AGPA serves as the voice of group therapy for mental health clinicians and the public-at-large, both nationally and internationally. The AGPA provides vital information on group psychotherapy in a variety of ways. Our efforts provide global access to group psychotherapy education and professional development, research, and outreach services. AGPA promotes awareness about the healing power of group. Learn more about our organization.

Early Registration Deadline is June 30 for 2016 AGPA New York Meeting

It's not too early to register for the 2016 AGPA Annual Meeting. Register before June 30 and you will be able to attend the 2016 Meeting at 2015 rates. These are the lowest rates possible so take advantage now. Rates will increase after June 30.  Here is the registration form.

The AGPA 2016 Annual Meeting theme is “Transformation in Group: From Isolation to Connection.” This 6-day event from February 22-27 will be held in New York City and will feature special presentations by leading experts in group therapy, institute sessions, lectures, courses, and over 100 workshops. You will have the opportunity to participate in groups led by the world’s experts on traditional group psychotherapy, programs that incorporate evidence-based and empirically supported treatments and a wide range of innovative group modalities. We hope that you will be able to join us. Don’t forget if you register before June 30 you will receive 2015 rates!


The July issue of the International Journal of Group Psychotherapy is available online

This issue features articles entitled:

  • Psychodynamic Group Psychotherapy: A Behavior Science Perspective
  • The Effectiveness of Short- and Long-Term Psychodynamic Group Psychotherapy on Self-Concept
  • A Substance Called Food: Long-Term Psychodynamic Group Treatment for Compulsive Overeating
  • Attitudes Towards (Psychotherapy) Groups

AGPA members receive the Journal free with their membership, to access log on to the website using your username and password. If you are not a member of AGPA, you can order the journal directly through Guilford Publications, Inc.

Upcoming Teleconferences: Complimentary for AGPA Members

  • Violence in America: Group Therapists Join the Dialogue and Search for Solutions chaired by Robert Klein, Suzanne Phillips and Victor Schermer. 
    • Part 1, Sunday, May 31, 2015: 11:00 am-12:30 pm (Eastern): Understanding and Treating those who are Violent with Robert Klein, Leslie Lothstein, and Victor Schermer
    • Part 2, Thursday, June 25, 2015: 8:00-9:30 pm (Eastern): Understanding and Responding to Survivors of Violence with Craig Haen, Sherry Lynne Hamby, and Suzanne Phillips.
    • Part 3, TBA: The Impact of Violence on Family, Groups, and Community with Daniel Gottlieb, Earl Hopper, and Victor Schermer.
    • Part 4, TBA: Revenge, Retaliation, Restitution and Restorative Justice with Bonnie Buchele, Cecil Rice, and Nina Thomas.

    Participation in these teleconferences is complimentary for AGPA Members.  CE credits for AGPA Members are available at $22.50/session.  Participation and CE credits for Nonmembers are available at $45.00/session.  Payment includes the 90-minute teleconferences, access to the online test and upon successful completion a CE certificate. (For more information and to register.)


    Groups in Private Practice SIG Support Group

    The Groups in Private Practice SIG is now offering an online group for members who would like to support one another, exchange ideas and share goals as they strive to establish new therapy groups in their own practices. This group is open to all AGPA members and is moderated by the Groups in Private Practice SIG Co-Chairs, Jason Berman, Ph.D., CGP, Carol A. Dallinga, LCSW, CGP and Allan Sheps, MSW. You can join this group in two ways, by logging in to the AGPA website and adding this group in the Update SIG Sections page or by contacting the AGPA office toll-free at (877) 668-AGPA (2472).


    Center of Excellence in Group Psychotherapy Services

    The Center of Excellence in Group Psychotherapy Services (CoE) was developed by the International Board for Certification of Group Psychotherapists, the certification body of the American Group Psychotherapy Association, to recognize organizations/practices that achieve and demonstrate excellence in group psychotherapy practice. This national designation as a CoE in group services provides the public and consumers with a benchmark to determine the quality of group treatment that they can expect to receive.  The designation is available to mental healthcare delivery systems (e.g. community healthcare groups, hospitals, clinics, agencies, and group practices). To learn more about the CoE designation please visit the Centers of Excellence.


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