It is my great honor to accept the Division’s nomination for APA Council of Representatives. I have had the privilege of serving as the Division’s Secretary since 2014. This has afforded me the opportunity to learn about the intricacies and governance of APA, as well as the valuable mission of Division 49 and its members. The field of Group Psychology and Group Psychotherapy is incredibly important given its impact on so many aspects of daily life, societal norms and interpersonal dynamics. Being an advocate for and casting my votes with the needs and interest of the Division and its members would be my priority. I am passionate about and committed to the Division, and look forward to the opportunity to continue my service here. I am a Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of Florida where my primary role includes coordinating the 30+ therapy groups run each semester through the Counseling and Wellness Center. Group Therapy is my passion and I enjoy teaching, supervising and presenting yearly at APA and AGPA in this area.
It was a pleasure to see many of you at the August 2015 Convention in Toronto. I had the privilege of attending board meetings for the Division, including meeting with the APA Publications team about ways to continue to promote the division through our journal and social media sites. Please visit this link to review the minutes from our Board meeting. We learned that the APA MyCommunities website, which we had be utilizing to store documents for the Division, would be closing. We have since moved the documents (e.g. former board meeting minutes, bylaws, policy manual, summaries of ECP hosted conference calls) to DropBox. Our hope in having an electronic place for all Division related materials is to increase transparency among members about how decisions are made and how we are advocating on your behalf. We also always welcome ideas and suggestions for ways the Division can support your needs as a Group Psychologist more effectively. In addition, having a centralized place to store materials allows incoming board to become familiarized with procedures and documents more quickly, and prevents us from losing historical documents previously kept by individual members or in non-electronic forms. Lastly, this assist current board members in having quick access to be able to review what has transpired in the past and remember the historical context of decisions. If you would like access to any of the materials, please contact me and I would be happy to share the information with you.
2015 August Convention Board Meeting
August 8, 2015 from 8:30 am to 12:00 pm; Toronto Ontario
Attendees: Dr. Dennis Kivlighan (President), Dr. Lee Gillis (Past-President), Dr. Craig Parks (President-Elect), Dr. Jennifer Alonso (Secretary), Dr. Amy Nitza (Treasurer), Dr. Rex Stockton (Member at Large), Dr. Leann Diederich (Member at Large), Dr. Jill Paquin (Member at Large), Dr. Robert Gleave (2016 incoming President-Elect), Dr. Sally Barlow (Council of Representatives), Dr. Norah Slone (Program Co-Chair), Dr. Joe Miles (Program Co-Chair), Dr. Misha Bogomaz (ECP Co-chair), Dr. David Marcus (Journal Editor)
Review of mid-winter meeting minutes
Past President – Dr. Lee Gillis
- At the conclusion of the election, these are the incoming board members: President-Elect for 2016 is Robert Gleave; Member at Large for 2016 is Michele Ribeiro.
- Updates for policy manual were reviewed by the board and APA. Primary changes included clarifying what is financially covered during the mid-winter meeting and responsibilities of the fellows committee. A reminder that the bylaws are a more official document than the policy manual given that is vetted by the APA membership office.
- ACTION ITEM: Dr. Gillis will clarify duties of member-at-large, create procedures for group as a specialty proposal moving forward.
President – Dr. Dennis Kivlighan
- Joe Powers, current member at large, has resigned from the board. Bylaws state the runner up in the most recent election is offered to complete that term. Dr. Misha Bogomaz has accepted the position with the term ending in Dec 2016.
- Six new fellows were approved: Dr.’s Bill Hoyt, George Tasca, Lee Gillis, Maria Riva, Nathanial Wade and Cheri Marmarosh
- ACTION ITEM: All board members are invited to send recommendations for president-elect, secretary, and member at large to Dr. Kivlighan.
- ACTION ITEM: Dr. Alonso will update APA website to reflect this changes
Group as a Specialty – Dr. Robert Gleave
- The proposal was submitted to the Commission for the Recognition of Specialties and Proficiencies in Professional Psychology (CRSPPP) board and the petition was denied. This committee is discussing whether to revise and resubmit the proposal in 2016 or 2017.
- One major obstacle included the fact that there are no post-training programs in group. The Certified Group Psychotherapist (CGP) is insufficient.
- The Society can submit a proposal to be a proficiency rather than a specialty, however, it is less helpful. Proficiency is not a step towards specialty because it would be subsumed or a subspecialty under another category.
- The committee is proposing that a professional writer be hired to assist in revising the proposal. A minimum of $5,000 is needed for this service.
