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

‎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
5. Annie Weiss, LICSW, CGP, FAGPA, Faculty, Mclean Hospital, Belmont, Massachusetts

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.‎

In NID, 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 most familiar and more uncomfortable roles as a leader.
  3. Identify countertransferential and transferential challenges.
  4. Describe key process interactions including cultural dynamics in the group.
  5. Recognize leader behaviors that facilitate and inhibit the group process and working with cultural dynamics.
  6. Identify approaches to addressing microaggressions, ruptures, and 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.‎

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