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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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MAGPS Conferences

MAGPS hosts two annual conferences, one in the fall and one in the spring. These conferences are designed to bring together members of our community who are interested in coming together to learn about group therapy and group dynamics in a warm, collegial environment.

It is the mission of MAGPS to establish a safe, unique, creative learning environment for all attendees by hosting conferences that offer both didactic and experiential learning through participating in whole group and small group processes.  Throughout small group sessions over the course of conference weekends, challenging dynamics may emerge requiring participants to respond to, witness, take responsibility for, and self-reflect upon microaggressions, power and privilege dynamics, effectively manage ruptures, and to the degree possible, restore or repair relational ruptures.  While Small Groups can be a powerful learning tool, this experience has harmed colleagues holding marginalized identities in the past.  Prior to registering for a conference, please review MAGPS Safe Environmental Guidelines, as well as the following recommendations made by the AGPA Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Task Force, by clicking on the hyperlinked text AGPA Guidelines for Creating Affirming Group ExperiencesYou may also find it beneficial to review our Conference Guidelines for Participation.  

MAGPS conferences are intended for psychologists, counselors, psychiatric nurses, psychiatrists, and social workers. Conferences offer both didactic and experiential learning experiences to deepen attendees' understanding of topical content in preparation for introducing the gained knowledge into their group therapy work. CEs are available for interested participants; please read our conference registration packet to ensure that your discipline is covered.  

While we offer conference registration discounts for MAGPS members, attendees do NOT need to be members of MAGPS or AGPA to attend, nor do they need to be actively practicing group therapy, or live/work in the Mid-Atlantic region. 

Scholarships are available for students and first-time attendees. Click here for more information and apply for a scholarship.

Please reach out to us at conferences@magps.org if you have any questions. We hope to see you at an upcoming event!  

Save the Date for our 2024 Fall Conference

From Sensation to Relation:
How Our Diverse Bodies Participate in Group Process
with Carlos Canales, Psy.D., CGP, SEP™️

Click here for conference and registration information.

Disclosure of Commercial Support and the Unlabeled Use of a Commercial Product: No member of the planning committee and no member of the faculty for this event have a financial interest or other relationship with any commercial product(s) discussed in the program. The Washington School of Psychiatry is an independent non-profit organization. It is not affiliated with the government of the District of Columbia or the government of the United States. Please Note: Licensing Boards change regulations often and while we attempt to stay abreast of their most recent changes, we recommend you contact your board directly to obtain a ruling if you have questions or concerns about this course meeting your specific board’s approval.

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