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. A maximum of 12 registrants will be accepted per group.

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


Entry Level
Less than 4 years of group psychotherapy leadership experience

1. Claudia Arlo, LCSW-R, CGP, FAGPA, Clinician/Coordinator, AIMS Mount Sinai West, New York, New York
2. Robert Berley, PhD, CGP, LFAGPA, Private Practice, Seattle, Washington
3. Barbara Finn, PhD, ABPP, CGP, FAGPA, Adjunct Clinical Faculty, Stanford Department of Psychiatry, Stanford, California
4. Karis Klassen, MA, LMHC, LMFT, MBT, CGP, Private Practice, Indianapolis, Indiana
5. Jamie Moran, MSW, LCSW, CGP, Private Practice, San Francisco and Menlo Park, California
6. Charlene Pratt, LCPC, CGP, Private Practice, Chicago, Illinois
7. Jeffrey Price, MA, LPC, LAC, CGP, FAGPA, Psychotherapist, The Center for Courageous Living, Boulder, Colorado
Carol Vaughan, LCSW, CGP, LFAGPA, Private Practice, Houston, Texas

Intermediate Level
4-9 years of group psychotherapy leadership experience


9. Bruce Aaron, MSW, LCSW, CGP, Private Practice, Chicago, Illinois
10. Barbara Ilfeld, MSN, RNCS, CGP-R, FAGPA, Retired, Private Practice, Olympic Valley, California
11. Alyson Stone, PhD, CGP, Private Practice, Austin, Texas
12. Lorraine Wodiska, PhD, ABPP, CGP, FAGPA, Private Practice, Arlington, Virginia

Advanced Level
10+ years of group psychotherapy leadership experience


13. John Caffaro, PhD, CGP, FAGPA, Distinguished Professor, California School of Professional Psychology, Los Angeles, California
14. Michael Frank, MA, LMFT, CGP, LFAGPA, Clinical Supervisor and Coordinator of the Group Therapy Program, The Maple Counseling Center, Beverly Hills, California
15. Janice Morris, PhD, ABPP, CGP, FAGPA, Private Practice, Austin, Texas
16. Judith Schaer, LCSW, CGP, FAGPA, Director, Long Island Center for Group Studies, Roslyn, New York



1. Jeanne Bunker, MSSW, CGP, FAGPA, Private Practice, Austin, Texas
2. Helen Chong, LCSW, CGP, Private Practice, Houston, Texas
3. Patricia Kylie Dennis, PhD, LCSW, CGP, Private Practice, St. Louis, Missouri
4. Linda Eisenberg, MA, MEd, CGP, Private Practice, Portland, Oregon
5. Robin Good, PhD, CGP, FAGPA, Co-Director, EGPS One-Year Training Program in Group Psychotherapy, New York, New York
6. Keith Rand, LMFT, CGP, FAGPA, Private Practice, Los Angeles, California

7. Darryl Pure, PhD, ABPP, CGP, FAGPA, Lecturer in Clinical Psychiatry, Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University, Chicago, Illinois
8. Shari Baron, MSN, CNS, CGP, FAGPA, Private Practice, Media, Pennsylvania

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

1. Sharan Schwartzberg, EdD, OTR/L, FAOTA, CGP, FAGPA, Professor of Occupational Therapy, Tufts University, Boston, Massachusetts

Registration for this section assumes attendance at two consecutive AGPA Connect Meetings.

1. Chera Finnis, PsyD, CGP, FAGPA, Clinical Supervisor, Marie Droste Counseling Center, New York, New York

(This is the 2nd and final year of this group; new participants will not be accepted.)

2. Paul Kaye, PhD, CGP, FAGPA, Private Practice, Huntington Woods, Michigan; and
Gaea Logan, LPC-S, CGP, FAGPA, Founder and Executive Director, International Center for Mental Health and Human Rights, Boulder, Colorado

(This is the first year of this group; new participants will be accepted)

Registration for this section assumes attendance at two consecutive AGPA Connect 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, new participants will be accepted.)

