Consortium for Group Research and Practice

The Consortium for Group Research and Practice—C-GRP—is composed of faculty and students from two American Psychological Association (APA) approved Ph.D. programs in counseling and clinical psychology and two APA approved internships. C-GRP is the meeting ground for both academic and clinical faculty and students from these sites who are interested in advancing empirical knowledge of small group treatments and also applying them in daily practice. Our research focuses on summarizing the efficacy and effectiveness of small group treatments with different clinical populations as well as advancing the use of measures—namely of practice-based evidence—in the clinical practice of group treatment. We have active collaborations with a number of a number of academic and clinical sites but the bulk of our research comes from the Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) center at BYU and the Utah State Hospital; both support internship training programs that are fully approved by the APA. Our lab has mentored scores of doctoral students in counseling and clinical psychology over the years and engaged hundreds of undergraduate students as research assistants.


  • One of the internships associated with C-GRP—CAPS—won the American Psychological Association’s Division 49 (Society of Group Psychology and Group Psychotherapy) Excellence in Group Practice Award. Check out the announcement here.
  • Dr. Gary Burlingame recently won BYU’s Karl G. Maeser Distinguished Faculty Lecturer Award, along with being made chair of BYU’s Department of Psychology
  • Group Psychology and Group Psychotherapy was recently announced as a specialty within psychology, along other specialties such as clinical child and clinical neuropsychology. C-GRP members—Gleave & Burlingame—played an key role in this application. Check out the announcement here.
Selected faculty involved in current CFT acceptability and feasibility research: Dr. Kara Cattani (right), Dr. Paul Gilbert (second from the right), Dr. Gary Burlingame (third from the right), and Dr. James Kirby (middle).

Compassion-focused Therapy (CFT)

One of the major projects C-GRP faculty are currently involved in is an acceptability and feasibility trial of compassion-focused therapy (CFT). CFT is an adjunct treatment developed by Dr. Paul Gilbert at the University of Derby in part to treat clients who were more resistant to traditional psychotherapy. C-GRP faculty Dr. Gary Burlingame, Dr. Derek Griner, Dr. RD Boardman, and graduate student Jennifer Jensen are psychotherapy group leaders in the trial testing the effectiveness of CFT at CAPS; they work alongside an international team of CFT researchers developing a CFT manual for widespread use by clinicians. Other psychotherapists including Dr. Kara Cattani, Dr. David Erekson, and Dr. Corrine Hannan from CAPS are also group leaders involved in our current CFT project.

We invite interested students to review faculty bios, research interests, and publication record and contact us if they are interested in either participating in our research or being trained in one of our programs.