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The committee is saying goodbye to Ari Shesto who has been a member and co-chair for almost a decade. No amount of words can express our appreciation for you and your gifts. Ari, we miss you and will do the best we can without you as we go forward.

We are thrilled to welcome Penny Moore as a co-chair. The committee is open for new members; if you are interested, please contact us.

The Breakfast Club will have a great 2020-2021 season with presenters speaking about their interests, passion, and will share their experiences about group psychotherapy.

The 2020-2021 Breakfasts are on Sundays from 11-12:15 on October 4, November 8, December 6, January 24, March 21, and April 25. These will be on Zoom for the foreseeable future. Please check the website calendar for further details about the programs.

Please join us for our first Breakfast Club of the season on October 4, 2020:

Group Therapist Working in a Political Minefield in Challenging Times

Presented by J. Scott Rutan, PhD, DFAGPA


This workshop will consider various issues that result from the heated political climate in which we find ourselves. This will include examining how to remain empathetic to those who hold dramatically different views and understanding the issues in light of Cognitive Dissonance theory and the defense of Splitting.


Ann-Keren Neiman-Kantor

Penny Moore

Howie Schnairson

Virtual Experiential Group – Fall 2020

Join one of NSGP’s stellar learning opportunities for building your skills!

The Experiential Group is a weekly training group for clinicians interested in developing skills and confidence as group leaders through experience as group members. Participants learn first hand about the powerful opportunities and complex challenges of small group dynamics. 

Facilitated by Libby Shapiro, Ph.D., CGP, a clinical psychologist in private practice in Lexington, MA. Libby is the former Clinical Director and Director of Training at the Boston Institute for Psychotherapy, and former Director of The Center for Psychoanalytic Studies at Massachusetts General Hospital. She currently teaches and supervises at Cambridge Hospital and is an Assistant Clinical Professor at Harvard Medical School. 

"The group leader was wonderful–she created a safe space and skillfully modeled group facilitation."

"It was so valuable to experience a group 'from the inside out.'"

When: 12 Fridays, 9:30 - 10:45 a.m., EST

Module I: September 25 - December 18, 2020.     

Module IIJanuary 29 - April 30, 2021. 

Where: This group will take place virtually. Registered participants will be sent a Zoom link. 

Cost: $375 per 12 week module. Completion of the group offers 15 CEUS per module for social workers,  psychologists, and licensed mental health counselors.  All participants receive a complimentary one year membership to NSGP! 

Scholarships are available: Click here to download the scholarship application.

QuestionsContact: Marilyn Downs downs.marilyn@gmail.com or Cathy DuBois at cidubois@comcast.net

Space is limited: REGISTER HERE or at https://nsgp.wildapricot.orgwhere you can also check out our other learning opportunities. 

Note: The Experiential Group is not a therapy group. Although participating in a training group may have therapeutic value, the goal is for learning about group dynamics and process rather than personal change, and the leader will function with this in mind.

Want to talk to an expert about your group? Take advantage of the NSGP Consultation Benefit!

“What’s that?” you ask. Read on…

The NSGP Consultation Benefit is free to all members in good standing of NSGP. It entitles you to one hour of free consultation per calendar year with an expert in group psychotherapy.

Topics are as varied as our practices and now include the many challenges of online groups. The only topics that are not appropriate are emergency situations. Consults can be by video, phone, or face-to-face.

“What a deal!” you say. Indeed!

Email Christine Boie, CNS at christineboie65@gmail.com and she will facilitate and ensure a time-sensitive consultation with one of our experts.

NSGP Annual Conference

For more information visit the NSGP Annual Conference page here

AGPA Foundation Scholarship


Marsha Vannicelli 

Marsha was awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award from the NSGP Foundation.

Eleanor Counselman

Eleanor was awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award from the NSGP Foundation. She was also honored with the Distinguished Fellow in AGPA.

Norman Neiberg

Norman was awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award from the NSGP Foundation.

Helene Satz

Helene was honored with a Fellowship in the AGPA.

Scott Rutan

Scott received the Harold Bernard Training Award from the AGPA.

NSGPeople Committee Enthusiastically Welcomes

Nadia Khatchadourian as the new co-editor of the newsletter.

Natasha Khoury as the future editor of “Analyze This” and general editing team member.

Ellen Ziskind as general contributor.


NSGPeople thanks Kurt White for his many years and countless hours of editing the newsletter.

NSGPeople thanks Roz Freeman for creating the NSGPeople logo from Joe DeSouza’s NSGP logo, and Jennifer Jackson for font editing.

Thanks to David Goldfinger for coming through with another creative cartoon under tight time constraints.

Thanks to Joe DeSouza for creating the online presence of NSGPeople.

Thanks to Jennifer DeSouza and Ann Koplow for their support and assistance in creating this new online iteration of the newsletter.

Thanks to Lisa Portscher for helping us navigate Wild Apricot and the back-end of NSGP online.

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