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GROUP: Call for Articles

GROUP

GROUP, the journal of the Eastern Group Psychotherapy Society, is again looking for articles. We publish papers on any aspect of group therapy, group functioning, and group process. Based on the premise that a couple is a small group, we also publish articles on couple therapy. In addition to formal scholarly papers, we also publish informal articles and book reviews. If you have an idea for an article please contact the editor, Lee Kassan, at lee@leekassan.com.

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Group Specialty

Nina Brown, Ed.D., LPC, NCC, FAGPA
Nina Brown, Ed.D., LPC, NCC, FAGPA

Dear Division 49 Members,

We are actively working towards getting “Group” recognized as a specialty by the Commission for the Recognition of Specialties and Proficiencies in Psychology (CRSPPP). The more or us to register positive comments about this application, the more likely it will be accepted. This would be an important recognition of group work and would have important implications for education, training, recognition and funding. Please take a few moments to register your comments at the link provided below.

Commission for the Recognition of Specialties and Proficiencies in Professional Psychology (CRSPPP)

The APA’s CRSPPP is accepting comments for specialty and proficiency petitions via the Education Directorate’s Public Comment website (http://apaoutside.apa.org/EducCSS/public/). Closing deadline for comments is 5:00PM EST, 6th March 2018. Please contact Dr. Antoinette Minniti (aminniti@apa.org) if you have any questions.

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Visionary Grants

Up to $20,000 to seed innovation through supporting research, education, and intervention projects and programs.

 The APF Visionary Grants seek to seed innovation through supporting research, education and intervention projects and programs that use psychology to solve social problems in the following priority areas:

  • Applying psychology to at-risk, vulnerable populations (e.g. serious mental illness, returning military, those who are incarcerated or economically disadvantaged)
  • Preventing violence
  • Understanding the connection between behavior and health (e.g. wellness, diabetes, obesity)
  • Understanding and eliminating stigma and prejudice (e.g. race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, age, disability and socioeconomic status)

 Eligibility Requirements

Applicants must:

  • Be a graduate student or early career researcher (no more than 10 years postdoctoral).
  • Be affiliated with a nonprofit charitable, educational or scientific institution, or governmental entity operating exclusively for charitable and educational purposes.
  • Have demonstrated competence and capacity to execute the proposed work

 Grants are available in amounts of up to $20,000.

 See our website for more information http://www.apa.org/apf/funding/visionary.aspx

 Click here to apply for this grant: https://www.grantinterface.com/Home/Logon?urlkey=apa&

 The deadline for applications is April 1, 2018.  Please feel free to distribute this call as you see fit.  Thank you for your time.

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Call for Papers: Special Issue for Psychology of Violence

Call for Papers

Racism, Anti-Semitism, Islamophobia, Privilege, and Violence: Advancing Science to Inform Practice and Policy

A Special Issue for Psychology of Violence

Special issue editors:  Lama Hassoun Ayoub, Bonnie Duran, Gabe Kuperminc, Maury Nation, David Sugarman, Nicole Yuan, and Sherry Hamby

Submission deadline: December 8, 2017

               People have been marching in the streets in support of openly racist, anti-Semitic, and Islamophobic ideologies in numbers that have not been seen in the United States for at least half a century. Bias-motivated aggressive beliefs and behaviors add substantially to the health burden of affected individuals and communities. Psychology and other social sciences have important roles to play to further understanding of these biases and to develop strategies and interventions that will reduce prejudice, discrimination, and un-earned race and class privilege. There is limited research on the effects of prejudice, and even less scientific study of the characteristics and dynamics of race and class privilege, or the mechanisms leading to the perpetration of hate-motivated violence. Further, most research on violence and aggression continues to use race, religion, and ethnicity as “social address” markers, instead of unpacking the sources for group differences, such as the burden of discrimination, and disparities in access to treatment and the level of care received during treatment. More sophisticated analyses of the underlying causes and mechanisms of social and health disparities are needed. This special issue is designed to advance the scientific knowledge about racism, anti-Semitism, Islamophobia, and other bias-motivated forms of aggressive cognitions and behaviors, with a goal of advancing prevention, intervention, and policy.

               We hope the special issue will comprise a range of methodologies and approaches to these questions, including quantitative and qualitative methods and reviews of the literature. We also welcome studies that adopt a community-based participatory research (CBPR) approach.

