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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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Founded in 1942, the American Group Psychotherapy Association is a multi-disciplinary organization dedicated to advancing knowledge, research, and training in group psychotherapy to benefit the client/patient population. The Association is committed to:

  • Promoting quality group psychotherapy care as a primary method of treatment that is clinically sound, cost-effective, and accessible;
  • Advancing group psychotherapy training and research;
  • Providing a network of peer support that serves the professional needs of group practitioners; and
  • Advocating for quality care on behalf of its members, clients/patients, and the public.

AGPA serves as the national voice specific to the interests of group psychotherapy. Its 3,000+ members and 32 Affiliate Societies--including MAGPS--provide a wealth of professional, education, and social support for group psychotherapists in the United States and abroad. AGPA members come from over twelve different disciplines, including Psychology, Creative Arts Therapy, Psychiatry, Nursing, Social Work, Mental Health Counseling, Alcoholism Counseling, and Marriage and Family Therapy.

Education and Training

Our Annual Training Event is the highlight of the Association year. The institute and conference offers top-notch accredited continuing professional development opportunities with over 200 events as well as friendly networking and social interaction for members and non-members alike. We also offer teleconferences throughout the year as well as distance-based learning opportunities for continuing education credits through our website at www.agpa.org.


International Journal of Group Psychotherapy is the official journal of AGPA and a leading information resource for group psychotherapists. This quarterly includes the most up to date advances in theory, research, and practice. It has a renowned Book Review section and is in its 50th year of publication. Articles are available online.

The Group Circle is published quarterly with special inserts of Group Asset, the publication of the Group Foundation for Advancing Mental Health. These newsletters feature up-to-date information and news on the profession as a whole, member and Affiliate Society news, a President’s Column, reports from AGPA Committees, Task Forces and Special Interest Groups, brief research reports, a consultation column, suggestions for marketing your practice, ethics and third-party payer issues, and professional award, scholarship and research grant opportunities.

Online Member e-directory

The Online E-Directory gives access to AGPA’s membership roster and allows members to update their own profile. It is searchable by name and geographic locale.

opportunties for growth

We offer programs and activities that enhance the growth of our members. Through active participation members shape policy in the field of group therapy and group methods. We offer ample mentorship and leadership opportunities, both as teachers and trainers, and as members of our Board of Directors, Elected Officers, Committees and Task Forces.

Affiliate SOcieties

Affiliate Societies (including MAGPS) across the country offer collegiality, referral networks, training, consultation, and supervision. All AGPA members have access to local societies’ workshops and training programs. Many AGPA members also hold membership in their local Affiliate. Local and National membership complement each other, one offering local exchange and collegiality; the other offering national training and educational opportunities.

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To join or find out more, contact AGPA, email info@agpa.org;
or view the website www.agpa.org.

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