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Workshop - The Nuts & Bolts of Creating Thriving Groups
Workshop - The Nuts & Bolts of Creating Thriving Groups

Fri, Apr 28


Online Workshop

Workshop - The Nuts & Bolts of Creating Thriving Groups

This workshop will provide you with all the tools needed to create a thriving groups in your practice.

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Time & Location

Apr 28, 2023, 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM

Online Workshop

About the Event

This online worskshop will  provide participants with all the tools to help start and build groups that thrive in their private practice. We will discuss the foundational components of developing groups, including  starting dates, fees, advertising, group norms, consultations, telehealth vs in person, conjoint vs combined, criteria for inclusion and exclusion, and sociocultural & diversity considerations. Participants will be provided all the information needed to develop a successful group therapy practice. This workshop will include a blend of didactic and experiential components, to help participants get an accurate feel of the process.

CEU Information:

  • 6 Core CEUs approved by LPCA of GA
  • 6 Core CEUs approved from GAMFT
  • 6 Core CEUs approved from GSCSW
  • 6 CEUs PENDING for Psychologists

About the Presenters:

Dr. Sophia Aguirre, Ph.D., CGP, AGPA-F:  is a Latinx/Chicana Licensed Psychologist and Certified Group Psychotherapist. She is the founder and director of the Aguirre Center for Inclusive Psychotherapy, private group practice in Atlanta specialized on providing culturally-responsive psychological services with a special focus on serving Latinx, BIPOC, & LGBTQ+ communities.  Her practice is sex-positive, trauma-informed, weight-inclusive, Feminist-oriented, and affirming of folks from LGBTQ+, Kink, and Polyamory/CNM communities. Sophia has specialized training in group therapy and over 15 years of experience running interpersonal process groups, both psychotherapy groups and training groups for mental health professionals. Sophia currently runs 4 groups in her practice: 2 process groups for BIPOC therapists and 2 interpersonal process therapy groups for young adults. Sophia  is deeply passionate about advocating for social and racial justice issues within the field of psychology and group therapy at the local, regional and national levels. She currently serves as the Treasurer for the Atlanta Group Psychotherapy Society, Secretary of the Board of American Group Psychotherapy Association (AGPA),  and  Co-Chair (and founder) of the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Task Force for the AGPA. She was awarded Fellowship to the American Group Psychotherapy Association in 2020.   Sophia also serves as the Co-Chair of Sanando MHP (a collective for Latinx mental health professionals in Georgia).  

Jill Lewis, LCSW, CEDS, CGP - is a Fat Positive, body inclusive focused psychotherapist who believes that everyone can have a healthy relationship with their body. She prioritizes an anti-diet approach and practices weight inclusivity in every individual and group therapy session, challenging the status quo that many women and men grow up believing. Jill completed her group training in New York City through the Eastern Group Psychotherapy Society and continued her group work to earn her CGP (certification in group psychotherapy). Jill is passionate about groups and the interpersonal process. She currently serves as the President of Atlanta Group Psychotherapy Society, and Co-Chair for the Private Practice SIG of the American Group Psychotherapy Society. Jill started her private practice in 2009 and her group practice in 2015, where she oversees other clinicians passionate about mental health and physical wellbeing.  She also regularly supervises other clinicians, including those earning their CEDS (certified eating disorder specialist) in either an individual or group format. Jill currently runs two groups, an eating disorder recovery interpersonal process group and a 40+ group.

Registration Fees

  • Non-Member Price

  • AGPS Member Price

    This fee is for AGPS members who have previously purchased the AGPS Clinical Membership or Centennial Park Membership tier. Membership benefits includes discounted rate to AGPS educational events

  • AGPS King Center Membership

    For AGPS members who joined with our King Center Membership tier: membership benefits include 50% all AGPS educational events.

  • AGPS Packaged Membership Price

    For AGPS Members who purchased the Packaged Membership or Student/New Professional Membership prior to January 2023, registration for two educational events are included with your membership per year.

  • AGPS Student/New Professionals

    For AGPS Members who purchased the Varsity ( Student/New Professional) Membership, you receive 50% discount for educational events.

  • Student/New Professional

    For students and new professionals who are not members of AGPS.

  • Equity Pricing

    AGPS strives to be an inclusive organization that is attuned to social and systemic injustices. Our Equity Pricing is designed for individuals who identify as a member of one or more historically marginalized communities, whether it be race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity, or disability status. We invite you to pay whatever you feel is possible given your particular financial situation.

    Pay what you want
  • Recording of Workshop (No CEs)

    For those who are unable to join us live on April 28th, we will offer a video recording of the workshop that can be viewed at your convenience. However, no CEUs will be provided for the recording option.




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