Topics may include but are not limited to:

  • Studies that explore the traumatic impact of victimizations motivated by racism, anti-Semitism, Islamophobia, and other forms of prejudice. We are especially interested in studies that go beyond merely using race, ethnicity, religion, immigration status or other sociodemographic characteristics as mere “social address” markers, and systematically investigate the factors that contribute to health and social disparities.  
  • Studies on hate-motivated crime of all types, including studies of interpersonal conflict and inter-group conflict. Studies on perpetrators of hate-motivated crime are especially welcome.
  • Psychometric studies on measures of racism, anti-Semitism, Islamophobia, race privilege, class privilege, or other forms of discrimination and unequitable treatment that lead to aggression, victimization, and trauma.
  • Studies on structural racism and/or historical trauma, especially efforts to improve assessment and analysis of institutional or societal factors that contribute to discrimination.
  • Studies on intersectionality among these and other identities.  For example, individuals who identify as Black and Muslim; multi-faith families; and also intersections with other identities such as LGBTQ or gender.
  • Conceptual and theoretical papers on the links between racism, religious prejudice, violence, victimization, and post-traumatic stress or other psychological sequelae.
  • Evaluations of prevention and intervention programs designed to reduce racism, anti-Semitism, or other forms of prejudice, that include aggression, victimization, post-traumatic stress or related factors as outcome variables.  We are especially interested in strengths-based approaches to prevention and studies on resilience.  
  • “Lessons learned” and other reflections on efforts to advance the scientific understanding of, or intervene against, racism, anti-Semitism, Islamophobia, and race or class privilege.

Manuscripts can be submitted through the journal’s submission portal. Please note in your cover letter that you are submitting for the special issue.

Deadline for submitting manuscripts is December 8, 2017. Inquiries regarding topic or scope for the special issue or for other manuscripts can be sent to DSugarman@ric.edu or sherry.hamby@sewanee.edu.

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Division 49 Awards

Division 49 Awards

Xu Li, Xuan Jia, and Dennis M. Kivlighan Jr. that you have been selected as the 1st place award recipient for outstanding graduate student poster on behalf of Division 49 Society for Group Psychology and Group Psychotherapy for your paper, “Perceptual Fit of Group Cohesion and Member Disclosure: An ActorPartner Response Surface Analysis.”  We were very impressed with the quality, rigor, thoughtfulness, and contribution of your paper to the field of group dynamics. Congratulations!

Elliott DeVore, Keri Frantell, and Dr. Joe Miles were selected as the 2nd place award recipient for outstanding graduate student poster on behalf of Division 49 Society for Group Psychology and Group Psychotherapy for your paper, “Attachment and Intergroup Dialogue.”  We were very impressed with the quality, rigor, thoughtfulness, and contribution of your paper to the field of group dynamics. Congratulations!

 Jean Keim was selected as the inaugural award recipient for excellence in teaching group dynamics for 2017. The awards review committee was highly impressed with your credentials, experience, and significant contributions to the field of teaching group psychology. Congratulations! 

Rebecca MacNair-Semands was selected for the Arthur Teicher Group Psychologist of the Year Award. 

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Div49 Mentorship Program

Hello Division 49 Student Members!

Are you looking for a way to try out organizational leadership in a low-key, laid back group? Do you want to build your CV with some extra experience? Have you been considering getting more involved in Division 49?

Now’s your chance!

We are currently accepting applications for the 2017-2018 Student Committee for Division 49. See below for more details.

Duration: One year (August 2017-July 2018)

Time commitment: Varies, depending on what tasks you would like to be involved in! The time commitment varies depending on the current needs of the committee, but typically requires a few hours a month (or less).

Duties: Meet approximately bimonthly via video chat, contribute to on-going projects (examples listed below), weigh-in on decisions regarding the student membership of Division 49, advocate for the division internally and externally by providing a welcoming presence to current members and recruiting new members.

Examples of recent and on-going projects: Improving recruitment of and service to a diverse student membership, creating and maintaining the student listserv, creating and maintaining an online resource drive, creating recruitment flyers for students and program directors/PIs/supervisors, contributing content for the division Facebook page, and more!

Qualifications: No special qualifications required. We are interested in students of all levels and from any programs associated with group research AND/OR practice! We want dedicated students who are passionate about group and want to get involved! Previous student committee members are welcome to apply.