- MOTION APPROVED: Continue this ad hoc committee. Motion approved unanimously.
- ACTION ITEM: Dr. Alonso will update website with the information about the committee, including adding Dr. Gleave to the roster
- ACTION ITEM: Dr. Nitza will check in at 2016 mid-winter meeting regarding possible professional writer expense.
President-Elect – Dr. Craig Parks
- Mid-winter meeting tentatively held on January 29-31, 2016. The meeting will likely be held in Olympia, WA rather than Seattle, WA because it is more financially efficient.
- ACTION ITEM: Dr. Parks will create reservations and have APA review the contracts.
Secretary – Dr. Jen Alonso
- APA Communities cloud is closing so we need to move our documents by Sept 15, 2015
- ACTION ITEM: Executive committee will determine what new service to use. Dr. Alonso will move the documents when this is decided upon.
Webinar and Meeting Services – Veronica Allen (Division Services Office)
- Discussed webinar services available. The cost is $175 for 3+ webinars a year, or $200 each for 1-2 webinars a year. Prices include:
- 5 hours per webinar. This includes a 60 minute presentation and 15 minutes before and after. Webinars must be held from 8am-5pm EST.
- Allen is present at and monitors each webinar to ensure things run smoothly. She can provide two+ free training sessions which each unique speaker to get them familiarized with the logistics of using the webinar. She assists with marketing flyers and registration forms, including emailing this out on the Division officer’s listserv. If there is a fee for attendees, the collected monies link to the Division’s paypal account. Ms. Allen can also assist with hotel negotiation and contracting.
- If we want CE credits, the Division must be a CE provider (Ms. Allen can assist with this or can collaborate with another Division who is a CE provider and can sponsor the division.
- Maximum of 500 attendees. APA can check to ensure people who register at Division members. If they register and are not members, the Society’s membership chair will contact them. If they attend the webinar they are dismissed with a warning.
- Webinars are recorded and put in a dropbox. The Society can sell the videos or hire someone to cut the videos into clips. If we put the webinar on the APA website they require a transcript be included. Instead, we could put them on our wordpress site.
- Service is currently utilized by six divisions, especially Divisions 18 and 56 who have a 10 month webinar series (excluding Jan and Aug)
- ACTION ITEM: The ECP Committee will look into sponsoring a webinar series following up on each of the articles from George Tasca’s research focused Group Dynamics special issue next year
Foundation Awards – Dr. Jean Keim
- Committee chair: Jean Keim; Committee members: Bob Conyne, Lynn Rapkin, Gary Burlingame and Jill Paquin
- The foundation fund has been filled and now awards are available to be given beginning in 2016. $108,126.97 currently available with a grand total of $109,400.00 in pledges and estate gifts. Once the money is put into the foundation, the Division cannot remove it for anything other than the awards.
- Everyone is invited to make a gift to the foundation. It can be paid over a 5 year period and be an automatic deduction. Estate and will gifts are also options.
- Foundation awards are new and separate from the awards the Division already provides. The awards are for the advancement of group psychology and group psychotherapy. They will not approve awards under $1,000. The Division plans to awards $4-5,000/year, and as the foundation builds, the Division can award higher monetary amounts.
- Proposed awards get submitted to the American Psychological Foundation (APF) for review and approval to ensure the money is going towards advancing the field rather than recognizing accomplishments. They run on a calendar year, so the Division can send in proposals beginning January 1, 2016.
- Proposed foundation awards for 2016 include the following. Preference will be given to early career professionals and proposals that integrate group psychology and group psychotherapy. $2,000 award.
- Innovative Group Psychotherapy Research – Groups doing applied or research in a naturalistic setting.
- Innovative Group Psychology Research – Focused towards groups in applied settings.
- Optional: Travel grant of $1,000 (if funds are available) given to someone wanting to study with or be mentored in the field of group, or even to attend a group conference.
- This first year, the committee intentionally made the awards as broad as possible. After the first year, the committee can edit the requirements as needed.
- Jean Keim shared there will be a new trust award funded upon her death: $1,000 teaching or supervision of group psychotherapy
- MOTION APPROVED: Offer up to three awards for 2016. Approved unanimously.
- ACTION ITEM: Dr. Keim will write a TGP newsletter article about the upcoming awards
- ACTION ITEM: Dr. Keim will identify how to get a donation button on our website and determine if the received donations should go through the foundation, through the Division treasurer or through another option.
Division Funded Awards
- The Division had previously spent $12,000/year to fund the Foundation. Now that it is fully funded, there is $12,000 available.
