The Group Psychotherapy Association of Los Angeles (GPALA) seeks to advance training, research, education, consultation in group psychotherapy. We believe strongly in the efficacy and viability of group therapy as a primary modality of psychological treatment and emotional support. GPALA was founded in January 2010 through the merging of two long-standing group associations: the Group Psychotherapy Association of Southern California (founded in 1952) and the Los Angeles Group Psychotherapy Society (founded in 1955). GPALA’s strong heritage brings many of the time tested traditions and knowledge from the founding associations and adds its own contemporary goals.  GPALA is enhanced by being an affiliate of the American Group Psychotherapy Association. GPALA is committed to serving our membership and the community of mental health professionals by providing:

  • An inter-disciplinary forum for professionals involved in the use of group psychotherapy for the enhancement of mental health.
  • Educational programs on a regular basis for our membership and other group mental health practitioners
  • Opportunities for professional development
  • Training and additional learning opportunities in group psychotherapy for newly credentialed professionals and students
  • A professional community for group therapists that will assist members in forming professional and social alliances

GPALA Services

Directory of Group Psychotherapy in Los Angeles Region

An extensive, cross-indexed, online listing of the membership group therapists and types of therapy groups offered.

The GPALA Newsletter

The L.A. Group Therapist is published several times a year and features articles and information of interest about local and national group therapy training events, spotlight on clinical members, and an advertising section.

The Membership Forums:

Offers the membership the opportunity to network, engage in collegial dialogue, exchange of clinical information and to search and provide referrals for groups.

Professional Education and Training Events

GPALA sponsors a variety of training experiences and provides a forum for discussion of professional issues related to the practice of group psychotherapy.  In addition to training opportunities, GPALA provides a variety of services to group therapists, other mental health professionals and the community at large. By attending these events, you will have the opportunity to network and build valuable relationships, share in interesting dialogue about current theories, practices and therapy techniques, as well as earn continuing education credits.

Annual Conference

A one- or two-day conference providing the opportunity to expand knowledge and skills in providing group therapy services. Conference presenters are recognized group therapy experts who present and demonstrate their work. The conference is partly experiential, partly didactic and provides opportunity for personal and professional growth. (Click here for our annual conference)

“Mastering Group Psychotherapy” Series

The “best kept secret in town!” Held 6 times a year, these small workshops afford you the opportunity to learn more about cutting edge therapy and group psychotherapy issues, have your questions answered, network with other professionals, share your expertise, experiences and strategies and earn 3 continuing education credits.

Sunday Salons

Sunday Salons are informal, free of charge, gatherings, for members only, on Sundays, at a group member’s home or office.  The topics for these Salons vary widely but are pertinent to group therapy practice. Salons are facilitated by one of the members, are interactive and provide an opportunity to connect and exchange ideas with colleagues.

Principles of Group Psychotherapy Course

The Principles of Group Psychotherapy Course is an approved 12- hour course that provides a basic understanding of the theory, principles, and applications of group therapy. The course includes didactic presentations, discussions, and experiential simulated group demonstrations for group therapists. This course is suitable for graduate students and mental health practitioners at any experience level who wish to expand their knowledge and skills in the practice of group therapy and meets the educational requirement for Certification by the National Registry of Certified Group Psychotherapists. (For more information on becoming a CGP visit agpa.org).

Sundays for Starters

This series provides guidance and mentoring from established group psychotherapy professionals around the following topics: Marketing, fee setting, group composition and selection, pre-group preparation of members, early stages of group development and leadership technique in early stages. It begins with a four-hour workshop and continues with an optional monthly Sunday morning meeting for six months for deeper exploration and consultation related to the topics presented in the introductory workshop.  Participation in the optional monthly meetings requires a commitment to attend all six sessions.

Additional Training Events and Workshops

Programs include lectures, panels and hands-on experiential workshops.  All of our workshops and conferences offer CEUs.

The Group Psychotherapy Association of Los Angeles (GPALA) is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. GPALA maintains responsibility for this program and its content. Full attendance is required for psychologists to receive credit; partial credit may not be awarded based on APA guidelines. Psychologists report directly to the MCEP using the certificates of attendance awarded at the completion of the course.

Social Workers and Marriage and Family Therapists: The Group Psychotherapy Association of Los Angeles (GPALA) is an approved provider for continuing education credits for LCSWs and MFCCs/MFTs (provider # PCE 528).


Social and Networking Events

  • December Holiday Event
  • Summer Gathering
  • Annual Membership Meeting

These events are opportunities for new and veteran members to meet, and network. Speakers, discussion and good food make these programs a warm experience.

Scholarship Fund

The GPALA Scholarship Fund helps make group training available to those who may not always be able to afford the full tuition for our training activities. Scholarships are granted to both members and non-members of GPALA, with priority given to current members or those who wish to join GPALA at the same time as applying for scholarship funds. Donations are solicited throughout the year from GPALA members as well as from all those who wish to help replenish the Fund and contribute to this effort.  Anyone can make a donation at anytime on the GPALA website, during one of our fundraising campaigns, or when making payments for other GPALA activities, such as when renewing yearly membership or registering for a training event. Click here for more information.