If you are interested in joining our student committee, you can request an application from Keri Frantell (keri.frantell@gmail.com). Applications should be returned to Keri no later than 5 pm Eastern Time, July 20, 2017.

Please let me know if you have any questions – we look forward to hearing from you soon!

Keri Frantell, M.S.
Keri Frantell, M.S.
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Special Issue – International Journal of Group Psychotherapy

Call for Submissions

Group Dynamics and Race

The International Journal of Group Psychotherapy will publish a special issue on group dynamics and race in 2018. We are interested in receiving original theoretical, clinical, or research-based articles, including literature reviews, relevant to the problems of, and innovative solutions to, race relations.

Below are examples of interest for this special issue:                          

 :Racial bias, implicit or explicit, systemic or individual, and the facilitation of group psychotherapy in various settings.

 :Scholarly articles relevant to race that address institutional group phenomena, such as (but not limited to) business, government, education, and criminal justice.

 :Implications for our profession, such as preparation for clinical intervention in a racially mixed society.

 :Current challenges, domestic or international, such as denial of historical facts or promotion of racial myths by advocacy groups.

 :Analysis of the role of social media in drawing the isolate into online group identity based on racial bias.

We seek articles showing knowledge of group theory, clinical psychology, education, sociology, etc., with professional emphasis on the impact of racism on society. Potential contributors are invited to submit proposals by April 1, 2017, via email in abstract or summary form (500-700 words) to the editor, Dominick Grundy, Ph.D., grundyd4@earthlink.net. Those invited will be expected to submit within four months of notification. Manuscripts are submitted via Scholar One and peer-reviewed.

Articles are normally 25 double-spaced pages (including tables and references) and Brief Reports under 10 pages. Authors are held responsible for following APA style. For more information about the submission process, go online to the International Journal of Group Psychotherapy, then select the publisher’s website (Taylor & Francis online). For Instructions for Authors, use this link:  http://www.agpa.org/home/practice-resources/international-journal-of-group-psychotherapy#tab1.  Send email queries to the editor, Dominick Grundy, Ph.D., grundyd4@earthlink.net.

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Call for Nominations

Joe Miles, Ph.D.

Call for Nominations for Journal Editor of Group Dynamics: Theory, Research, and Practice

The Society of Group Psychology and Group Psychotherapy (Division 49) of the American Psychological Association has opened nominations for the Editorship of the Division’s journal, Group Dynamics: Theory, Research, and Practice for the term of January 1, 2019 to December 31, 2023.

Group Dynamics: Theory, Research, and Practice (GDN) is a peer-reviewed, quarterly journal that publishes original empirical articles, theoretical analyses, literature reviews, and brief reports dealing with basic and applied topics in the field of group research and application. The editors construe the phrase group dynamics in the broadest sense—the scientific study of all aspects of groups—and publish work by investigators in such fields as psychology, psychiatry, sociology, education, communication, and business.

The journal publishes articles examining groups in a range of contexts, including ad hoc groups in experimental settings, therapy groups, naturally forming friendship groups and cliques, organizational units, self-help groups, and learning groups. Theoretically driven empirical studies of hypotheses that have implications for understanding and improving groups in organizational, educational, and therapeutic settings are particularly encouraged.

Candidates should be available to start receiving manuscripts as the Incoming Editor on January 1, 2018 to prepare for issues published in 2019. David K. Marcus, Ph.D. is the incumbent editor, whose term ends on December 31, 2018.

Please note that Society of Group Psychology and Group Psychotherapy encourages participation by members of underrepresented groups in the publication process and would particularly welcome such nominees. Self-nominations are also encouraged.

Joseph R. Miles, Ph.D., will chair the search. To nominate a candidate (or yourself), please send the candidate’s name and contact information to Joseph Miles at joemiles@utk.edu. He will follow up with all nominees to assess interest and request additional materials.

Deadline for accepting nominations is June 1, 2017, when reviews will begin.

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Canadian Group Psychotherapy Update

Kasra Khorsani, M.D.
Kasra Khorsani, M.D.

I am happy to report that we accomplished many of our goals that we set out in the last year, and we are looking forward to building on our accomplishments. I like to thank our board of directors and our committee members for all their hard work.

Our main aim continues to be building our membership services, and grow our membership. We hope you will be as committed as the Board and I are to establishing a sustainable association of group therapists in Canada.

