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2018 Annual Institute event descriptions are now online!

We are pleased to be able to offer two Special Institute Presentations on Monday, February 26; one with Peter Fonagy, PhD and the other with Elliot Zeisel, PhD, LCSW, CGP, DFAGPA.
  • Dr. Fonagy will present "The Technique of Mentalization-Based Treatment for Severe Personality Disorder," and
  • Dr. Zeisel will discuss "Maintaining Passion in your Group Work: The Role of the Training Group." For details, view Special Institute Presentations.
Additionally, Elizabeth Knight, MSW, CGP, DFAGPA will open the two-day Institute sections scheduled for Tuesday and Wednesday, February 27 and February 28 as the Institute Plenary speaker; her presentation is entitled "I'm Having Trouble with My Small Group: Reflections on a Lifetime of Living, Leading, and Learning in Groups." These events and the more than 40 two-day Institute sections are available for your perusal.

Other highlights include:

-- The Mitchell Hochberg Memorial Public Education Event entitled, “Group Process as an Intervention for Community Resocialization” will be presented by David Allen, MD, MPH.
-- “The Role of the Body in Group Psychotherapy: A Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Approach” is the title for the Conference Opening Plenary Session to be presented by Pat Ogden, PhD.
-- AGPA President-Elect, Barry Helfmann, PsyD, CGP, DFAGPA, will present his presidential address during the Anne and Ramon Alonso Plenary entitled, “WHY AGPA?”
--The Louis R. Ormont Lecture entitled, "Witnessing: The Third Axis of Group" will be presented by
Richard Billow, PhD, ABPP, CGP.
We hope that you will be able to join us. Here is the registration form. 

Early Bird Hotel Rates at the Westin Galleria and Oaks Hotels are available.

If you reserve your hotel room for the 2018 Meeting before November 30, you will receive a special rate of $179 single/double occupancy rate. Beginning December 1, the rates will be $199 single/double. To take advantage, click here. Please note: Discounted reservations must include one pre-paid night which is non-refundable.

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