AGPA membership is open to all
mental health professionals and students who have an interest in the practice of group
psychotherapy. Eligibility for each of the levels of membership is based on professional
training and experience.
Clinical Membership is automatically granted to those who have the CGP
(Certified Group Psychotherapist). For those clinical professionals who
do not hold the CGP, clinical membership requires a Master's Degree,
licensure, and the following: 300 hours of group psychotherapy experience and at least 75 hours of qualified group supervision.
Clinical professionals include the following: psychiatrists,
psychologists, social workers, nurses, mental health counselors, marriage and family therapists, pastoral counselors, creative arts
therapists, alcohol and drug abuse counselors, and school psychologists.
Associate Clinical Member
This level of membership is for clinical professionals with a Master's
Degree in a mental health field, as well as state licensure or designated national membership or certification.
Adjunct Members are individuals who have experience as leader or
co-leader of therapeutic, educational, or consulting groups.
Professional and Student Member
Students are those individuals who are matriculated in degree or
residency programs, or individuals enrolled in certificate-granting
programs in the mental health professions and allied fields. New Professionals are those who graduated from such a program within the
prior three years. This membership is held on a year-to-year basis and
requires proof of student status annually.
Special membership benefits are:
special dues rate
35% off member registration rates at the Annual Meeting
Access to research opportunities in group therapy
Scholarships and Grants through the Group Foundation for Advancing
This level of membership is
available to Academians who hold at least a Master's degree in their discipline and who
have held a faculty position with an accompanying academic appointment at an accredited
university or college for a minimum of three years. Teaching must have included at least
six courses in the areas of group therapy, theory, or behavior.
For those who hold at least a Master's Degree who have published a
minimum of two research papers in group studies.
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