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Division 49 Members: Proposals for APA Programming 

Debra O'Connell, Ph.D.
Debra O’Connell, Ph.D.

Division 49 Members: Proposals for APA Programming

As programming chair for the convention, I am excited to be part of the planning of what is sure to be another exciting Division 49 program! We wanted to alert you to upcoming opportunities to submit group psychology and group psychotherapy proposals.

Throughout the year, there will be several opportunities to submit proposals for programming at the convention. The next approaching deadline is for submissions of APA Continuing Education (CE) Workshop Proposals. For more information on CE Workshop proposals, please see http://www.apa.org/convention/convention-proposals.pdfCE Workshop proposals are due by Nov. 14th.

The next submission deadline is for Division Individual and Program Proposals. Division 49 welcomes submissions of the following types of proposals: posters, symposia, and skill building sessions. Additionally, there will be a special emphasis on diversity for one of our poster sessions. For more information on Division proposals, please see http://www.apa.org/convention/convention-proposals.pdfDivision proposals are due by Dec. 1.

I am excited to announce that the Division 49 board has decided to have a special poster session on Diversity and Social Justice in Group at the APA Convention 2018 in San Francisco, CA. This will be in addition to our regular poster session. Click here for a flyer with more information on the poster session, and submission details. There will be cash prizes to the top three student poster submissions. The deadline for submission is December 1st, 2017 at 5pm EST. Please let me know if you have any questions.

Lastly, APA Film Festival proposals are due by Dec. 22.

Please feel free to contact Division 49’s Program Chairs for the 2018 convention, Martin Kivlighan & Debra O’Connell (d.oconnell2@gmail.com) with any questions or requests.

We look forward to seeing you all in San Francisco, CA for the 2018 APA Convention!

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George Tasca Named Editor of Group Dynamics

Tasca Selected as Next Editor of Group Dynamics; Term to Begin in 2019

Dr. Giorgio Tasca has been selected by the Division 49 Executive Committee as the next editor of Group Dynamics.  Dr. Tasca currently serves the division as President-Elect.  He will assume editorship in January 2019, after completion of his term as division President.  The Executive Committee has asked current editor David Marcus to extend his term by one year through December 2018, and he has agreed to do so.

Dr. Tasca is an Associate Professor in the School of Psychology at the University of Ottawa.  He is an expert on attachment theory and its influence on eating disorders; group therapeutic approaches to the treatment of eating disorders; and application of statistical modeling approaches to group data.  In 2016 he guest-edited an issue of Group Dynamics on statistical methods in group psychology and group psychotherapy, and prior to that served as both an Associate Editor (2012 – 2015) and Consulting Editor (2008 – 2011) for the journal.

To assist with the transition, the Executive Committee has elevated Associate Editor Jay Jackson to the position of Senior Associate Editor.  Dr. Jackson will continue to serve the journal in this capacity after Dr. Tasca takes over.  Dr. Jackson is a Professor in the Department of Psychology at Indiana University-Purdue University at Fort Wayne.  He is completing his seventh year as an Associate Editor of Group Dynamics.  He is an expert on intergroup relations, with particular emphases on expression of intergroup hostility, and the influence of goal conflict on cooperation in mixed-motive settings.  He also has expertise in group decision-making and social identity.

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APA’s Board of Directors as the At-Large Member

Craig Parks, Ph.D.
Craig Parks, Ph.D.

APA’s Board of Directors as the At-Large Member

After much discussion with colleagues within the division, as well as with some key people at APA, I have decided to put my name in for nomination to sit on APA’s Board of Directors as the at-large member representing mid-career psychologists and the science/research community.  In my brief (300-word) nomination statement, I have emphasized not only my leadership of a division that spans the therapy and non-therapy worlds, but also my position as assistant vice provost at my university, the duties of which require me to develop solutions across a variety of constituent groups that don’t usually begin on the same page.  (My nomination statement is not privileged, so if for some reason you want to see the full text, just email me.)  My stated motivation for wanting to sit on the Board is to continue the work initiated by the past president, Susan McDaniel, to weld back together the research and practice sides of APA.  You simply cannot have one without the other.  I think both my division and professional experiences position me to help with this.  Also, as you know from my past listserv postings, the groups point of view is nonexistent in Association committees.  APA has rightfully pointed out to me that we have not done a good job of putting forth candidates for them to consider.  This year I am working hard to rectify this, and if I’m going to ask others to stand for consideration, I need to do so too.  

