Practice Development

                    ...because your practice matters!

Each year, the NSGP Practice Development Committee offers ongoing, informal gatherings in order to  educate our community of clinicians and to provide up to date information on all things that affect our practice.  Our short format programs are cost effective and don’t interfere with work or play.  They are a great way to connect with other clinicians and learn from local experts.  Our events are open to NSGP members and non-members.  We encourage all who are interested in growing a healthy and successful practice to attend.  We look forward to seeing you at our next event.

Upcoming Practice Development Events

Sunday January 21, 2018

Working Effectively with Transgender and Non-Binary Clients 

Place: Belmont (address will be sent to all registered participants)

Time: 4-6 pm

Cost:  Members $25/Nonmembers $35



Adam Glick, LICSW is a clinical social worker in private practice in Boston. He has been working with GLBTQ adolescents and adults for the past 23 years and is a sought after speaker and trainer on the subject of gender identity. In addition to his work with clients in individual therapy, Adam has also run a support group for transgender adolescents. He has presented at numerous conferences, schools and organizations throughout MA and the Northeast including MAAPS, NASW, Boston Medical Center, Walker, NEC, The Boston Children's Museum, Boston University School of Social Work and many others. Adam also teaches Clinical Practice with Groups at BUSSW in their online program and is currently the president of the MA Chapter of IASWG.

Previous Practice Development Events

October 2017

Theory to Practice:  Incorporating Telemental Health into your Psychotherapy Practice

This presentation will outline the key elements for self-training in the provision of online care. Discussion points will include

  • the history of telemental health and a review of the research that demonstrates clinical efficacy
  • generalizing therapeutic frameworks and practice skills from the in-person visit to the online visit
  • ethical concerns and a review of the current practice standards and care guidelines that address confidentiality, HIPPA compliance and risk management
  • current licensing barriers and other administrative challenges
In addition, a case presentation will demonstrate the use of telemental health in a long-term psychotherapy.

January 2017 

Understanding and Talking about Evidence-Based Therapy

Can you love research?  What is evidence-based therapy?  What is the evidence for evidence-based?  Do you hide what you do out of feelings that your methods are not hard science or somehow lacking?  Looking for a little boost to strengthen it up?  Become an educated consumer and provider.  Learn how to get comfortable with research lingo and explain methods without getting defensive.  We will explore and explain research about groups as a group - qualitative, ideographic and dare I say it- single case studies.  If it was good enough for Freud and Yalom, it's worth talking about. 

William Sharp, PsyaD, CGP, is a psychoanalyst in private practice in Brookline Village. He is on the faculty at Northeastern University and the Boston Graduate School of Psychoanalysis. William has published in IJGP, Modern Psychoanalysis and most recently he wrote a textbook,Talking Helps available through Amazon. William has presented nationally and internationally on topics related to individual, child/adolescent, and group therapy.

October 2016

Making Workshops Great Again: Find Your Sentence and Kill Your Darlings

Are you toying with the idea of offering a workshop but don’t quite know where to begin? Or how to structure it? Or how to make it vibrant, even sexy?  To address these issues, join Joe Shay who has presented more than 150 workshops nationally and internationally and has learned a few things along the way—often the hard way.

Joe Shay, PhD, is a psychologist in private practice in Cambridge. He is on the faculty of NSGP, the Psychoanalytic Couple and Family Institute of New England, and the MGH Center for Psychodynamic Therapy and Research.  Joe has co-authored the 4th and 5th editions of Psychodynamic Group Psychotherapy, is on the Editorial Board of IJGP, and has presented nationally and internationally on topics related to individual, couples, and group psychotherapy.

November 2016

Bringing the Group and Your Experience as a Leader to Life on the Page: A Clinical Writing Workshop with Suzi Naiburg, PhD, LICSW

In this three-hour workshop, we will use close reading and brief writing exercises to help you bring your group to life on the page and portray your internal experience as a leader. We will explore different ways you can show your readers the group process in action, not just tell them about it by summarizing what happened.  As you begin to see a story line emerge in your clinical material, you will be guided to draw out a few teaching points.  At the end of the workshop, you may even be able to envision a presentation or paper taking shape, and as you use writing to make the implicit explicit, you may discover how the process of writing can deepen your clinical work.  

Suzi Naiburg, PhD, LICSW (, is a graduate and faculty member of the Massachusetts Institute for Psychoanalysis in private practice in Belmont, MA.  She is also a writing coach, editor, and teacher who taught expository writing at Harvard and more than 100 clinical writing workshops (including several for NSGP). Currently, she leads several writing groups that meet monthly in Belmont and via video conferencing. Structure and Spontaneity in Clinical Prose: A Writer’s Guide for Psychoanalysts and Psychotherapists was published by Routledge in April 2015.

May 2017

MARKETING YOUR PRACTICE: Thriving in a Changing World

In this workshop you will learn basic marketing and networking skills to build relationships toward a community of practice in which you situate yourself within a broader network of professionals.

Topics to be covered include:

  • Develop your marketing strategy and business plan
  • Generate an entrepreneurial culture of abundance
  • Gain a ‘yes I can’ motto
  • Reduce resistance to marketing
  • Understand, define, and develop strong, multilevel networks as a key to your thriving independent professional practice
  • Develop clear, realistic goals and definable outcomes for your practice


Carol Dallinga, LCSW, CGP, EMDR has been a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in private practice for over 30 years in Westchester County, New York. As a consultant, she helps mental health professionals build their independent practice with proven marketing and networking skills. She is also a Certified Group Psychotherapist and previous President of the Westchester Group Psychotherapy Society. She currently volunteers for the American Group Psychotherapy Association on the Membership Committee and as Co-Chair for the Special Interest Group entitled Groups in Private Practice. She is a past board member for the Eastern Group Psychotherapy Society and for the Foundation for Religion and Mental Health. She has taught Organizational Development, Industrial Psychology and Developmental Psychology at several local colleges.

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