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.
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