Tri-Organization Committees and Task Forces

AGPA Committees and Task Forces

More than an information and networking resource, AGPA offers a window of opportunity for professional growth and recognition. Through active participation in AGPA, members can help shape policy that affects their careers. AGPA offers mentorship and leadership opportunities through involvement on its many committees and task forces.

If you are interested in joining a committee or task force, contact AGPA at info@agpa.org.

Standing Committees

Annual Meeting Committee

The Annual Meeting Committee is responsible for planning and bringing to fruition the scientific programs of the Annual Meeting. The committee plans Institute sections, workshops, and open session events, such as panels, papers, and demonstrations.

Co-Chairs:
Alexis Abernethy, Ph.D., CGP, FAGPA
Fuller Graduate School of Psychology
180 N Oakland Avenue
Pasadena, CA 91101
Office: (626) 524-5359
Fax: (626) 584-9630
Email: aabernet@fuller.edu

Martha Gilmore, Ph.D., CGP, FAGPA
1621 Oak Avenue, Suite B
Davis, CA 95616
Office: (530) 757-6861
Fax: (530) 753-0636
Email: mlgilmore@ucdavis.edu

Editorial Committee

This Committee is comprised of the Editorial Board of the International Journal of Group Psychotherapy, which is selected by the Editor of the Journal and is subject to the approval of the AGPA Board of Directors. This Committee conducts the editorial affairs of the Journal.

Editor:
Dominick Grundy, Ph.D., CGP, FAGPA
545 West End Avenue, Apt. 11D
New York, NY 10024
Office: (212) 874-6929
Fax: (221) 595-9067
Email: Grundyd4@earthlink.net 

Fellowship and Awards Committee

Members of the Fellowship and Awards Committee review candidates for fellowship in order to recognize members who have made meritorious contributions to group psychotherapy. The Committee also recommends the presentation of awards and honors to individuals or groups who may have made a significant contribution to the mental health field. Committee members must be Fellows of AGPA.

Co-Chairs:
Barbara S. Ilfeld, MSN, RNCS, CGP, FAGPA
218 Hidden Lake Loop, PO Box 2160
Olympic Valley, CA 96146-2160
Office: (530) 581-3567
Fax: (530) 583-6157
E-mail: barbara.ilfeld@gmail.com

Nancy Kelly, Ph.D., MSSW, CGP, FAGPA
2925 Viale Seravezza
Santa Fe, NM 87505-5307
Office: (512) 458-4646
E-mail: nw_kelly@msn.com

Carol A. Vaughan, L.C.S.W., CGP, LFAGPA
2121 Sage Road, Ste. 180
Houston, TX 77056-4326
Office: (713) 622-7591
Fax: (713) 622-7599
E-mail: carol_vaughan@msn.com

Membership Committee

The Membership Committee is charged with the task of both retaining current members and finding new ones.  Additionally, the Membership Committee serves as the welcoming arm of the organization for new members and first time Annual Meeting attendees.  This Committee also brings issues of membership concerns to the attention of the Board of Directors.

Co-Chairs:
Paul Berkelhammer, MA, LMHC, CGP
511 28th Ave East
Seattle, WA 98112
Office: (206) 720-1500 x2
E-mail: paul@pugetsoundtherapy.com

Cindy M. Hearne, Ph.D., CGP
1720 Sunset Blvd
Houston, TX 77005
Office: (713) 520-1243
E-mail: cindyhea@mac.com

 

Nominating Committee

Four members are elected every two years by the membership to the Nominating Committee. These individuals, along with the Immediate Past President, prepare the slate of candidates for officers and the Board of Directors.

Chair: 
Les R. Greene, Ph.D., CGP, LFAGPA
35 Laurel Road
Hamden, CT 06517-4019
Office: (203) 932-5711 x5173
E-mail: lesrgreene@peoplepc.com

Public Affairs Committee

The Public Affairs Committee advocates health care issues in relevant public and social policy arenas by disseminating information about group psychotherapy theory and practice and the Association itself. The Committee also maintains relationships and communicates with other professional organizations that address such issues as standards setting, service delivery systems, legal rights, ethics, privileges and responsibilities, third-party coverage, and other mental health issues that may be of concern to AGPA members. 

