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Training Committee

Responsible for organizing, promoting, conducting and administrating the NSGP training program.

2022 NSGP Training Program

NSGP Weekly Experiential Group 
Join one of the NSGP's stellar learning opportunities for building your skills!

MODULE 1 is Closed. A few seats remain for MODULE 2.

The Experiential Group is a weekly training group for clinicians interested in developing skills and confidence as group leaders through experience as group members. Participants learn first hand about the powerful opportunities and complex challenges of small group dynamics. 

The program is facilitated by Libby Shapiro, Ph.D. CGP, a clinical psychologist in private practice in Lexington, MA.  Libby is the former Clinical Director and Director of Training at the Boston Institute for Psychotherapy, and former Director of The Center for Psychoanalytic Studies at Massachusetts General Hospital. She currently teaches and supervises at Cambridge Hospital and is an Assistant Clinical Professor at Harvard Medical School.

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

WHEN:  Fridays, 9:30 am - 10:45 am, Eastern Time 

Module 1: CLOSED

Module 2: January 28-April 15, 2022 REGISTER HERE

WHERE:  This group will take place virtually. Registered and paid participants will receive a Zoom link.

COST:  $375 per 12 week module. 

Completion of the Experience Group and submission of an online evaluation offers 15 CEUS per module for social workers, psychologists, and licensed mental health counselors. All participants also receive a complimentary one year membership to NSGP. 

SCHOLARSHIPS:  Scholarships may be available.  If funds are available, partial scholarships will be awarded based on application strength, financial need, passion/interest for group therapy, and involvement in NSGP. See below to learn more about scholarships. 

QUESTIONS:   Contact Cathy DuBois at cidubois@comcast.net

DISCLAIMER: The Experiential Group is not a therapy group. Although participating in a training group may have therapeutic value, the goal is for learning about group dynamics and process rather than personal change and the leader will function with this in mind.

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Principles of Group Psychotherapy 

The Principles Course offered by the Northeastern Society for Group Psychotherapy (NSGP) is currently on hiatus. It is imperative we present a curriculum that is reflective of the principles we practice, valuing inclusion and honoring diversity in all its forms. We stand in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement and other movements that support social justice for historically marginalized communities, including Black, Indigenous, and other Individuals of Color, gender and sexual minorities, economically disadvantaged, individuals with disabilities.

In addition, the American Group Psychotherapy Association (AGPA) recently updated the modules for the Principles Course and in accordance with this change, NSGP has decided to update the training curriculum offered. Completion of the Principles Course is traditionally used to fulfill particular requirements of the AGPA to become a certified group psychotherapist (CGP). NSGP is working collaboratively with faculty members and the Diversity and Inclusion (D&I) committee to infuse principles of diversity, equity, and inclusion into each module of this newly identified curriculum.

The training committee is dedicated to providing the most comprehensive programming to group leaders, which include culturally informed and racially inclusive material. Thank you for your patience and we look forward to welcoming you with our newly reconstructed course structure in the near future.


These training opportunities are brought to you by the NSGP Training Committee

Annie Weiss, LICSW, CGP

Dr. Karsten D. Kueppenbender, MD

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The Brookline Center for Community Mental Health & The Northeastern Society of Group Psychotherapy Observation Groups

The NSGP is proud and excited to collaborate with The Brookline Center for Community Mental Health in offering two Observation Groups as part of our training program. This represents a collaboration between NSGP and The Brookline Center to promote this remarkable learning opportunity. These are two long-running, well-established interpersonal process groups that are led by some of Boston's most veteran group therapists. Observers are invited to sit silently in the room during each session, and then to discuss the group after the members leave.

Two Observation Groups are available.

Group 1 is led by Annie Weiss, LICSW, CGP, FAGPA, and Tracy MacNab, Ph.D., CGP, who alternate leading the group individually on 10-week intervals. This group meets on Thursday mornings from 10:00 AM to 11:45 AM.

Group 2 is led by Joel Krieg, LICSW, CGP and Julie Anderson, Ph.D., CGP who co-lead together. This group meets on Tuesday mornings from 10:15 AM to 12:00 PM.

Much like enrolling in a course, observers commit to a minimum 10-week window of observation. This is both to ensure the comfort of group members as well as to support the observers' learning. Observers also pay a covering fee of $200 per observation interval. There is a 50% discount available to NSGP members.

For more information about expectations of observers, payment information, or scheduling, please visit the Brookline Center website.

If you're interested in Group Observation at the Brookline Center or have any questions, please call or email Jeff Brand, Psy.D., Adult Group Therapy Co-coordinator at the Center.  

He can be reached at (617) 277-8107, or at jeffbrand@brooklinecenter.org.

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Group Consultation (POSTPONED)

The NSGP Training Committee will soon be offering low-cost group consultation for people in the early and middle stages of their development as group therapists. This includes NSGP members and non-members and people who have and have not participated in the NSGP Training Program. Each group will have a maximum of 4 members and will meet weekly for 90 minutes from 8:15-9:45 am.

The consultation group, led by Ellen Ziskind, will help participants develop skills in starting and leading groups and will include and integrate clinical issues, theory and experiential learning. It can serve to fulfill the hours required for group therapy consultation of the Certified Group Psychotherapist (CGP) credential (a total of 75 hours of supervision or consultation are required). Ellen is a highly skilled and experienced group therapist who is widely regarded as an excellent supervisor.



Module 1: Dates/Fees to be determined. 

Module 2: Dates/Fees to be determined. 

Contact: Ellen Ziskind magellen6318@gmail.com for information about the group structure.

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NSGP Scholarship Program  

Scholarships may be available for the Experiential Group Training and Principles Course. If funds are available, partial scholarships will be awarded based on application strength, financial need, passion/interest for group therapy, and involvement in NSGP. 

 Click to learn about the Scholarship Program


For further information regarding the requirements to become a Certified Group Therapist follow the link below to the American Group Psychotherapy Association website.


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

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