After many years of dreaming and working, I’m happy to announce our Division 49 Foundation has reached the minimum $100,000 funding level. Current cash funds are at $108,180.31, with cash and pledges at $109,400. Additionally, we have two planned estate gifts.
You might be wondering what this means to you. The foundation will fund advancements in group psychology and group psychotherapy into perpetuity. Years ago, your Division 49 leadership team discussed wanting a method of funding innovative work in our field. Two of those who initially envisioned the foundation were Bob Conyne and Lynn Rapin. During my presidency, the Division 49 Board voted to create the foundation and pledged the initial $100,000 required from journal revenues. At the time, most of the board members also donated $1,000 each. Your Division leadership created a lasting legacy for group psychology and group psychotherapy.
The Foundation Committee, with the Board’s approval, is moving forward with the following awards. Although the exact wording may change a bit, now is the time to begin thinking about projects for the 2016 funding cycle. When the call for proposals is released it will be on the website and sent to the listserv.
- Group Psychotherapy Award (approximately $2,000). Award for innovative group psychotherapy research applied to small groups in a naturalistic setting. (Preference for early career applicants. Preference for proposals which integrate group psychology.)
- Group Psychology Award (approximately $2,000). Award for innovative group psychology research focused toward groups in applied settings. (Preference for early career applicants. Preference for proposals which integrate group psychotherapy.)
- Group Psychology and/or Group Psychotherapy Award (approximately $1,000, pending available funds). Travel award for professional development in group psychology and/or group psychotherapy. This award is designed to offset costs for a division member to travel to a location where they can learn/observe from a mentor/researcher with the goal of improving their teaching, supervision, clinical work or research. (Funding preference for mentoring and training opportunities, with travel to group conferences a lower priority.)
If you would like to be involved please consider a donation. Pledges can be spread across five years. For example, a pledge of $1,000, over 5 years, is about $16.67 each month. For the price of lunch, you can make a difference in group psychology and group psychotherapy. Small one time gifts, pledges and estate gifts are all ways you can contribute. A pledge form is located here or email me (firstname.lastname@example.org) and I will send you one. Be sure to mark your donation as Division 49, so that it is included in our funds.
Jean Keim, Ph.D.