Co-Chairs:
Barry Helfmann, Psy.D., CGP, DFAGPA*
28 Milburn Avenue
Springfield, NJ 07081-1039
Office: (973) 467-9333 x221
E-mail: drblh@aol.com

Farooq Mohyuddin, MD, CGP
1000 Duke Street
Alexandria, VA 22314
Office: (703) 625-8444
Fax: (703) 683-0431
Email: farooqmohyuddin@yahoo.com

Kathleen H. Ulman, Ph.D., CGP, FAGPA
17 Elm St.
Boxford, MA 01921
Office: (978) 887-6040
Fax: (978) 887-8977
Email: kathyulman@verizon.net


Task Forces

75th Anniversary Task Force

This group is charged with planning AGPA's 75th Anniversary in 2017.

Co-Chairs:
Patricia A. Barth, Ph.D., CGP, DLFAGPA
4550 Post Oak Place Drive, Suite 252
Houston, TX 77027
Office: (713) 621-0038
Fax: (713) 621-4920
Email: pbarth1631@yahoo.com


Lisa Mahon, Ph.D., CGP, FAGPA
6065 Lake Forrest Drive NW, Suite 150
Atlanta, GA 30328
Office: (404) 256-3889
Fax: (770) 579-1967 
Email: mahon-flores@mindspring.com


Community Outreach Task Force

This group is charged with establishing and executing community outreach programs to provide professional assistance to diverse group populations in the aftermath of traumatic events.

Co-Chairs:
Craig Haen, Ph.D., RDT, LCAT, CGP, FAGPA
510 North Broadway
White Plains, NY 10603
Office: (917) 439-7892
Email: CraigHaen@gmail.com


Suzanne Phillips, Psy.D., ABPP, CGP, FAGPA
22 Norwood Road
Northport, NY 11768
Office: (631) 757-6459
Email: suephil@optonline.net

Distance Learning Task Force

Responsible for the planning and development of alternative continuing educational opportunities apart from the AGPA Annual Meeting such as teleconferences, webinars, audio tapes, on-line courses and home study materials.

Co-Chairs:
Hank Fallon, Ph.D., CGP, FAGPA
1805 Herrington Road, Building 2
Lawrenceville, GA 30043
Office: (770)962-1944
Fax: (770) 962-1886
Email: swimhank@gmail.com

Paul Kaye, Ph.D., CGP, FAGPA
25504 Sherwood Drive
Huntington Woods, MI 48070
Office: (248) 399-2122
Fax: (248) 399-2122
Email: PKExpress@aol.com

Newsletter Task Force

This Task Force is responsible for overseeing the publication of AGPA’s bi-monthly newsletter, The Group Circle. Its members include the Editorial Staff of The Group Circle, who are selected by the Editor of the Circle.

Editor:
Steven Van Wagoner, Ph.D., CGP, FAGPA
2440 M Street NW, Suite 429
Washington, DC 20037
Office: (202) 296-5299
Fax: (202) 223-3939
Email: slwagoner@verizon.net

Science to Service Task Force

This group works to integrate research and clinical practice, to formulate practice guidelines for group psychotherapy, to study the feasibility of a group therapy practice research network, to identify/develop evidence-based group therapy practices/treatments and to recommend educational programs that support the teaching/dissemination of evidence-based group therapy methods.

Co-Chairs:
Philip J. Flores, Ph.D., ABPP, CGP, LFAGPA
6065 Lake Forrest Drive NW, Suite 150
Atlanta, GA 30328
Office: (404) 256-3889
Fax: (770) 579-1967
Email: flores-mahon@mindspring.com

Dennis M. Kivlighan, Ph.D.
University of Missouri, Dept. of Education & Counseling
16 Hill Hall
Columbia, MO 65211-0001
Office: (573) 882-5097
Fax: (573) 884-5989
Email: dennisk@umd.edu

Rebecca MacNair-Semands, Ph.D., CGP, FAGPA
UNC Charlotte
158 Atkins, Counseling Center
Charlotte, NC 28223
Office: (704) 687-0324
Fax: (704) 687-6343
Email: rrmacnai@uncc.edu

Special Interest Group (SIG) Task Force

The SIG Task Force promotes the development of Special Interest Groups and provides a forum for supporting SIG activities.

