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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 in the field of group psychotherapy in order to expand their scope of clinical practice and network with other group therapists. We believe strongly in the efficacy and power of group therapy as a primary modality of psychological treatment and emotional support. We strongly endorse group psychotherapy as a tool for social justice and systemic change. MAGPS is committed to:

  • Elevating standards of practice and training in group psychotherapy across clinical disciplines and places of work

  • Disseminating information about the power of group psychotherapy in clinical communities and our broader social contexts

  • Providing a rich network of peer support and mentorship with the goal of creating a safe and supportive professional home for group practitioners

  • Offering continuing education in group psychotherapy through conferences and other offerings focused on a range of topics relevant to practicing professionals

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. We are inclusive of all social identities and clinical disciplines.

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  • 20 Sep 2022 1:20 PM | Sonia Kahn (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 registration@magps.org. For more information, visit our 2022 Fall Conference website, or contact the conference chairs, Jill Penaloza, LCPAT, CGP, or Jackie Darby, PsyD, CGP at conferences@magps.org.

  • 19 Jun 2022 10:38 PM | Sonia Kahn (Administrator)

  • 11 Apr 2022 9:13 PM | Sonia Kahn (Administrator)


    For more information, visit our 2022 Spring Conference website
    or contact the Conference Chairs,
    Liz Marsh, LICSW, CGP, ATR & Karen Eberwein, PsyD, CGP
    at conferences@magps.org.

  • 3 Apr 2022 5:54 PM | Sonia Kahn (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 scholarships@magps.org

  • 1 Mar 2022 1:50 PM | Sonia Kahn (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 | Sonia Kahn (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 conferences@magps.org.

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