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Autumn is upon us in the Northern Hemisphere, and winter beckons around the corner. For some, this might mean the relief that rain brings to the parched earth. For others, it means frost on the leaves, brilliant colors on the hillsides, and crisp night air. Whatever it brings for you, we hope that you take a few moments to contemplate the changes that this season brings for you.

This issue of TGP brings some change as well. It’s with a heavy heart as we reflect on Dr. Robert Gleave’s column. He is stepping down from the role of President-elect due to his health concerns. Robert, we value all that you have done for the group psychotherapy field, we admire your quiet strength and depth of spirit, and we appreciate the perspective you articulated in your column, “My predominant feeling is a willingness to learn these next lessons and a sense of peace.” May you continue to find that peace.

Another change to this issue of TGP is the introduction to a new column, Notes from the North. We’ll be featuring a “pen-pal” like relationship with CGPA: Group Therapy, Group Training, Group Facilitation. If you have questions for our Canadian colleagues, please send them our way!  As a child, I (Leann) had a pen-pal from Iowa. I still remember her specific handwriting, and the way she would dot her “i’s” with small hearts. Ah, life before digital emoji’s! There was always a joy in getting a letter from her in the mail, and then pondering what I was going to write back. Perhaps in 20 years we’ll look back with nostalgia at this first Notes from the North column…and marvel at the relationships it has fostered between Division 49 members and our colleagues up north!

This issue also highlights several award winners that were honored at the recent APA Convention in Denver. Dr. Norsworthy was given the Diversity Award and Dr. Maartijn van der Kamp was recognized with the Richard Moreland Dissertation of the Year Award. We encourage you to read about these two individuals in their respective columns. We also wanted to highlight the second Group Psychotherapy Column by Dr. Tevya Zukor. He tackles an especially important topic, how group members need to remember the value of civility and kindness with each other, even when they see actions that might not match their personal values.

And finally, we’ll close with encouraging you to check out Dr. Craig Parks’ President’s Column. He provides an analysis of several movies with group dynamics or group psychotherapy content…and encourages the reader to check out psychmovies.com, as a repository for movies that incorporate psychological content. I, for one, have already checked out the list and am adding a few of the movies to my Netflix queue. The next rainy and windy afternoon, that might be just what the doctor ordered!

Happy Autumn!

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Tom Treadwell, EdD, T.E.P. C.G.P.
Tom Treadwell, EdD, T.E.P. C.G.P.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Associate Editor

Leann Diederich, Ph.D.
Leann Diederich, Ph.D.

 

 

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President-Elect’s Column

Robert Gleave, Ph.D., ABGP, CGP
Robert Gleave, Ph.D., ABGP, CGP

I wish to declare again, as I have written before, that group psychotherapy is very important to me. When I agreed to run for president-elect of division 49, I had energy and desire to make a difference in moving group psychotherapy toward increasing prominence. It seemed like a natural next step flowing from my research and affiliations with other professional associations. It felt like a good way to give back to a community that had been supportive throughout my career. I was aware of some of the national issues and had a few ideas about how to contribute.

Following the election, yet prior to the January 1, 2016 beginning of the President-elect year, I was diagnosed with ALS which is also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. At the time, the progression of the disease was unknown. I chose to proceed with an expectation that the progression of the disease would be slower and that I might still be able to contribute.  As time has passed, it is now apparent that I will not have sufficient strength or energy to fulfill the duties of President. It is with disappointment that I must step aside at this time. After consulting the by-laws, Craig and Dennis have each graciously agreed to stay for another year. I want to thank them both for their kindness as I have wrestled with this challenge. They, and the rest of the board, have been very helpful and supportive.

I feel that I have had a good career and am happy about the things that got done. While there are always “next projects”, my Division 49 service is one of only a few things that feels unfinished.  Overall, I am ready to let the next generation make their mark.

My religious beliefs are strong and I’m comforted by my relationship with the Savior.  He is sustaining me and giving meaning to this part of my life experience, just as He has consistently over the decades.  My predominant feeling is a willingness to learn these next lessons and a sense of peace.

I want to express thanks to many of you that I count as my friends and to all of you who keep the cause of group psychotherapy alive.

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July 2016 – Vol. 26, No. 2

July 2016 – Vol. 26, No. 2

Welcome

President’s Column
Craig Parks, Ph.D.

President-Elect’s Column
Robert Gleave, Ph.D.

Editor’s Column
Tom Treadwell, Ed.D., T.E.P, CGP, Leann Terry Diederich, Ph.D., and Letitia Travaglini, MA


Election Results

Candidate Results Delayed


News

Div49 APA Convention Program
Nora Chapman, MS

Travel Award Recipients – 2016 APA Convention
Rosamond Smith MS

Division 49 Membership Flyer
Michele Ribero, Ed.D.

Group Psychotherapy and/or Psychology Travel Grant
Jeanne Keim, Ph.D.


Columns

Group Psychotherapy Column
Tevya Zukor, Ph.D.

Group Psychology and Group Psychotherapy Diversity Column
Jeanne Steffen, Ph.D.


Book Review

Group Therapy Workbook: Integrating Cognitive Behavioral Therapy with Psychodramatic Theory and Practice by Tom Treadwell, Letitia E. Travaglini, Debbie Dartnell, Maegan Staats, and Kelly Devinney
Joe Powers, Ph.D.


