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The Northeastern Society for Group Psychotherapy Foundation is pleased to offer awards in honor of Walker Shields MD.

Walker has devoted his professional life to the practice and teaching of group therapy.  He served as President of NSGP; Chair of the NSGP Training Committee; a founding member of the NSGP Foundation board including in the roles of Secretary, Treasurer, Vice-Chair and Chair; past Board member of Center for the Study of Groups and Social Systems--the Boston affiliate of the A.K. Rice Institute; and, has been a Fellow of the American Group Psychotherapy Association for more than 25 years. Walker had a vision for the future of NSGP and its Foundation and devoted his time and effort to making that dream come true.  

Walker’s love of group therapy began during residency when he was part of a life-changing T-group with Norm Neiberg. Since then he has been a strong advocate for group therapy as a conduit for honest communication, greater intimacy, and getting to know oneself and others on a deep level.  His clinical work, teaching, and advocacy has ensured that generations of therapists have the opportunity to experience the transformative power of group and to become highly trained group therapists.  

The Walker Shields Award Fund will allow group therapists to attend an Institute at the NSGP Conference or a semester or year-long Experience Group through the NSGP Training Program. This opportunity offers a truly exceptional training experience for those interested in the power of group process.  These awards will be given to those who demonstrate an interest in group work and honing their group leadership skills.  They are intended to provide significant financial assistance so that group process training is possible.  Several awards will be given from this fund and applicants may apply for more than one scholarship.  Applications must be received within one month of the event applied for and the monies are available until the fund is depleted.

How to Apply for this Scholarship

  1. Register for the conference and events you are interested in attending. Select the "Invoice Me" option and do not submit payment.
  2. Fill out the award application (link below).  Your application will be automatically submitted to the committee. Award applications are reviewed as necessary and decisions are made promptly.
  3. When you receive confirmation of your award and the amount, NSGP will adjust the amount of your original invoice and you will receive notice to submit payment for the balance due. 


Oona Metz, LICSW, CGP, FAGPA at oonametzlicsw@gmail.com. Please include SHIELDS AWARD in the subject line of the email.

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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