- For the following Division funded awards (Arthur Teicher Group Psychologist of the Year and Diversity Award), recipients will now receive $1,000, a plaque at the annual convention and invite them to present a webinar or convention programming for the Division.
- Webinars: Keep them open to non-Division members to increase exposure to the Division
- MOTION APPROVED: Provide $1,000 award starting in 2016. Approved unanimously.
- Three new awards have been proposed: Teaching of Group Dynamics Award (Chaired by Dr. Dr. Paquin), Group Practice Award (Chaired by ECP Committee) and the Department Recognition Award (Chaired by the Student Committee)
- See Appendix for description of all awards
- Awards Committee Chair (President-Elect) and awards committee will be appointed to review the award submissions
- MOTION APPROVED: Establish these awards starting in 2016. Approved unanimously.
APA Division Services – Keith Cooke
- Cooke is the Division’s account manager and he assists with any questions we have, especially about membership reports and files, sending out bylaws votes, and listservs. In addition, he is the Communications and Publications Manager and can help with services such as editing and design, logos, and newsletters.
- Christine Chambers is Division Services Member Services Manager and oversees membership processing and renewals, and provides consultation on marketing initiatives and branding strategy.
- Sarah Jordan is Director of Division Services and forms policy regarding APA and Divisions and assists with the APA review process for Division guidelines and public policy statements.
- Veronica Allen is Division Services Education and Meetings Manage and plans meetings and events for Divisions. She can assist with webinars and questions about CEs.
- More information: http://www.apa.org/about/division/contact.aspx
APA Publications: Second Journal – Gary VandenBos and Daniya Tanendrova (APA Editor)
- Not recommending the Division establish a clinical group psychotherapy journal
- For a journal to be successful you need: Large body of readers/subscribers and large body of researchers who will submit. A small division will have difficulty supporting a second journal. Usually if a division has two journals, readership for both goes down because members receive only one. They stated group therapy is also not an expanding field.
- Quarterly journal usually includes 60 pages with 4-5 articles/issue. Costs:
- Start up year will be $10,000-15,000, including a journal editor honorarium ranging from $1,000-5,000 and manuscript coordinator stipend.
- Second year will be about $40,000: Cost difference between print vs electronic versions are minimal so recommended to provide both.
- Ideally need to move up to 100 pages/issue in 3-5 years, then build to 600 pages for next 5-10 years.
- Total $120-140,000 investment years for the first few years in print, off set by print revenue.
- Option 1: Move forward with second journal. If we move forward, we are committing significant finances. Losses would accumulate and grow and the Division would be responsible for half of the costs.
- Option 2: Collaboration with other Divisions. In the past few years practitioner journals have been established. It may work best to collaborate with one of these journals where we receive a set number of pages in each issue
- New journal being launched by Division 42: Practice Innovation. They are looking for submissions and partners since they are new and there is flexibility to be creative.
- Division 29 (Psychotherapy – they have an established journal). APA could assist us with this.
- Discussion: May be most viable to partner with Division 42 as they are seeking collaboration. Strong support to not partner with Division 29 because it is competing journal.
- Option 3: Have one article/issue in Group Dynamics and perhaps have a separate editor for that (this would likely reduce the journals impact factor since practice based articles are not cited as often)
- Option 4: Publish a clinically oriented book on psychotherapy.
- Option 5: Include these articles in the newsletter
- ACTION ITEM: Dr. Paquin and Dr. Miles will create an exploratory committee to further investigate the options.
Treasurer – Dr. Amy Nitza
- The Division currently has two investments. One is owned by APA and one is shared by several divisions in a money market fund making $5/quarter ($22,000 investment). It is in our best interest to move the money from the money market fund into an account that will yield higher interest.
- The Division continues to utilize an 80/20% rule where 20% is always kept in savings. However, it is unclear if the money includes all existing funds OR moneys earned that year.
- ACTION ITEM: Dr. Nitza will clarify who the other divisions are in the existing money market account and what our options are regarding investing that money differently
- ACTION ITEM: Dr. Nitza will further discuss the 80/20% rule at the 2016 mid-winter meeting.
