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About our Awards

Our awards (previously called scholarships) are generously funded by the Northeastern Society for Group Psychotherapy Foundation (NSGPF). Both the Foundation and NSGP are committed to the development of students, early career mental health professionals, and its members in need of financial support who have an interest in expanding their knowledge and skills in group psychotherapy.

Currently there are 4 awards funds:

  1. The Michelle McGrath LGBTQIA+ Award is intended for clinicians and students who identify and/or work with that population.
  2. The Debora Carmichael Award Fund for Working Parents is offered for those individuals who are working parents.
  3. The Walker Shields Award Fund is for those clinicians who are passionate about group work.
  4. The Anne Alonso Award funds partial awards to attend a course(s) within the NSGP Training Program, a group therapy leadership conference workshop or Institute, special event, or other group leadership training opportunities.

    Please apply to one scholarship for which you have an affinity ONLY. For example, if you work with the LGBTQ population, apply for the McGrath Award. If  you a parent with young children, apply for the Carmichael Award. If you are applying for an Experience Group, apply for the Shields Award. Other training or conference workshops, apply for Alonso Award. For those who qualify, awards help to defray the cost of the annual Conference in June and our Training Program which includes the Principles Course (6 sessions) and Modules 1 & 2 of the Experiential Group (12 weeks each).

    Details about each of these training opportunities can be found on the respective pages - Annual Conference and Training Program. NSGP strongly believes in the power of investing in the future of professionals who commit to the endeavor of group work. This investment strengthens your clinical skills and enhances the field of group psychotherapy.

    Details and information about all our scholarships can be found here:

    The Anne Alonso Award

    Learn how to apply for the Anne Alonso Award

     The Michelle McGrath LGBTQIA+ Award Fund

    Learn About and apply for this special Award

     The Debora Carmichael Award Fund 
    For Working Parents

    Learn About and Apply for this special Award 

     The Walker Shields Award Fund

    Learn About and Apply for this special Award

    Please follow these steps if you wish to apply for an award:

    Register for the course or conference but DO NOT PAY.  Apply for an award scholarship. If you receive an award, the amount will be deducted from your invoice and the balance due is your responsibility to pay promptly.  Awards are given on a funds-available basis. 


    For questions about the NSGP Awards Program, contact the Awards Committee chair, 

    Oona Metz, LICSW CGP FAGPA at oonametzlicsw@gmail.com 

    For question about invoicing and payment, contact Lisa Portscher at support@nsgp.com

    Northeastern Society for Group Psychotherapy
    P.O.Box 356 | Belmont, MA 02478

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