GLGPS Board of Directors
Christine Carpenter, PsyD, CGP
After serving as chair of the Marketing Committee where she helped usher in a new look, feel and direction for the organization, Christine is excited to step up to the task of leading the organization as president. Christine envisions a GLGPS that continues to offer valuable training experiences to group therapists in the Great Lakes region, in addition to functioning in more of a service role by bringing the power of group healing into our local communities. As a clinical psychologist in private practice for over 20 years, relational dynamics and body-centered techniques have formed the foundation of her therapeutic approach for individuals, couples and groups. She currently teaches Interpersonal Dynamics at University of Chicago Booth School of Business. In this popular course, students learn the elements of effective leadership in a training group – or t-group – setting where the focus is on learning-by-doing. In addition to her clinical services, Christine coaches both business executives who want to maximize their leadership potential, and people struggling with dating and relationships. Please don’t hesitate to connect if you’d like to learn more about GLGPS or how you can get involved.
Bruce Aaron, MSW, LCSW, CGP
Vice President/Membership Chair
After chairing the Program and Training Committee of the Great Lakes Group Psychotherapy Society for 15 years, Bruce served as the Society’s President for a term, steering a steady course through a lot of change in the organization. Bruce is currently serving as our Membership Chair and official welcoming committee.
Bruce has been practicing Gestalt Therapy for the past 32 years. His interest in groups stems from a perspective that our self-concepts arise through repeated interactions in a social field, making groups an ideal setting in which to reorganize such beliefs. He is in private practice in Chicago where he works with individuals and offers three weekly therapy groups. He authored an audio series entitled Gestalt Training: The Psychology of Self-Regulating Success published by Nightengale-Conant and “Coming Out as Life-Long Practice, which appeared in the 2004 Gestalt Review.
Marvin Evans, LCPC, MBA, CSOTP, CGP
Treasurer, Diversity/Equity/Inclusion Liaison and Scholarship Co-Chair
Marvin remains in the role of faithful treasurer with a fresh vision for how we invest in the growth of GLGPS. With a growth mindset, he has provided faithful stewardship of the organization’s finances as Treasurer, guided our all-white board in our efforts to understand the impact of our privilige as our DEI Liaison, and shepherded students through the scholarship process as Scholarship Committee Co-Chair. He is committed to the service model and is eager to contribute to developing this new direction for the organization.
Marvin is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor and Certified Group Psychotherapist who has been working in the field of counseling for over 20 years. Marvin is an eclectic therapist with a strong attachment to Reality Therapy. He specializes in working with marginalized populations on issues of trauma, identity, sexuality, and existential angst implicit in trying to make sense of this thing called life.
Shawn Flynn, LCSW, CAADC
Member at Large/Marketing Chair
Shawn has moved on from role of Membership Chair to lead the Marketing Committee where she will continue to manage our social media presence. As Chair she will also bring her creative eye and fresh perspective to our promotions and communications.
Shawn graduated from the University of Illinois-Chicago. In 2018, she opened her own private practice, Modern Connections Therapy. Shawn is passionate about group therapy and is in the process of becoming a Certified Group Psychotherapist. In Spring 2021, she began attending the Center for Group Studies Training Program to further her education and development in group work.
Katherine Evans, LCPC
Member at Large/Social Committee Chair
Chair of the Social Committee, Katherine brings her energy, creativity and outgoing nature to the planning of fun and engaging social gatherings for our members. She is also committed to our community outreach efforts as we spread the gift of group psychotherapy training and practice throughout the Great Lakes.
Katherine Evans has been a member of GLGPS since 2016. Katherine received her Master’s in Clinical Psychology from Roosevelt University. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor along with being certified in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. Katherine is continuously working to deepen her knowledge to be the most diversified and effective therapist she can be. To that end, she plans on obtaining sex therapy certification from AASECT. Katherine is originally from Atlanta and is enjoying the change of living in Chicago.