Journal Editor – Dr. David Marcus
- The journal’s impact factor increased and is at its all time high
- The journal continues to need an increase in submissions as there are few if any articles in the que prior to each new issue
- In 2016 there is a special issue on methodological and statistical methods by special editor George Tasca
- We receive one “free/extra” page in the journal for division news that we have not used. To submit information, send to Dr. Marcus
- ACTION ITEM: Dr. Marcus will email division board listserv when it is time to submit division news for upcoming journal publications
- ACTION ITEM: Dr. Marcus and Dr. Alonso will collaborate to utilize APA marketing to highlight the special issue
Council Representative – Dr. Sally Barlow
- Two motions passed at convention related to Hoffman Report: Closed loop hole in ethics code; Blue ribbon task force to examine conflict of interest in the future
- APA Wide Committees – Carry over to mid-winter meeting
Appendix 1: Group Psychotherapy Practice Award
Description: This award is given to recognize outstanding commitment to the practice of group psychotherapy.
This award is for any individual, agency, or organization that provides exemplary group services to the community.
- Demonstrated commitment to utilizing group psychotherapy or other group practices. This may include using group in multiple or diverse ways to provide service to others.
Commitment to the practice of group psychotherapy should include at least two of the following secondary criteria:
- Commitment to advancing the field of group psychotherapy through publications, national or regional presentations, or developing creative partnerships.
- Use of research to inform the practice of group psychotherapy or other group interventions.
- Demonstrated evidence of group practices that supports disenfranchised, disempowered, less privileged, or oppressed groups.
- Creative application of groups including different types of groups, modalities, environments, populations (e.g., using short-term groups for a disaster response or groups for conflict resolution/reconciliation).
- Providing supervision and training.
- Utilizes best practices in implementation of group services (http://www.agpa.org/home/practice-resources/practice-guidelines-for-group-psychotherapy or http://www.asgw.org/pdf/Best_Practices.pdf).
To submit a nomination, the following is required:
- A letter that describes and illustrates the individual/agency/organization’s commitment to group psychotherapy (e.g.., nature of the nominee’s commitment, commitment to supervision and training, use of research or best practices to enhance group services, etc.). The letter should be no more than three pages long and should be completed by the nominee directly.
- Three letters of support from individuals familiar with the nominee’s group psychotherapy practices (these letters can be from current or past employees, a collaborating partner or agency, or members of a Board of Directors, etc.).
- Copy of current CV.
- Self-nominations are welcome.
- All submissions must be received by Feb. 15, 2016 to be considered. Send to: Dr. Robert Gleave at Robert_Gleave@byu.edu. All materials should be submitted via a zipped/compressed folder in one email with the following subject line: [Candidate’s First and Last Name] – Application for Group Practice Award Award. No snail mail submissions accepted.
A $1,000 award and plaque will be presented to the award winner. The awardee will also have a chance to present her or his work to a national audience.
Appendix 2: Teaching of Group Dynamics Award
This award is granted to a teaching professional (post-graduate) who has demonstrated excellence in the area of the teaching of the psychology of group or group psychotherapy at the undergraduate or graduate level. We are looking for individuals who have developed and implemented a particularly innovative and/or effective teaching approach related to the teaching of group dynamics. All who are members of Division 49 (or whose application for membership is currently pending) are eligible. Nominations may come from self or others. The award will be presented at the annual conference of the American Psychological Association. A $1,000.00 cash award and plaque will be presented to the award winner. The awardee will also have a chance to present her or his work related to teaching group dynamics to a national audience. Applicants are encouraged to submit the following materials on order to be considered for this award:
- Written description (no more than 2 pages) of a specific exercise, assignment, or teaching strategy that highlights your qualifications for this award
- Evidence of teaching effectiveness (e.g. informal and/or formal teaching evaluations; other data gathered from students; peer evaluations, etc.) (maximum 5 pages)
- Copy of current CV
- A letter from a psychologist (or other qualified colleague) who can speak to the qualifications of the nominee in light of the award criteria
- Cover sheet that includes:
- Nominee’s name, address, telephone number and email address.
- Name and type of teaching institution (e.g., doctoral program, master’s program, 4-year college) and discipline (e.g. counseling psychology, social psychology, clinical psychology, etc.)
- Nominator’s name, address, telephone number and email address.
- Name and address of who should be informed if the nominee wins the Group Dynamics Teaching Award (e.g., department head, supervisor, etc.)
- All materials should be submitted via a zipped/compressed folder in one email with the following subject line: [Candidate’s First and Last Name] – Application for Group Dynamics Teaching Award.
All submissions must be received by Feb. 15, 2016 to be considered. Send to: Dr. Robert Gleave at Robert_Gleave@byu.edu.