Co-Chairs:
Kathleen Ault, N.P., CGP
246 West End Avenue, Apt 6B
New York, NY 10023
Office: (212) 241-6313
Fax: (212) 987-5683
E-mail: kathie.ault@gmail.com

Shari Y. Baron, M.S.N., CGP, FAGPA
1715 Green Valley Rd.
Havertown, PA 19083
Office: (610) 449-6550
Fax: (610) 449-6556
E-mail: shariyb@aol.com

 

The Group Foundation for Advancing Mental Health Committees

Communications Committee

This committee is responsible for the publication of the Foundation's newsletter, The Group Assets which is an insert within The Group Circle, AGPA's newsletter. Additionally, this committee overseas the content and written communication of the Group Foundation website and is responsible for identifying the appropriate venue for the reporting of research funded by the Group Foundation.

Chair and Editor:

Connie Concannon, L.C.S.W., CGP, FAGPA*
1844 San Miguel Dr Ste 311
Walnut Creek, CA 94596-4963
Office: (925) 944-1800
Fax: (925) 944-0684
E-mail: cconcannon@sbcglobal.net

Vice-Chair: 

Aaron E. Black, Ph.D.
1577 South Avenue
Rochester, NY 14620
Office: (585) 271-1850
Email: aeblackphd@yahoo.com

Development Committee

The Development Committee is responsible for raising the annual General Fund income of the Group Foundation for Advancing Mental Health, as well as its endowment funds. The Committee also seeks out opportunities for distinguished gifts from AGPA members and outside corporations and foundations, which will benefit the endowment of the Group Foundation for Advancing Mental Health.

Chair:

Karen S. Travis, M.S.W, L.C.S.W., CGP, FAGPA
7936 Wrenwood Blvd Ste A
Baton Rouge, LA 70809-7701
Office: (225) 927-7936
Fax:  (225) 926-2101
E-mail: karendotcom@prodigy.net

Members:

Phyllis F. Cohen, Ph.D., Psy.D., CGP, LFAGPA
301 West 57th St., #20CD
New York,  NY 10019
Office: (212) 489-7607
Fax: (212) 582-8087
E-mail: phylcraft@aol.com

Barbara Dazzo, L.C.S.W., Ph.D., CGP, FAGPA
1104 Crim Rd
Bridgewater, NJ 08807-1872
Office: (732) 568-9998
Fax: (732) 568-1961
E-mail: bdazzo@verizon.net

Jeffrey S. Hudson, M.Ed., LPC, CGP, FAGPA
506 West 42nd Street
Austin, TX 78751
Office: (512) 472-7476
E-mail: jeff.hudson@mygrande.net

Lisa Mahon, Ph.D., CGP, FAGPA
6065 Lake Forrest Dr., NW #150
Atlanta, GA 30328
Office: (404) 356-3889
Fax: (770) 579-1967
E-mail: mahon-flores@mindspring.com

Carol A. Vaughan, L.C.S.W., CGP, FAGPA
2121 Sage Road, Suite 180
Houston, TX 77056
Office: (713) 622-7591
Fax: (713) 622-7599
E-mail: carol_vaughan@msn.com

Elliot Zeisel, Ph.D., L.C.S.W., CGP, FAGPA* 
118 East 93rd Street, #1C
New York, NY 10128
Office: (212) 289-3616 
Fax: (212) 289-3616
E-mail: dremzeisel@mac.com

Subcommittees of the Development Committee

Planned Giving Subcommittee

Patricia A. Barth, Ph.D., CGP, DLFAGPA
4550 Post Oak Place Drive, Suite 252
Houston, TX 77027
Office: (713) 621-0038
Fax: (713) 621-4920
E-mail: pbarth1631@yahoo.com

David M. Hawkins, M.D., CGP, DLFAGPA
800 Eastowne Drive, Suite 106
Chapel Hill, NC 27514
Office: (919) 547-9009
Fax: (919) 490-9733
E-mail: dhawkinsmd@aol.com

Local Fundraising Consultation Group

Jeffrey S. Hudson, M.Ed., LPC, CGP, FAGPA
506 West 42nd Street
Austin, TX 78751
Office: (512) 472-7476
E-mail: jeff.hudson@mygrande.net

Education Committee

The Education Committee supports professional development through continuing education, training, and collegial interaction. The Education Committee coordinates the Group Foundation-sponsored activities at the AGPA Annual Meeting, including early morning educational sessions, the Fellow’s Breakfast speaker, the S.R. Slavson Memorial Lecture, the Louis Ormont Lecture and the Mitchell Hochberg Memorial Public Education presentation.

