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 Tuesday-Wednesday, March 1-2 from 11:30 AM - 7:00 PM Eastern. There will be a 1.5-hour lunch break from 2:30 - 4:00 PM 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. Paul Berkelhammer, MA, LMHC, CP, CGP, Mental Health Counselor, Private Practice, Seattle, ‎Washington
‎2. Barbara Ilfeld, MSN, RNCS, CGP-R, FAGPA. Mental Health Counselor, Retired, Olympic Valley, ‎California
‎4. Michele Ribeiro, EdD, ABPP, CGP, FAGPA, Oregon State University Counseling and Psychological ‎Services, Corvallis, Oregon
‎5. Neal Spivack, PhD, CGP, FAGPA, Psychologist, NY Harbor Healthcare System - Veterans Health ‎Administration, Bronx, New York
‎6. Claudia Arlo, LCSW-R, CGP, FAGPA, Mt Sinai/Private Practice/Fordham University, New York, New York
‎7. Esther G. Stone, MSSW, CGP, DLFAGPA, Social work, Private Practice, Mill Valley, California

Intermediate Level
‎4-9 years of group psychotherapy leadership experience‎

‎8. Paul Cox, MD, CGP, Community Psychiatry, Davis Clinic and On-line, Davis, California
‎9. Jennifer Joseph, PsyD, CGP, Psychologist, Private Practice, Montclair, New Jersey
‎10. Paul LePhuoc, PhD, CGP, Private Practice, Houston, Texas
‎11. Marcia Nickow, PsyD, CADC, CGP, Clinical Psychologist & Group Psychotherapist, Private Practice ‎Working Sobriety Addiction and Recovery Center, Chicago, Illinois

Advanced Level
‎10+ years of group psychotherapy leadership experience‎

‎12. Cindy Miller Aron, MSW, CGP, FAGPA, Portland State University Sports Medicine, Private Practice, ‎Portland, Oregon
‎13. Elaine Cooper, LCSW, PhD, CGP, DFAGPA, Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, University of California ‎School of Medicine, San Francisco, California
‎14. Greg MacColl, LCSW, CGP, FAGPA, Faculty, Center for Group Studies, Private Practice, Manhattan, ‎New York


‎1. Rita G. Drapkin, PhD, CGP, Psychologist, Private Practice, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
‎2. Leonardo (Leo) Leiderman, PsyD, ABPP, FAACP, CGP, FAGPA, Director, ‎Neurofeedback & Psychological Services, P.C., Purchase, New York
‎3. Jamie Moran, LCSW, CGP, Faculty Member, The Group Therapy Training Program, Berkeley, ‎California
‎4. Matthew Tomatz, MA, LPC, LAC, CGP, Mental Health Counselor, Counseling and Psychiatric Services, ‎Boulder, Colorado

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

‎1.‎ Shari Baron, MSN, CNS, CGP, LFAGPA, Private Practice, Media, Pennsylvania

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

‎1. Michael P. Frank, MA, LMFT, CGP, LFAGPA, Clinical Supervisor of the Group Therapy Program, The ‎Maple Counseling Center, Los Angeles, California
‎(This is the first year of this group; new participants will be accepted)‎
‎2. Paul Kaye, PhD, CGP, FAGPA, Psychologist, Private Practice, Cedar, Michigan; and
Gaea Logan, LPC-S, CGP, FAGPA, In't Center for Contemporary Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy, ‎Boulder, Colorado
‎(This is the 2nd and final year of this group; new participants will not be accepted.)‎

I-E. National Institute Instructor Designate
Registration for this section is available to approved 2021 NID applicants.

Alexis D. Abernethy, PhD, CGP, FAGPA, School of Psychology & Marriage and Family, Fuller Theological ‎Seminary, Pasadena, California


The attendee will be able to:‎

1. Identify the phases of group development and the leader’s role in each phase. ‎
‎2. Identify one’s role in the group and those of others ‎
‎3. Define and apply such concepts as transference, resistance, content versus process and ‎termination. ‎
‎4. Describe key process interactions in the group. ‎
‎5. Recognize leader behaviors that facilitate the group process. ‎
‎6. Identify approaches to addressing termination.‎

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‎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 from‎resources/evidence-based-practice-in-group-psychotherapy

‎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 Psychology, 51, 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 Psychologist, 67(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 Inquiry, 38(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.‎