Carolinas Group Psychotherapy Society
Carolinas Group Psychotherapy Society

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News for Members

in this issue January 2017:
 Message From The President
 Website Survey
 CGPS Listserv
 Pro Development Committee
 Becoming A CGP - JAN 20
 Social In Charlotte - APRIL 1
 Movie Night - FEB 3

 Message From The President, Dan Darnell Ph.D.

2016 Year In Review:
A lot happened in 2016 starting with a strategic retreat for the organization in January that led to new initiatives and a renewed sense of purpose. 

  • Susan Orovitz Ph.D. became our president-elect and also the Affiliate Societies Assembly (ASA) representative to our parent organization AGPA.  Derek Easley LCSW became our Program Committee chair, Tom Thorsheim Ph.D. from South Carolina became a Member at Large and Chair of the Membership Committee, Agustina Vidal became a student Member at Large.  Meg Hudson joined the Membership Committee along with Susan Orovitz.
  • We hosted two very successful workshops both at the Friday Center in Chapel Hill - "Narcissism in Group Process, Yours, Mine, and Ours" with Nina Brown Ed.D in April and "Internal Family Systems in Group Psychotherapy: Your Parts, My Parts, and the Self" with Richard Schwartz Ph.D. in October. For the latter workshop we had our largest turnout in years increasing our typical enrollment by about 50%.
  • We have been using videoconferencing through quite effectively for Board and committee meetings, allowing more members who live at a distance to participate.
  • Cindy Hardwick Ph.D. former Board member and Membership Chair received the AGPA Affiliate Societies Assembly Award for outstanding leadership and service to CGPS.

2017 Goals And Initiatives: The Board looks forward to enhancing a sense of professional community and collaboration as well as creating more opportunities for professional development.

  • We will be revamping our webpage to make it more attractive and navigable, and to reflect better our mission and key functions.  Please participate in the website survey (see below)
  • We are forming a Professional Development standing committee addressing training opportunities and certification for group psychotherapists, educational resources, advertising groups members are currently running, etc.
  • We are restoring and enhancing the Listserv for members to communicate and collaborate about their practices and questions about providing group psychotherapy.
  • We are planning social events including movie nights and a Social in the Charlotte area.  See more about these events below.
  • We are looking at ways to enhance our representation across North and South Carolina, to attract students and early career therapists, to maintain our multi-disciplinary membership, and to continue to be attentive to issues of race, ethnicity, gender, and sexual preference.

 Website Survey - High Priority!

The CGPS Board would like your feedback about the current website  This is a simple but valuable way you could contribute as a member by taking some time to look over the site and filling out the website survey.   

Click HERE To Take The Survey

And if you have the time and interest, please check out some of our AGPA affiliate society websites that have recently been revamped for ideas about how to improve the CGPS website.  We have found the following sites to be fairly remarkable:
Take The Website Survey!

 Join The CGPS Listserv

One of the member benefits is participating on the listserv. It is a place to ask for referrals; share about a group or workshop you are doing; ask questions and discuss a topic with fellow group psychotherapists.

If you are a member, please log on and join the listserv:

If you are receiving this newsletter and are not a CGPS member, please consider joining. For more information see our website:

If you want to discuss listserv, please email moderator-Susan Orovitz:  If you want to discuss membership, please email Membership Chair-Tom Thorsheim:

 Professional Development Committee

CGPS is in the process of forming a Professional Development Committee whose purpose is to promote training opportunities, provide educational resources, and create a Q&A forum to address issues in group psychotherapy.  Examples of the work the committee would do is help members obtain certification as a group psychotherapist, start and run a group in your practice, and obtain consultation and supervision for group psychotherapy. 

There will be more to come about this but in the meantime if you are interested in being a member of the committee or would like to provide input about your needs for professional development please email us at

 Becoming A Certified Group Psychotherapist - CGP

See information below for an opportunity from AGPA. CGPS is investigating providing Part 2, the experiential portion, locally for those who are unable to attend AGPA in NYC. Deadline to register is Jan. 20 so please read and take action if interested. 

If you are interested in registering for the teleconference but are not able to go to NYC and would be interested in doing the experiential locally, contact Carolyn Williams for more information ( or 919-225-0205) before you register.  Carolyn will let you know where things stand about offering the experiential segment locally.

AGPA's Distance Learning Task Force is pleased to offer the Principles of Group Psychotherapy curriculum in two parts.  Part 1, the didactic portion, will be offered through five weekly teleconferences by experienced AGPA faculty.  Participants must attend all five teleconferences.  If you have a special circumstance and cannot attend one of the teleconferences, please contact the AGPA office. 

This five-week teleconference series is a pre-requisite for Part 2, the experiential portion, which will be offered at the 2017 AGPA Annual Meeting as a one-day course on Friday, March 10.  The completion of both parts fulfills the 12-hour group psychotherapy theory and practice course requirement for the Certified Group Psychotherapist (CGP) credential with the International Board for Certification of Group Psychotherapists.  The Principles of Group Psychotherapy (2006 version) curriculum manual is required.  The manual is available for a discounted price for registrants.  Click here to register for the teleconference.  
Please note this teleconference will be conducted via Zoom, which allows for both audio and video participation.  Due to the teleconference format, registration will close Friday, January 20 at 4:00 PM (Eastern).
Dates: Sundays, January 22, January 29, February 5, February 12, and February 19, 2017
Time: 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM (Eastern); 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM (Central); 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM (Mountain); 8:00 AM - 10:00 AM (Pacific)

These weekly teleconferences are 2.0 hours each and offers a total of 10.0 Continuing Education credits.

In order to receive the full 10.0 credits, you must register and attend all five teleconferences.  CE credits for AGPA Members are available at $150.00 for all five weeks; CE credits for Nonmembers are available at $300.00 for all five weeks. Payment includes all the teleconferences, access to the online test and, upon successful completion, a CE certificate.  Registration for these teleconferences is a pre-requisite for Part 2 at the AGPA 2017 Annual Meeting.

In order to participate, you must register at the AGPA Online CE Center. You will be emailed all of the necessary information to join in on the call as well as the presentation materials.  Due to the teleconference format, registration will close Friday, January 20 at 4:00 PM (Eastern).  For cancellations and refunds, please contact the AGPA office by phone (212) 477-2677 or email

 Social In Charlotte

CGPS is planning a Social in Charlotte for Saturday, April 1, from 6PM - 9PM.  All members are welcome. 
Come enjoy good company and food, learn about CGPS, and network with colleagues. 
Click HERE For The Flyer with more information.
Social In Charlotte Flyer

 "Inside Out" Movie Night - February 3, 2017

Did you attend our fall workshop on Internal Family Systems in group psychotherapy with Dr. Richard Schwartz and want more?  Did you miss it and want to understand a bit about internal family systems? According to The Center for Self Leadership, "The film Inside Out  is a remarkable depiction of the way Dick Schwartz describes the Internal Family System of parts and Self." Now is your chance to see that movie and discuss it with other therapists. 

Join us on Friday, Feb. 3rd, 7pm in at Durham Central Park Cohousing located at 130 Hunt St in downtown Durham.  Light snacks and alcohol-free beverages will be provided (other beverages welcome).
An RSVP to or 919-695-7276 would be appreciated.
CGPS Mailing Address:
Carolinas Group Psychotherapy Society
1100 Navaho Drive
Suite #123
Raleigh, NC 27609

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