These small groups provide participants an environment in which to obtain, expand and retain their skills in conducting group therapy. The PGE sections are conducted by many of the country’s outstanding group therapists. The group psychotherapy skills gained are important in conducting any group, regardless of its theoretical orientation, time parameter or patient population. PGE sections are essential training and benefit the participants, both personally and professionally. A portion of each PGE will be didactic. A maximum of 10 registrants will be accepted per group.

The Process Group Experience Sections will be held Saturday-Sunday, February 13-14 from 10:30AM-6:00PM Eastern. There will be a 1.5-hour lunch break from 1:30-3PM Eastern.

For more information on the presenter, please click on the presenter's name to view their CGP profile. 


Entry Level
Less than 4 years of group psychotherapy leadership experience

1. Cindy Miller Aron, LCSW, CGP, FAGPA, Adjunct Assistant Professor of Population Health, College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific & COMP-Northwest, Lebanon, Oregon

2. Barbara Ilfeld, MSN, RNCS, CGP-R, FAGPA, Private Practice, Olympic Valley, California
3. Mary Krueger, MSEd, LCPC, CGP, FAGPA, Private Practice, Cary, Illinois
4. Gregory MacColl, LCSW, CGP, FAGPA, Faculty, Center for Group Studies, New York, New York
5. Jamie Moran, MSW, LCSW, CGP, Faculty, Group Therapy Training Program, The Psychotherapy Institute, Berkeley, California 
6.  Catherine Reedy, LCSW, LMFT, LCADC, CGP, Private Practice, Crestview Hills, Kentucky
7. Neal Spivack, PhD, CGP, FAGPA, Private Practice, New York, New York

Intermediate Level
4-9 years of group psychotherapy leadership experience


8. **CHANGED TO MIXED LEVEL IB-5: Paul Cox, MD, CGP,  Private Practice, Davis, California
9. Rita Drapkin, PhD, CGP, Private Practice, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
10. Jennifer Joseph, PsyD, CGP, Private Practice, New York, New York
11. Helene Satz, PsyD, ABPP, CGP, LFAGPA, Clinical Psychologist, Tripler Army Medical Center, Honolulu, Hawaii

Advanced Level
10+ years of group psychotherapy leadership experience


12. Claudia Arlo, LCSW-R, CGP, FAGPA, Clinician/Supervisor, Mt. Sinai West, New York, New York
13. Linda Eisenberg, MA, MEd, CGP, Private Practice, Portland, Oregon
14. Michael Frank, MA, LMFT, CGP, LFAGPA, Marriage and Family Therapist, The Maple Counseling Center, Beverly Hills, California 
15. Jan Morris, PhD, ABPP, CGP, FAGPA, Private Practice, Austin, Texas 



1. Shari Baron, MSN, CNS, CGP, FAGPA, Private Practice, Media, Pennsylvania
2. Helen Chong, LCSW, CGP, Private Practice, Houston, Texas

3. Arthur Gray, PhD, CGP, Institute for the Psychoanalytic Study of Subjectivity (IPSS), New York, New York
4. Jeffrey Price, MA, LPC, LAC, CGP, FAGPA, Private Practice, Boulder, Colorado
Paul Cox, MD, CGP,  Private Practice, Davis, California



Sophia Aguirre, PhD, CGP, FAGPA, Private Practice, Atlanta, Georgiaand
Karen Cone-Uemura, PhD, CGP, Psychologist, University of Utah Counseling Center, Salt Lake City, Utah (Please note this section is open to participants of color only)

Limited to prior AGPA Institute instructors or registrants who have participated in four or more AGPA Institutes.

Esther Stone, MSSW, CGP, DLFAGPA, Private Practice, Mill Valley, California

Registration for this section assumes attendance at two consecutive AGPA Connect Meetings.


1. Chera Finnis, PsyD, CGP, FAGPA, Private Practice, New York, New York 
(This is the 2nd and final year of this group; new participants will not be accepted.)

