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Ann Steiner provides an overview of the benefits of support groups, considerations leaders need to know for support groups as compared to interpersonal process groups, and recommendations for running online support groups. 

Support Group Series with Anne Steiner

In part one of this interview series, Ann Steiner provides an overview of the benefits of support groups.

Recommended Resources from Ann Steiner, PhD, MFT, CGP, FAGPA

The Telehealth Resource Page on my therapist’s website,, includes resources and links from AGPA, APA, and other organizations about doing online groups, current research, etc.

The American Group Psychotherapy Association (AGPA) has assembled a valuable collection of Practice Guidelines for Group Psychotherapy. This “transtheoretical guide to developing and leading psychotherapy groups."

AGPA’s Internet, Social Media and Technology Special Interest Group “Provides resources for those who are interested in how the internet and technology are changing how we connect with each other and affecting the groups we lead and belong to.” Their telehealth practice resource page has valuable information that they continue to update.

Group Psychotherapy telehealth code created after extensive lobbying by APA’s Practice Directorate, under advisement from Division 49 representatives, CMS has temporarily approved this new code. Please check the APA website for more details.

  • APA has made their telepsychology checklists and guides to telehealth available.
  • Guidelines for the Practice of Telepsychology: They have made public what is normally a member-only service—an extensive guide to telehealth. 
  • Information Hub is designed to be a one-stop-shop for updated information on psychology practice at the federal level and across the country—e.g. licensing, regulations, reimbursement, and professional issues. 
  • APA recently added this updated FAQ answers important questions like (a) What is my obligation if I suspect my patient has COVID-19, or if I might have it?

The American Psychological Association’s Society for Community Research and Action (SCRA)—Community Psychology, Division 27, has a Self-help/ Mutual Support interest group. Their webpages includes resources and information about social justice projects, action-oriented research, and more.

Recommended Reading referred to during interview:

Rutan, Jerome, S., Stone, Walter, N., & Shay, Joseph, J. (2014) Psychodynamic Group Psychotherapy. New York, NY: Guilford Press. Your local bookseller or Amazon link.

Steiner, Ann (2019.) How to Create and Sustain Groups that Thrive: Therapist's Workbook and Planning Guide, 3rd Edition, Routledge, London. Your local bookseller or Amazon link.


Date created: October 2020