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Dr. Yalom to Receive Lifetime Achievement Award

Dr. Yalom to Receive Lifetime Achievement Award and Give Live Interview in San Francisco 
Martyn Whittingham, Ph.D., President-Elect

We are delighted to announce that Dr. Irv Yalom, author of the seminal text, Theory and Practice of Group Psychotherapy (2005), now in its fifth edition, will receive a Lifetime Achievement Award from Division 49 at the 2018 APA National Convention in San Francisco.  His writing on group also includes other world-renowned titles such Inpatient Group Therapy (1983) and a work of fiction, The Schopenhauer Cure (2006). Dr. Yalom has also produced several videos on group psychotherapy that have served as teaching aids worldwide for decades. His writing, videos, theorizing and research have had a profound impact on group therapy around the world, and this award recognizes both the depth and breadth of his contributions to group.

After receiving this award, Dr. Yalom will then give a live interview, answering questions about his lifetime in group. We are asking for your contributions to this!  Please go to our Facebook page, twitter feed and email address and submit questions you want Dr. Yalom to answer.  We will then select some of the questions to ask him from these contributions.

We look forward to seeing you in San Francisco and hope you can make it to this award ceremony and interview.

 

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Short-term Mentoring Group Opportunity

We are happy to announce that our third short-term mentoring group, exclusively for Society of Group Psychology and Group Psychotherapy members, will be starting February 1st. Our next mentor is Dr. Lee Gillis!

Lee Gillis, Ph.D.
Lee Gillis, Ph.D.

About Dr. Gillis
H.L. (Lee) Gillis, PhD is the Chair of the Department of Psychological Science at Georgia College & State University in Milledgeville GA where he has resided since 1986. His doctoral studies were completed at The University of Georgia in Counseling Psychology and his dissertation investigated the impact of a challenge (ropes) course experience on couples. He currently teaches classes in Interpersonal Behavior and Senior Seminars in Adventure Therapy and in Teamwork to undergraduates.  He is co-author of Adventure Therapy: Theory Research and Practice with his colleagues, Michael Gass and Keith Russell.  He has presented and published on issues in adventure therapy and the use of metaphor in therapy since 1978. He is a Fellow in and former President (2014) of the American Psychological Association: Division 49: Society of Group Psychology and Group Psychotherapy.  He is also the past chair (2015-2016) of the Association of Heads of Department of Psychology. He is proudly married to a Canadian, Jude Hirsch and they live on Lake Sinclair in Georgia with their 2 dogs, 1 cat, and daughter when she is home from NYC in her pursuit of a career in opera.

Details of the Group
1. The group will meet for 6 sessions for one hour each: Wednesday, February 1st at 11 am (EDT), Wednesday February 8th at 11 am (EDT), Wednesday, February 15th at 11am (EDT), March 1st at 11am (EDT), Wednesday, March 8th at 11 am (EDT), and Wednesday March 15th at 11 am (EDT).

2. You must be able to attend at least 5 of the 6 mentoring sessions.

3. We will be using video conferencing technology. You need broadband wired or wireless internet, webcam, and speakers/microphone (if not built into the webcam). Technological support will be offered during the sessions.

4. A group of mentees will be selected from the first responses back to us (email us at div49group@gmail.com).

5. Only Division 49 members are eligible. If you would like to become a member, please visit: http://memforms.apa.org/apa/cli/divapp/?_ga=1.175616994.1752679076.1461178842

6. Topics for discussion will grow out of the interests of the mentees and a needs assessment conducted by Dr. Lee

If you have any questions or would like to sign up for the mentoring group, please contact Membership Chair, Dr. Norah Chapman (div49group@gmail.com).

Best wishes,
Norah

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Candidate Results Delayed

There were problems in distributing some of the electronic election ballots, therefore APA will not have the election results until after July 6th. The division 49 election results will be distributed on the Division 49 list serve when available and the results will also appear in the October issue of the newsletter.

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Diversity Award

Jeanne Steffen, Ph.D.

Chair of the Diversity Committee

Chun-Chung Choi, Ph.D.
Chun-Chung Choi, Ph.D.

We are very pleased to present Dr. Chun-Chung Choi the 2015 Diversity Award! Dr. Choi has clearly made contributions to both scholarship and practice in advancing diversity issues, particularly in the area of group counseling and advocacy for international students.  Some of his many contributions in this area include: creating innovative group programming for International Student Services, which has become a specialty training program for University of Florida’s Counseling and Wellness Center psychology interns; creating two groups that run each semester to address limited campus resources related to supporting Mandarin speaking International students; and providing supervision and training for interns related to working with diverse populations in group therapy.  Dr. Chung has also taught group therapy in the Counseling Department at UF as an adjunct professor.  Regarding research and scholarship, he has published five peer reviewed articles, two book chapters, and a film production aimed at empathy training for ethnic and cultural awareness. In addition, he has presented over 49 refereed national presentations (including two Division 49 sponsored symposiums at APA in 2014 related to multiculturalism in groups), one international, nine regional, and numerous local presentations. Several recent presentations relate to his work with international students in group therapy, including a manuscript he is completing related to a qualitative study he completed with students in his Mandarin group.

 

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“The Group Psychologist” Satisfaction Survey Results

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

As your Associate Editor for The Group Psychologist, I want to thank those of you who participated in our satisfaction survey from the fall. We received 41 responses and appreciated the feedback. We wanted to take the time to summarize some of the highlights from the quantitative and qualitative results. For more details on the results, please email me directly (Leann.Diederich@gmail.com).

Here’s a quick snapshot of some of the results:

  • 90% of the respondents ranged from being satisfied to very satisfied with the overall newsletter.
  • The top sections that respondents found to be the most important to them were the news (#1), brief articles (#2), and the various columns (#3).
  • The sections with the highest levels of satisfaction were the President’s column, President-elect column, and the Editor’s column (all tied for first).
  • With regards to the TGP contributing to the respondent’s practice, research, or teaching, 57% thought it contributed, 30% didn’t think it contributed, and 13% were undecided.
  • Most respondents read 4 or fewer articles each newsletter, with only 18% reading 5 or more.

Several themes emerged from the qualitative results. Multiple respondents wanted a better balance of theory and research, in addition to the practice and clinical materials that are currently focused on. However, others wanted more clinical material! Overall, it seems the TGP could reflect other types of groups, not just psychotherapy groups. As your editors, we are always open to suggestions for authors to contact to help us bring this type of focus to the TGP. Others praised the TGP, giving feedback like: “The articles are very relevant and helpful. Enjoy keeping up with latest developments in our division”.

The respondents to the survey mirrored our typical member (e.g., late-career psychologist) with 59% of participants identifying as a late-career psychologist. Mid-career and early-career psychologists made up 20% of respondents.

While not all of the feedback can be reflected in this article, we will use all of it to help us tailor future editions of the newsletter. If you didn’t get a chance to participate, and want to send us feedback, please feel email us! I

 

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Attorney General Holder to Keynote APA-ABA National Conference on Confronting Family and Community Violence

Violence in homes and communities, its impact on children and families and how to confront the issue effectively are the focus of the joint APA and American Bar Association continuing education conference. “Confronting Family and Community Violence: The Intersection of Law and Psychology“ will be held May 1-3 in Washington, DC. Keynote speaker, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder Jr. will discuss recent national efforts to address the impact of violence on children and families, including his Defending Childhood initiative.