The Board of Directors consists of six officers and six at-large members, all elected by the general membership.  It supervises APA affairs as well as the lobbying arm of the Association, drafts a budget for member approval, and works with Sally and her colleagues on the Council of Representatives to steer the professional ship.  It’s a big job that APA equates to a quarter-time assignment.  Happily, my boss expects all of his vice provosts to remain scholarly engaged, and he supports my pursuit of this.  

I have no expectation that I will be selected as a candidate, if for no other reason than I think APA’s definition of me as mid-career is generous (though it did make my day).  But, as a means of continuing to push for APA to bring our point of view into decision-making, this is minimal effort and high gain.

As always, feel free to email me with questions, concerns, or if you want to know more.

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Tribute to Joseph P. Powers, Ph.D.

In Memoriam: Tributes to Joseph Patrick Powers

Phillip Speiser, PhD, LMHC

Group Psychotherapist Director

Arbour Counseling Services & Partial Hospitalization Program

Norwell, MA

Joe Powers, Ph.D
Joe Powers, Ph.D.

Dr. Joseph (Joe) Patrick Powers passed away on January 14, 2017, in his home in Needham MA. He lived with his wife Kathleen O’Brien and has two children, Devin and Cullan.

Joe was an active member of the Executive Board of Division 49 of the APA, where he recently helped pilot a new journal that focused on group practice and the practitioner. He was Director of Group Psychotherapy at the prestigious McLean Hospital in Belmont MA and was a ‘master’ group therapist. How does one become a ‘master’ at their art? We can trace this passion for the learning about ‘living, surviving and thriving’ in-group back to Joe’s formative years, growing up in the Bronx NY, as the second child of eight siblings. Born September 29, 1944 he spent much of his childhood playing stickball, basketball, handball, touch football and other sports on the streets and playgrounds in the community. In those days the neighborhood was safe and the streets became part of your extended family. Most neighbors knew each other and kept an eye out for each other. It didn’t matter much if you were Irish, Italian, Jewish or other ethnicity as long as you could ‘play ball’ and this he did. He excelled and thrived in this environment sowing seeds that touched on inclusion, fairness, and social networking. Joe then went on to study English Literature at Catholic University and then Communications at New York University. He would begin to integrate these studies and skills as he then proceeded to study Group Psychotherapy, Sociometry and Psychodrama with J.L. and Zerka Moreno in the early1970’s. The Moreno’s were early pioneers in the study of the group and have left us with many practical tools to work with and study groups, including: role play, role training, action methods, sociodrama, social atom and sociogram. Psychodrama dealt with the study of the individual within a group therapy setting through dramatic enactment- exploration. Joe quickly became a leader and trainer in this early, specialized field of study. It is at this time that I first met Joe and he became my mentor and teacher and later, friend and colleague. In 1975, Joe left NY for Boston to found the New England Psychodrama Institute with Peter Rowan. Together they also started a Psychodrama, Group Psychotherapy Master’s program at Lesley University. His passion for learning led him to continue his journey in the study of groups, as he went on to complete his doctorate at Harvard University and Boston College. It is from here he found his professional home at McLean Hospital as Director of Group Psychotherapy. For over three decades Joe continued to work as a ‘master’ group therapist, teacher, supervisor and researcher. He touched the lives of hundreds of clients, students and colleagues as he shared his wisdom and wonder for life. The ‘group’ became a second home, one filled with compassion, empathy, wonder and awe- a forum where lives could meet and find common ground as they moved towards healthy relationship and change. To quote from a family member: ‘His profound devotion to helping others find peace was surpassed only by the love he had for his family and dear friends and his capacity to see the beauty in this world.” Joe will always have a special place in our hearts and he will be greatly missed.

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Professional Contributions Awards & Student Awards

2018 DISTINGUISHED PROFESSIONAL CONTRIBUTIONS AND STUDENT AWARDS 

CALL FOR NOMINATIONS

Deadline: June 1, 2017

APA’s Board of Professional Affairs (BPA) seeks nominations for its Distinguished Professional Contributions awards. All nominees must have excellent overall personal and professional reputations. Nominees should not have received disciplinary action from a state board of examiners in psychology and must have no history of ethical violations at the state or national level.

Winners receive an honorarium of $1,000; the opportunity to present an invited address at APA’s 2018 Annual Convention in San Francisco, CA, August 9-12, 2018; a waiver of 2018 convention registration fees; and reimbursement of up to $1,500 in expenses related to attendance at the 2018 convention.

