President-Elect: Cheri Marmarosh
At-Large, Education and Training: Joshua Gross
Student Rep: Meredith Tittler
President-Elect: Cheri Marmarosh
At-Large, Education and Training: Joshua Gross
Student Rep: Meredith Tittler
President-Elect: Martyn Wittingham
Treasurer: Amy Nitza
At-large, Diversity: Nikki Coleman
At-large, Group Psychotherapy: Jen Alonso
At-large, Group Psychology: Verlin Hinsz
The division 49 candidates and 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 Group Psychologist.
Division 49 — Society of Group Psychology and Group Psychotherapy Election Results
Division Representative to APA Council
Robert Gleave, Ph.D., ABGP, CGP
I became a believer in group psychotherapy with my first exposure to the dynamics and power of interpersonal interactions early in my graduate studies. I found something resonating within me that still continues as a central part of my professional identity. As a clinical professor at BYU, my career has been spent building a robust group program and culture, nurturing strong group research collaborations, teaching and mentoring graduate students in group skills, providing clinical services and serving on various association committees and boards. Div. 49 has been my APA home for nearly three decades.
As president, I will continue to reach out to other proponents of group work in North America. Div. 49 can be a force toward more cooperation among us all. As a member of AGPA’s leadership (IBCGP), I have seen how we can use our skills to work together synergistically as we focus on common national and international interests (e.g. strengthening graduate training, encouraging insurers toward group, CRSPPP application, etc.).
There is much we can offer to our members with distance learning. I am excited about using technology to improve training and collaboration. I recently participated in a five week multi-screen online “classroom” and am pleased with the format. I am also excited about the online mentoring opportunity that Div. 49 has scheduled to begin soon.
Maintaining and enhancing what has been done by those on whose shoulders we stand is also important. I ask for your support and thank you for voting and being involved.
Verlin B. Hinsz, Ph.D.
I am pleased to be a candidate for President of Division 49. Broaden and build reflect terms that are the objectives of my term as president of our division. Continuing the efforts of earlier officers, I would seek to broaden membership in terms of numbers as well as disciplinary scope. Moreover, I would seek to build better bridges to other disciplines related to group psychology and group psychotherapy. In particular, given the cross-divisional nature of presentations at the APA meeting, we need to build more fruitful relations with other divisions. I also want to continue the efforts to integrate the diverse perspectives of the division’s membership to reflect a more cohesive identity for the division. As a scholar in the study of groups for over 35 years, I believe we can draw upon the diversity of perspectives to reflect the shared goal of an understanding of the basic and applied features and processes of groups. I also want to continue the efforts of previous presidents to further encourage training and education in group psychology and group psychotherapy as well as to help undergraduate students enter graduate programs. Because my background concerns basic and applied aspects of groups in various domains (e.g., legal, organizational, sport, military, business, counseling, health, human factors, finance), I believe that our division can both broaden our membership base as well as build better relationships with scholars in other disciplines in ways that integrate the field while enhancing our shared identity. I thank you for your consideration.
Michele D. Ribeiro, Ed.D.
I am thrilled to be applying for the Member at Large position for Division 49. My passion for group psychotherapy extends during my early years as a practicum student to my current experience in co-facilitating process groups at the counseling center at Oregon State University. During my tenure at CAPS, I served as the Coordinator of Group Therapy Programs for six years, co-created and taught a ten-month doctoral intern seminar in group psychotherapy, and provide group consultation to support therapists training toward their CGP. I am also in the process of co-designing a two day conference on group psychotherapy for the fall.
Nationally my involvement has included being a Certified Group Psychotherapist for three years, a member of the American Group Psychotherapy Association for eleven years and co-chairing the College Counseling Special Interest Group for three years. During my tenure as co-chair I also helped with the creation of the website and mentored the new co-chairs in taking on the leadership as I stepped down. Further I have co-chaired or served on the Principles in Group Psychotherapy Course through AGPA for the past three years and have served on the open session conference committee for two years. Through these experiences I have become more familiar with Division 49 and some of the leadership. Although I am fairly new to Division 49, I am excited to get involved and hope to bring my energy and ideas through the Member at Large position.
Misha Bogomaz Psy.D., CGP
I truly believe, as Aristotle once said, human beings “by nature are social animals.” My love for groups was ignited while participating as a member in an experiential group for first year graduate students. After experiencing a great deal of anxiety at the start, I have realized at the end how much I have grown personally and professionally! I have made it my mission to get involved in as much as I could in the field to advocate for group psychology and psychotherapy.
