Grants for Group Therapy Research Projects Now Open

The Group Foundation for Advancing Mental Health is committed to improving mental health through group psychotherapy. Its aim is to advance “the most effective and innovative approaches to group therapy education, training, research, and community outreach.” The foundation has just put out a request for applications looking at the effectiveness of group therapy on one of five clinical populations: the elderly, those with chronic mental illness, substance abusers, significantly ill patients with functional impairment, or children.

The applications should emphasize innovation in the use of the technique. Up to $15,000 will be awarded for research-focused, rather than program-focused applications. Funding can be used to support research costs such as office supplies and/or equipment, as well as the wages of research assistants. However, travel and the salaries of investigators will not be underwritten. The application deadline is November 1, 2015.

The New York-based Group Foundation for Advancing Mental Health describes itself as the leading funder advancing therapeutic group work as a primary method of treatment, because compared to the long time frame and intensity of individual psychoanalysis, group psychotherapy can more efficient. The foundation established the International Board for Certification of Group Psychotherapists. It backs community-based programs for trauma relief in the aftermath of natural disasters. The foundation works toward mitigating the psychological impact of war with the military and their families. “We are the primary supporter of theoretical and evidence-based training and research efforts for group therapists.”

Some of the research the foundation has backed includes:


  • "Moms Growing Together (MGT): Testing Psychodrama and Peer Support for Teen Moms" which was intended to reduce the psychological distress among teen mothers
  • "Changes in Defensive Functioning in Patients with Binge Eating Disorder Undergoing Group Psychodynamic-Interpersonal Therapy," which aimed to moderate binge eating through peer support
  • "Group Therapy for Postpartum Depression" which worked on enhancing the quality of the mother infant relationship immediately after birth.
  • "Complicated Grief in Survivors of Suicide: An Evaluation of the Treatment Effectiveness of Complicated Grief Group Therapy"                               
  • “Group Treatment for Depression as an Adjunct to Substance Use Treatment in Incarcerated Women with Co-Occurring Depressive and Substance Use Disorders”  
  • And one of the most significant studies analyzed what group therapy technique works using data collected from a range of locales across North America, "The Therapeutic Factors Inventory-S: Developing a Better Understanding of Therapeutic Factors in Group Psychotherapy."


For grant application instructions go to the Group Foundation for Advancing Mental Health website.