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Training Committee

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

2023-2024 NSGP Training Program

Join one of our stellar learning opportunities

for building your skills

( Click on each link to learn more about each offering )

NSGP Weekly Experiential Group 

New NSGP Monthly Zoom Balint-Oriented Consultation Group

NSGP Principles of Group Psychotherapy Course

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NSGP Weekly Experiential Group


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 will be facilitated by Amy Matias, PhD, LICSW, CGP

The 24 week training is divided into Module 1 and Module 2, each 12 weeks in duration. Sessions are held in person on Mondays 10 AM – 11:30 AM   conveniently located three blocks from the Harvard Square T stop.  



Module 1: Begins September 18 and runs for 12 weeks through December 15 with October 9 off for Indigenous People’s Day. CLOSED

Module 2: Begins January 8 and runs for 12 weeks through April 8 with February 19 off for President’s Day. 

WHERE: This group will take place in person. The location will be emailed to all registered and paid participants.

COST:  $375 per 12 week module. $750 for both Module 1 and Module 2.

             Equity Rates are available for qualified applicants.

             Learn more here before registering.

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 Student membership to NSGP or comparable discount for another membership level.

This program is limited to 8 participants.

FINANCIAL AWARDS:  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 NSGP's AWARDS PROGRAM

QUESTIONS ABOUT THE PROGRAM:   Contact Catherine Dubois, Psy.D. at cidubois@comcast.net

QUESTIONS ABOUT REGISTRATION & BILLING: Contact Lisa Portscher at support@nsgp.com

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.

Click here to read/download the CE Accreditation Statement for the EG.

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Please join us for the new and improved

NSGP Principles of Group Psychotherapy Course!

We are excited to be providing a revamped, reenergized, more extensive Principles Course, with a terrific array of presenters.

The Principles course will consist of 5 day-long modules, each with a morning didactic and afternoon experiential portion. Each module will take a contextual, culturally sensitive approach to the effective integration and application of theory and practice. All modules will be held in person in the greater Boston area (except module 2 which will be online). The program will meet the didactic requirements for the CGP credential. VIEW AND DOWNLOAD OUR BROCHURE

The total cost for the program is $750. 

Scholarships and Equity Rate Options are available.



January 27

1. Foundations - Mary Alicia Barnes, OTD and Sasha Watkins, Ed.D., LMHC

February 10

2. Structure and Dynamics - Aziza Belcher Platt, PhD

March 9

3. Formation and Development - Shunda McGahee, MD

April 13

4. Ethics, Neuroscience, IFS and Personal Style - Annie Weiss, LICSW, CGP, FAGPA

May 18 

5. Leadership Tasks and Skills - Justin Hecht, PhD

Click here to read/download the CE Accreditation Statement for the Course.

The NSGP Training Committee is dedicated to providing the most comprehensive programming to group leaders, which include culturally informed and racially inclusive material. We look forward to welcoming you! 

 Annie Weiss, LICSW, CGP and Justin Hecht, PhD, Training Committee Co-Chairs

Training opportunities are brought to you by the NSGP Training Committee

Catherine Dubois, Psy.D.

Justin Hecht, PhD

Nadia Khatchadourian, LICSW

Amanda Neas, LICSW

William Sharp, LMHC, CGP

 Annie Weiss, LICSW, CGP, Chair

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New NSGP Monthly Zoom Consultation Group!

January-June 2024, 1st Saturday of the Month from 9:00-10:00am

$180 for NSGP members / $240 for non members / Equity rate available!


We have room for up to 8 members (minimum of 3) who are looking for a closed group opportunity to discuss challenges they are experiencing in their clinical practice or at the organizational level. We will be using a Balint-oriented frame.

Deadline to Register: December 15th

For more information contact:

Ann Koplow: annjk53@hotmail.com

Mary Barnes: mary.barnes@tufts.edu

Check out Julie Anderson and Ann Koplow’s article in NSGPeople about their experience in a Balint workshop!


Mary Alicia Barnes, OT, OTD is a lecturer at Tufts University. She has co-led group training and mentoring groups for occupational therapy graduate students over for 30 years. Mary has also co-authored publications and done numerous presentations related to group theory and practice. She is past board member and conference committee member and current co-chair of the Northeastern Society for Group Psychotherapy Diversity, Equity and Inclusion committee. Her scholarship focuses on measuring outcomes of group leader training, experiential education, and community-based program evaluation

Ann Koplow, LICSW, CGP Group psychotherapy is Ann’s passion and the Northeastern Society for Group Psychotherapy has fueled, illuminated, informed, and expanded this passion since she first connected with the organization in the 1990s. As the creator and facilitator of open-access groups at the primary care practice of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, she witnesses the healing power of groups for a wide range of populations. Ann has served on the Board of Directors and as President of NSGP, an organization that helps train, nurture, and support people who do this important work.

We look forward to seeing you!

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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 Amy Matias, Ph.D., MSW, LICSW, CGP 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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NSGP Financial Awards 

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

 Click to learn about the Awards 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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