Group Interventions for Trauma

Groups Help Communities Heal Following Disaster: Drs. Craig Haen and Suzanne Phillips

Group therapy, a widely accepted treatment option for over 50 years, is extremely beneficial in treating trauma.  Groups provide a safe, nurturing, accepting environment in which painful feelings and experiences can be shared.  Groups allow people to speak the unspeakable.  They encourage the reestablishment of trust, validate your experiences and provide access to information from others. They help rebuild self-esteem.  Most importantly, through group therapy you discover you’re not alone.  AGPA has a number of resources that can help people, including the general public, parents and clinicians, following a traumatic experience.  If you can’t find what you need please contact Public Affairs Director, Diane Feirman, CAE at or by calling 1-212-297-2190. 

General Information on Trauma for the Public at Large

If you’re a victim, relative of a victim, or just experiencing difficulty understanding or dealing with a tragedy and its aftermath, we have assembled resources to help you, including books, articles, and links to other helpful websites. 

AGPA Feature Articles: 
What Every Person Should Know About Trauma (PDF)

Questions & Answers About Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

Why Groups Can Help

Additional resources

In response to recent incidents, AGPA has released an Organizational Statement on Inclusivity.

In response to recent events AGPA has released an Organizational Statement on Violence.

In light of the June 2016 shooting in Orlando, view this information on responding to hate crimes.