AGPA Connect, is the six day conference of the American Group Psychotherapy Association. AGPA Connect will be virtual this year. The theme is "The Power of Groups in A Challenging World” and how fitting this theme at this time in our lives.There are three different categories of events: Specials Institutes (February 19th), the Institutes (February 13 & 14th), and the Three Day Conference (February 25-27th).
Dr. Aaron Black is one of the Special Institute speakers and the other is Dr. Zindel Segal. Aaron’s area of expertise is attachment theory and its application in individual and group psychotherapy. He is an excellent thinker and clinician. Zindel comes out of Canada and is one of the primary international developers of mindfulness and psychotherapy. He combines a very practical cognitive therapy approach with the practice of mindfulness for anxiety and depression. The approach is very well researched and has outstanding outcome results.
The Institutes are usually a mix of process group experiences and also specific institutes that are theme based. All of the presenters are considered to be the top group leaders in the organization. The two day experience is intense and always a deep learning experience. This experience is also a great way to get to know people in AGPA and friendships have come out of these groups that last a lifetime.
Finally there is the Three-Day Conference with a wide array of workshops, courses, and open sessions. Our own San Antonio colleagues: Susan Mengden, Sharon Bolin, Ashley Powell and Tom Stone will be presenting two different events. The conference events cover just about every topic imaginable.
There are some outstanding plenary speakers. Alexis Abernethy will open the institute to help people feel at home with the virtual format. Elizabeth Ford will discuss her work with incarcerated populations. Bruce Perry, a colleague from Texas, will speak about his work with traumatized children. Dr. Thema Bryant-Davis will help us more deeply understand the effects of racial trauma.
Click here to register. The cost is reasonable and you can pick and choose across the three different categories of events.