Early Career Psychologists 

Early Career Group Psychologist Column
Misha Bogomaz, Psy.D., C.G.P.

Supervision & Training in Group Psychotherapy
Misha Bogomaz, Psy.D. 
Leann Diederich, Ph.D.


 Brief Articles

Prevention Corner: Why Can’t I get a Job with a Four Year Degree in Psychology
Elaine Clanton Harpine, Ph.D.

Group Specialty Council: Promoting Group Psychology and Psychotherapy
Nina Brown, Ed.D., LPC, NCC, FAGPA
Eleanor F. Counselman, Ed.D., ABPP, CGP, LFAGPA

University/College Therapeutic Diabetes Support Group Therapy
Kathleen Lehmann, MA


Committee Reports

Summary of CAPP Board Meeting
Leann Diederich, Ph.D.

Diversity Committee Report
Jeanne Steffen, Ph.D.

Council of Representatives Report
Sally Barlow, Ph.D.


Other Information

Canadian Group Psychotherapy Conference

Katkovsky Scholarships

National Register’s Wellner Lifetime Achievement Award
John Robinson, EdD, ABPP

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President’s Column

Craig Parks, PhD
Craig Parks, Ph.D.

Mr. Carlin, RIP

At the end of August, the actor Jack Riley passed away.  His death occasioned a phone call to me from a newspaper reporter who was inspired by Mr. Riley’s passing to do a story on portrayal of group therapy in the movies and television, because perhaps Mr. Riley’s most notable role was as Elliott Carlin, the chronically downcast member of Bob Hartley’s therapeutic group on The Bob Newhart Show.  (For those of you with children of a certain age, Mr. Riley was also the voice of Tommy’s dad on Rugrats.)  I declined to speak with the reporter because I had no idea what I would say, and I don’t know if the article has been produced, though an internet search of “group therapy Jack Riley” and the name of the newspaper with which the reporter is affiliated turns up nothing.  But it did get me thinking about the question of how group processes are represented in visual storytelling.

One of the most famous depictions of a group in action is the 1957 movie 12 Angry Men, in which a 12-person jury debates the innocence of a young man from a low-income background who has been accused of murdering his father.  At the outset, 11 men feel he is guilty and want to convict right away, and one feels the case should be deliberated.  The movie documents how the men eventually reach a unanimous not-guilty verdict, and brings in stereotyping, ostracism, and memory retrieval processes.  While a riveting movie, the group process it depicts—a lone minority producing unanimous conversion—is just not supported with research.  Rather, the research shows that most “unanimous” groups are truly not unanimous, but rather are a 2/3-majority, with the minority simply capitulating.   Thus, a real group in this situation would likely have reached a guilty verdict immediately after that first vote.  Admittedly, this would make for a short and boring movie.  Interestingly, legal analysis of the movie has shown that the jurors rely almost entirely on inadmissible speculation, which gives it a second procedural flaw.

Then there is The Experiment, a 2010 film that depicts a prison experiment in the manner of Phil Zimbardo’s study.  Here, though, the researchers ultimately decide to let the experiment run.  Violence, homicide, and insanity ensue, and the scientists try but fail to intervene.  Recognizing the entertainment value of this storyline, it is still the case that the narrative does the science a disservice.  We in fact have a good idea of what happens when experiments like these are completed.  In 2006, Steve Reicher and Alex Haslam ran an entire prison study in the basement of the BBC building.  They found the prisoners to be the troublesome group, becoming rowdy and uncontrollable, while the guards largely shrank from their assigned roles.  I acknowledge that I may sound curmudgeonly here, but in the wake of the movie I had undergraduates approach me wondering how long it would take a non-experimental group to devolve into violence, so my concerns are at least somewhat valid.

At the other end of the spectrum is the 2003 movie Manic, about a therapy group in a juvenile ward and the therapist who leads it.  An apparently under-the-radar movie despite having some well-known actors, I did not discover it until a couple of years ago.  The director, Jordan Melamed, wanted to portray the group therapy setting as realistically as he could, with an emphasis on how challenging it is for the therapist.  As such, he and one of his lead actors, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, spent time with therapists and therapy groups to learn how sessions are conducted, and the actor who plays the therapist, Don Cheadle, is the son of a psychologist.

There are web sites at which you can search for movies that have psychological principles as a theme, and these engines turned up a surprisingly large number of movies that apparently incorporate concepts from our discipline.  Psychmovies, a website maintained by Brooke Cannon of Marywood University, is a major repository.  In browsing Dr. Cannon’s extensive catalog (for example, she identifies 68 films for which treatment is a primary theme), one wonders how many of these filmmakers employed an expert consultant to advise on the fidelity of what was being portrayed.

Donna Nelson, a chemistry professor at the University of Oklahoma and the current president of the American Chemical Society, famously volunteered to be the science consultant on Breaking Bad to ensure that the processes used by Walter White and Jesse Pinkman were as chemically accurate as possible.  Would most viewers recognize that aluminum mercury is indeed an effective reducing agent for methylamine?  Probably not.  Does the accuracy matter?  Absolutely.  This is another area of outreach that, in my view, is worth pursuing.