AGPA Calls for an End to Racially Motivated Violence

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AGPA responds to the COVID-19 pandemic

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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.

Attention AGPA Members!

As a valued member of AGPA, we are offering you a special member-only benefit: the opportunity to give the gift of membership to your colleagues, friends and students. Share the 2020 Membership Application & Certificate with as many new members as you would like to invite to join AGPA. Just don't delay: this special gift of membership offer ends on September 30, 2020.

Upcoming e-Learning Events

Sunday, October 18, 2020, 8-9:30PM (Eastern) *Please be cognizant of applicable time zones
Webinar: Working Effectively with Erotic Transference in Group
Jennifer Joseph, PsyD & Dave Kaplowitz, LMFT, CGP

Working with erotic transference can be one of the most challenging experiences for a group leader. When handled skillfully, these feelings can become catalysts for growth for both individual members and the group-as-a-whole. This webinar will explore effective ways to work with sexual feelings of group members that are directed toward the leader or other group members as well as how to work with erotic countertransference.

Participation for members is free. Participation for nonmembers is $60.00. 1.5 CE credits are available at $30.00 for members or $60.00 for nonmembers (login required for member pricing). Register Here.

Sundays & Thursdays, October 25, 29, and November 5, 8, 12, 15, 19, and 22, 7:30-9PM (Eastern) *Please be cognizant of applicable time zones 
Online Institute: The Portable Calm- An Introductory Experience
Patricia Tollison, PhD, CGP-R

The Portable Calm is an eight-week online evidenced-based training program, developed for those on the frontlines of trauma and for anyone wishing to establish a daily mindful awareness practice. In this eight-session institute, with the support of group process, participants will have an immersive introduction to the Portable Calm with the opportunity to integrate skills to strengthen self-regulation and build protective internal factors essential to the prevention of burnout. 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. For details and to register, click here.

Sunday, November 1, 2020, 8-9:30PM (Eastern) *Please be cognizant of applicable time zones
Webinar: Micro -cosms, -aggressions, -scopes, and -phones: Closely Examining Microaggressions in Group and Amplifying Our Responses
Aziza Belcher Platt, PhD

This interactive webinar will explore in detail how to detect ofttimes elusive microaggressions; the mechanisms that obfuscate addressing them at all or effectively; and their impact on members, the group, and the therapist. Using actual examples, attendees will learn how to see microaggressions clearly and respond emphatically (and empathetically).

Participation for members is free. Participation for nonmembers is $60.00. 1.5 CE credits are available at $30.00 for members or $60.00 for nonmembers (login required for member pricing). Register Here. 

Foundation Awards & Scholarships Are Available

2021 AGPA Connect Scholarships: Attending AGPA Connect allows recipients to learn and grow personally and professionally, making connections that will last a lifetime. To apply for a scholarship, visit, where there is detailed information and required application forms. Early decision deadline is November 1, 2020. Additional questions? E-mail

Research Grants For Clinical Research Reviews: Funds are available to support original critical research reviews on group psychotherapy. Grants up to $5,000 are awarded, depending upon the following factors: a) the significance and quality of the proposal to the field; b) the experience of the investigative team; and c) the number of grant applications received. For more information, visit Deadline: November 1, 2020.

Accepting Nominations For Various Awards On Group Work: Celebrate those who are making a difference! Submit your nominations for the Alonso Award for Excellence in Psychodynamic Group Theory, Aaron Stein Memorial Fund Award, Social Responsibility Award, and the Humanitarian Award. Visit for the entry instructions.

Virtual AGPA Connect 2021 -- "The Power of Groups in Challenging Times"

The AGPA Connect Committee is hard at work formulating the 2021 virtual meeting. Our meeting is scheduled as follows:

Two-Day Institute: Saturday and Sunday, February 13 & 14
-- Institute Plenary Address: Alexis Abernethy, PhD, CGP, FAGPA, Chief of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, Fuller Theological Seminary, Pasadena California

Special Institute Presentations: Friday, February 19
   -- Aaron Black, PhD, CGPFaculty, Center for Group Studies, Rochester, New York; and 
   -- Z
indel Segal, PhD, Founder of Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) and professor of psychology at University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Three-Day Conference: Thursday, Friday, Saturday, February 25-27
-- Mitchell Hochberg Memorial Public Education Event: Elizabeth Ford, MD, Chief of Psychiatry for Correctional Health Services for New York City’s Health and Hospitals, New York, New York

-- Conference Opening Plenary: Bruce Perry, MD, PhD, Senior Fellow of The Child Trauma Academy, Houston, Texas

-- Anne and Ramon Alonso Plenary Address: Thema Bryant-Davis, PhD, Associate Professor at Pepperdine University, Malibu, California

--  Louis R. Ormont Lecture: J. Scott Rutan, PhD, CGP-R, DFAGPA, Private Practice, Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts

Online Registration is open now! Registration rates have been adjusted for our virtual meeting. 

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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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