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Practice Development Committee

Practice Development Committee Members  (left to right) 
Oona Metz, Amy Matias, Christine Boie, Barb Schmitz, Judi Garland, Joyce Collier (seated)

Responsible for promoting and supporting the development and practice of group psychotherapy. This committee offers events related to current practice issues, coordinates the Consultation Benefit Program, and oversees and monitors the group list on the NSGP website.

Each year, the NSGP Practice Development Committee offers ongoing, informal gatherings in order to educate our community of clinicians and to provide up to date information on all things that affect our practice.  Our short format programs are cost effective and don’t interfere with work or play.  They are a great way to connect with other clinicians and learn from local experts.  Our events are open to NSGP members and non-members.  We encourage all who are interested in growing a healthy and successful practice to attend.  Check back often for a schedule of upcoming events. We look forward to seeing you at our next event.

Upcoming Practice Development Events

Getting Off the Runway:

Planning & Launching a New Psychotherapy Group

Sunday, December 4, 3-5 pm

$50 NSGP Members, $60 Non members

This event will be held on Zoom


Launching a group can be one of the most challenging tasks you face as a group therapist. It is easy to get stuck because you are unsure what to do next. In this workshop participants will explore the potential pitfalls of starting a group and learn how to avoid them. Using practical advice that is grounded in group theory, participants are guided through a stepwise process of launching a group, from defining the group, securing referral sources, and promoting the group to screening and preparing members.


Amy Matias, PhD, LICSW, CGP is a clinical social worker and Certified Group Therapist in private practice in Cambridge, MA. At NSGP and AGPA Amy has facilitated trainings, workshops and experience groups. In her private practice, she has created and marketed intensive retreats, workshops and long-term interpersonal groups for women. Amy has served on the Board of NSGP and is currently serving on the Practice Development Committee and the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee.

Joel Krieg is a social worker who's been in private practice for 11 years. He leads six ongoing interpersonal groups in his practice and co-leads Observation Group 2 at the Brookline Center. Some groups are fully in-person, some are fully online, and some are a mix of in-person and online. In addition to the six groups he leads in his practice, he's attempted to launch four or five groups that never got off the ground. Joel currently serves on NSGP's DEI committee and has previously chaired the Breakfast Club, Training, and Scholarship committees.

Event Contacts

Contact Oona Metz or Barbara Schmitz with questions about the event.

Contact Lisa Portscher with questions about registration and payments.

Previous Practice Development Events

April 2022 (with Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Committee)

"Who do THEY think YOU are?" with Robin Dean, PsyD, MSEd

March 2022

Challenging Moments in Psychotherapy - Insights from a Lifetime on the Clinical Frontier with Jerry Gans, MD

December 2021/January 2022

Conversations with the Authors: A Two Part Series - Women, Intersectionality, and Power in Group Psychotherapy Leadership, Edited by Yoon Kane, Saralyn Masselink, and Annie Weiss

February 2021

Developing Emotional Immediacy in the Zoom Room

July 2020
Zooming Along: The Fast Track to a New Way of Doing Group

March 2020
Minding the Body: Self Care in the Age of Zoom (A Virtual Event) 

December 2019
The Paperless Practice: A Guide for the Modern Therapist

October 2019
Class Matters: Exploring the Impact of Class on our Therapeutic Practice (co-sponsored with MIP and PCFINE)

March 2019
Stealth Self-Care in the Therapeutic Hour

October 2018
Update your professional photo!

May 2018
Building a Multicultural and Reflective Practice

March 2018
The Exploding Psychiatric Pharmacopoeia

January 2018
Working Effectively with Transgender and Non-Binary Clients

October 2017
Theory to Practice:  Incorporating Tele-mental Health into your Practice

January 2017
Understanding and Talking about Evidence-Based Therapy

October 2016
Making Workshops Great Again: Find Your Sentence and Kill Your Darlings

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