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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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Safe Environment Policy

While groups of any size can be powerful and informative learning tools, challenging dynamics may emerge that feel stressful and have the potential to cause harm.  

Specific to MAGPS group experiences, you may:

  • be exposed to narratives that feel emotionally triggering, 
  • be required to address or respond to microaggressions, 
  • be called upon to examine power and privilege dynamics, 
  • have to manage ruptures with colleagues, and/or, 
  • to the degree possible, be involved in restoring or repairing such relational ruptures.

MAGPS experiences have also been known to harm colleagues (particularly those who represent marginalized identities) in the past.  Because of this, we encourage you to read the MAGPS Safe Environment Policy, as well as the recommendations by the AGPA outlined in AGPA Guidelines for Creating Affirming Group Experiences. We hope that these readings will better prepare our attendees for MAGPS conference weekends. 

If you have hesitation about your ability to incorporate what has been endorsed in the Safe Environment Policy or identified by the AGPA DEI Task Force, we ask that you reach out to the ARC for additional tools or suggestions on how you may feel better prepared.

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