Special Interest Groups (SIGs)

SIGs are Special Interest Groups established by AGPA for mental health professionals who share a common interest in a specific area of group psychotherapy and/or group interventions. SIGs allow like-minded group psychotherapists to share ideas and strengthen their knowledge through interaction with their colleagues. SIGs vary in content, structure and activity level, but each is open to all interested members. Throughout the year SIG members have the opportunity to participate in a listserv and other educational activities. Join now by emailing agpamemberservices@agpa.org or call toll free 1-877-668-2472 (AGPA).

SIG Task Force The SIG Task Force promotes the development of SIGs and provides a forum for supporting SIG activities.  For information contact:

Kathleen Ault, NP, CGP, FAGPA
246 West End Ave. #6B
New York, NY 10023
Office: (212) 241-6313
Fax: (212) 987-5683
Email: kathie.ault@gmail.com

Shari Y. Baron, M.S.N., CGP, FAGPA
100 West 6th Street
Media, PA 19063
Office: (610) 449-6550
Fax: (610) 449-6556
Email: shari.y.baron@shariyb.com

Addiction and Recovery SIG

Provides a forum for those with an interest and expertise in utilizing group methods for the treatment, healing process and recovery of addictions. 


Sarah Frank, MA
Sober College
6233 Variel Ave.
Woodland Hills, CA 91367-2515
Office: (818) 325-5865
Email: sarahfrankland@live.com

Steven Henne, MA, RCC
PO Box 30024
RPO Parkgate
North Vancouver, BC V7H 2Y8
Office: (604) 765-2563
Fax: (778) 338-4190
Email: stevenhenne@hotmail.com

Barney Straus, MSW, MA, PCGC, CGP
1025 Hinman Ave.
Evanston, IL 60202-1318
Office: (847) 942-2080
Fax: (847) 424-1942
Email: barneystraus@gmail.com 

Children and Adolescents SIG

Provides a focal point for clinicians treating children and adolescents, furthers training standards, and compiles educational resources.


Seth Aronson, Psy.D., CGP, FAGPA
135 Central Park W #1NR
New York, NY 10023-2500
Office: (212) 579-3105
Fax: (212) 362-6967
Email: sethmaronsonpsyd@gmail.com

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

Thomas K. Hurster, MSS, CGP, FAGPA
26 Summit Grove Ave
Ste 213- The Wilson Bldg
Bryn Mawr, PA 19010
Office: (610) 525-5030
Fax: (610) 565-3872
Email: thomashurster@gmail.com  

College Counseling and Other Educational Settings SIG

Focuses on applying group therapy theory to counseling settings; developing positive communication within the school community; building trust between academic and non-academic personnel, and developing and carrying out research projects using group dynamic and group therapy constructs.


Jennifer Alonso, Ph.D.
University of Florida
3190 Radio Road
Gainesville, FL 32611-0001
Office: (352) 392-1575
Email: jalonso2@ufl.edu

Joeleen Cooper-Bhatia, PhD
Auburn University Counseling Svcs
400 Lem Morrison Dr., Suite 2086
Auburn, AL 36832
Office: (334) 844-5123
Email: jzc0026@auburn.edu

Tevya Zukor, Ph.D., CGP
1301 College Avenue, Lee Hall 106
Fredericksburg, VA 22401
Office: (540) 654-1053
Fax: (540) 654-1711
Email:  tzukor@umw.edu

Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer Identities SIG

The SIGGLBTQ is a safe and welcoming place for LGBTQ therapists and anyone interested in better understanding the LGBTQ population. The SIG provides programming, networking, and social events.


Rhea Pledger, M.A., LPC, CGP
The University of Texas at Austin
3535 Bee Caves Rd., Ste 114
Austin, TX 78746
Office: (512) 569-0506
Email: rbpledger@gmail.com

Elizabeth L. Rosenblatt, Psy.D
10801 National Blvd. #250
Los Angeles, CA 90066
Office: (310) 502-1162
Email: dr.liz@sighdoc.com

Groups in Private Practice SIG

Explores issues relevant to establishing and maintaining a private practice of group therapy.