As a graduate student, I wrote my dissertation on group leadership and attended numerous group conferences/trainings in Chicago. Since graduation, I have been involved in several professional organizations. With regards to Division 49, I have been involved with the Task Force for Early Career Psychologists and, currently, along with Dr. Leann Diederich, serve as a co-chair. I am a member of the Group Specialty Counsel and helped with the development of the petition to the Commission for the Recognition of Specialties and Proficiencies in Professional Psychology (CRSPPP) to have group psychotherapy/psychology designated as a specialty. I have also been involved in the American Group Psychotherapy Association (AGPA). I am on Workshop Committee for the 2014-2016 term; we are tasked with reviewing of workshop proposals, observing assigned program events, and providing feedback to the assigned workshop faculty. Shortly after being licensed I was certified as a group psychotherapist (CGP) with AGPA. Currently I work as a staff psychologist at the University of North Florida Counseling Center and facilitate two interpersonal process groups there, in addition to one group at my private practice.
My focus as a Member-at-Large would be to continue engagement of early career psychologists and graduate students as well as advocating for group psychology/psychotherapy. I truly believe that my passion, energy, and experience within Div. 49 and other organizations have prepared me well for the Member-at-Large position. Please don’t hesitate to email me if you have any questions or comments about my candidacy.
Robert L. Gleave, PhD, ABGP, CGP
I am a Clinical Professor at BYU, with joint appointments in the Counseling Center and the Counseling Psychology Doctoral Program. I became a believer in group work early in my graduate studies. In my first exposure to the power of interactional processes, I found something resonating within me that would be an ongoing part of my professional identity. My chair introduced me to professional association work and I have been on an association board consistently ever since. So far, my career has been spent building a strong group program and culture at the BYU Counseling Center, nurturing strong research collaborations, teaching and mentoring graduate students, and providing clinical services. I have consistently wanted to offer service to the profession on a national level, but have added – not yet. I now feel ready to offer my time and energy to Division 49. As we move forward, there is so much we can offer to members with distance learning and collaboration. I want to take steps to capture the opportunities that are available now (especially as time at convention is shrinking). I also hope for more cooperation among all proponents of group work. Our differences sometimes are expressed in competitive ways and we miss the strength of working cooperatively and synergistically. Maintaining and enhancing what has been done by those on whose shoulders we stand is important. The organization is functioning well, yet improvement is an ongoing responsibility. I ask for your support and thank you for voting and being involved.
Craig Parks, PhD
If elected to the presidency of Division 49, my goal will be to broaden membership. Division 49 should be a place where group researchers of all types come together to discuss common interests, and generate ideas about the generality of, and limits to, principles of group process and performance. Yet despite the wide range of articles published in Group Dynamics, the division’s journal, actual membership in the division is almost exclusively clinical and counseling psychologists. This is discouraging and ironic given that group researchers in other areas of psychology (social, organizational, sport/exercise, educational) often complain about lack of recognition within their own divisions. As a social psychologist, I have learned much from my years of interaction with other Division 49 members, and have begun planning collaborative projects with them. I am convinced that Division 49 can become a wellspring of similar types of cross-cutting projects. I am also a member of Division 8 (Personality and Social) and have connections in Divisions 14 (Industrial/Organizational), 19 (Military), and 47 (Exercise and Sport), so I have the ability to get the word out. The great conflict researcher Morton Deutsch earned his PhD in experimental group’s research, and ten years later became a licensed therapist, because he believed you cannot truly understand groups until you know how to both document their problems and help solve those problems. While I do not intend to persuade Division 49 members to go earn second doctorates, I do believe we can embody Deutsch’s ideal through a broader membership.
Amy Nitza, PhD
I am honored to be nominated for the position of Treasurer of Division 49. Throughout my career, I have had the good fortune to have been mentored by long-standing members and leaders of the Division. I welcome this opportunity to be able to give back.
My interest in groups began during my masters training, when my professor Janice DeLucia-Waack asked for a volunteer to co-lead an inpatient psychotherapy group. Having been ‘hooked’ on groups after this experience, I was fortunate to complete my doctoral work under the supervision of Rex Stockton, who provided invaluable mentoring in group research. With this strong foundation, my teaching, research, and professional service has largely been group focused. One of the highlights was my year as a Fulbright Scholar at the University of Botswana, where I taught group counseling and studied the cultural factors influencing group dynamics in the country. As I write this I am on sabbatical in Bhutan, where my interest in group work has now come full circle. I am posted at the National Hospital here, where I am working to develop a culturally appropriate inpatient group psychotherapy program on the psychiatry ward.
My experience in national leadership of professional group work organizations includes six years on the Executive Board of the Association for Specialists in Group Work, with three years as Newsletter Editor followed by three years as Secretary. I am excited to be able to apply my group experience and passion to advance the goals of Division 49.
Norah Slone, PhD
Greetings! I am an Early Career Counseling Psychologist and recently graduated with my Ph.D. from the University of Kentucky. I completed my internship at the University of North Carolina – Charlotte Counseling Center and my dissertation is entitled, Evaluating the Efficacy of Client Feedback in Group Psychotherapy. I am currently serving as a faculty member engaged in clinical training and research with doctoral students in the School of Professional Psychology at Spalding University in Louisville, Kentucky. I am thrilled to have the opportunity to run for the Treasurer position for the Society of Group Psychology and Group Psychotherapy, Division 49, given my career goals. In addition to developing professional practices as a group psychotherapy researcher and clinician, my career goals include honing leadership skills to serve the division by collaborating with others and learning how to advance important initiatives as a team. I am particularly interested in collaborating on ideas that will contribute to furthering group psychotherapy process and outcome research as well as those that increase the implementation of high quality group therapy training in graduate programs. As group psychotherapy has been a professional passion throughout my career to this point, I look forward to the opportunity to become more involved in Division 49 as well as connect with others who share a similar enthusiasm for this work.
