The Healing Power of Groups in a Fragmented World

American Group Psychotherapy Association Meeting
February 26-March 3, 2018

Westin Galleria & Westin Oaks Houston Hotels, Houston, Texas

The Annual Meeting is designed for clinicians, as well as mental health workers, psychiatric residents and graduate students in mental health degree programs. It is composed of two major sections: the Institute and the Conference.

The Institute is held on Tuesday & Wednesday, February 27 & 28 (with Special Institute Presentations scheduled for Monday, February 26). The two-day Institute is devoted to small group teaching primarily in the experiential mode. The Conference is held on Thursday-Saturday, March 1-3 and offers a variety of formats, including courses, limited registration workshops as well as open session panels on special topics and original scientific paper sessions.

Mental health professionals currently working with groups or in training who wish to be kept abreast of new developments and expand the scope of their clinical practices.

After participating in the Annual Meeting, attendees will be able to:

  1. Identify, review and integrate basic group dynamic concepts into their group practice;

  2. Compare the theoretical underpinnings of various schools of group therapy;

  3. Conduct groups in a variety of settings with a broad range of populations;

  4. Apply evidenced-based practices as they relate to group therapy.

The Annual Meeting offers continuing education credits to physicians, psychologists, social workers, nurses, counselors, alcohol and drug abuse counselors, and marriage and family therapists. View the full list of our national and state accreditations. 

  • World-renowned faculty are available to instruct, challenge, and inspire you.

  • Earn over 40 continuing education credits in your affiliated discipline.

  • You can learn valuable, proven strategies and clinical techniques that can be used immediately.

  • A full menu of diversified offerings designed to sharpen your knowledge and skills is available.

  • You can take advantage of time away from the day-to-day pressures of work. You’ll return refreshed, stimulated, and rejuvenated—and ready for new challenges ahead.

  • Explore Los Angeles with colleagues, family, and friends. Create cherished memories while strengthening your professional expertise.

Hear what Francis Kaklauskas, Psy.D, CGP, FAGPA, Elizabeth Olson, Psy.D, LCSW and Levi have to say about attending the AGPA Annual Meeting.


Frequently Asked Questions

View the answers to some of our most frequently asked questions about the AGPA Annual Meeting.

How to Register

Register online or  Click here to download a paper registration form.

Complete the form, including credit card information; sign and fax to AGPA at (212) 979-6627 or scan and email to  Please do not mail your registration form if you fax it as this may result in duplicate charges.

Phone AGPA toll-free at (877) 668-AGPA or call (212) 477-2677, 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. Have your registration and credit card information available.

Mail your completed form with your check or credit card information to AGPA c/o Chase Manhattan Bank, Church Street Station, PO Box 6359, New York, NY 10249-6359. (Non-U.S. residents are requested to have checks drawn on U.S. banks.)

If you require special accommodations to fully participate, please send a written description of your needs.

Group Foundation Scholarships/Awards Available

Each year the Group Foundation for Advancing Mental Health offers scholarships to the Annual Meeting for individuals who might not otherwise be able to attend. Awards for creative use of group therapy are also available. Click here for details on the awards and scholarships available as well as application information.  The Foundation is pleased to offer this opportunity to a variety of individuals. If you or someone you know is eligible, we encourage you to apply. The early decision deadline for applications is November 1, 2017. (Additional applications will be accepted after this date for review on a funds-available basis.) 


The 2018 Annual Institute and Conference will be held at the:  
Westin Galleria & Westin Oaks Houston
5060 West Alabama Street
Houston, TX 77056

Hotel Room Rates:
$199.00 Single/Double occupancy
Reservations may be made online or by phone at 888-627-8514 or 713-960-8100.  

**Please note that guests should only make reservations through the link above or by contacting the hotel directly at 713-960-8100. The Westin will NOT contact you by phone to solicit reservations. Should you receive such a phone call, do NOT give the caller any personal information and please report it to AGPA immediately.**

Attention Students: Even further room discounts are available to new professionals, full-time students and psychiatric residents ($64.50 per person/double occupancy required).  Student rooms are handled on a first-come, first-serve basis while they are available.  Room shares are required.  All inquiries for student housing are to be addressed to the AGPA office only and must be accompanied by verification of status.  Click here to download the form.

All inquiries for student housing are to be directed to the AGPA office only. By phone: 877-668-2472 (toll free) or 212-477-2677; email:

It’s Raffle Time! 

AGPA and the Group Foundation are having their annual raffle, Group Works for Communities and we invite you to participate in this fun event with a chance for exciting prizes donated through our friends and corporate partners.  Buy your tickets today!  Winners will be drawn at AGPA Connect in Houston at the luncheon on March 3, 2018 (you do not need to be present to win).


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