Northeastern Society for Group Psychotherapy Foundation, Inc.

Phone: 617.431.6748

2019-2020 NSGP Training Program
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.  The NSGP Training Committee is pleased to offer the following group therapy training and educational offerings.

NEW!!!! NSGP 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. 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. The group will meet weekly for 90 minutes on Thursdays from 8:15 -9:45 am at the office of Ellen Ziskind, LICSW, CGP, in Coolidge Corner, Brookline.

Module1: Dates/Fees to be determined.
Module 2: Dates/Fees to be determined. 

Contact: Ellen Ziskind for information about the group structure. 

Principles of Group Psychotherapy 2020
The NSGP Training Committee is pleased to announce the 2020 Principles of Group Psychotherapy Course. This is an amazing opportunity for you to learn through both didactic and experiential components understand key facets of group therapy including the role of the leader, group dynamics, issues involving diversity, and many more complete the didactic requirements for your Certified Group Psychotherapist credential (CGP) develop skills suitable for working in a variety of settings (e.g., hospitals, clinics, private practice, etc.). Earn up to 24.5 CEUs. The Principles Course consists of five half-day didactic modules and a one day-long experiential group, generally meeting once a month for the first half of the year. The course features an all-star line up of faculty to guide participants through the foundational material of understanding group dynamics and running therapy groups.

Module 1: The Foundations of Group Therapy - Joe Shay, Ph.D. CGP (January 18)
Module 2: The Change Process in Groups - Theresa Cohen, LICSW CGP (February 1)
Module 3: The Role of the Leader - Ann Keren Neeman-Kantor, Psy.D., LICSW (March 21)
Module 4: Group Dynamics - Adam Silk, MD, CGP (April 18)
Module 5: Structure & Thematic Groups - Amy Matias, Ph.D., LICSW, CGP (May 2)
Module 6: Day-Long Experiential Group - Scott Reinhardt, Ph.D., CGP (May 16).

The deadline to register is Tuesday, January 3, 2020! Completion of the Principles Course also includes one year of NSGP membership and all membership benefits. Don't miss out on this great opportunity! Scholarships may be available. NSGP members and non-members are encouraged to apply. Please see the NSGP website for more information. Questions? Please contact Selina Guerra at, or by phone at 617-651-0446.

Brought to you by the NSGP Training Committee Annie Weiss, LICSW CGP FAGPA & Caleb Englander, LICSW, co-chairs Jeff Brand, Psy.D. CGP, Ann Keren Neeman-Kantor, LICSW, Psy.D, Penelope Moore, LICSW, Marilyn Downs, Ph.D, LICSW, Selina Guerra, PhD, Vivian Roman-Hampton, LICSW Psychologists.

This course is co-sponsored by Amedco and Northeastern Society for Group Psychotherapy. Amedco is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Amedco maintains responsibility for this program and its content. 25.50 hours.

NSGP Weekly Experiential Group
The Northeastern Society for Group Psychotherapy’s year-long Experiential Group is now open for registration. The Experiential Group is one phase of the Three Phase Training Program. Space is limited. The deadline is January 16, 2020. Utilize one of NSGP's most memorable learning tools on 'how to be a group therapist' by stepping into the role of a group participant. Led by Barbara McQueen, LICSW and conveniently located in Roslindale (parking and MBTA-accessible) this program is for clinicians interested in developing their skills and confidence as group leaders. Hours can be applied toward CGP certification and CEUs are available. The 24 week training is broken down into Module 1 and Module 2, each 12 weeks in duration and takes place on Thursdays, 8:00-9:15 a.m.

Registration for Module 1 is now closed.
Registration for Module 2 is now closed.

Cost is $475 and includes a $50 non refundable registration fee. 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. Click here to learn more about our scholarships. Questions? Contact Marilyn Downs at or Annie Weiss at

Disclaimer: The Experiential Group is not a therapy group. Though there may be therapeutic things that happen in a training group, the intention is for learning rather than personal change and the leader will function with this in mind.

The Brookline Center for Community Mental Health and 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 to12:00 PM.

 Much like enrolling in a course, observers commit to a minimum10-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

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. 

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 the NSGP website.