We did not reach our membership goal of 150 by October 2016 but we slightly increased our membership over last year having around 115 members compared to 110 from the year before.

We need your continued help to grow our membership.

Invite a new member to CGPA. Please keep in mind for every new member that you invite you get a discount towards your next year’s membership fee.

We accomplished the following in the last year:

  • Our pilot mentor ship program was a success thanks to Dr. Samantha Surkis leadership. We are trying to make the association attractive for the students and therapists who are just starting out. We hope to attract more mentors and mentees to this initiative. Please consider being a mentor or suggest to someone you know to take advantage of being a mentee. This membership benefit in my opinion is priceless for both the mentor and the mentee.
  • Our Annual conference in Toronto on Oct 2016 was a success and we had an overwhelming positive response from most attendees. The three-day format worked well and we hope to repeat that in the coming years though we will stay flexible in the design of our annual meetings to adapt to the various locations and needs of the communities we hope to attract. The next Annual Meeting will be in Halifax in October of 2017 and in Winnipeg in October of 2018.
  • The Sunday night educational seminars continue to be popular. The teleconference is from 8-9 pm EST on the first Sunday of each month. It is offered free of charge to members and non-members. Please invite a colleague or a friend interested in group work to register and benefit from the experience and wisdom of senior group therapist from across Canada.  This we hope will show case group therapy and introduce CGPA to the therapist communities across Canada.
  • Financially we will post a gain in 2016, that is mostly due to the generous contribution of our patron members and the success of Multicenter Experiential Groups in May of 2016.  We will be repeating both those initiatives this year.  Please consider being a patron member. Please consider getting involved in the 2017 May 13 ETG’s by either volunteering to run an experiential group or support hosting an ETG in your location, Spread the word in your communities about this event. We Hope to run groups in Toronto, Winnipeg, Halifax, Calgary and Vancouver. We are always open to have more sites around the country join in this one day ETG initiative.
  • Our Training committee under the leadership of Aida Cabecinha will continue to work on developing Web based Group Therapy Modules. That committee is also actively exploring the idea of developing a program for group therapy certification.
  • And finally, we hope to upgrade our website in the coming year. So, that it can be more accessible and efficient and useful for our members.

Please Give us feedback.  Let us know how we can all support each other to have a more vital and fulfilling association. Consider getting involved by volunteering to join our committees or the Board of Directors.

Best wishes,

Kasra khorasani MD

Toronto, ON

Kasra.khorasani@utoronto.ca

416.627.4590

Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions or if you want to send me any information.

Alternatively, you can send any material to

First Stage Enterprises

admin@cgpa.ca

416.426.7229

Fax: 416.426.728

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Special Issue – International Journal of Group Psychotherapy

Call for Submissions

Group Dynamics and Race

The International Journal of Group Psychotherapy will publish a special issue on group dynamics and race in 2018. We are interested in receiving original theoretical, clinical, or research-based articles, including literature reviews, relevant to the problems of, and innovative solutions to, race relations.

Below are examples of interest for this special issue:

  • Racial bias, implicit or explicit, systemic or individual, and the facilitation of group psychotherapy in various settings.
  • Scholarly articles relevant to race that address institutional group phenomena, such as (but not limited to) business, government, education, and criminal justice.
  • Implications for our profession, such as preparation for clinical intervention in a racially mixed society.
  • Current challenges, domestic or international, such as denial of historical facts or promotion of racial myths by advocacy groups.
  • Analysis of the role of social media in drawing the isolate into online group identity based on racial bias.

We seek articles showing knowledge of group theory, clinical psychology, education, sociology, etc., with professional emphasis on the impact of racism on society. Potential contributors are invited to submit proposals by April 1, 2017, via email in abstract or summary form (500-700 words) to the editor, Dominick Grundy, Ph.D., grundyd4@earthlink.net. Those invited will be expected to submit within four months of notification. Manuscripts are submitted via Scholar One and peer-reviewed.

Articles are normally 25 double-spaced pages (including tables and references) and Brief Reports under 10 pages. Authors are held responsible for following APA style. For more information about the submission process, go online to the International Journal of Group Psychotherapy, then select the publisher’s website (Taylor & Francis online). For Instructions for Authors, use this link:  http://www.agpa.org/home/practice-resources/international-journal-of-group-psychotherapy#tab1.  Send email queries to the editor, Dominick Grundy, Ph.D., grundyd4@earthlink.net.