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Group Specialty Council

Group Specialty Council

The petition to have Group Psychology and Group Psychotherapy recognized as a specialty was submitted in December 2016, and the public comment period ended on March 10, 2017.  There were more than 140 comments submitted and all were positive.  While the majority of the comments were from individuals, several were from other groups such as the AGPA Science to Service Task Force, the American Board of Group Psychology, The Group Foundation for Advancing Mental Health, the Northeastern Society for Group Psychotherapy, the International Board for the Certification of Group Psychotherapists, AGPA, APA Division 49, APA Committee on Aging, APA Committee on Children, Youth, and Families, the Hawaiian Islands Group Psychotherapy Society, and Samaritan Health & Living Center.  We extend our thanks to all the individuals and groups that provided comments as this shows the level of interest the petition holds. CRSPPP will hold its meeting on        , and their response is expected 30 days after the meeting.  Members of The Society and Council will be notified immediately after the decision is communicated to us.

The Council was contacted by CoS in response to a request from CoA to develop specialty competencies for residents in post-doctoral psychology programs.  There are 16 areas where 2 – 3 advanced competencies are needed.  The Council is in the process of developing competencies and welcomes any ideas to facilitate that process.  Following are the 16 competency domains based upon ABPP competencies and inclusive of APA- CoA competencies:

Integration of science and practice ( note: an APA-CoA required competency)

    1. Ethical and Legal Standards/Policy
    2. Individual and Cultural Diversity
    3. Professionalism (professional values attitudes and behavior)
    4. Reflective practice/self-assessment, self-care
    5. Scientific knowledge and methods
    6. Interdisciplinary Systems
    7. Relationships
    8. Evidence-based Practice
    9. Assessment
    10. Intervention
    11. Consultation
    12. Research/Evaluation
    13. Supervision
    14. Teaching
    15. Management/ Administration
    16. Advocacy

The competency domains Integration of Science and Practice, Ethical and Legal Standards, and Individual and Cultural Diversity are required for all postdoctoral residencies regardless of specialty.

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

Eleanor F. Counselman, Ed.D., ABPP, CGP, LFAGPA

 

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Committee Reports

Group Specialty Council

The petition to have Group Psychology and Group Psychotherapy recognized as a specialty was submitted in December 2016, and the public comment period ended on March 10, 2017.  There were more than 140 comments submitted and all were positive.  While the majority of the comments were from individuals, several were from other groups such as the AGPA Science to Service Task Force, the American Board of Group Psychology, The Group Foundation for Advancing Mental Health, the Northeastern Society for Group Psychotherapy, the International Board for the Certification of Group Psychotherapists, AGPA, APA Division 49, APA Committee on Aging, APA Committee on Children, Youth, and Families, the Hawaiian Islands Group Psychotherapy Society, and Samaritan Health & Living Center.  We extend our thanks to all the individuals and groups that provided comments as this shows the level of interest the petition holds. CRSPPP will hold its meeting on        , and their response is expected 30 days after the meeting.  Members of The Society and Council will be notified immediately after the decision is communicated to us.

The Council was contacted by CoS in response to a request from CoA to develop specialty competencies for residents in post-doctoral psychology programs.  There are 16 areas where 2 – 3 advanced competencies are needed.  The Council is in the process of developing competencies and welcomes any ideas to facilitate that process.  Following are the 16 competency domains based upon ABPP competencies and inclusive of APA- CoA competencies:

Integration of science and practice ( note: an APA-CoA required competency)

  1. Ethical and Legal Standards/Policy
  2. Individual and Cultural Diversity
  3. Professionalism (professional values attitudes and behavior)
  4. Reflective practice/self-assessment, self-care
  5. Scientific knowledge and methods
  6. Interdisciplinary Systems
  7. Relationships
  8. Evidence-based Practice
  9. Assessment
  10. Intervention
  11. Consultation
  12. Research/Evaluation
  13. Supervision
  14. Teaching
  15. Management/ Administration
  16. Advocacy

The competency domains Integration of Science and Practice, Ethical and Legal Standards, and Individual and Cultural Diversity are required for all postdoctoral residencies regardless of specialty.

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

President

Eleanor F. Counselman, Ed.D., ABPP, CGP, LFAGPA

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Secretary

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Group Specialty Council: Promoting Group Psychology and Psychotherapy

Promoting Group Psychology and Psychotherapy

Nina Brown, Ed.D., LPC, NCC, FAGPA
Nina Brown, Ed.D., LPC, NCC, FAGPA
Eleanor F. Counselman, Ed.D., ABPP, CGP, LFAGPA
Eleanor F. Counselman, Ed.D., ABPP, CGP, LFAGPA

The Group Specialty Council, with members from Division 49, the American Board of Group Psychology (ABGP), the International Board for Certification of Group Psychotherapists, and the American Group Psychotherapy Association (AGPA) is hard at work preparing a new petition to have group psychology and psychotherapy approved as an APA specialty.

As part of the petition we must show four model programs that demonstrate group specialty training. Finding such programs has been a challenge and has awakened us to the need to have group psychotherapy training better publicized.  Group training programs are not well publicized or visible so that prospective students, the general public, and regulating bodies such as CRSPPP, can easily determine that such training programs are available in a doctoral program, or an internship, or a post-doctoral residency.

There are over 200 APA accredited doctoral and internship programs in the United States, all of which are supposed to have education and training program information on their websites, but our review of these websites did not reveal any group psychology and group psychotherapy training programs.  The absence of visible programs is a major hindrance for the current petition to gain recognition for group as a specialty in training programs.

It is important and essential that members of The Society who are faculty at university APA accredited doctoral and internship programs in clinical, counseling and school psychology work to get their group education and training programs more visible on the website and other public materials, and to get their programs to formally designate group as an emphasis, or track or concentration and to publicize this. Sometimes this is just a matter of updating an existing website. Or it might mean creating a link to new material.

We are confident that there are numerous educational and training opportunities in group psychology and group psychotherapy.  Josh Gross, the director of the Florida State University’ College Counseling Center surveyed  College Counseling Training Directors, 42 responded  and found ten that had possible group training opportunities and requirements that could be designated as a program, or an emphasis, or a track, or a concentration but had not been designated so or recognized as such in their public materials.

We need your assistance in bringing more visibility to the group psychology and group psychotherapy doctoral and internship training programs, emphases, concentrations, or tracks. We believe there will be increased demand for group therapy in the future, as it is an evidenced-based treatment for many disorders  (see the AGPA Practice Resources website) that is efficient and cost effective. However, psychologists who do not have adequate group therapy training are being asked to lead groups, and this is not good for the profession, much less the patients. Specialty status and promotion of training opportunities will help support group therapy and the training sites that offer it.