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It was nice seeing many of you at the APA Annual Convention. We had an extremely successful gathering and a great deal of work was accomplished. We were especially pleased to learn of the Society’s commitment to providing awards in a number of different areas. This is based on the success of the Division 49 Foundation and numerous leaders who worked dedicatedly over the years. You can read more about this in Dr. Keim’s article in this issue.

In addition to the awards that the Foundation will offering (including a Group Psychology Award and a travel award for professional development), the Board also committed to funding awards recognizing excellence in teaching group dynamics, outstanding departmental training in group, and outstanding commitment to the practice of group psychotherapy.

In this issue, you can read about the following:

  • A more detailed analysis of what group training opportunities are available in graduate programs. Erin Crozier and Samuel Collier further analyzed the data from the survey reported in an earlier TGP article (http://div49tgp.com/2014/10/30/group-training-survey-may-2014/).
  • We also hear from President Kivlighan, who asks, “Are we the Division of Group Psychology AND Group Psychotherapy or are we the Division of Group Psychology OR Group Psychotherapy? I think that we have work to do to make sure that we are the Division of Group Psychology AND Group Psychotherapy.” We think this is an especially important conversation, so we encourage you to check out his column.
  • In the column from President-elect Parks, he quotes Steve Wozniak: “I’m going to give you some advice that might be hard to take. That advice is: Work alone. Not on a committee. Not on a team.” There are thus some tasks that can be completed just fine by a single, motivated person. We don’t need groups to do everything. In his last column he talked about an interest in offering workshops on group-related phenomena. His focus seems to lean toward talking with the health and business and education practitioners about the many situations for which we know, empirically, that collective effort is preferable to individual effort. We are glad these varying perspectives can all be housed within our Society.

If you like one of the articles you read, be sure to comment, send it via email to a colleague, or “like” it on Facebook.

Articles or brief reports and news items can be e-mailed directly to Tom, Letitia, and Leann at ttreadwe@mail.med.upenn.edu, as can Letters to the Editor.

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

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

Associate Editor

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Editor’s Column

As we slowly work our way toward summer we look forward to joining and sharing our knowledge at our Annual Convention this August. Division 49’s program is very exciting as one can review in this issue.

In this issue, you can read about the following:

  • President Dennis Kivlighan focuses on Division 49’s program. We share his enthusiasm for the invited address by Dr. Molyn Leszcz. You can also learn more about the creation of a new ritual, The Annual Division 49 Fellow’s Talks, in his column.
  • President-elect Craig Parks plans to focus on connecting and furthering the group experience through collaboration with fellow group workers (i.e., organizational, clinical, and sports group psychologists). He feels that Division 49 needs to initiate extension efforts. For example, he suggests that the Division could sponsor workshops on topics related to group functioning to which professionals and budding professionals can attend at reasonable rates. We applaud his goal of building stronger connection between group psychology and group psychotherapy.
  • An update on the status of a new Division 49 journal. The Board received feedback from the APA Publications and Communication Board, and we report on that feedback in a separate column.

This issue has links to individual articles, tabs across top of pages (for current issue, past issues, guidelines or instructions to authors, link to website, about TGP/the Division, how to join the division, and a link to Facebook). Other features include a photo gallery, a way to sign-up to follow the site (e.g., get emails when it’s updated), a search feature, archives by month, and categories (types of articles) and tags (descriptors). If you like one of the articles you read, be sure to comment, send it via email to a colleague, or “like” it on Facebook.

Articles or brief reports and news items can be e-mailed directly to Tom, Letitia, and Leann at ttreadwe@mail.med.upenn.edu, as can Letters to the Editor.

Tom Treadwell, Ed.D., T.E.P, CGP
Tom Treadwell, Ed.D., T.E.P, CGP

Editor

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

Associate Editor

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Editors Column

Spring has finally come! For many of us on the East Coast it has been [and still is] a long hard winter. The glimpses of new growth, birds singing, and warmer days are always a special treat this time of year. What elements of spring do you appreciate?

With this new season, we also have an opportunity to reflect on what keeps us connected and grounded. In his column, President Dennis Kivlighan highlights the roles that social rituals have for him, both personally and potentially for Division 49. President-elect Craig Parks plans on connecting and furthering the group experience through collaboration with fellow group workers, such as organizational, clinical, and sports group psychologists.

Spring is also a time of change, which is present in Division 49 as well. In this issue you can read about the nominees for the President and Member-at-Large. We hope you will take the time to learn more about these wonderful members who want to step into leadership positions. And be sure to cast your vote when ballots are sent out!

Since we have moved to an electronic format (this is our first anniversary year) we are in the process of collecting and analyzing information from membership regarding the friendliness of our new format. See Leann Diederich’s summary in this issue on the results of The Group Psychologist satisfaction survey. Eyeballing early career psychologists data we see this group is busy with entering the workplace or in many cases, internships, and not having time to read the newsletter (or at least not participating in our survey to tell us they are!).

This issue has links to individual articles, tabs across top of pages (for current issue, past issues, guidelines or instructions to authors, link to website, about TGP/the Division, how to join the division, and a link to Facebook ). Other features include a photo gallery, a way to sign-up to follow the site (e.g., get emails when it’s updated), a search feature, archives by month, and categories (types of articles) and tags (descriptors). If you like one of the articles you read, be sure to comment, send it via email to a colleague, or “like” it on Facebook.