Chair:

David M. Hawkins, M.D., CGP, DLFAGPA
800 Eastowne Drive, Suite 106
Chapel Hill, NC 27514
Office: (919) 547-9009
Fax: (919) 490-9733
E-mail: dhawkinsmd@aol.com

Vice Chair:

Keith J. Rand, M.A., CGP, FAGPA
8170 Beverly Blvd, Suite 204
Los Angeles, CA 90048
Office: (323) 655-4060
Fax: (888) 588-7305
E-mail: keithrand@me.com

Executive Committee

The Executive Committee consists of the Officers of the Foundation and the chairpersons of the various committees. The Executive Committee is charged with planning for the advancement of the Group Foundation for Advancing Mental Health’s activities and welfare. It reviews and evaluates the affairs of the Foundation; guides, oversees, and coordinates all Foundation Committees; recommends an annual budget to the Board of Directors; and exercises the powers of the Board of Directors in the intervals between its meetings.

Chair:

Karen S. Travis, M.S.W, L.C.S.W., CGP, FAGPA
7936 Wrenwood Blvd Ste A
Baton Rouge, LA 70809-7701
Office: (225) 927-7936
Fax:  (225) 926-2101
E-mail: karendotcom@prodigy.net

Members:

Phyllis F. Cohen, Ph.D., Psy.D.,CGP, LFAGPA
301 West 57th Street
#20CD
New York, NY 10019
Office: (212) 489-7607
Fax: (212) 582-8087
E-mail: phylcraft@aol.com

Les R. Greene, Ph.D., CGP, LFAGPA
35 Laurel Road
Hamden, CT 06517
Office: (203) 932-5711 x5173
Fax: (203) 937-4951
E-mail: lesrgreene@peoplepc.com

David Hawkins, M.D., CGP, DFAGPA*
800 Eastowne Dr., Suite 106
Chapel Hill, NC 27514
Office: (919) 547-9009
Fax: (919) 490-9733
E-mail: dhawkinsmd@aol.com

Barry Helfmann, Psy.D., CGP, DFAGPA*
28 Milburn Avenue
Springfield, NJ 07081-1039
Office: (973) 467-9333 x221
E-mail: drblh@aol.com

Jeffrey Hudson, M.Ed., LPC, CGP, FAGPA*
506 West 42nd St.
Austin, TX 78751
Office: (512) 472-7476
Fax: (512) 454-6158
E-mail: jeff.hudson@mygrande.net

Mary W. Nicholas, Ph.D., L.C.S.W., CGP, FAGPA
441 Orange Street
New Haven, CT 06511
Office: (203) 776-4495
Fax: (203) 776-0217
E-mail: marynicholas09@gmail.com


Scholarship and Awards Committee

The Scholarship and Awards Committee oversees the selection process of qualified candidates who receive funding and recognition from the Group Foundation for Advancing Mental Health.  In addition to the Scholarships and the Endowed Awards, their tasks include calling for applications and identifying qualified candidates for the Honor Your Mentor Award, the Social Responsibility Award, and the Humanitarian Award.

Chair:

Mary W. Nicholas, Ph.D., L.C.S.W., CGP, FAGPA
441 Orange Street
New Haven, CT 06511
Office: (203) 776-4495
Fax: (203) 776-0217
E-mail: marynicholas09@gmail.com

Vice-Chair:

Darryl L. Pure, Ph.D., ABPP, CGP, FAGPA*
333 N Michigan Avenue
Chicago, IL 60601
Office: (847) 498-6969
Fax: (847) 410-7236
E-mail: darryl@fatheringu.com

Search Committee

The Search Committee is charged with recommending persons with diverse skills and expertise to participate on the Group Foundation for Advancing Mental Health’s Board of Directors. Comprised of the President-Elect of AGPA, two elected members from the AGPA Board of Directors, and two members elected from the Group Foundation’s Board of Directors, the Search Committee is formed every two years.

