These small groups provide participants an environment in which to obtain, expand and retain their skills in conducting group therapy.  The PGE sections are conducted by many of the country’s outstanding group therapists.  The group psychotherapy skills gained are important in conducting any group, regardless of its theoretical orientation, time parameter or patient population.  PGE sections are essential training and benefit the participants, both personally and professionally. A portion of each PGE will be didactic.  It is recommended you select the PGE based on your level of group psychotherapy leadership experience. 
A maximum of 12 registrants will be accepted per group.

For more information on the presenter, please click on the presenter name to view their CGP profile. 


Entry Level
Less than 4 years of group psychotherapy leadership experience

1. John Caffaro, PhD, CGP, FAGPA, Distinguished Professor, California School of Professional Psychology, Los Angeles, California
2. Patricia Kyle Dennis, PhD, LCSW, CGP, Private Practice, Saint Louis, Missouri
3. Linda Eisenberg, MA, MEd, CGP, Private Practice, Portland, Oregon
4. Jay Erwin-Grotsky, LCSW, CGP, Private Practice, Austin, Texas
5. Barbara Finn, PhD, CGP, FAGPA, Adjunct Clinical Faculty, Department of Psychiatry at Stanford Medical School, Stanford, California
6. Robin Good, PhD, CGP, FAGPA, Co-Director and Faculty, EGPS One-Year Training Program in Group Psychotherapy, New York, New York
7. Andrea Grunblatt, PhD, CGP, FAGPA, Private Practice, Kingston, New York
8. Francis Kaklauskas, PsyD, CGP, FAGPA, Assistant Professor, Group Psychotherapy Training Program at the University of Colorado, Boulder, Colorado
9. Andrea Pully, MEd, LPC, CGP, FAGPA, Private Practice, Austin, Texas

Intermediate Level
4-9 years of group psychotherapy leadership experience

10. Claudia Arlo, MSW, LCSW-R, CASAC, CGP, Clinician, Mount Sinai West, New York, New York
11. Shari Baron, MSN, CNS, CGP, FAGPA, Private Practice, Media, Pennsylvania
12. Jeanne Bunker, LCSW, CGP, Private Practice, Austin, Texas
13. Charles Pohl, MSW, CGP, Clinical Social Worker and MSW Intern Program Coordinator, Boise VA Medical Center, Boise, Idaho
14. Keith Rand, MA, MFT, CGP, FAGPA, Private Practice, Los Angeles, California
15. Annie Weiss, LICSW, CGP, FAGPA, Faculty, Northeastern Society for Group Psychotherapy (NSGP), Boston, Massachusetts

Advanced Level
10+ years of group psychotherapy leadership experience 

16. Robert Berley, PhD, CGP, FAGPA, Private Practice, Seattle, Washington
17. Hank Fallon, PhD, CGP, FAGPA, Private Practice, Lawrenceville, Georgia
18. Anne McEneaney, PhD, ABPP, CGP, FAGPA, Psychologist and Team Leader, New York University, New York, New York
19. Ginger Sullivan, MA, LPC, CGP, FAGPA, Private Practice, Washington, DC
20. Carol Vaughan, LCSW, CGP, LFAGPA, Private Practice, Houston, Texas


1. Chera Finnis, PsyD, CGP, FAGPA, Private Practice, New York, New York
2. Oona Metz, LICSW, CGP, FAGPA, Private Practice, Brookline, Massachusetts
3. Darryl Pure, PhD, ABPP, CGP, FAGPA, Clinical Lecturer, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, Chicago, Illinois
4. Judith Schaer, LCSW, MSW, CGP, FAGPA, Private Practice, Roslyn, New York
5. John Schlapobersky, BA, MSc, CGP, Research Fellow, Birkbeck College, London, United Kingdom
6. Sharan Schwartzberg, EdD, OTR/L, FAOTA, CGP, FAGPA, Professor of Occupational Therapy and Interim Chair, Tufts University Graduate School of Arts & Science, Medford, Massachusetts


Limited to prior AGPA Institute instructors or registrants who have participated in four or more AGPA Institutes.

