Frequently Asked Questions
Concerning the CGP
Q: Can I recertify on line?
A: Yes, this can be done from the
Members Only area of the website. You can have your login
information emailed to you from this page, if you do not remember
it. You can also contact the Office of the International Board for Certification
of Group Psychotherapists at 1-877-668-2472, for
Q: If I lead a group and obtained group clinical hours while
in graduate school, does this count toward my 300 hours for
A: Yes, all hours acquired leading clinical groups can be
Q: I cannot find/did not receive information about
recertification. How can I get this information if I do not have a
A: You can contact the Certification Board Office at
1-877-668-2472 and they will be happy to provide you with the
Q: I dropped my certification a few years ago and want to
recertify. How do I do that?
A: You can recertify now, as long as your license and
malpractice insurance are current and you have the required CEs
earned during the past two years. You pay the normal recertification
fee and there is no penalty. You must then sign the affidavit.
Q: I donít have enough CEs to recertify. Can I wait and
recertify when I get my CEs at the Annual Meeting?
A: Yes, you can recertify when you earn your CE credits. If a
year elapses, you can be reinstated with no penalties. The AGPA's
Online Continuing Education Center also offers a wealth of
opportunities for you to earn credits for your recertification.
Q: Are there distance-learning opportunities so that I can
earn my CEs?
A: Yes, there are many distance-learning opportunities
available. For group therapy related CE (which is mandatory for your
recertification), visit our
Online Continuing Education Center and browse its growing
library of offerings.
Q: Can I use CEs that are
not group therapy related?
A: No, all CEs must be learning activities related to group
Q: How else can I get my CE
A: A maximum of 9 credit hours can be earned through informal
Definition: Informal learning activities which meet the
Registry's continuing education requirements include study groups,
peer supervision and non-accredited professional learning events
which focus on group psychotherapy theory and practice. Each contact
hour is equivalent to one credit hour. In addition, preparation and
presentation of lectures, workshops, and courses as well as
preparation and publication of papers, articles, chapters, and books
on group psychotherapy are accepted activities in this category. In
the case of teaching, two credit hours may be accrued for each hour of
actual instruction. For publications, an article, chapter or book
may be counted as nine credit hours. Reading journal articles or
chapters of books pertaining to group therapy are accepted
activities; .5 credit hours may be counted for each article or book