AGPA Calls for an End to Racially Motivated Violence

Click here for resources on racial justice and anti-racism for clinicians.

AGPA responds to the COVID-19 pandemic

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

AGPA serves as the voice of group therapy for mental health clinicians and the public-at-large, both nationally and internationally. The AGPA provides vital information on group psychotherapy in a variety of ways. Our efforts provide global access to group psychotherapy education and professional development, research, and outreach services. AGPA promotes awareness about the healing power of group. Learn more about our organization.

Did you miss our Town Hall on addressing racism and discrimination?

View the recording here.

Upcoming e-Learning Events

Online Institute: Sundays & Mondays, August 9, 10, 16, 23, 30, September 6, 13, and 14 
7:30-9PM (Eastern)
*Please be cognizant of applicable time zones 

Kaklauskas-OlsonThe Marriage of Modern Analysis, Post-Modern Pragmatism and Neuropsychology
Francis Kaklauskas, PsyD, CGP, FAGPA
Elizabeth Olson, PsyD, LCSW, CGP

Modern psychoanalysis was an early leader in building the theory and techniques of group psychotherapy. Multiple influences have emerged including neuroscience, relational psychoanalysis, mindfulness, and critical social justice theory. Participants will understand how modern psychoanalytic and relational techniques rewire brain pathways and restructure limbic patterns that contribute to problematic default relational patterns. This institute explores what we choose to resist and reconcile inside ourselves and our work. Registrants are required to attend all eight sessions for online Institutes. Partial CE credit will not be awarded. For more details and to registration, click here

Webinar: Sunday, August 16, 8:00-9:30PM (Eastern) *Please be cognizant of applicable time zones

Mirasol-ShanahanIncreasing Racial Stamina as an Antidote to White Fragility
Ani Mirasol, MS, LCSW
Kristin Shanahan, MA, LPC-S, CGP

White Fragility: the discomfort and defensiveness white people express when racial equity is acknowledged. Blending theory from biology, psychology, education, and trauma-informed practice, this webinar explores clinical skills and approaches to increase resiliency among white clinicians. Specific attention will be paid to the unconscious, transference, and resistances in
groups. For more details and to register, click here

Online Institute: Tuesdays & Thursdays, September 8, 10, 15, 22, 29, and October 6, 13, and 15 
7:30-9:00 PM (Eastern)
*Please be cognizant of applicable time zones

Paul KayeProcess Group Experience
Paul Kaye, PhD, CGP, FAGPA

Guided by an integrated model of group informed by developmental theory, this eight-session process group will provide participants with an opportunity to experience salient features of group life including characteristic stages in the group’s life cycle, the interplay between group structure and process, group and individual transference and countertransference phenomena, group defenses, and the role of the leader in understanding and facilitating the group process. Registrants are required to attend all eight sessions for online Institutes. Partial CE credit will not be awarded. For more details and to registration, click here

It’s Membership Renewal Time!

Be sure to renew your membership so you don’t have any interruption in your valuable member benefits.

AGPA Connect 2021 -- "The Power of Groups in Challenging Times" will be held Virtually

The AGPA Connect Committee is hard at work formulating the 2021 meeting. Final details regarding dates and registration fees will be forthcoming. Below is the line up of special event speakers: 

Two Special Institutes:
·     Aaron Black, PhD, CGPFaculty, Center for Group Studies, Rochester, New York; and 
·     Zindel Segal, PhD, Founder ofMindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) and professor of psychology at University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

·     Institute Plenary Address: Alexis Abernethy, PhD, CGP, FAGPA, Associate Provost for Faculty Inclusion and Equity and Professor of Psychology, Fuller State University, Pasadena, California

·     Mitchell Hochberg Memorial Public Education Event: Elizabeth Ford, MD, Chief of Psychiatry for Correctional Health Services for New York City’s Health and Hospitals, New York, New York

·     Conference Opening Plenary: Bruce Perry, MD, PhD, Senior Fellow of The Child Trauma Academy, Houston, Texas

·     Anne and Ramon Alonso Plenary Address: Thema Bryant-Davis, PhD, Associate Professor at Pepperdine University, Malibu, California

·     Louis R. Ormont Lecture: J. Scott Rutan, PhD, CGP-R, DFAGPA, Private Practice, Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts

Online Registration is open now! Registration rates will be adjusted appropriately for our virtual meeting. 

Group Think! Applying Science to Practice

This feature presented under the auspices of the Science to Service Task Force and implemented by Martin Kivlighan and Stevie McLaughlin is designed to offer critical reviews of new or recent research to the AGPA community. This quarter's research review focuses on telehealth. The first study provides a systematic review of evidence for telehealth group-based treatment and the second study offers lessons learned from a pilot videoconference group stress management program in cancer survivors. Read more...

Do You Want to Help Change Lives?  Make a Gift to the Group Foundation for Advancing Mental Health Today!

Do you believe that group interventions create opportunities for healing and personal change? Then please support the Group Foundation as it invests in scholarships, research, community outreach, and robust on-line resources that are key to building a powerful network of practitioners across the nation and around the world. The importance of this work has only increased with the challenges our world faces today during the pandemic and ongoing social justice issues.  Contributions can be made online at


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AGPA Awarded Accreditation with Commendation

 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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