American Group Psychotherapy Association (AGPA)

MISSION STATEMENT: The American Group Psychotherapy Association is a dynamic, thriving community of mental health professionals of all disciplines dedicated to advancing knowledge and research, and providing quality training in group psychotherapy and other group interventions, consultation and direct services nationally and internationally.

The Association is a unique blend of practitioner and direct services:

  • Promoting quality group psychotherapy care as a primary method of treatment that is clinically sound, cost-effective and accessible;

  • Advancing group psychotherapy training and research;

  • Providing intervention and outreach to diverse communities nationally and internationally based on group psychotherapy principles and established protocols;

  • Providing a network of peer support that serves the professional needs of group practitioners; and

  • Advocating for quality care on behalf of its members, clients/patients and the public.

AGPA, founded in 1942, serves as the national voice specific to the interests of group psychotherapy. Its 2,000+ members and 31 Affiliate Societies provide a wealth of professional, education, and social support for group psychotherapists in the United States and abroad.   Our members come from over twelve different disciplines, including Psychiatry, Psychology, Social Work, Nursing, Marriage and Family Therapy, Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counseling, Clinical Mental Health Counseling, Creative Arts Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Pastoral Counseling, Psychoanalysis, and School Psychology.

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