Jason Berman, Ph.D., CGP
12830 Hillcrest Rd., Ste. D-111
Dallas, TX 75230
Work: (214) 929-9244
Email: talkitoutdallas@gmail.com

Carol A. Dallinga, L.C.S.W., CGP

731 Saw Mill River Rd Ste 7
Ardsley, NY 10502-1814
Work: (914) 693-6906
Fax: (914) 693-2266
Email: caroldallinga@gmail.com

Allan Sheps, MSW, RSW
66 Centre Street
Thornhill, ON L4J1E9
Work: (905) 889-4551
Fax: (416) 222-4430
Email: allan.sheps@gmail.com

Health and Medical Issues SIG

Supports group therapists who address health concerns in medical and non-medical settings, provide psychological treatment to the medically ill, and incorporate wellness techniques into their group work such as meditation, mindfulness. 


Wendy Freedman, Ph.D., CGP
Vassar College Counseling Service
124 Raymond Avenue, Box 706
Poughkeepsie, NY 12604
Office: (845) 437-5700
Email: wefreedman@vassar.edu

Leslie Klein, Ph.D.
5318 E 2nd St #665
Long Beach, CA 90803-5324
Office: (562) 344-5675
Email: lesliekleinphd@gmail.com

Ann E. Steiner, Ph.D., MFT, CGP, FAGPA
PO Box 196
Lafayette, CA 94549
Office: (925) 962-0060
Email: drsteiner@drsteiner.com

International Relations SIG

The mission of the International Relations SIG is to enhance the work of members in international settings, to serve as liaison to international organizations, and to encourage and enable members outside the USA to affiliate themselves with AGPA. Our goal is to increase the mental health resources available to professional groups throughout the world by participating in professional and scientific exchanges.


Anne M. McEneaney, Ph.D., ABPP, CGP, FAGPA
726 Broadway Ste 353
New York University Counseling
New York, NY 10003-9502
Office: (212) 998-4787
Fax: (212) 443-1190
Email: anne.mceneaney@nyu.edu

Nina K. Thomas, Ph.D., ABPP, CGP
2373 Broadway, Apt. 1421
New York, NY 10024-2839
Office: (212) 877-7282
Fax: (973) 540-0555
Email: nkt2351@gmail.com  

Yong Xu, M.D., CGP
Shanghai Mental Health Center
600 Wan Ping Nan Rd
Building No. 6, 2nd Floor
Shanghai 200030
Office: (0086) 21-64387250
Email: suiyueran600@gmail.com

Internet, Social Media and Technology SIG

For those who are interested in how the internet and technology are changing how we connect with each other and affecting the groups we lead and belong to.


Robert Hsiung, M.D.
122 S Michigan Ave, Ste. 1025
Chicago, IL 60603
Office: (773) 413-0227
Fax: (312) 461-9586
Email: bob@dr-bob.org

Jeffrey D. Roth, M.D., CGP, FAGPA
25 E Washington St.
Ste 1811
Chicago, IL 60602-1830
Office: (312) 782-6466
Fax: (312) 444-1048
Email: jrothmd@gmail.com

David A. Songco, MA, PsyD
1845 N Farwell Ave., Ste 104
Milwaukee, WI 53211
Office: (414) 604-6413


Issues of Aging SIG

For those who are interested in Geriatric patients as well as those who are interested in issues of Aging, whether it be their own aging or involving the clients with whom they work.


Ken Schwartz, M.D., FRCPC
Baycrest Dept of Psychiatry
3560 Bathurst St
Toronto, ON M6B1L3
Office: (416) 785-2500 x2882
Fax: (416) 785-2450
Email: kschwartz@baycrest.org

William D. Shapiro, Psy.D., CGP
25 Washington Lane
Apt. 602
Wyncote, PA 19095
Office: (215) 456-9892
Fax: (215) 456-9442
Email: wmshap@gmail.com

Carmit Zur, LCSW
420 1/2 Larchmont Blvd., #1
Los Angeles, CA 90004
Office: (310) 733-8456
Email: carmitz@hotmail.com  

Mental Health Agency and Institutional Settings SIG

Addresses the central role of Group Treatment in a variety of settings (i.e., inpatient, outpatient, rehabilitation programs, structured and other independent settings and systems) which serve a population of individuals with diverse mental health conditions and treatment needs over the course of their lifespan. It also addresses the need to promote and develop appropriate group modalities and training.