1. Michael Frank, MA, LMFT, CGP, LFAGPA, Coordinator and Clinical Supervisor of the Group Therapy Program, The Maple Counseling Center, Beverly Hills, California
2. Esther Stone, MSSW, CGP, DLFAGPA, Private Practice, Mill Valley, California


Registration for this section assumes attendance at two consecutive Annual Meetings. (This is the 2nd and final year of this group; new participants will not be accepted.)

Paul Kaye, PhD, CGP, FAGPA,
Private Practice, Huntington Woods, Michigan; and
Gaea Logan, LPC-S, CGP, FAGPA,
Executive Director, The International Center for Mental Health and Human Rights, Austin, Texas


Registration for this section assumes attendance at two consecutive Annual Meetings. There will be five telephone conference call sessions between the two meetings onsite at the Institute. (This is the 1st year of this two-year group.)

Gil Spielberg, MSW, PhD, ABPP, CGP, FAGPA,
Faculty, Institute for Contemporary Psychoanalysis, Los Angeles, California; and
Robert Unger, MSW, PhD, CGP, FAGPA,
Adjunct Faculty, Naropa University, Boulder, Colorado

Learning Objectives for all PGE Sections:

The attendee will be able to:
1. Identify phases of group development and the leader’s role in each phase.
2. Identify one’s role in the group and those of others.
3. Define and apply such concepts as transference and resistance.
4. Describe key process interactions in the group.
5. Recognize leader behaviors that facilitate the group process.
6. Identify approaches to addressing termination.

Course References for all PGE Sections:
1. Alonso, A., & Swiller, H.I. (Eds.). (1993). Group therapy in clinical practice (pp. 533-545). Washington, D.C.: American Psychiatric Press.
2. Aveline, M.O. (1993). Principles of leadership in brief training groups for mental health care professionals. International Journal of Group Psychotherapy, 43, 107-129.
3. Gans, J.S., & Alonso, A. (1998). Difficult patients: Their construction in group psychotherapy. International Journal of Group Psychotherapy, 48, 311-326.
4. Ganzarian, R. (1989). The group as a training base. In R. Ganzarian (Ed.), Object relations and group psychotherapy (pp. 217-337). New York: International University Press.
5. Horwitz, L. (1977). A group centered approach to group psychotherapy. International Journal of Group Psychotherapy, 27, 423-439.
6. Kauff, P.F. (1979). Diversity in analytic group psychotherapy: The relationship between theoretical concepts and technique. International Journal of Group Psychotherapy, 29, 51-56.
7. Kibel, H.D., & Stein, A. (1981). The group-as-a-whole approach: An appraisal. International Journal of Group Psychotherapy, 31, 409-427.
8. Kobos, J., & Leszcz, M. (2007). Practice guidelines for group psychotherapy. New York: American Group Psychotherapy Association.
9. MacKenzie, K.R. (1997). Time-managed group psychotherapy: Effective clinical applications. American Psychiatric Publishing.
10. Pines, M. (1981). The frame of reference of group psychotherapy. International Journal of Group Psychotherapy, 31, 275-285.
11. Rutan, J.S., Alonso, A., & Groves, J.E. (1988). Understanding defenses in group psychotherapy. International Journal of Group Psychotherapy, 38, 459-472.
12. Rutan, J.S., & Stone, W.N. (2001). Psychodynamic group psychotherapy (3rd Ed.). New York: The Guilford Press.
13. Wong, N. (1983). Fundamental psychoanalytic concepts: Past and present understanding of their applicability to group psychotherapy. International Journal of Group Psychotherapy, 33, 171-191.
14. Yalom, I.D., & Lieberman, M.A. (1971). A study of encounter group casualties. Archives of general psychiatry, 25, 16-30.

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