Upcoming events

    • Thursday, September 27, 2018
    • Thursday, May 30, 2019
    • Roslindale, Massachusetts


    The Northeastern Society for Group Psychotherapy’s year-long Experiential Group is now open for registration. The Experiential Group is one phase of the Three Phase Training Program.

    Space is limited. The deadline is August 20, so please REGISTER NOW!

    Utilize NSGP's most memorable learning tool on 'how to be a group therapist' by stepping into the role a group participant!

    What it IS NOT like: Probably anything you have experienced before. Not like a class....a workshop...... a barn raising... or a town hall.

    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 bloodstream. 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.

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

    Cost: Each Module is $475. Enrolling in both Module 1 and 2 is discounted to $800 for both.

    CEUs are available. A maximum of 30 CEUs awarded at the end of the full program.

    Who it is led by: Barbara McQueen, LICSW

    When it happens: Thursdays 8:00-9:15am

    • Module 1 September 27-December 20, 2018
    • Module 2 January - May, 2019 (Specific dates to be determined)

    Where it happens: Roslindale, Massachusetts (parking; MBTA accessible)


    Caleb Englander, LICSW 617-852-4854

    Howie Schnairsohn, LICSW, CGP 617-416-6965



    • Sunday, January 13, 2019
    • 11:00 AM - 1:30 PM
    • TBD


    Abuse of Power in Groups: 

    Leadership, Followership, and Protective Factors

    Presented by Sasha Watkins, M.A., LMHC, CPRP 

    and Dr. Robert Pepper, PhD, FAGPA

    Sunday, January 13th from 11:00 to 1:30 pm

    Current world events offer a plethora of examples of the destructive power of groups. What are the alternatives? Reflecting on the work by Stanley Milgram (obedience to authority) and Zimbardo's work (Stanford Prison experiment), as well as own clinical and professional practice, Dr. Pepper and Sasha discuss factors and leadership interventions that can protect therapeutic groups from the re-enactments of the abuse of power found in larger groups, such as organizations and societies.

    About the Presenters

    Dr. Pepper PhD, FAGPA, is Director of Training, Long Island Institute for Mental Health, Rego Park, New York

    Sasha (Alexandra) Watkins, LMCH, CPRP, is Director, of Drawing on Strengths LLC, Cambridge, MA

    • Friday, January 25, 2019
    • Saturday, May 18, 2019
    • 6 sessions
    • Various
    • 10

    The NSGP Training Committee is pleased to announce the opening of registration for the 

    2019 Principles of Group Psychotherapy Course!  

    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 - Joe Shay, Ph.D. CGP (January 25)

      Module 2: The Change Process in Groups - Theresa Cohen, LICSW CGP (February 2)

      Module 3: The Role of the Leader - Shunda McGahee, MD (March 23)

      Module 4: Group Dynamics - Scott Rutan, Ph.D. CGP (April 20)

      Module 5: Structure & Thematic Groups - Ken Jaeger LICSW CGP (May 4)

      Module 6: Day-Long Experiential Group - Oona Metz, LICSW CGP (May 18)

      The deadline to register is Tuesday, January 8!  Don't miss out on this great opportunity!

      Scholarships may be available. NSGP members and non-members are encouraged to apply.

      Questions?  Please contact Jeff Brand at, or by phone at 857-302-5512

      Brought to you by the NSGP Training Committee

      Annie Weiss, LICSW CGP FAGPA and Caleb Englander, LICSW, co-chairs
      Howie Schnairsohn, LICSW CGP
      Ann Keren, Ph.D.
      Penelope Moore, LICSW
      Jeff Brand, Psy.D. CGP

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

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