Fellowship Qualifications and Application Process
Fellowship in AGPA is an honor. It demonstrates outstanding professional competence and leadership capacities. Fellowship in AGPA enhances the reputation of both the Fellow and the Association; our Fellows represent in a visible way the breadth of skill and commitment to excellence found among members of the Association.
Applying for Fellowship: In applications for Fellowship in AGPA, candidates are asked to demonstrate excellence and leadership in at least two of five areas of activity, one of which is leadership in AGPA, the Affiliate Societies and/or other group psychotherapy-related organizations. A completed application will include a list of relevant experiences under "General Leadership" and in at least one other category. Because this is the committee's opportunity to know each applicant better, please provide specific details including dates, titles, location, and responsibilities. For workshops or presentations, it's helpful to include the length, title and sponsoring organization for each presentation given. If workshops or presentations are used to fulfill leadership requirements, they should be listed under the category of "Leadership;" but not listed under a second area, such as teaching and training.
Applications for Fellowship can be submitted at any time of the year. Upon review of a candidate's application and professional experiences, the Fellowship and Awards Committee makes a recommendation to AGPA's Board of Directors regarding the candidate's application. The Board of Directors reviews the committee's recommendation and makes the final decision about awarding fellowship to an applicant. Because of the timing of the Board meetings, applications may take several months to process depending on the time of year they are submitted. Once your application is approved, you will be notified by the Board of Directors and a short profile will be written up to be published in the following Group Circle newsletter. We look forward to celebrating all new Fellows at the Community Meeting each year at AGPA Connect.
For further information please see the article in Group Circle, summer 2022.
Please submit your application in the online portal. For assistance in filling out the application, please contact any member of the Fellowship and Awards Committee.
Ethical Standing: Candidates for Fellowship are expected to conform to standards of ethical practice in their professional practice, organizations and within AGPA.
Local and Regional Societies: The Fellowship and Awards Committee welcomes the feedback of Affiliate Societies about specific candidates active in their society. This feedback is solicited by the committee once a completed application is received but is entirely optional for all applicants.
Organizational Qualifications: Any AGPA member who has been a CERTIFIED GROUP PSYCHOTHERAPIST or PROFESSIONAL member for a minimum of 5 years can submit an application, accompanied by two (2) letters of recommendation from Fellows, and/or a Special Interest Group Co-Chair or a local Affiliate Society Board Member. The AGPA Fellowship and Awards Committee always welcomes suggestions for suitable candidates from any member of AGPA.
Please note that the Fellowship and Awards Committee does not accept self-nominations for Distinguished Fellowship. Should you wish to suggest a candidate for this award, please contact a member of the Executive Committee of the AGPA Board or the Fellowship and Awards Committe.
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Members of the Association in good standing:
- 1) Who have been CGP or Professional members for five years, unless this requirement is waived by unanimous vote of the Board of Directors;
- 2) Whose outstanding performance in the field of group psychotherapy has been demonstrated by Leadership in Organizational Service;
- 3) Who also demonstrates excellence in one of the following areas:
- II-A) Clinical Practice and Administration;
- II-B) Teaching;
- II-C) Research; and/or
- II-D) Publications
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(AGPA/GF/IBCGP, Affiliate/Regional, International Group Organization, Other)
(Specify the Board, Committee and/or your role(s) including dates for each)
(AGPA/GF/IBCGP, Affiliate/Regional, International Group Organization, Editor of a Peer Review Group Journal, Other)
Committee/Task Force Member
(AGPA/GF/IBCGP, Affiliate/Regional, International Group Organization, Editor of a Peer Review Group Journal)
AGPA Representative to other professional organization
Faculty at Scientific/Training meeting
(AGPA, Affiliate/Regional, Other related group organizations)
Group Therapy Related Awards and Honors
* Activities reported in category I (General Leadership) may not be duplicated in category II-B (Teaching and Training)--choose one.
Does 50% or more of your work reported in this section reflect work with underserved populations? If yes, please explain briefly what you include in providing that answer.
Active Group Psychotherapy Practice
(includes pro-bono services)
Group Therapy Programs
(development, administration, director, supervisor, leader of supervision/training, leader of therapy groups)
Group Therapy Supervision/Consultation
Group Therapy Teaching
Part Time Lecturer/Presenter on Group Therapy
Leader of a training group
Faculty at AGPA, Affiliates, other Group-Related organizations, and other scientific and/or training meetings where group related material is presented
Training on Media Platform
(podcasts, online trainings, etc.)
Director of Research Project re: Groups
Developer of Group Research Methodology
Researcher of Group related issues
Promoter of Research on Groups
(Teaching, grant writing, theses or dissertation committees)
Publication on Groups in peer Reviewed Journals, Chapters, and books
Editor of IJGP
Editor of Group Circle
Editorial Staff of a Group Newsletter
(Group Circle, Group Solutions, Group Assets, or other newsletter)
(IJGP or other group journal)
Other related but non-group focus
Podcast/Broadcast on Media Platform
Please identify any additional experience which you would like the Fellowship and Awards Committee to consider.
Please share your personal and professional journey in developing cultural humility. Please include your approach to incorporating antiracism and anti-oppression values in your work (clinical practices, group psychotherapy, research, training, supervision, scholarship, etc.).
200 word limit.
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