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. Shari Baron, MSN, CNS, CGP, FAGPA, Private Practice, Media, Pennsylvania
2. Robert Berley, PhD, CGP, LFAGPA, Private Practice, Seattle, Washington
3. John Caffaro, PhD, CGP, FAGPA, Distinguished Professor, California School of Professional Psychology, Los Angeles, California
4. Linda Eisenberg, MA, MEd, CGP, Private Practice, Portland, Oregon
5. Michael Frank, MA, LMFT, CGP, LFAGPA, Coordinator and Clinical Supervisor of the Group Therapy Program, The Maple Counseling Center, Beverly Hills, California
6. Barbara Ilfeld, MSN, RNCS, CGP-R, FAGPA, Private Practice, Olympic Valley, California
7. Gregory MacColl, LCSW, CGP, FAGPA, Faculty, Center for Group Studies, New York, New York
Jan Morris, PhD, ABPP, CGP, FAGPA, Private Practice, Austin, Texas

9. Catherine Reedy, LCSW, LMFT, LCADC, CGP, Private Practice, Crestview Hills, Kentucky
10. Neal Spivack, PhD, CGP, FAGPA, Clinical Psychologist, New York Healthcare System ,VAMC, Department of Veterans Affairs, New York, New York


Intermediate Level
4-9 years of group psychotherapy leadership experience


11. Julie Anderson, PhD, CGP, Private Practice, Brookline, Massachusetts
12. Arthur Gray, PhD, CGP, Private Practice, New York, New York
13. Cindy Hearne, PhD, CGP, Private Practice, Houston, Texas
14. Mary Krueger, MSEd, LCPC, CGP, FAGPA, Private Practice, Cary, Illinois

15. Karsten Kueppenbender, MD, CGP, Private Practice, Belmont, Massachusetts
16. DeLinda Spain, LCSW, CGP, Private Practice, Austin, Texas

Advanced Level
10+ years of group psychotherapy leadership experience


17. Claudia Arlo, LCSW-R, CGP, FAGPA, Clinician/Supervisor, Mt. Sinai West, New York, New York
18. Cindy Miller Aron, LCSW, CGP, FAGPA, Director of Group Programs, Samaritan Mental Health, Corvallis, Oregon and Private Practice, Portland, Oregon
19. Elaine Jean Cooper, MSW, PhD, CGP, DFAGPA, Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, University of California at San Francisco, San Francisco, California
20. Judith Schaer, LCSW, CGP, FAGPA, Co-Director, Long Island Center Group Training/Faculty, EGPS One-Year Group Training Program, New York, New York



1. Helen Chong, LCSW, CGP, Private Practice, Houston, Texas
2. Robin Good, PhD, CGP, FAGPA, Co-Director, EGPS Training Program in Group Psychotherapy, Mt. Sinai, Beth Israel Hospital, New York, New York
3. Oona Metz, LICSW, CGP, FAGPA, Private Practice, Brookline, Massachusetts
4. Jamie Moran, MSW, LCSW, CGP, Private Practice, San Francisco/Menlo Park, California
5. Charlene Pratt, LCPC, CGP, Private Practice, Chicago, Illinois
6. Jeffrey Price, MA, LPC, LAC, CGP, FAGPA, Private Practice, The Center for Courageous Living, Boulder, Colorado

7. Matthew Tomatz, MA, LPC, LAC, CGP, Private Practice; Counseling and Psychiatric Services, University of Colorado Boulder, Boulder, Colorado

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

1. Patricia Barth, PhD, CGP, DLFAGPA, Private Practice, Houston, Texas

2. Esther Stone, MSSW, CGP, DLFAGPA, Private Practice, Mill Valley, California

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


1. Paul Kaye, PhD, CGP, FAGPA, Private Practice, Cedar, 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 2nd and final year of this group; new participants will not be accepted.)

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

(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 video conference call sessions between the two meetings onsite at the Institute. (This is the 2nd year of this two-year group, new participants will not be accepted.)

Gil Spielberg, 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

I-F. National Institute Instructor Designate
Registration for this section is available to approved 2019 NID applicants. (The next application will be available in 2021).

Darryl Pure, PhD, ABPP, CGP, FAGPA, Private Practice, Chicago, Illinois

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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