Welcome to The Carolinas Group Psychotherapy Society (CGPS). We are a professional organization for those interested in group psychotherapy. Our members are professionals from all of the mental health disciplines, including Marriage and Family Therapists, Psychiatric Nurses, Psychiatrists, Psychologists, Social Workers, Licensed Professional Counselors, Substance Abuse Counselors, and students, interns and residents who are in training to become group therapy professionals.
As an affiliate society of the American Group Psychotherapy Association, we strive to create a diverse, responsive, supportive community that provides high-quality, affordable training and opportunity for growth and development for group psychotherapists in the Carolinas.
Dan Darnell PhD
ASA Affiliate Representative: Susan Orovitz PhD
Esther Swim-Wright LCSW
Moira Artigues MD
Chair, Program Committee
Derek Easley LCSW
Chair, Nominations Committee
Joan Seiffert LCSW
Chair, Membership Committee
Tom Thorsheim PhD
Member at Large
Russ Hopfenberg PhD
What Others Are Saying
“You get to learn on two levels. You have the more intellectual level in the academic, structured discussions. The speakers and training have been really good both times I have attended. And then you also participate in the unstructured process groups and experience the way those kinds of process groups work, which is really rich. I saw all the group dynamics going on in myself and in other people in the group. I had a group facilitator who made the small groups reflect the larger discussions, and that grew in me more of a gut level, internal awareness of group work. The people are incredibly warm and inviting, which really embodies the focus on group work. Inviting people into community is an important skill of facilitating group process, and it really shows at CGPS in the way people I have met have treated me.”
John Craichy • LCSW - A two time workshop attendee
“I have found it to be rare for people in professional spaces to get into these types of conversations about group, personal, and professional growth. This is the only conference where you are invited to bring your whole self to the group process. The ability to engage and talk about what you’re learning in the moment – what is coming up for you and how it relates to others…it’s fantastic.”
Agustina Vidal • Student and Returning Attendee to Fall 2016 CGPS Works
“What I love about CGPS is the sense of belonging to a community and the relationships that result. i met by best friend, Caroline, through CPGS, and she and I attended together for years. She has since passed away. I expressed some grief around Caroline’s passing during small group, and the group leader’s response was a moment of grace for me. The facilitator had an ability to hone in on the g group or individual interpretation in a really powerful way. The workshop is a training environment but you can’t not bring yourself to the process And so there’s this opportunity to stretch and grow.”
Jae Brainard • LCSW Mulit-Year workshop attendee
Carolinas Group Psychotherapy Society
We are a professional organization for those interested in group psychotherapy.