For each award, nominators should provide a detailed narrative statement of no more than 300 words on the nature of the contributions and focus of the nomination and an up-to-date resume and bibliography. Endorsements from other individuals or groups are encouraged. Also, nominators of award winners will be responsible for preparing a 100-word award citation.

Note: Additional requirements for APA/APAGS Award for Distinguished Graduate Student in Professional Psychology

Please send nomination materials for all categories to Sheila Kerr-Wilson at skerr@apa.org. You may also reach her by phone at (202) 336-5878.

The APA Award for Distinguished Professional Contributions to Applied Research is given to a psychologist whose research has led to important discoveries or developments in the field of applied psychology. To be eligible, this research should have led to innovative applications in an area of psychological practice, including but not limited to assessment, consultation, instruction, or intervention (either direct or indirect). Research involving the original development of procedures, methodologies, or technical skills that significantly improve the application of psychological knowledge and provide direct and immediate solutions to practical problem areas will be considered, as will research that has informed psychologists on how better to observe, define, predict, or control behavior. Original integration of existing theories or knowledge is also eligible for consideration.

For additional information please visit: http://www.apa.org/about/awards/applied-research.aspx

The APA Award for Distinguished Professional Contributions to Independent Practice. The award is intended to recognize outstanding independent practitioners in psychology. Nominations will be considered for psychologists working in any area of clinical specialization, health services provision, or consulting, and services provided to any patient population or professional clientele in an independent setting. Services provided to diverse client groups or patient populations, including but not limited to children/adolescents/adults/older adults; urban/rural/frontier populations; minority populations; and persons with serious mental illness will be considered. Contributions may be judged distinguished by virtue of peer recognition, advancement of the public’s recognition of psychology as a profession, relevant professional association honors, or other meritorious accomplishments denoting excellence as a practitioner including advancement of the profession.

For additional information please visit: http://www.apa.org/about/awards/private-sector.aspx

The APA Award for Distinguished Professional Contributions to Institutional Practice. The award is intended to recognize outstanding practitioners in psychology. Nominations will be considered for psychologists working in a wide variety of institutional practice settings (e.g. schools, military, state hospital, Department of Veterans Affairs, etc.). Services provided to diverse client groups or patient populations, including but not limited to children/adolescents/adults/older adults; urban/rural/frontier populations; minority populations; and, persons with serious mental illness will be considered. Contributions may be judged distinguished by virtue of peer recognition, advancement of the public’s recognition of psychology as a profession, relevant professional association honors, or other meritorious accomplishments denoting excellence as a practitioner including improvement of institutional service delivery systems or development of psychologically informed public policy.

For additional information please visit: http://www.apa.org/about/awards/institutional-practice.aspx

APA/APAGS Award for Distinguished Graduate Student in Professional Psychology is awarded on an annual basis by BPA and the American Psychological Association of Graduate Students (APAGS) to a graduate student who has demonstrated outstanding practice and application of psychology. A qualified candidate must demonstrate exemplary performance in working with an underserved population in an applied setting or have developed an innovative method for delivering health services to an underserved population. Nominees may have received their doctoral degree at the time of nomination provided that accomplishments for the award were achieved while a graduate student. Eligible candidates are encouraged to apply from all psychology sub-specialties (e.g., clinical, counseling, organization, school, health) and can be self-nominated or nominated by an APA member. However, all self-nominations must be endorsed by an APA member who serves the function of a nominator.

Each applicant must submit a summary of no more than 1,000 words regarding their work with an underserved population that must include a description of the student’s work with this population, the status of the underserved population and number served, nature of psychological services/work done and its impact on addressing the needs of the identified population. In addition, nominees are expected to identify why the group they have worked with is considered underserved. Applicants must also submit a curriculum vitae, a letter of support from a member of APA and, in the instance of a self-nomination, verification that the endorser will serve the role and complete the functions of a nominator.

For additional information, including details regarding nomination material please visit: http://www.apa.org/about/awards/grad-profpsyc.aspx

Attention Nominators:

The nominator/endorser will be expected to prepare the text for the award citation, attend the APA Annual Convention (at his or her own expense), serve as chair of the winner’s award address, introduce the award recipient and prepare the written introduction for any APA publications wishing to publicize the award.

