Div. 49

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Society of Group Psychology and Group Psychotherapy
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Group Specialty

Group psychology and group psychotherapy are now recognized as formal specialities in psychology.

Call for papers

Special issue of Group Dynamics: Theory, Research, and Practice
Therapeutic alliance rupture and repair in groups
Submit empirical research by Nov. 26, 2019

About Us

Div. 49 provides a professional home for all psychologists interested in the study and application of group dynamics. The division promotes the development and advancement of the field of group psychology and the modality of group psychotherapy through research, teaching and education and clinical practice.

Martyn Whittingham

President's Message

If you have arrived here, then you are likely someone interested in group therapy, group dynamics or any of the myriad ways in which groups can manifest themselves. Joining our Society will connect you to a community of academics and practitioners who share your fascination with group work and see a place to learn, interact and develop shared interests. We are home to wide variety of group people – social psychologists, group therapists, team and organizational dynamics experts.


Get Involved

We invite you to learn more about our Society and considering joining. Once you become a member, there are many ways to get involved.

Donate through the division’s APF fund.


Become a member.


Submit award nominations.



For Group Psychotherapy

Handshake Therapy

From APA Publications


Div. 49 Newsletter

The Group Psychologist

Stay up-to-date with news and resources for students and psychologists at all career levels by reading the latest issue of our newsletter.


Group Dynamics: Theory, Research and Practice

Div. 49’s journal publishes original, empirical articles, theoretical analyses, literature reviews and brief reports.


Member Benefits

Discover the academic and professional resources available when you become a Div. 49 member.


Explore the history of Div. 49, as well as resources and videos for those interested in groups.


To learn more about Div. 49, ask questions or become involved, we invite you to contact us.