2. Paul Kaye, PhD, CGP, FAGPA, Private Practice, Cedar, Michigan; and
Gaea Logan, LPC-S, CGP, FAGPA, Founder and Executive Director, International Center for Mental Health and Human Rights, Boulder, Colorado

(This is the first year of this group; new participants will be accepted)

Learning Objectives for all PGE Sections:
The attendee will be able to:
1. Identify phases of group development and the leader’s role in each phase.
2. Recognize one's role in the group and those of others.
3. Define and apply such concepts as transference, resistance, content versus process and termination.

Course References for all PGE Sections:

1. Barlow, S. H. (2013). Diversities in group specialty practice. In Specialty competencies in group psychology (pp. 208–226). Oxford: Oxford University Press.

2. Barlow, S., Burlingame, G.M., Greene, L.R., Joyce, A., Kaklauskas, F., Kinley, J., Klein, R.H., Kobos, J.C., Leszcz, M., MacNair-Semands, R., Paquin, J.D., Tasca, G.A., Whittingham, M., & Feirman, D. (2015). Evidence-based practice in group psychotherapy  [American Group Psychotherapy Association Science to Service Task Force web document]. Retrieved from

3. Bernard, H., Burlingame, G., Flores, P., Greene, L., Joyce, A., Kobos, J., Leszcz, M., MacNair-Semands, R.R., Piper, W. E., Slocum McEneaney, A. M., & Feirman, D. (2008). Clinical practice guidelines for group psychotherapy. International Journal of Group Psychotherapy, 58, 455-542.

4. Bilican, I. F., & McEneaney, A. (2016). Effects of a Group Psychotherapy Principles Training on Psychotherapists' Group Process Awareness. International Journal of Psychology51, 274.

5. Cone-Uemura, K., & E. S. Bentley (2018).  Multicultural/Diversity Issues in Groups.  In M. D. Ribeiro, J. Gross, & M. M. Turner (Eds.) The College Counselor’s Guide to Group Psychotherapy, (pp. 48-64). New York:  Routledge Press.

6. Greene, L. R. (2012). Group therapist as social scientist, with special reference to the psychodynamically oriented psychotherapist. American Psychologist67(6), 477.

7. Grossmark, R. (2015).The edge of chaos: Enactment, disruption, and emergence in group psychotherapy.In R. Grossmark & F. Wright (Eds.), The one and the many: Relational approaches to group psychotherapy, (pp. 57-74]. Routledge/Taylor & Francis Group.

8. Horwitz, L. (2014). Listening with the fourth ear: Unconscious dynamics in analytic group psychotherapy. London:Karnac Books.

9. Kleinberg, J. L. (2015). The Wiley-Blackwell handbook of group psychotherapy. New York: Wiley.

10. Leszcz, M. (2018). The Evidence-Based Group Psychotherapist. Psychoanalytic Inquiry38(4), 285-298.

11. Rutan, J.S., Stone, W.N., & Shay, J.J. (2014). Psychodynamic group psychotherapy. New York:Guilford Press.

12. Motherwell, L. & Shay, J. (Eds.), (2014). Complex dilemmas in group therapy: Pathways to resolution (2nd ed.). New York: Routledge/Taylor & Francis Group.

13. Stevens, F. L., & Abernethy, A. D. (2017). Neuroscience and racism: The power of groups for overcoming implicit bias. International Journal of Group Psychotherapy.

14. Tasca, G. A., Francis, K., Balfour, L., (2014). Group psychotherapy levels of interventions: A clinical process commentary. Psychotherapy, 51, 25-29.

15. Turner, M. M., & Ribeiro, M. D. (2018). Racial and Social Justice Implications on the Practice of Group Psychotherapy. In M. D. Ribeiro, J. Gross, & M. M. Turner (Eds.) The College Counselor’s Guide to Group Psychotherapy (pp. 62-82). New York: Routledge Press.

16. Yalom & Leszcz (2005). The theory and practice of group psychotherapy. New York: Basic Books.

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