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.
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 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. Registration for the in-person meeting will open soon. Be on the look out for more information as we explore our options for implementing a hybrid component of AGPA Connect.
Webinar: Core Principles of Group Psychotherapy: Crossroads and Roundabouts
Francis Kaklauskas, PsyD, CGP, FAGPA
Sunday, June 27, 2021, 6:00-8:00 PM (Eastern)
*Please be cognizant of applicable time zones
Each moment of group leadership offers us an existential choice with endless possibilities actions. The exponential expansion in psychological theory and research adds complexity and possibilities. As leaders, we may choose from established approaches (Psychoanalytic traditions, CBT, Mindfulness), integrate emerging theories (Relational-Cultural, Context-Responsive and Post-postmodern theories), and/or create something new. After a brief didactic introduction, an experiential exercise informed by a demo group will aim to help attendees explore and expand their leadership interventions.
This event is complimentary for AGPA members. Participation and 2.0 CE credits are available at $40 for AGPA members and $80 for nonmembers. Please note you must be logged in to your AGPA account to receive member pricing. Click here for more d etails 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
We are in Membership Renewal Season
Renewing your membership is easy! Go to http://member.agpa.org or call 212-477-2677 or toll free 877-668-2472.
Renew now and be entered to win a FREE 5-Day AGPA Connect package.
Also we are offering 50% off all publications when you renew today. Use code EARLY2021 at checkout.
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.