Northeastern Society for Group Psychotherapy Foundation (NSGPF)

“The NSGPF gala is a much anticipated opportunity to see beloved colleagues. I have formed rich, enduring personal and professional relationships which began at this celebratory event.”


Gala & Lifetime Achievement Awards

The Northeastern Society for Group Psychotherapy Foundation (NSGPF) gala is a cornerstone of NSGPF fundraising. Annually held in the Boston area, the gala is open to any and all supporters of the Foundation. Our annual gala will resume when the status of COVID-19 in our region makes it safe for us to gather together again in person. In the meantime, we continue to hold virtual award ceremonies and auctions.

NSGPF Auction

In addition to great food, wine, and company, the event features a silent auction with many extraordinary items. During the pandemic, the NSGPF auction will be held online. If you would like to donate a product or service to the auction, please email Jennifer at nsgpfoffice@gmail.com

NSGPF Lifetime Achievement Awards

Presented at each year’s NSGPF gala, the NSGPF Lifetime Achievement Awards honor scholars and clinicians who have made significant contributions to the field of group psychotherapy. These highly regarded clinicians have devoted their professional lives to teaching, supervising, publishing books and articles, and engaging in organizational activities that benefit the group therapy community. They are committed to the principles of group work and believe that well-run groups heal.

2020 Honorees

Eleanor Counselman, EdD, CGP, DLFAGPA, is the immediate past President of AGPA American Group Psychotherapy Association, a past President of Northeastern Society for Group Psychotherapy, and a highly respected psychologist, professor, researcher, and organizational leader in the world of group therapy. She has served on the board of American Group Psychotherapy Association, the Group Foundation for Advancing Mental Health, the International Board for Certification of Group Psychotherapists, and the Northeastern Society of Group Psychotherapy Board. In addition, she has served on the faculty at Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston Institute for Psychotherapy, Harvard Medical School, and Boston University Counseling Service. She has authored or co-authored more than 20 articles and chapters in various journals, professional publications, and books, and served on the Editorial Board of the International Journal of Group Psychotherapy, as Group Circle editor, and on the Affiliate Societies Assembly of AGPA American Group Psychotherapy Association.

Norman Neiberg, PhD, DLFAGPA, is a Life Fellow of the American Psychological Association and a Fellow of the Massachusetts Psychological Association. He is a past president of the Northeastern Society for Group Psychotherapy and former member of its Board of Directors. Dr. Neiberg has been a highly respected teacher, clinician, and supervisor in the group therapy community for decades. He has published more than a dozen articles on group therapy and rehabilitation in correctional institutions. He has served as consultant to many organizations including the Charles River Counseling Center, the Human Resource Center in Brookline, the Family Counseling and Guidance Centers, Harvard University, Simmons College, Boston University Counseling Service, and Jewish Family and Children’s Services in Boston. A valued supervisor and group leader, Dr. Neiberg ran the Experience Group at Beth Israel Hospital for six years and at McLean Hospital for almost 25 years.

Marsha Vannicelli, PhD, CGP, FAGPA, is currently Associate Clinical Professor of Psychology in the Harvard Medical School, and Attending Psychologist at McLean Hospital. She has trained and supervised clinical staff at many agencies in the Greater Boston area including: Appleton Outpatient Clinic at McLean Hospital, Family Counseling and Guidance, the Training Program of the Northeastern Society for Group Psychotherapy, Boston Institute for Psychotherapies among others, and for 20 years was on the faculty of William James College (formerly MSPP), where she taught the doctoral courses on group psychotherapy. Dr. Vannicelli has published more than 70 professional articles and two books: Group Psychotherapy with ACOAs: Treatment Techniques and Countertransference Considerations and Removing the Roadblocks: Group Psychotherapy with Substance Abusers and Family Members and has served as Editorial Reviewer for the International Journal of Group Psychotherapy, Journal of Studies on Alcohol, Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, and Alcoholism. She has given lectures nationally and internationally and appeared on television more than 200 times on topics of special interest: midlife issues, woman’s issues, group psychotherapy, couples treatment, the treatment of ACOAs, and the impact of alcohol abuse on the family.

NSGPF Past Lifetime Achievement Award Winners

Learn more about past NSGPF Lifetime Achievement Award Honorees here.


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