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2018 American Psychological Foundation

Call For Nominations

Gold Medal Award for Life Achievement in the Practice of Psychology

Deadline: June 1, 2017

The American Psychological Foundation (APF) invites nominations for the APF 2018 Gold Medal Award for Life Achievement in the Practice of Psychology. The award includes a mounted medallion; a waiver of 2018 convention registration fees; round trip airfare; and a travel stipend of $1,000 to attend the 2018 American Psychological Association (APA) Annual Convention in San Francisco, California.

The Gold Medal Awards recognize life achievement in and enduring contributions to psychology.  Eligibility is limited to psychologists 65 years or older residing in North America.

Gold Medal Award for Life Achievement in the Practice of Psychology recognizes a distinguished career and enduring contribution to advancing the professional practice of psychology.  This award is meant to honor colleagues whose career has focused on either the practice of psychology or advancing the practice of psychology.  (Submit nominations to Sheila Kerr-Wilson, skerr@apa.org)

Additional criteria may include:

Distinguished Service: Evidence of distinguished, sustained service in psychology.

Achievement of Excellence: Evidence of recognition by other professional/public interest groups of a kind not routinely accorded to all psychologists.  All nominees should have excellent overall personal and professional reputations.

Extraordinary Recognition: Evidence of having received national or international recognition from one’s colleagues for contributions to psychology.

Significant Contributions: The publication of articles, books, monographs and other scientific writings which have made a demonstrable impact on the science and thinking of colleagues on more than a local basis, in their field of endeavor.  Contributions may be judged distinguished by virtue of peer recognition, advancement of the public’s recognition of psychology as a profession, relevant professional association honors, or other meritorious accomplishments denoting excellence as a scientific researcher including advancement of the profession.

Nominees should not have received disciplinary action from a state board of examiners in psychology and must have no history of ethical violations at the state or national level.

Nomination Requirements:

Nomination letters should indicate the specific Gold Medal Award for which the individual is being nominated and should include the following:

  • Nomination statement that addresses the award criteria
  • Nominee’s current vita and bibliography
  • Letters in support of the nomination are welcome, but please refrain from sending supplementary materials such as videos, books, brochures, or magazines
  • All nomination materials should be coordinated and collected by a chief nominator and submitted in one package by email to the appropriate APA staff member listed with that award.
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Div49 APA Convention Program Co-Chairs

The Division 49 Convention Committee looks forward to seeing everyone at the upcoming APA Annual Convention in Washington, DC on August 3-6, 2017. We have an exciting program planned for the convention; please look for upcoming emails from the Convention Co-Chairs with more details this summer!  Programs will be listed in the June issue of The Group Psychologist.

Martin Kivlighan, Ph.D.
Martin Kivlighan, Ph.D.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Debra O'Connell, Ph.D.
Debra O’Connell, Ph.D.
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Dissertation Award

Division 49 is proud to announce the winner of our Dissertation Research Award for 2015.

Maartijn van der Kamp, Ph.D.
Maartijn van der Kamp, Ph.D.

He is Dr. Maartijn van der Kamp, from the University of Melbourne, and his dissertation was entitled “Group Faultlines” in strategic alliances.  His research focuses on faultline activation, defined as the process by which members of a team come to perceive subgroups, and faultline deactivation, the process of minimizing the salience of perceived subgroups in teams, in the context of strategic alliances.  Dr. van der Kamp has won $1000 in case, a free three-year membership in the Division, and a commemorative plaque.

Division 49 makes such an award every year.  To enter next year’s contest, if you completed a dissertation during calendar year 2016, contact Dr. Richard Moreland (cslewis@pitt.edu) for information.

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Travel Grants – 2017 APA Convention

Jean Keim, Ph.D.
Jean Keim, Ph.D.

As you are thinking about APA and convention programming, remember your APF Div. 49 Foundation has funding for scholarly work and travel. Deadlines for the grants are Oct. 1st. Available grants include travel, scholarly work in group psychotherapy, and scholarly work in group psychology. Links to the grants are provided below:

http://www.apa.org/apf/funding/div-49-travel.aspx

http://www.apa.org/apf/funding/div-49-psychotherapy.aspx?tab=1

http://www.apa.org/apf/funding/div-49-psychology.aspx

Feel free to email me if you have questions.

Jean, Keim jkeim@unm.edu

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Division 49 Co-Chairs Call for Proposals

Greetings, Members:

As programming co-chairs for the convention, Debra and I are excited to be part of the planning of what is sure to be another exciting Division 49 program! We wanted to alert you to upcoming opportunities to submit group psychology and group psychotherapy proposals.

