Facilitator, “Resources for Alcoholism Treatment-Matching Need and Service,” NASW Alcoholism Conference, May 1980.

Facilitator, “Group Therapy Techniques,” Lincoln Hospital, May 1980.

Facilitator, “Techniques on Individual Counseling,” City-Wide Institute on Alcoholism, February 1980.

Consultant, Veterans Administration Hospital, Brooklyn, NY. Consulted on ongoing basis to aid in the establishment of an outpatient alcoholism clinic, 1980–1981.

Facilitator, “Individual Treatment of Alcoholism,” National Council on Alcoholism Education Series, November 1979.

Workshop Facilitator, “Transference and Countertransference Issues in Alcoholism Treatment,” NASW Alcoholism Conference, May 1979.

Expert Interviewee, discussion of adolescent alcoholism on WABC radio program, “The Young Scene,” February 1979.

Workshop Facilitator, “Treatment of Adolescent Alcoholism,” NASW Alcoholism Conference, May 1977.

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