An Award to Recognize
Outstanding Contributions in Education and Training in the Field of
an effort to promote the visibility of practice standards and to
encourage life-long learning, an award was established by the
International Board for Certification of Group Psychotherapists in
2011 to recognize individuals, programs or institutes that make and
outstanding contribution to group psychotherapy education and/or
training, or to standards of practice in a meaningful way. This
highly regarded, prestigious award is presented at the Community
Meeting at the AGPA Annual Meeting.
In 2012, the annual training award was renamed the "Harold S.
Bernard Group Psychotherapy Training Award" though a legacy gift
provided to the Group Foundation for Advancing Mental Health by Dr.
Bernard's estate for the purpose of endowing the award. Dr. Bernard
was an esteemed leader, teacher, colleague and friend in the field
of group psychotherapy and AGPA and its related organizations were
his second family. His contributions to the field in general and
AGPA specifically were impressive in their scope and their impact on
the field. Throughout his lifetime, training in group psychotherapy
was near and dear to Dr. Bernard's heart. His legacy bequest insures
that individuals and programs meeting a high standard of training
quality are identified and honored for their contributions to the
field in developing the next generation of clinicians who use group
psychotherapy to help people.
1. Nominations are solicited
annually and must be submitted from September 1 - November 1 for individuals or programs.
a) a letter from the person making the nomination
(people can nominate themselves) describing the accomplishments of
the nominee, including such things as: courses developed and taught,
writings of significance and relevance, impact of the nominee on
trainees and training,
b) a current curriculum vitae for the
3. Submission of at least three letters
supporting the nomination. These can be included in the original
submission, or may be submitted separately by the letter writer and
should be from trainees and/or former trainees, colleagues and peers
describing the achievements and influence of the nominee. In recent
years, this award has elicited nominations of outstanding candidates
and has been decided largely on the strength of the nomination and
the supporting letters. The winning nominations have frequently been
supported by ten or more letters.
and supporting documentation must be submitted by email to
firstname.lastname@example.org with a copy to the AGPA office.
Panzer, Psy.D., CGP and the Group Psychotherapy Services at the
Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology
at Rutgers University
Menninger Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences Group
Therapy Program, Baylor College of Medicine
Systems-Centered Training and Research Institute
2009: Robert H.
Klein, Ph.D., ABPP, CGP, DLFAGPA
2008: The Center
for Group Studies
Stone, M.D., CGP, DFAGPA
One Year Training Program in Group
Psychotherapy of the Eastern Group Psychotherapy Society
2006: Marvin L.
Aronson, Ph.D., CGP, LFAGPA
Cross, Ph.D., CGP
Saul Scheidlinger, Ph.D., CGP, DLFAGPA
2004: K. Roy MacKenzie, M.D., FRCP, CGP, DFAGPA
2003: Gary M.
Burlingame, Ph.D., CGP
2002: Henry I.
Spitz, M.D., CGP, DFAGPA