Throughout the year, there will be several opportunities to submit proposals for programming at the convention. The next approaching deadline is for submissions of APA Continuing Education (CE) Workshop Proposals. For more information on CE Workshop proposals, please see http://www.apa.org/convention/convention-proposals.pdfCE Workshop proposals are due by Nov. 14th.

The next submission deadline is for Division Individual and Program Proposals. Division 49 welcomes submissions of the following types of proposals: papers, posters, symposia, conversation hours, and skill building sessions. For more information on Division proposals, please see http://www.apa.org/convention/convention-proposals.pdfDivision proposals are due by Dec. 1.

Lastly, APA Film Festival proposals are due by Dec. 22.

Please feel free to contact Division 49’s Program Co-Chairs for the 2017 convention, Martin Kivlighan (martin-kivlighan@uiowa.edu) or Debra O’Connell (d.oconnell2@gmail.com) with any questions or requests.

We look forward to seeing you all in Washington, DC for the 2017 APA Convention!

Best,

Martin and Debra

Martin Kivlighan, Ph.D.
Martin Kivlighan, Ph.D.
Debra O'Connell, Ph.D.
Debra O’Connell, Ph.D.
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Travel Award Recipients – 2016 APA Convention

Student Travel Award Recipients 2016

Michael Awad
Michael Awad

Michael Awad is a doctoral student studying counseling psychology at Teachers College, Columbia University. He has experience facilitating mindfulness-based stress reduction groups for individuals with chronic pain and medical professionals experiencing burnout, psychotherapy groups for mental health and chemical dependency intensive outpatient programs, and conducts four psychoeducation groups per week as a school counselor for adolescents of color entering the nation’s top boarding schools. More recently, he is involved in the development of a research-informed cognitive rehabilitation group for individuals with Alzheimer’s disease and other age-related dementias. He has a specific interest in working with boys and men of color.

Ashley Barbery
Ashley Barbery

Ashley Barbery is a doctoral candidate attending The American School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University, Washington, D.C. She currently facilitates group therapy for children experiencing social skills difficulties as well as for adults with various cognitive impairments. In her future practice, Ashley hopes to offer group therapy for military spouses, caregivers, and individuals with traumatic brain injury.

Annalucia Bays
Annalucia Bays

Annalucia Bays is a rising fifth-year in Virginia Commonwealth University’s (VCU) counseling psychology program in Richmond, Virginia. In addition to receiving didactic and experiential training in group therapy, she has co-lead three interpersonal process groups for college students and adults; one manualized CBT-focused group for adults with anxiety; and one supportive, skills-based, and process-oriented group for college students with bipolar disorder. Furthermore, she designed, implemented, and currently maintains a new group therapy program in a VCU-run, community-based training clinic.

Erin Crozier
Erin Crozier

Erin Crozier is a doctoral candidate in Counseling Psychology at Auburn University, co-chair of the Division 49 student committee, and will soon begin internship at Oregon State University. Her interest in group work began as an undergraduate, was further ignited in her doctoral program, and is a special interest she has been nourishing heavily over the past two years. Evidence of this passion include her dissertation on group training and competence, multiple presentations and small writing projects, and my formation and co-leadership of a thriving group for students with eating disorders at a practicum site with no existing group program. Over the past year and a half, she has become increasingly involved in Division 49 and has worked closely with the student representative to further many exciting projects within the student committee. She looks forward to continuing this work and networking with other student affiliates and division members in Denver, and is very grateful for the division’s travel award to help her get there.

Keri Frantell
Keri Frantell

Keri Frantell really began to develop an interest in group psychotherapy and group psychology during her master’s program, where she had the opportunity to run many psychotherapy groups at her internship site. She also developed an interest in intergroup dialogues (IGD), developing a program for IGD at that institution. Her main focus now in her doctoral work is looking at the process and outcomes of IGD and group psychotherapy.

Nicole Randall
Nicole Randall

Nicole Randall is a female Veteran of the United States Marine Corps and a clinical psychology doctoral-trainee. She has been training within the VA medical system for three years and has found that group psychotherapy is absolutely fundamental in healing the Veteran population. She notes that her military experience gives her an insider’s perspective when integrating military culture into group psychotherapy, and her psychological training and education empower her to challenge and guide her clients with interventions grounded in psychological theory and evidence-based practices.