Welcome to the Center for Group Studies


The Center for Group Studies (CGS) was founded in 1989 to provide group leadership training for professionals in the fields of mental health, business, education, religion and the arts. The programs are designed around the principles and techniques of Louis R. Ormont, Ph.D., an international leader and pioneer in modern analytic group therapy. Our training programs offer a dynamic and practical education that prepares for the exciting challenges that leading groups entails.

CGS is a free-standing training program based in New York City. We offer a psychodynamically-oriented understanding and experience in working with groups wherever they occur—hospitals, schools, business settings, clinics, pastoral care settings, agencies, etc. Our unique training offers a weekend program, which meets three times a year, and leads to a Certificate in Modern Group Leadership upon completion. We also offer workshops which meet both in person and online throughout the year.

Our outstanding faculty offer training and supervision both during our weekends and through local/online programs. 


Weekend Training Program


This program provides training in modern group process: an integration of traditional methods and modern techniques developed by Dr. Louis Ormont, a licensed psychologist with over 40 years of experience leading groups. Our approach is psychodynamic and interactive with particular emphasis on interventions for difficult and pre-oedipal personalities.

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These in-person and online workshops introduce foundational concepts in working with groups and follow a modern group leadership framework.

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