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Mid-Atlantic Group Psychotherapy Society

The Mid-Atlantic Group Psychotherapy Society (MAGPS) is a regional affiliate of the American Group Psychotherapy Association that serves group therapists in Virginia, West Virginia, Maryland and the District of Columbia.

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Our Mission

The Mid-Atlantic Group Psychotherapy Society (MAGPS) is a multi-disciplinary organization that offers members the opportunity for professional growth to expand their scope of clinical practice and to network with other group therapists. We believe strongly in the efficacy and viability of group therapy as a primary modality of psychological treatment and emotional support. The society is committed to:

    • Elevating standards of practice and training in group psychotherapy
    • Sponsoring activities and opportunities to enhance knowledge and skills in group psychotherapy to the public, local institutions, students, and professionals
    • Disseminating information about group psychotherapy services
    • Providing a network of peer support that serves the professional needs of group practitioners

MAGPS serves as a regional voice specific to the interests of group psychotherapy. Its members provide a wealth of professional, educational, and social support for group psychotherapists in Washington, DC, Virginia, West Virginia, and Maryland. Our members come from many different disciplines, including Psychology, Creative Arts Therapy, Psychiatry, Nursing, Social Work, Alcoholism Counseling, and Marriage and Family Therapy.

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  • 24 Feb 2023 3:12 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Our 2023 Spring Conference is just around the corner, and scholarships are available for students and first-time attendees.

    Scholarships cover all conference registration fees and include
    one-year of MAGPS membership. 

    To learn more, visit our scholarships page or contact our
    Past-President/Scholarships Chair, Cristina Secarea, MD at

  • 3 Oct 2022 10:30 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    2023-2025 MAGPS Board Elections

    MAGPS is pleased to announce the Call for Nominations for the 2023-2025 Board of Directors.  You may use this page to nominate your self or a peer, learn more about MAGPS Board positions, understand the election process, or scroll to the bottom for a timeline of events.  You must submit nominations for yourself or a colleague by 11/21/2022.  Voting will begin on 11/28/2022 and closes on 12/12/2022.

    If you are interested in serving as an Officer on the MAGPS Board:

    1. Self-Nominate by clicking here.  After clicking the link, you will be asked 5 questions, one of which will ask you to provide a biographical statement, that includes your interest in taking on the desired role.  Your ideas will be shared members during the voting process 

    2. Nominate a colleague by clicking here or emailing  In a brief email, please tell us who you are nominating and why.  

    We are seeking to have at least two candidates for each Officer position.  MAGPS Members will vote from 11/28/2022-12/12/2022 for their candidate of choice.  

    Click here to learn more!

  • 20 Sep 2022 1:20 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    Join us as Paula Atkinson helps us to explore the psychosocial aspects of weight and body shape, the broad range of social sciences including anthropology and sociology that create the way we think about weight, “health,” worth, and identity. 

    Over the course of this dynamic conference, we will explore the topics of fatphobia, size-ism, thin idealism, and weight stigma and how these intersect with other racism, classism, and forms of oppression as well as how they are present in groups. The role of body liberation and body justice will be included as we discuss how it intersects with diversity, equity, and inclusion. 

     This conference will be in person at the
    Hyatt Regency Hotel, Cambridge, MD. 
    To view discounted rates and book, click here.

    To view Paula's biography, conference learning objectives and relevant other information, please visit our 2022 Fall Conference Website.



    10 CE/CME 
    pending approval; co-sponsored by The Washington School of Psychiatry)

    Registration Deadline: 
    Friday, October 28, 2022

    Cancellation Policy: 
    Full refund less $25 if cancellation made by October 28;
    No refunds after this date.

    For registration assistance, or to register by phone, contact our conference registrar Sonia Kahn at For more information, visit our 2022 Fall Conference website, or contact the conference chairs, Jill Penaloza, LCPAT, CGP, or Jackie Darby, PsyD, CGP at

  • 19 Jun 2022 10:38 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

  • 11 Apr 2022 9:13 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    For more information, visit our 2022 Spring Conference website
    or contact the Conference Chairs,
    Liz Marsh, LICSW, CGP, ATR & Karen Eberwein, PsyD, CGP

  • 3 Apr 2022 5:54 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Our 2022 Spring Conference is just around the corner, and scholarships are available for students and first-time attendees.

    Scholarships cover all conference registration fees and include
    one-year of MAGPS membership. 

    To learn more, visit our scholarships page or contact our
    Past-President/Scholarships Chair, Cristina Secarea, MD at

  • 1 Mar 2022 1:50 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Anti-racism committee Events - SPRING 2022

    The mission of the Anti-Racism Committee is to provide recommendations to the MAGPS Board to address systemic racism in our organization and the mental health field as a whole. Our task is to use education, dialogue, outreach, and personal growth accountability to be a voice for change within our group therapy community.

    Please visit the ARC Events page

    for a listing of upcoming events, including our online Racial Affinity Groups (MAGPS Members only), ARC Roundtables (open to members and non-members), and ARC Community Meetings.  

  • 1 Oct 2021 1:37 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)



    NOVEMBER 6-7, 2021

    Click here for conference and registration information.
    For more information, view our conference brochure.

    If you have any questions, you can contact the Fall 2021 Conference Chairs, Alison Howard and Jackie Darby, at

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