AGPA responds to the COVID-19 pandemic

Click here for resources on telehealth, practice regulations, self-care for clinicians and AGPA’s public response.

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leszcz and yalomA Special Event with Irvin Yalom, MD, CGP-R, DLFAGPA & Molyn Leszcz, MD, FRCPC, DFAGPA

What’s New and What’s the Same about Group Psychotherapy
Sunday, May 31, 2020 from 8:00 – 10:00 PM EDT

Generously sponsored by the following: 
Benefactors:  Maryetta Andrews-Sachs, Marcia Nickow, Kathy Rider
Patrons:  Marsha Block and Leonard Walter, Barbara Dazzo, Hank Fallon, Christine and Mark Fitzstevens, Les Greene and Michelle Collins-Greene, Barbara and Fred Ilfeld, Cheryl and Robert Kalter, Bea Liebenberg, Mary Nicholas and Richard Jennings, Jeanne and Matt Pasternak, Darryl Pure and Raquel Corré, Keith Rand and John D'Amico, Sacramento Center for Psychotherapy/Martha Gilmore and Haim Weinberg, Phyllis Siegel, Lorraine Wodiska

Join Irv Yalom and Molyn Leszcz as they address new developments in group psychotherapy, explored through writing the 6th edition of the seminal textbook The Theory and Practice of Group Psychotherapy. A particular focus will explore how these developments can be used to enhance effectiveness as a group therapist. There will also be deeper discussion of relationships and life, informed by Irv Yalom's new book co-authored with his late wife, Marilyn, A Matter of Death and Life.  

This event will be conducted via Zoom. The registration fee is $60 for professionals ($100 with CE) and $30 for students and early career professionals. All proceeds will benefit the Group Foundation for Advancing Mental Health. Click here to register

AGPA Connect 2021 Program Proposal Submissions   

AGPA Connect 2021 will be held February 22-27, 2021. The theme is "The Power of Groups in a Challenging World." We are currently accepting program proposals for this Meeting. We look forward to receiving your presentation ideas, please submit online here.

Institute, Open Session, and Workshop Committee Co-Chairs are available to answer any questions you have regarding content for your proposals. AGPA Staff is also ready to assist should you have technical difficulties during the online submission process. Please contact Angela Stephens or Jenna Tripsas at the AGPA office using our toll free number 877-668-2472 or phone 212-477-2677. You may also email us at or and you will be connected with a Co-Chair and/or receive technical support for the online submission form

AGPA e-Learning Events to Support Group Therapists During the Pandemic

COVID-19 has presented us with new and unique challenges, ranging from the emotional to the logistical. AGPA is offering the events below in response to the need for support during this challenging time.

Registration details, learning objectives and references for all events may be viewed here.


Thursday, May 28, 2020, 8:45-10:15PM (Eastern) *Please be cognizant of applicable time zones

sue-kathyModerators: Suzanne Phillips, PsyD, ABPP, CGP, FAGPA & Kathleen Ulman, PhD, CGP, DFAGPA

Roundtable Presenters: Elaine Jean Cooper, MSW, PhD, CGP, DFAGPA; Jennifer DeSouza, LICSW, CGP; Barbara Keezell, LICSW, CGP, FAGPA; Evan Perlo, MA, AMFT; Keith Rand, LMFT, CGP, FAGPA; Ryan Spencer, LMFT, CGP

The roundtable offers a group discussion by AGPA Mental Health Professionals who have had COVID-19. It addresses the personal and professional impact of this illness with topics like: experience of having COVID-19, disclosure to patients, patient and group reactions, challenges using virtual media, medical unknowns, realistic expectations, relapse, fear of dying, self-blame, gratitude, grief, PTSD, feelings about and use of the AGPA online community.


joe-shaySunday, June 14, 2020, 8-9:30PM (Eastern) *Please be cognizant of applicable time zones

Joe Shay, PhD, CGP, FAGPA

What are some common complications in treating couples? Does group training help with any of these? This presentation will address these issues in a light-hearted way, as well as give some attention to new complications that have arisen in the context of the pandemic, and leave time for audience participation. (Rated R)

Registration details, learning objectives and references for all events may be viewed here.

    COVID-19 Support and Stress Reduction for Medical and Mental Health Professionals with Dr. Suzanne Phillips interviewing Drs. Molyn Leszcz and Craig Haen 

    In this show, host Dr. Suzanne Phillips interviews AGPA colleagues, Drs. Molyn Leszcz and Craig Haen, to support resilience and foster stress reduction in medical and mental health professionals facing the Corona Pandemic. The world watches with gratitude as medical health professionals work tirelessly to care for COVID-19 patients despite supply shortages, fatigue, and fear of infection. New and existing patients turn to Mental Health Professionals to help contain fear, loss, and dysregulation in the face of an invisible and lethal threat. Drawing upon years of hospital experience and research in the aftermath of the SARS Epidemic, Dr. Molyn Leszcz discusses the principles, connections, coping strategies, physical and psychological safety that fuel resilience in Medical Professionals. Dr. Craig Haen considers both the strain and strategies for sustaining resilience in mental health professionals available to the emotional needs of patients.

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     As a provider of continuing medical education for physicians through the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME). This status is the highest accreditation the ACCME offers.

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