Upcoming events

    • Saturday, January 20, 2018
    • Saturday, May 19, 2018
    • 6 sessions
    • Various
    Registration is closed


    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!

    Contact: Jeff Brand, Psy.D., at with any questions.

    Module topics and dates as follows:

    Friday, January 19 at 6:00 PM -- Meet and Greet, Brookline

    January 20 -- Foundations of Group Psychotherapy (Joe Shay), Cambridge

    February 3 -- The Change Process (Theresa Cohen), TBD

    March 24 -- The Role of the Leader (Shunda McGahee), Roslindale

    April 14 -- Group Dynamics (John Moynihan), TBD

    May 5 -- Structured and Thematic Groups (Ken Jaeger), Cambridge

    May 19 -- Experiential Group (Barbara McQueen), Brookline

    • Sunday, March 25, 2018
    • 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • Newton
    • 2

     March Breakfast Club

    Bring Therapy to Life with Psychodramatic Action Methods

     Presented by Maria Mellano, LICSW, Certified Psychodramatist

    Hosted by Steffen Fuller

    Sunday, March 25, 2018  11:00 AM - 1:30 PM

    Location: Newton

    This workshop will focus on the use of Psychodramatic action methods that can be used to bring traditional talk therapy to life. It will specifically focus on the warm up, how to effectively use role reversal, and the purpose and effective use of doubling, mirroring and sharing techniques. The workshop will be experiential in nature.

    About the Presenter

    Maria Mellano is a seasoned, intuitive and skillful provider with 20 years' experience. Her approach is transformational, empowering and results oriented. She weaves psychodrama, internal family systems, coaching and an integral approach into all that she does.

    • Sunday, April 29, 2018
    • 11:00 AM - 1:30 PM
    • Cambridge
    • 20

    April Breakfast Club  

    Application of Emotion - Focused Therapy for Complex Trauma in Group Treatment
    Presented by Suzanne Brennan-Nathan, LICSW, BCD, CGP, PsyD candidate 2020

    Hosted by Debra Filiurin 

    April 29, 2018
    Location: Cambridge

    In this presentation, Suzanne Brennan-Nathan will discuss the use of emotion-focused therapy in complex trauma and apply the EFFT techniques to a group model of treatment for adult survivors of trauma. Using clinical examples, she will illustrate how the Imaginal Confrontation Procedure and empty chair technique can be used in a group setting and how fear, anxiety, and avoidance can be reduced; guilt, shame and self-blame can be transformed and how trauma can be resolved through the EFTT process.

    About the Presenter

    Suzanne Brennan-Nathan is a clinical social worker who have practiced in Newton, MA for thirty-eight years. She is a clinical psychology doctoral student in group psychotherapy at the Professional School of Psychology in Sacramento, CA. Her areas of specialization are trauma, addiction and group treatment.

    • Sunday, May 06, 2018
    • 3:00 PM - 6:00 PM
    • Harvard Square, Cambridge

    Please join us for our May Practice Development Event

    Building a Multicultural and Reflective Practice 

    Join us for an afternoon of exploring how identity (e.g. race, class, gender, disability) informs our approaches to our work and our relationships with clients. Learn how to build a multicultural practice, how to engage authentically with clients from backgrounds different than your own, and how to best hold space and invite differences.

    When: Sunday, May 6th, 3-6 pm

    Where:  Margaret Jewett Hall at First Church in Cambridge, 11 Garden Street, Cambridge, (Harvard Square),

    • NSGP Members: $45
    • Non Members: $60

    Dr. Liza Talusan is a nationally recognized speaker, educator and facilitator with expertise in engaging in conversations about diversity, racism, unconscious bias, privilege and power. She creates environments that allow for people to discuss these difficult topics openly. As an experiential educator, Liza's workshops lean on peer-to-peer learning where participants both teach and learn from one another over the course of the experience. With over 22 years of experience working in multicultural services, Liza serves as a consultant and coach to over 70 schools and non-profit organizations as they seek to provide greater diversity, equity and inclusion in their practice. 

    • Friday, June 08, 2018
    • Sunday, June 10, 2018
    • Simmons College, Boston, MA

    NSGP's 37th Annual Conference 

    You Are Not Alone: The Sustaining Power of Groups in Challenging Times

    June 8-10, 2018  /  Simmons College, Boston, MA

    This year's conference is packed with exciting training opportunities including a Large Group experiences, day long Experience Groups, workshops and the new "Therapist Circle!"

    This year you can choose 1, 2 or 3 Day Pass that gains you access to that day's events. Day passes include Large Group, Lunch, Business and Community Meetings, Workshops, Therapy Circles and the Demonstration Group, depending on the day(s) you choose. 

    NOTE: Please do not register for a group that is listed as FULL or CLOSED.

    If you would like to make changes after you have submitted your registration, please contact one of the Registration Committee below.

    Need help?

    This year conference registration is fully online!  If you have ANY questions, or would like a member of our crack Registration Team to help you register over the phone, contact any one of us:

    Michel Selva, PsyD: 617-605-7429 or

    Guy R. Croteau, LICSW: 781-223-0209 or

    Joe DeAngelis, LICSW: 781-862-6404 or

    'Refer a New Member' Benefit

    We have an incentive for our current members to bring in new members.

    If a current member refers someone for membership, and the person enrolls as a member (by the end of the Conference) then the current member may attend the Sunday Day-Long Demonstration Group at no cost.

    By registering for this conference, you agree to the following:

    Effective group therapy training is best facilitated by both participation in a group led by experts and study of the resulting group process. While NSGP provides training groups rather than therapy groups, the experience can lead to difficult or uncomfortable feelings in the participants. Because they involve group participation, you should not register for an Experience Group or volunteer for the Demonstration Group if you prefer to avoid this risk. By registering or volunteering you acknowledge that you have been informed of this risk and consent to participate.

    • Saturday, June 09, 2018
    • 7:30 PM - 10:30 PM
    • Maggiano's Restaurant

    NSGP 2018 Conference

    Saturday Evening Dinner

    Where: Maggiano's Little Italy Restaurant 
                 4 Columbus Ave, Boston MA 02116. 

    When: Saturday, June 9th, 2018, 7:30-11pm

    Cost:  $60 per person

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