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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.

AGPA Membership Renewal Season

Thank you for being a member of our AGPA community. The 2022-2023 membership year begins on July 1. Renewal season starts now. If you renew in April, May or June, you will be entered to win a FREE AGPA Connect Five-Day Registration Package. The earlier you renew, the more chances you have to win. And please remember to indulge in all of your valuable members-only benefits.  


ONLINE INSTITUTE: Process Group Experience

Fridays, June 3, 10, 17, 24 and July 8, 15, 22, 29, 2022, 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM (Eastern)
*Please be cognizant of applicable time zones

Gail A. Brown, MA, CGP

The process group experience sections will stress the basic elements of group functioning, development, here-and-now group process and examine both the dynamics and process of group psychotherapy. The Institute is structured to maximize learning about group formation, and the role of the leaders and participants in the establishment of group roles, boundaries, norms and structure. Psychodynamic concepts including transference, individual and group resistance and defense mechanisms will be examined as they emerge in the group process. The contribution of the leader to the development of a cohesive and functional group will be examined. Registrants are required to attend all eight sessions. CE credits will not be awarded to registrants who miss sessions.

12 CE Credits available at $240 for members/ $480 for nonmembers(Login required for member pricing.)

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The Second 2022 Issue Articles of the International Journal of Group Psychotherapy Are Now Available for Continuing Education Credits!

Change in Defensive Functioning Following Group Psychodynamic-Interpersonal Psychotherapy in Women with Binge-eating Disorder

  Psychological Mindedness, Personality Structure, and Outcomes in Short-Term Group Analytic Psychotherapy 

Samantha Carlucci, PhD; Livia Chyurlia, MSc; Michelle Presniak, PhD; Nancy Mcquaid, PhD; Stephanie Wiebe, PhD; Robert Hill, MA; James C. Wiley, BA; Camille Garceau, BSc: Danielle Baldwin, MA; Chloe Slowikiwski, MA; Iryna Ivanova, PhD; Renee Grenon, PhD; Louise Balfour, PhD; Giorgio A. Tasca, PhD

This article examines change in defensive functioning following Group Psychodynamic-Interpersonal Psychotherapy (GPIP) for binge-eating disorder (BED) compared to a waitlist control. Those in GPIP had significantly greater improvement in defensive functioning from pre- to six months post-treatment compared to the control group.


Ole Karkov Østergård, PhD; Catharina Reestorff Frandsen, MSc; Kristian Valbak, PhD

The present study included 66 student counseling clients in focused short-term group analytic psychotherapy and found large pre-post effect sizes. Clinical rated psychological mindedness at pre- treatment predicted improvements in symptoms, and interpersonal functioning and personality structure predicted symptom improvement. These client characteristics might be considered when assessing group suitability.

1.5 CE credits are available at $40 for members. Access and 1.5 CE credits are $60.00 for nonmembers. (Login required for member pricing.)

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1.5 CE credits are available at $40 for members. Access and 1.5 CE credits are $60.00 for nonmembers. (Login required for member pricing.)

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Ethics 2022

Available now! New Manual from the AGPA Group Therapy Training and Practice Series!

"The Ethics of Group Psychotherapy: Principles and Practical Strategies"

Virginia Brabender and Rebecca MacNair-Semands

This text provides group psychotherapists with the ethical and legal foundation needed to engage in effective decision-making in their everyday practices. The authors explore those problems emerging most routinely in group practice, among which are safeguarding members' personal information, protecting members' autonomy, and helping members to process differences - particularly those related to privilege - in a way that furthers interpersonal relations and social justice. Featuring questions for discussion and items to assess the reader's mastery of the material, training group psychotherapists will find this text to be a valuable tool in classroom and small-group learning.

Click here to order now! A 20% discount is available—enter the discount code FLE22 at checkout to claim your discount.

AGPA Members, use your special discount code (found on your member portal home page) to receive 35% discount!


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.

AGPA denounces attempts to limit the rights of trans, intersex, nonbinary and gender nonconforming people, and urges all stakeholders to call on state and federal lawmakers to advance policies and protections guided by the wisdom of medical research and practice.
Click here to read the full statement.

AGPA President Dr. Gary Burlingame is quoted in this article in US News and World Report!

AGPA Calls for an End to Racially Motivated Violence
Click here for resources on social justice and anti-racism for clinicians.

AGPA Calls for an End to Anti-Asian Racism|

AGPA responds to the COVID-19 pandemic
Click here for resources on telehealth, practice regulations, self-care for clinicians and AGPA’s public response.


AGPA Awarded Accreditation with Commendation

 As a provider of continuing medical education for physicians through the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME). This status is the highest accreditation the ACCME offers.

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