Northeastern Society for Group Psychotherapy Foundation, Inc.

Phone: 617.431.6748
P.O. Box 356
Belmont, MA 02478

NSGP Training and Educational Offerings

Competence as a group therapist requires specialized knowledge and skills. The in-depth learning and experiences essential for group leadership are not often available in the course of mental health training. More than thirty years ago the Northeastern Society for Group Psychotherapy (NSGP) created a program to train group therapists. Currently the NSGP Training Committee offers a Principles of Group Psychotherapy course 

This 20-hour course meets the educational portion of the requirements for the National Registry of Group Psychotherapists (CGP). There are additional group leadership and supervision requirements required for the CGP designation. Further information on the CGP designation can be found on the AGPA website at
2014 Training Opportunities

The NSGP Training Committee is pleased to once again offer two courses that have been so well received:  
Principles of Group Psychotherapy and the 
Experiential Group

Principles of Group Psychotherapy Course

This course will meet monthly on Saturdays from 9 am to 1pm.  The 5-module course meets the didactic requirements for CGP Certification.

Dates, topics and faculty are as follows:

Jan 12    Introduction and Overview
Jan 18    The Foundations of Group Therapy 
                    Sara Emerson LICSW, CGP, FAGPA
Feb 8     Group Dynamics 
                   Annie Weiss, LICSW, CGP
Mar 22   The Role of the Leader 
                   Ellen Ziskind, LICSW, CGP

Apr 26   The Change Process in Groups
                   Steven Cadwell, PhD, CGP

May 17   Structured and Thematic Groups 
                    Steffen Fuller, PhD, CGP                  
Course tuition of  $389 incudes CEU’s

Experiential Group 

A 12-session experiential group, led by JoAnne Lipner, LICSW, CGP, 
begins in mid-March and continues through the end of May.

Dates:  March 19th through end of May
Times:  Wednesday at 9 am - 10:15 am
Location:  45 Bartlett Crescent, Brookline, MA

Prospective group members are expected to attend an orientation session before the group begins on Wednesday, March 12th from 9-10 am.  The group will meet on Wednesday mornings, beginning March 19 from 9:00 to 10:15 am

  Fee for the 13 sessions is $389  and includes CEUs
  Fees:    $389 each for Principles course and for Experiential Group

              $750 for both offerings

  Partial  scholarships may be available through the NSGP Foundation

Applications can be obtained on the NSGP website 

NSGPF Scholarships

Each year partial scholarships are available to eligible applicants for any of the NSGP training and educational offerings.  Scholarships awarded must be used for tuition or for attendance at the NSGP Annual Conference.   Applicants are invited to send a letter stating their need and relevance to their practice of group therapy to NSGP, PO Box 356, Belmont, MA 02478.

The NSPG Annual Regional Conference

This annual program, usually held in mid-June, addresses a wide range of therapeutic needs focusing on the life of the group and of the group members. Presenters are experienced and gifted clinicians who bring clarity, relevance and heart to our work. For more information, or to view a recent brochure, visit

Member Publications

NSGP members are on the forefront of theory and practice of group psychotherapy. Here is a recent list of NSGP member publications.

"In this age of uncertainty, group psychotherapy can be enormously helpful in meeting many of the needs of those entering retirement for social reasons as well as mental health reasons."

--Samuel R. James, EdD


Learn more about the NSGPF in our brochure. View online brochure.pdf. (Requires Adobe Acrobat Reader) Or call 617.431.6748 for your copy.