Jill Paquin, PhD, Member-at-Large
I am an early career academic and counseling psychologist dedicated to helping my students learn what psychology is, as well as how good psychologists think, both ethically, critically, in conjunction with their openness to cultural differences. Secondly, I am passionate about my clinical work both with individuals and groups, and believe my continued involvement in this domain brings a valuable synergy to both my teaching and scholarly work. Thirdly, I am dedicated to advancing a program of research connected to understanding the experiences of diverse groups of women and to better understanding how group therapy helps people. As a counseling psychologist, I believe that research is embedded within a sociopolitical context and it is important to me that my research has the potential to help people, particularly marginalized groups of people. Fourthly, my experiences working in public policy and advocacy have provided the foundation for my values, interests, and current scholarly pursuits, as my early identification as an activist and feminist is what led me to psychology in the first place. Lastly, I believe embodying the kind of professional we want our students to become is one of the most powerful tools we have as teachers, supervisors, clinicians and scholars. I feel so fortunate to have been mentored so well by so many, and I strive to do this for others each day. I hope that I could bring this experience to Division 49 and contribute to the growth of the organization.
For information about my research, teaching, clinical background, and professional service, please visit http://www.chatham.edu/academics/programs/graduate/mscp/facultydetails.cfm?FacultyID=335.
Tracy Thomas, PsyD, Member-at-Large
Early in my training, I requested to run a Severe and Persistent Mental Illness (SPMI) population inpatient group. At this time I had no group training .I envisioned facilitating a “process” group. As you might expect, the group decompensated. I quickly learned that group takes a lot of nuanced knowledge and skill. Although this experience could be considered a disaster, it sparked my appreciation for the challenges and rewards of group work. I’ve been hooked ever since.
Previously, I was a psychologist and group coordinator at Stony Brook University Counseling and Psychological Services, seeing individuals, running groups (ranging from support to process like groups), supervising interns, teaching a group therapy seminar, and performing the logistical responsibilities required to develop and grow a group program. I recently began working at the Capitol Institute for Cognitive Therapy in Washington, DC and I am looking forward to the next challenge of developing and running groups in private practice. I am excited to be nominated for member-at-large in APA Division 49. My membership has had a significant impact on my professional development. In addition, I am an active member of the Early Career Psychologist (ECP) Subcommittee, collaborating with other members to develop and implement various educational and professional development opportunities and increasing the visibility of Division 49. Being a member-at-large would allow me to further develop resources, programs, and products that help ECPs. In addition, I am interested in the training of therapists new to group and would like to be involved in the continued growth of our field.
Rosamond J. Smith, MS
Counseling Psychology Doctoral Student, University of Louisville
I am honored and delighted to be nominated for Student Representative of Division 49. Since 2012, I have had the privilege of working with the Division to further the mission of promoting the development and advancement of group psychology and psychotherapy. Most recently, Dr. “Lee” Gillis, Dr. Leann Terry Diederich, Sean Woodland, and I have been working together to create a study on group training and research in APA-accredited programs. One goal for my future with Division 49 is to use the knowledge gained from this study, combined with the wisdom of the Division’s current members, to improve training and research in group psychology and psychotherapy.
As a student, I have co-led groups for five year-olds with autism spectrum and behavioral disorders, adolescents mandated to treatment through the court system, and active-duty women in the military. Through these varied experiences, I recognized the strengths and weaknesses of my prior group training. With hopes for a career educating the next generation of psychologists, I am passionate about preparing and maintaining group psychotherapists and researchers through high quality and continuing education. As Student Representative, I would reach out to current psychologists-in-training to help educate them on the importance of group training and research. I would also encourage students, faculty, researchers, and practitioners to push for and/or provide increased and improved group-related training opportunities. I greatly appreciate the chance to serve the Division as Student Representative, and thank you for your consideration.
Britney Tibbits, MA
University of Denver, Doctoral Candidate
I am a first year counseling psychology doctoral student at the University of Denver, and I am so honored to run for the Student Member position for Division 49. The position would be a wonderful opportunity for me to become more involved and increase involvement in the division among my peers nationally. I have had the opportunity to work with some wonderful people who are actively involved in the division, and they inspired my enduring interest in contributing to the knowledge surrounding group research and practice. I have specific interest and experience in looking at how novice group leaders differ from expert group leaders in their knowledge structures and how groups can be most effectively utilized for eating disorder treatment and prevention. I am very excited and grateful to be a part of division 49 in any capacity!