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2020-2021 NSGP Training Program

NSGP Weekly Experiential Group 2020-2021

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

The Northeastern Society for Group Psychotherapy’s year-long Experiential Group is now open for registration.  REGISTER HERE

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. 

The program is 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 24 week training is broken down into Module 1 and Module 2, each 12 weeks in duration.

WHEN:  Fridays, 9:30 am - 10:45 am, Eastern Time 

Module 1: September 25-December 18, 2020  [No meeting November 27]

Module 2: January 29-April 30, 2021 [No meeting February 26 and March 12]

WHERE:  This group will take place virtually. Registered and paid participants will receive a Zoom link.

COST:  $375 per 12 week module. $750 for both Module 1 and Module 2.

Completion of the Experience Group and submission of an online evaluation offers 15 CEUS per module for social workers, psychologists, and licensed mental health counselors. All participants also receive a complimentary one year membership to NSGP. 

SCHOLARSHIPS:  Scholarships may be available.  If funds are available, partial scholarships will be awarded based on application strength, financial need, passion/interest for group therapy, and involvement in NSGP. See below to learn more about scholarships. 


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

DISCLAIMER: 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.

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Group Consultation (POSTPONED)

The NSGP Training Committee will soon be offering low-cost group consultation for people in the early and middle stages of their development as group therapists. This includes NSGP members and non-members and people who have and have not participated in the NSGP Training Program. Each group will have a maximum of 4 members and will meet weekly for 90 minutes from 8:15-9:45 am.

The consultation group, led by Ellen Ziskind, will help participants develop skills in starting and leading groups and will include and integrate clinical issues, theory and experiential learning. It can serve to fulfill the hours required for group therapy consultation of the Certified Group Psychotherapist (CGP) credential (a total of 75 hours of supervision or consultation are required). Ellen is a highly skilled and experienced group therapist who is widely regarded as an excellent supervisor.



Module 1: Dates/Fees to be determined. 

Module 2: Dates/Fees to be determined. 

Contact: Ellen Ziskind magellen6318@gmail.com for information about the group structure.

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Principles of Group Psychotherapy 2020-2021 (POSTPONED)

        Due in part to COVID-19, the Training Committee is re-evaluating design and delivery of the Principles of Group Psychotherapy Course.

Details will be shared on this page when the program has been finalized, so check back often.  

Below is the description of last year's program:

This is an amazing opportunity for you to 

  • learn through both didactic and experiential components 
  • understand key facets of group therapy including the role of the leader, group dynamics, issues involving diversity, and many more
  • complete the didactic requirements for your Certified Group Psychotherapist credential (CGP)
  • develop skills suitable for working in a variety of settings (e.g., hospitals, clinics, private practice, etc.)
  • earn up to 24.5 CEUs

The Principles Course consists of five half-day didactic modules and a one day-long experiential group, generally meeting once a month for the first half of the year. The course features an all-star line up of faculty to guide participants through the foundational material of understanding group dynamics and running therapy groups.

Module 1: The Foundations of Group Therapy 

Module 2: The Change Process in Groups 

Module 3: The Role of the Leader 

Module 4: Group Dynamics 

Module 5: Structure & Thematic Groups 

Module 6: Day-Long Experiential Group 

Completion of the Principles Course also includes one year of NSGP membership and all membership benefits. 

Scholarships may be available. If funds are available, partial scholarships will be awarded based on application strength, financial need, passion/interest for group therapy, and involvement in NSGP. 




Questions? Please contact Selina Guerra at sselinaguerra@gmail.com, or by phone at 617-651-0446.

These training opportunities are brought to you by the 2020-2021 NSGP Training Committee

Elizabeth Apkin, Psy.D.

Marilyn Downs, Ph.D, LICSW

Catherine Dubois, Psy.D.

Selina Guerra, PhD

Penelope Moore, LICSW

Annie Weiss, LICSW, CGP

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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 Joel Krieg, LICSW, 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 jeffbrand@brooklinecenter.org.

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NSGP Scholarship Program  

Scholarships may be available for the Experiential Group Training and Principles Course. If funds are available, partial scholarships will be awarded based on application strength, financial need, passion/interest for group therapy, and involvement in NSGP. 

 Click to Learn about the NSGP Scholarship Program.

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