Chair:

Christine G.M. Fitzstevens, LCSW-R, CGP
1577 South Avenue
Rochester, NY 14620
Office: (585) 442-1616
Fax: (585) 442-5032
Email: cgmfit@gmail.com 

Members:

Eleanor F. Counselman, EdD, CGP, LFAGPA*
42 Crestview Road
Belmont, MA 02478
Office: (617) 484-1179
Fax: (617) 489-5783
E-mail: eleanorF@counselman.com

Barbara Dazzo, L.C.S.W., Ph.D., CGP, FAGPA
1104 Crim Rd
Bridgewater, NJ 08807-1872
Office: (732) 568-9998
Fax: (732) 568-1961
E-mail: bdazzo@verizon.net

Nancy W. Kelly, Ph.D., M.S.S.W., CGP
4103 Marathon Boulevard
Suite 100Y
Austin, TX 78756
Office: (512) 458-4646
Email: nw_kelly@msn.com

Darryl L. Pure, Ph.D., ABPP, CGP, FAGPA*
333 N Michigan Avenue
Chicago, IL 60601
Office: (847) 498-6969
Fax: (847) 410-7236
E-mail: darryl@fatheringu.com

Study Grants Committee

The Study Grants Committee is responsible for enhancing the profession’s and the public’s awareness of the value of groups. It does this by supporting and initiating research and promoting the collection, interpretation and dissemination of information on group methods and group psychotherapy. The Committee works with the Corporate, Government and Foundation Grants Committee to explore and solicit outside grants that fulfill its objectives.

Chair:

 Les Greene, Ph.D., CGP, FAGPA
35 Laurel Road
Hamden, CT 06517
Office: (203) 932-5711 x5173
Fax: (203) 937-4951
E-mail: Lesrgreene@peoplepc.com

International Board for Certification of Group Psychotherapists Committees

Clinical Professional Relations Committee

Informs the professional community about the CGP. Develops material for promoting group therapy practices. Oversees the Harold S. Bernard Award for Outstanding Contributions in Education and Training in Group Therapy. 

Chair:

Judith Coche, Ph.D., CGP, FAGPA
Waterworks Building, Stes 302-303
359 96th Street
Stone Harbor, NJ 08247-1409
Office: (215) 735-1908
E-mail: drjudithcoche@gmail.com 

Members:

Robert L. Gleave, Ph.D. ABPP, CGP
Brigham Young University
1500 WSC
Provo, UT 84602
Office: (801) 422-3035
Fax: (801) 422-0173
E-mail: robert_gleave@byu.edu

Katie L. Griffin, MA, LPC, CGP, FAGPA
4103 Marathon Blvd.
Ste. 200
Austin, TX 78756-3719
Office: (512) 656-4067
E-mail: katielgriffin@yahoo.com

Paul LePhouc, Ph.D., CGP 
LePhouc Psychological Services, PLLC
3012 Philfall Street
Houston, TX 77098
Office: (832) 713-7216
Fax: (832) 383-1427
E-mail: paul@drlephouc,com

Practice Development Committee

Creates and maintains relationships/partnerships with healthcare systems to promote group psychotherapy training and high-quality delivery of service. Maintains relationships with national accrediting organizations and payor systems to promote CGP standards. Solicits and ensures submission of Annual Program and Distance Learning Recommendations. 

Co-Chairs:

Joshua M. Gross, Ph.D., ABPP, CGP, FAGPA
FSU Student Counseling Center
Student Life Building, Ste 201
Tallahassee, FL 32306-0001
Office: (850) 644-8875
Fax: (850) 644-3150
E-mail: jgross@fsu.edu

Barry Helfmann, Psy.D., ABPP, CGP, FAGPA
28 Milburn Ave
Springfield, NJ 07081-1039
Office: (973) 467-9333 x221
Fax: (973) 467-1145
E-mail: DrBLH@aol.com

Members:

Eleanor F. Counselman, Ed.D., CGP, LFAGPA
42 Crestview Rd.
Belmont, MA 02478-2108
Office: (617) 484-1179
Fax: (617) 489-5783
E-mail: eleanorF@counselman.com

Greg Crosby, MSW, LPC, CGP, FAGPA
417 Lake Bay Ct.
Lake Oswego, OR 97034-3047
Office: (503) 636-1020
E-mail: gregc1112@aol.com

Molyn Leszcz, M.D., FRCPC, CGP, DFAGPA 
Mt. Sinai Hospital, #925
600 University Avenue
Toronto, ON M5G 1X5
CANADA
Office: (416) 586-4800 x4555
Fax: (416) 586-8654
E-mail: m.leszcz@utoronto.ca 

Search Committee

Recommends persons with the appropriate expertise to participate on the Certification Board of Directors as well as conducts exit interviews. 

