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.

Upcoming Teleconferences: Complimentary for AGPA Members

  • Violence in America: Group Therapists Join the Dialogue and Search for Solutions chaired by Robert Klein, Suzanne Phillips and Victor Schermer. 
    • Part 1, Sunday, May 31, 2015: 11:00 am-12:30 pm (Eastern): Understanding and Treating those who are Violent with Robert Klein, Leslie Lothstein, and Victor Schermer
    • Part 2, Thursday, June 25, 2015: 8:00-9:30 pm (Eastern): Understanding and Responding to Survivors of Violence with Craig Haen, Sherry Lynne Hamby, and Suzanne Phillips.
    • Part 3, TBA: The Impact of Violence on Family, Groups, and Community with Daniel Gottlieb, Earl Hopper, and Victor Schermer.
    • Part 4, TBA: Revenge, Retaliation, Restitution and Restorative Justice with Bonnie Buchele, Cecil Rice, and Nina Thomas.

Participation in these teleconferences is complimentary for AGPA Members.  CE credits for AGPA Members are available at $22.50/session.  Participation and CE credits for Nonmembers are available at $45.00/session.  Payment includes the 90-minute teleconferences, access to the online test and upon successful completion a CE certificate. (For more information and to register.)

The April Issue of the International Journal of Group Psychotherapy is available online

This issue is Part 2 of the Special Issue on Violence in America. In this issue, Group Therapists Reflect on Causes and Solutions. Articles address: anger management in groups, group psychotherapy for domestic violence, and domestic "homegrown" terrorism.

Other topics covered in this issue are:

  • Group for Body-Focused Repetitive Behaviors
  • Service Dogs and Group Therapy

AGPA members receive the Journal  free with their membership, to access log on to the website using your username and password. If you are not a member of AGPA, you can order the journal directly through Guilford Publications, Inc. 

Groups in Private Practice SIG Support Group

The Groups in Private Practice SIG is now offering an online group for members who would like to support one another, exchange ideas and share goals as they strive to establish new therapy groups in their own practices. This group is open to all AGPA members and is moderated by the Groups in Private Practice SIG Co-Chairs, Jason Berman, Ph.D., CGP, Carol A. Dallinga, LCSW, CGP and Allan Sheps, MSW. You can join this group in two ways, by logging in to the AGPA website and adding this group in the Update SIG Sections page or by contacting the AGPA office toll-free at (877) 668-AGPA (2472).

Center of Excellence in Group Psychotherapy Services

The Center of Excellence in Group Psychotherapy Services (CoE) was developed by the International Board for Certification of Group Psychotherapists, the certification body of the American Group Psychotherapy Association, to recognize organizations/practices that achieve and demonstrate excellence in group psychotherapy practice. This national designation as a CoE in group services provides the public and consumers with a benchmark to determine the quality of group treatment that they can expect to receive.  The designation is available to mental healthcare delivery systems (e.g. community healthcare groups, hospitals, clinics, agencies, and group practices). To learn more about the CoE designation please visit the Centers of Excellence.

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