We encourage your feedback regarding this electronic format and want you to share your thoughts with us.

Articles or brief reports and news items can be e-mailed directly to Tom, Letitia, and Leann at ttreadwe@mail.med.upenn.edu, as can Letters to the Editor.

Tom Treadwell, Ed.D., T.E.P, CGP
Tom Treadwell, Ed.D., T.E.P, CGP

Tom Treadwell, Ed.D. C.G.P. T.E.P

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

Leann Terry Diederich, Ph.D.

Associate Editor

 

 

 

 

 

 

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From Your Editors the Group Psychologist –

It was nice seeing many of you at the APA Annual Convention. Generally, we had an extremely successful gathering and a great deal of work was accomplished.

In this issue, you can read about the following:

  • President Lee Gillis has focused his presidential term on helping undergraduates connect to both group psychology and group psychotherapy graduate programs. Lee developed a team of students and Early Career Psychologists (ECPs) who constructed a survey of graduate programs to ascertain the depth and breadth of their graduate studies in-group. Preliminary results are reported in this issue.
  • Lee is also focusing on group specialists to help those who teach undergraduates understand the need for helping groups establish norms and boundaries of acceptable behavior. He underscores that WE are the experts and have much to offer our colleagues who might not understand the power of a small group experience.
  • President Elect Dennis Kivlighan Jr. plans to focus on connecting and furthering the group experience asking Society members to video tape conversations about groups and about the Society. He urges members to consider participating in the GroupVoices project to record an interview for our archives. Additionally, He is going to ask Division 49 board to consider creating three Excellence in Group Psychology and Group Psychotherapy Training and Education Awards: one award to recognize an academic program that provides exemplary training in group psychology, another to recognize an academic program that provides exemplary training in group psychotherapy, and a third award to recognize an internship program that provides exemplary training in group psychotherapy.

This issue of The Group Psychologist is our 3rd newsletter (Vol. 24, No. 3) delivered as an electronic edition promoting a navigational format allowing members to traverse the pages quickly. We believe this is an excellent way to offer expanded content in an electronic format to our membership beyond the content on the Division website we have not heard back from membership. Yet we are curious as to how our members have received the new version. We are entertaining the idea of sending a quick survey to members to gain feedback to assist us in developing a reader friendly newsletter.

This issue has links to individual articles, tabs across top of pages (for current issue, past issues, guidelines for authors, link to website, about TGP/the Division, how to join the division, and a link to Facebook ). If you like one of the articles you read, be sure to comment, send it via email to a colleague, or “like” it on Facebook.

Articles or brief reports and news items can be e-mailed directly to Tom, Leann, Letitia, and Noranne at ttreadwe@mail.med.upenn.edu, as can Letters to the Editor. We encourage your feedback regarding this electronic format and want you to share your thoughts with us.

Tom Treadwell, Ed.D., T.E.P, C.G.P.
Editor

Leann Terry Diederich, Ph.D.
Associate Editor

 

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Tom Treadwell, Ed.D., T.E.P, CGP
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Leann Terry Diederich, Ph.D.
Associate Editor

Members of the Society of Group Psychology and Group Psychotherapy value groups and understand the importance of group dynamics. That is one of the reasons why attending annual conferences focused on groups can be so rewarding, as it allows us to connect with like-minded individuals. The recent American Group Psychotherapy Association’s (AGPA) meeting in Boston was exciting as many members presented challenging workshops and colloquiums. We enjoyed seeing many of you there!

We are now looking forward to APA’s Convention in Washington DC this August. The Society offers a compelling presentation schedule that is promising excellent programming for all attendee’s along with a number of programs for continuing education (CE) credits. This is an excellent way to get and stay reconnected, gain new skills and knowledge, and come together as part of a larger group to revitalize and enjoy each other’s company.

In this issue, you can read about the following:

  • President Lee Gillis is focused on helping undergraduates connect to both group psychology and group psychotherapy graduate programs. Lee developed a team of students and Early Career Psychologists (ECPs) who constructed a survey of graduate programs to ascertain the depth and breadth of their graduate studies in-group. Preliminary results suggest a very positive direction. He is planning to have a more complete report in the next TGP along with a listing those graduate programs that gave us permission to do so.
  • President Elect Dennis Kivlighan Jr. plans to focus on connecting and furthering the group experience asking Society members to video tape conversations about groups and about the Society. He urges members to consider participating in the GroupVoices project. All you need to do to participate in this GroupVoices project is to get a conversation partner and videotape your conversation.

The current issue of The Group Psychologist is our 2nd newsletter (Vol. 24, No.2) delivered as an electronic edition promoting a navigational format allowing members to traverse the pages quickly. We believe this is an excellent way to offer expanded content in an electronic format to our membership beyond the content on the Division website. Yet we are curious as to how our members have received the new version. We are entertaining the idea of sending a quick survey to members to gain feedback to assist us in developing a reader friendly newsletter.

This issue has links to individual articles, tabs across top of pages (for current issue, past issues, guidelines for authors, link to website, about TGP the Division, how to join the division, and a link to Facebook ). If you like one of the articles you read, be sure to comment, send it via email to a colleague, or “like” it on Facebook.

Articles or brief reports and news items can be e-mailed directly to Tom, Leann, Letitia, and Noranne at ttreadwe@mail.med.upenn.edu, as can Letters to the Editor. We encourage your feedback regarding this electronic format and want you to share your thoughts with us.