Chair:

Kathleen H. Ulman, Ph.D., CGP, FAGPA
17 Elm Streeet
Boxford, MA 01921-2321
Office: (978) 887-6040
Fax: (978) 887-8977
E-mail: kathyulman@verizon.net

Members:

Paul LePhouc, Ph,D, CGP
LePhuoc Psychological Services, PLLC
3012 Philfall St.
Houston, TX 77098
Office: (832) 713-7216
E-mail: paul@drlephuoc.com

Paul Kaye, Ph.D., CGP, FAGPA
25504 Sherwood Dr
Huntington Woods, MI 48070-1752
Office: (248) 399-2122
Fax: (248) 399-2122
E-mail: PKExpress@aol.com

Paul Berkelhammer
, MA, LMHC, CGP
511 28th Ave East
Seattle, WA
98112
Office: (206) 720-1500 x2
E-Mail: paul@pugetsoundtherapy.com

Eleanor F. Counselman, Ed.D., CGP, LFAGPA  (ex-officio)
42 Crestview Rd
Belmont, MA 02478-2108
Office: (617) 484-1179
Fax: (617) 489-5783
E-mail: eleanorF@counselman.com

Standards Committee

Reviews and accepts new CGP applicants and keeps current on all clinical credentials for all disciplines. Responsible for all policies and materials on re-certification. Considers ethical issues relevant to group psychotherapy practice.  

Chair:

Frances Weiss, LCSW-R, BCD, DCSW, CGP
121 W 82nd St., Apt 2B
New York, NY 10024-5517
Office: (212) 362-6019
Fax: (212) 580-3849
E-Mail: biddoc@aol.com  

Members:

Jeanne Pasternak, LCSW, CGP, FAGPA (Consultant)
2439 Sunset Blvd.
Houston, TX 77005-1431
Office: (713) 520-0402
Fax: (713) 520-0423
E-mail: jeanne.pasternak@gmail.com 

Steven L. Van Wagoner, Ph.D., CGP, FAGPA
2440 M Street NW
Suite 429
Washington, DC 20037
Office: (202) 296-5299
Fax: (202) 223-3939
E-mail: slwagoner@verizon.net 

International Liaison Sub-Committee

Coordinates with group therapy organizations world-wide to explore collaboration and improve relations. Works with other agencies interested in partnering and/or consulting on international certification. 

Chair:

Kathleen H. Ulman, Ph.D., CGP, FAGPA
17 Elm Streeet
Boxford, MA 01921-2321
Office: (978) 887-6040
Fax: (978) 887-8977
E-mail: kathyulman@verizon.net

Members:

Marsha S. Block, CAE, CFRE, FAGPA
American Group Psychotherapy Society
25 East 21st Street, 6th Floor
New York, NY 10010
Office: (212) 477-2677
Fax: (212) 979-6627
E-mail: mblock@agpa.org

Molyn Leszcz, M.D., FRCPC, CGP, DFAGPA
Mt. Sinai Hospital, #925
600 University Avenue
Toronto, ON M5G 1X5
CANADA
Office: (416) 586-4800 x4555
Fax: (416) 586-8654
E-mail: m.leszcz@utoronto.ca

Nominating Committee

Identifies and recommends incoming Certification Board Chairpersons

Jeanne Pasternak, LCSW, CGP, FAGPA
2439 Sunset Blvd.
Houston, TX 77005-1431
Office: (713) 520-0402
Fax: (713) 520-0423
E-mail: jeanne.pasternak@gmail.com

Sherrie L. Smith, LCSW-R, CGP, FAGPA
53 Vineyard Hill
Fairport, NY 14450-4617 
Office:(585) 275-3125
Fax:(585) 273-1383
E-mail: sherrie_smith@urmc.rochester.edu

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