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.
Have you renewed your AGPA Membership?
All memberships were due for renewal by June 30. Renewing your membership is easy! Go to http://member.agpa.org or call 212-477-2677 or toll free 877-668-2472.
Apply for a Scholarship to Attend AGPA Connect 2022!
CLICK HERE to begin your application for a Group Foundation scholarship to attend AGPA Connect 2022! Details on the scholarships available for AGPA Connect 2022 can be found here, and be sure to check out our Scholarship FAQs if you have any questions/concerns.
Has your question not been answered? Email Tamzen Naegele at firstname.lastname@example.org for all other scholarship inquiries.
AGPA Connect 2022: February 28-March 5
The theme for AGPA Connect 2022 is "Uniting Through Groups: Pathways to Understanding and Inclusion." The meeting will be held in the Mile High City, Denver, Colorado, at the Sheraton Denver Downtown Hotel. Online Registration for the in-person meeting is now open! Be on the look out for more information as we explore our options for implementing a hybrid component of AGPA Connect.
Do you want to Help Change Lives? Make a Gift to the Group Foundation for Advancing Mental Health Today!
Do you believe that group interventions create opportunities for healing and personal change? Then please support the Group Foundation as it invests in scholarships, research, community outreach, and robust on-line resources that are key to building a powerful network of practitioners across the nation and around the world. The importance of this work has only increased with the challenges our world faces today during the pandemic and ongoing social justice issues. Contributions can be made online at https://member.agpa.org/agpa/givenow.
Upcoming e-Learning Events
Online Institute: Process Group Experience: Seeing Through Your Lens in Relationships
Two Sessions: Saturday and Sunday, August 7 and 8, 11:00 AM-2:00 PM & 3:00 - 6:00 PM (Eastern)
*Please be cognizant of applicable time zones.
Joseph Shay, PhD, CGP, LFAGPA
For the group therapist, self-awareness is crucial if not indispensable to the deepest group work. In the Process Group Experience, members will have the opportunity to learn more about themselves, to learn about the characteristic lens through which they view others but one which may lay just out of their awareness.
This two-day Process Group Experience will meet via Zoom and offer 12 CE credits. Registrants are required to attend all 12 hours. CE credits will not be awarded to registrants who miss sessions. Registration is limited to the first ten registrants and will close on Friday, August 6th at 1:00 PM Eastern. Participation and CE credits are available at $240 for AGPA members and $480 for nonmembers. Click here for more information and to register.
Webinar: The Leader's Evolving Psychology and its Impact on the Group
Sunday, August 15, 2021, 8:00-9:30 PM (Eastern)
*Please be cognizant of applicable time zones
Richard Billow, PhD, ABPP, CGP, Chair
Bonnie Buchele, PhD, ABPP, CGP, DLFAGPA
Gila Ofer, PhD
We will meet at the juncture of our intersecting psychologies, and whatever takes place will be partially a reflection of the leader's psychology ( actual and imagined). Some of the emergent will reach words during our brief session, some will be sequestered in unspoken thought and fantasy, and some will appear in day and night dreams; the remainder, unbounded, will float in internal and electronic space. The brief session offers the invitation for attendees to present something of themselves and issues in their groups. This event is complimentary for AGPA members. Participation and 1.5 CE credits are available at $30 for AGPA members and $60 for nonmembers. Please note you must be logged in to your AGPA account to receive member pricing. Click here for more details and to register.
Group Think! Applying Science to Practice
Check out the latest information offered by the Science to Service Task Force, Group Think! Applying Science to Practice. This web section by Martin Kivlighan and Louise Wheeler provides a brief overview of research findings to inform the AGPA community of new clinically relevant group therapy research. This quarter's edition addresses alliance ruptures and repairs in group therapy.
- Research in multicultural counseling has shown that microaggressions occur in therapy and represent a unique kind of rupture (Davis et al., 2016) by perpetuating external patterns of privilege and marginalization. Miles and colleagues reviewed the literature to identify factors that interfere with addressing microaggressions in therapy, as well as factors that help. They then proposed practice recommendations for group therapists to respond to those cultural ruptures.
- Burlingame et al. (2021) provide an important overview of the therapeutic relationship in group therapy and note the complexity of studying alliance in group research. They identify how the alliance, and ruptures, can occur in the relationships between the individual member and therapist, the member and the group as a whole, and member to member.
Click here to view the two summaries., one from each special issue, to highlight some of this work
Click here for resources on social justice and anti-racism for clinicians.
AGPA responds to the COVID-19 pandemic
Click here for resources on telehealth, practice regulations, self-care for clinicians and AGPA’s public response.