The Brookline Center for Community Mental Health and The Northeastern Society of Group Psychotherapy Observation Groups

The NSGP is proud and excited to collaborate with The Brookline Center for Community Mental Health in offering two Observation Groups as part of our training program. This represents a collaboration between NSGP and The Brookline Center to promote this remarkable learning opportunity. These are two long-running, well-established interpersonal process groups that are led by some of Boston's most veteran group therapists. Observers are invited to sit silently in the room during each session, and then to discuss the group after the members leave.

Two Observation Groups are available.

Group 1 is led by Annie Weiss, LICSW, CGP, FAGPA, and Tracy MacNab, Ph.D., CGP, who alternate leading the group individually on 10-week intervals. This group meets on Thursday mornings from 10:00 AM to 11:45 AM.

Group 2 is led by Arnie Cohen, Ph.D., CGP and Julie Anderson, Ph.D., CGP who co-lead together. This group meets on Tuesday mornings from 10:15 AM to 12:00 PM.

Much like enrolling in a course, observers commit to a minimum 10-week window of observation. This is both to ensure the comfort of group members as well as to support the observers' learning. Observers also pay a covering fee of $200 per observation interval. There is a 50% discount available to NSGP members.

For more information about expectations of observers, payment information, or scheduling, please visit the Brookline Center website.

If you're interested in Group Observation at the Brookline Center or have any questions, please call or email Jeff Brand, Psy.D., Adult Group Therapy Co-coordinator at the Center.  

He can be reached at (617) 277-8107, or at

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2017-2018 NSGP Training Program

Principles of Group Psychotherapy 2018 

Would you like to ...

• Brush up on the basics?

• Deepen fundamentals?

• Build your confidence as a group leader?

• Connect with other students and experienced group leaders?

The NSGP’s Principles of Group Psychotherapy Course provides one of Boston’s premier opportunities to strengthen foundational skills for facilitating group therapy. Whether you are starting anew or returning to fundamentals, this course lets participants learn from some of New England’s best group therapists about this exciting and challenging modality.  

This 6-module course, which meets the didactic requirements for CGP certification, will meet monthly on Saturdays from 9:30 AM to 1 PM from January through May. The curriculum is designed with the needs of clinicians working in a range of settings, from public agencies to private practice. The course also provides an excellent opportunity to connect with others who are interested in group therapy.

Course tuition of $550 includes CEUs. Unfortunately CMEs are not available for physicians and nurses. Scholarships are available!

This year's program is underway and registration is closed. If you have any questions about next year's program, please contact Jeff Brand, Psy.D., at with any questions about next year's program.

Module topics : 

Foundations of Group Psychotherapy (Joe Shay)

The Change Process (Theresa Cohen)

The Role of the Leader (Shunda McGahee)

Group Dynamics (John Moynihan)

Structured and Thematic Groups (Ken Jaeger)

Experiential Group (Barbara McQueen)

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Weekly Experiential Group

Registration for the Experiential Group is now closed. Please contact Howie Schnairsohn, LICSW, CGP if you are interested in learning about registering for next year's program.  

Utilize NSGP's most memorable learning tool on 'how to be a group therapist' by becoming a group participant yourself!

What it IS NOT like: Probably anything you have experienced before. Not like a class...a meeting...a parlor game...psychodrama... a barn raising...a lecture or a rally.

What it IS like: Imagine you are a medical student tiny and fast enough to squeeze through a pore, catch up and climb onto a blood platelet, and pass through amazing organs as you barrel your way along the blood stream! Similarly, as a student of group therapy, by joining an experiential group, you are entering into the very flow of group process and along the way bump up against one affective experience after another (some transformative) known only from an inside place.

Year after year NSGP's training group turns out group therapists with this enviable vantage point of "lived experience." Will you be one of them?  

What it costs: The 24 week training is broken down into Module 1 and Module 2, each 12 weeks in duration, each $475. The price for enrolling for the full academic year (combining both modules - which is strongly recommended) is discounted for a total of $800. Module 1 is now full but we are accepting enrollments for Module 2. CEUs are granted for time attended with a maximum of 30 CEUs awarded at the end of the full program.


Who it is led by: Annie Weiss, LICSW, CGP, FAGPA

When it happens:   Wednesdays 12:30-1:45pm

  • Module 1 September 27-December 20, 2017 (NOW CLOSED)
  • Module 2  February 7 - May 9, 2018 (NOW CLOSED)

Where it happens: Newton Centre,  MA  02459 (parking available)

Disclaimer: The Experiential Group is not a therapy group. Though there may be therapeutic things that happen in a training group, the intention is for the goal of learning rather than personal change and the leader will function with this in mind.

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Scholarships may be available for the Experiential Group Training Course and Principles Course.

Click here to download the Experiential Group Training Course scholarship application.

Click here to download the Principles Training Course scholarship application.

Contact Joel Krieg, LICSW, CGP ( or call 617-682-0057 for more information about the Experiential Group Training Course, Principles Course and scholarships.

P.O. Box 356, Belmont, MA 02478     (617) 431-6747

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