Because some candidates and sponsors have not appeared clear about what is taken into consideration in reviewing Fellowship applications and, consequently, do not always do justice to the candidate, the Committee presents the following statement in the hope that it may be helpful.

Fellowship in AGPA is an honor. It indicates outstanding professional competence and leadership capacity. Acceptance into Fellowship should enhance the reputation of the Fellow and the Association. Fellows represent, in a visible way, the highest quality of the Association. The Fellowship and Awards Committee takes five areas of activity into consideration and expects candidates to have shown excellence and leadership in at least two: one of which must be leadership in AGPA and other Group Psychotherapy related organizations.

The Fellowship and Awards Committee reviews the applicant’s professional experiences, decides whom to recommend to AGPA’s Board of Directors, and the Board makes the final decision.

Note: When filling out applications, candidates must consider the stated criteria in the “Professional Activities Considered for Fellowship” and to list their relevant experiences in General Leadership as well as in one other category. This will enable a most thorough consideration by the Committee.

Local and Regional Societies:  All applications are not only reviewed by the Fellowship Committee but are also sent to the Regional and Local Societies for their perspectives. The Fellowship Committee takes into consideration the positive and negative recommendations of the Regional and Local Societies.

The Ethical Standing:  Finally, of course, candidates are expected to conform to standards of ethical practice in their professional organizations and within AGPA.

Invitation of a Fellowship Application:  Any AGPA member can make application if sponsored by two Fellows. Candidates may also be proposed by the Affiliate Societies or the AGPA Fellowship and Awards Committee. Suggestions as to suitable candidates are welcomed by the AGPA Fellowship Committee.