Gil Spielberg, MSW, PhD, ABPP, CGP, FAGPA, Training and Supervision Analyst, Institute for Contemporary Psychoanalysis, Los Angeles, California; and
Robert Unger, MSW, PhD, CGP, FAGPA, Private Practice, 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. Recognize one's role in the group and those of others.
3. Define and apply such concepts as transference, resistance, content versus process and termination.

Course References for all PGE Sections:

1. Barlow, S. H. (2013). Diversities in group specialty practice. In Specialty competencies in group psychology (pp. 208–226). Oxford: Oxford University Press.

2. Barlow, S., Burlingame, G.M., Greene, L.R., Joyce, A., Kaklauskas, F., Kinley, J., Klein, R.H., Kobos, J.C., Leszcz, M., MacNair-Semands, R., Paquin, J.D., Tasca, G.A., Whittingham, M., & Feirman, D. (2015). Evidence-based practice in group psychotherapy  [American Group Psychotherapy Association Science to Service Task Force web document]. Retrieved from

3. Bernard, H., Burlingame, G., Flores, P., Greene, L., Joyce, A., Kobos, J., Leszcz, M., MacNair-Semands, R.R., Piper, W. E., Slocum McEneaney, A. M., & Feirman, D. (2008). Clinical practice guidelines for group psychotherapy. International Journal of Group Psychotherapy, 58, 455-542.

4. Bilican, I. F., & McEneaney, A. (2016). Effects of a Group Psychotherapy Principles Training on Psychotherapists' Group Process Awareness. International Journal of Psychology51, 274.

5. Cone-Uemura, K., & E. S. Bentley (2018).  Multicultural/Diversity Issues in Groups.  In M. D. Ribeiro, J. Gross, & M. M. Turner (Eds.) The College Counselor’s Guide to Group Psychotherapy, (pp. 48-64). New York:  Routledge Press.

6. Greene, L. R. (2012). Group therapist as social scientist, with special reference to the psychodynamically oriented psychotherapist. American Psychologist67(6), 477.

7. Grossmark, R. (2015).The edge of chaos: Enactment, disruption, and emergence in group psychotherapy.In R. Grossmark & F. Wright (Eds.), The one and the many: Relational approaches to group psychotherapy, (pp. 57-74]. Routledge/Taylor & Francis Group.

8. Horwitz, L. (2014). Listening with the fourth ear: Unconscious dynamics in analytic group psychotherapy. London:Karnac Books.

9. Kleinberg, J. L. (2015). The Wiley-Blackwell handbook of group psychotherapy. New York: Wiley.

10. Leszcz, M. (2018). The Evidence-Based Group Psychotherapist. Psychoanalytic Inquiry38(4), 285-298.

11. Rutan, J.S., Stone, W.N., & Shay, J.J. (2014). Psychodynamic group psychotherapy. New York:Guilford Press.

12. Motherwell, L & Shay,J. (Eds.), (2014). Complex dilemmas in group therapy: Pathways to resolution (2nd ed.). New York: Routledge/Taylor & Francis Group.

13. Stevens, F. L., & Abernethy, A. D. (2017). Neuroscience and racism: The power of groups for overcoming implicit bias. International Journal of Group Psychotherapy.

14. Tasca, G. A.; Francis, K., Balfour, L., (2014)Group psychotherapy levels of interventions: A clinical process commentary.Psychotherapy, 51, 25-29.

15. Turner, M. M., & Ribeiro, M. D. (2018). Racial and Social Justice Implications on the Practice of Group Psychotherapy. In M. D. Ribeiro, J. Gross, & M. M. Turner (Eds.) The College Counselor’s Guide to Group Psychotherapy (pp. 62-82). New York: Routledge Press.

16. Yalom & Leszcz (2005). The theory and practice of group psychotherapy. New York: Basic Books.

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