As a community of professionals, Houston Group Psychotherapy Society (HGPS) takes pride in the diversity of our membership and welcomes a broad spectrum of clinicians from a variety of racial, ethnic, sexual and gender identity, and national backgrounds. HGPS does not condone any form of discrimination that includes, but is not limited to nationality, ethnicity, race, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, size, disability, age, religion, socioeconomic status or cultural background. This guideline shall not prohibit group therapy practice with population specific or problem specific groups.
The group principles that define HGPS include promoting dynamics of belonging, protecting the scapegoated, healing the wounds of exclusion, facilitating constructive dialogue, and maintaining physically/emotionally safe environments. These principles apply for all regardless of nationality, ethnicity, race, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, or cultural background. Exercising these principles fosters groups that support healthy communities, reduced conflict/violence, and basic human connection.
Clinical and organizational work demonstrates the power of groups to make a difference and foster healing. Community groups, families, and individuals are currently suffering from acute stress layered on top of chronic stressors due to misogyny, racism, xenophobia, Islamophobia, anti-refugee sentiments, transphobia, and homophobia. From a humanitarian and caregiver perspective, all people deserve relief from their collective suffering. As promoters of group principles, it bears repeating that HGPS wishes to encourage actions that promote dynamics of belonging, protect the scapegoated, heal the wounds of exclusion, facilitate constructive dialogue, and maintain physically/emotionally safe environments, while also encouraging dialogue among those with differing viewpoints.
We also acknowledge a range of opinions among our members, and hold those with the knowledge that communities thrive through a balance of common core beliefs and individual differences. We offer our support to members of all communities who have been marginalized. Please know you have many standing behind you and with you.