Appendix 3: Departmental Recognition Award
This award recognizes departments that demonstrate a commitment to training students in group psychology and/or group psychotherapy. Successful departments will also demonstrate that training in group is an integral part of training to become a psychologist. The focus of this award is a department’s commitment to the discipline and not necessarily their scholarly achievements in the area.
This award is for departments that demonstrate a commitment to training doctoral level students in group psychology and/or group psychotherapy.
Departmental commitment to group psychotherapy or group psychology may include some of the following elements:
- Offering a beginning and/or advanced group class. If a group therapy class, this may include peer leadership or rotating leadership.
- Providing experiential components in classes promoting training in group dynamics.
- Integrating group training into non-group specific classes.
- Providing guidance in research related to group psychology or group psychotherapy.
- Providing supervision in groups that maximize the group dynamics.
- Providing practicum opportunities in group therapy.
- Encouraging student publications in group therapy or group psychology.
- Providing guidance in education and teaching related to group psychology and/or group psychotherapy.
- Encouraging student participation in group related conferences or presentations.
- Promoting faculty or student involvement in professional organizations for group.
- Advocating for the utilization and reimbursement of group psychotherapy with state and federal lawmakers.
- Providing guidance in public policy related to group psychotherapy.
- Promoting the value of group psychotherapy in the public eye.
- Editing journals or serving on review boards related to group.
How to Apply:
To submit a nomination the following is required:
- A letter that describes and illustrates the department’s commitment to group psychology and/or group psychotherapy training (e.g., nature of the department’s commitment, mentoring, effect on current and/or former students’ activities as a result of the department’s focus on group, etc.). The letter should be no more than three pages long.
- Three letters of support from individuals familiar with the department’s support for training in group. (These letters can be from current or past faculty members, a dean familiar with the department’s program, or from students, etc.)
We had another success mid-winter board meeting this year in Washington DC. We worked diligently for a day and a half to identify ways to continue to serve and support the Division’s members and field of Group Psychology. All of the submitted committee reports are available for members to view on the APA’s MyCommunities site. After logging in, you will find a heading called “My Neighborhood.” Underneath that, you will see a link for “Division 49” which will take you to the Division’s page of materials. In addition, we have a list of the mid-winter board minutes available here.
We identified that the Division’s listserv is an underutilized resource for members. We discussed the benefit that could come from using this forum to create a community among us, where you could solicit and provide resources related to research, practice, consultation and teaching. The email address is: firstname.lastname@example.org and is currently moderated by Dr. Lee Gillis and Dr. Joe Miles. You are encouraged to begin using the listserv today.
I am looking forward to seeing or meeting you at this year’s convention in Toronto. Given the hit of our “Keep Calm, I’m a Group Therapist” buttons last year, our Division buttons will be returning! Please find a board member, or come to any event at the Division Suite to get your free button.
One of my roles as the Secretary includes integrating and updating the information between the Society’s journal, online newsletter, conference programming, website and social media. Since the last newsletter, we have made updates to the Society’s APA website to ensure information is accurate and up to date. This is a helpful resource for those interested in getting in touch with the Society’s leadership and a place to identify volunteer opportunities for those interested in serving in the Society. A new addition includes the Member of the Month column which provides you a chance to get to know others in the Society. In addition, if you are interested in getting involved in the Society, consider viewing the committees offered and contacting the chair to get involved. I hope you will utilize APA’s MyCommunities site. It is a forum where members can view information related to the running of the Society. You will find business and board meetings for the recent August 2014 convention, as well as previous years, the bylaws, policy manual, and more.
Jennifer Alonso, Ph.D., CGP
I am honored to be serving as the Society’s Secretary from 2014 to 2016. I had the privilege of attending the February mid-winter meeting where I was surrounded by board members incredibly committed to groups. The energy, ideas and desire to support you as a member of the Society was inspiring. As the secretary, I also serve as the Publication committee chair which includes integrating and updating the information between the Society’s journal, online newsletter, conference programming, website and social media. There have been exciting changes in support of the President Dr. Lee Gillis’ theme of increasing connection to the group experience. The Society’s demographics show that 85% of current members are above the age of 50. It was hoped that engaging members online would be a way to begin connecting, particularly with Early Career Professionals. Since January, the Society’s Facebook page has increased the ‘likes’ to the page by 112%! Of these ‘likes,’ 78% of the users are under the age of 55. We have also added Twitter and LinkedIn accounts, and invite you to join us on the webpages. In addition, members are invited to utilize APA’s new online forum, APA Communities, where we post previous meeting minutes, the bylaws and more. I look forward to meeting many of you at the APA Convention in D.C.