Claudia Arlo, MSW, CGP
330 West 58th Street, Suite 303
New York, NY 10019-1819
Office: (917) 575-0532
Email: crda2@aol.com

Kurt L. White, MSW, CGP
Brattleboro Retreat
PO Box 803, 1 Anna Marsh Ln
Brattleboro, VT 05302-0803
Office: (802) 258-4388
Fax: (802) 258-3743
Email: kurtlorenc@gmail.com

Organizational Consulting SIG

Provides a home for members who have an interest in incorporating organizational consultation work into their professional repertoires. In this SIG we explore together how group dynamic principles support and enhance our work outside of the therapeutic setting in the context of organizations, companies, governmental agencies, and more.


Mitchel Adler, Psy.D., CGP
433 F Street
Davis, CA 95616-4111
Office: (530) 219-5985
Email: mitcheladler@gmail.com

Steven Nakisher, Psy.D., CGP
405 N Wabash Ave Unit 208
Chicago, IL 60611-3563
Office: (312) 519-9000
Fax: (773) 404-6420
Email: steven.nakisher@gmail.com

Psychiatry SIG

Not limited to psychiatrists, this SIG is for those who work in psychiatry departments, have training in psychiatry, or are interested in the application of group psychotherapy in the discipline of psychiatry.


Juliette Galbraith, MD, CGP
245 S 8th Street
Hall Mercer Crc
Philadelphia, PA 19106-3520
Office: (267) 259-6576
E-mail: cochejag@gmail.com

Ruth E. Geller, M.D.
445 13th Street
Brooklyn, NY 11215-5103
Cell: (585) 313-3495
E-mail: ruthemilygeller@gmail.com

Shoaib Memon, MD
333 N Michigan Ave
Ste. 618
Chicago, IL 60601
Office: (312) 487-1464
E-mail: majnoonx@gmail.com

Racial and Ethnic Diversity SIG

Addresses the needs of minorities in group psychotherapy through programming development relating to multicultural issues. The SIG also aims to increase minority representation and participation within the organization’s leadership and membership.


LaTasha Smith, MSW
9 Lagrange Ave., 2nd Floor
Poughkeepsie, NY 12603
Office: (630) 229-0345
Email: smithlatasha14@gmail.com

Marcée Turner, Ph.D.
Arizona State University Counseling Services
P.O. Box 871012
Tempe, AZ 85287-0001
Office: (480) 965-6146
Email: mturner4@alumni.nd.edu

Karen Cone-Uemura, Ph.D., CGP
University of Utah Counseling
201 S. 1460 E, RM 426
Salt Lake City, UT 84112-9061
Office: (801) 581-6826
Email: kcone-uemura@sa.utah.edu

Research SIG

For those interested in stimulating, conducting, or furthering their understanding of research in the field of group psychotherapy.


Cheri L. Marmarosh, Ph.D.
8901 Garden Stone Ln
Fairfax, VA 22031-1458
Office: (301) 718-0444
Email: cmarmarosh@gmail.com

Rainer Weber, Ph.D.
University Clinic for Psychosomatics
Kerpenerstr. 68
Koln 50924
Office: 49 221 4785881
Email: rainer.weber@uni-koeln.de

Women in Group Psychotherapy SIG

To increase knowledge of the influence of gender on group life and to develop structures within the AGPA to support women who are interested in group therapy and research.


Michelle Collins-Greene, Ph.D., CGP
35 Laurel Rd
Hamden, CT 06517-4019
Office: (516) 767-2166
Email: drmichellecollinsgreene@gmail.com

Rachelle Rene, Ph.D.
P.O. Box 16259
San Diego, CA 92176-6259
Office: (858) 212-4330
Fax: (631) 878-7313
Email: rene.rachelle@yahoo.com

Annie L. Yocum, Psy.D.
5049 Swamp Road, Suite 301
Doylestown, PA 18901
Office: (520) 465-3029
Email: annieyocum@gmail.com

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