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Jill Paquin Appointed Editor of International Journal of Group Psychotherapy

Jill Paquin Appointed Editor of International Journal of Group Psychotherapy
By: Rebecca MacNair-Semands, Ph.D.

Rebecca MacNair-Semands, PhD, CGP
Rebecca MacNair-Semands, PhD, CGP

It is fitting that our first female editor appointed to International Journal of Group Psychotherapy (IJGP) has contributed widely to group psychotherapy teaching, training, research, and professional practice. We first came to know Dr. Jill Paquin’s work as a APA division 49 board member. In 2014, while serving on the current Science to Service Task Force of the American Group Psychotherapy Association (AGPA), we invited her to join this work group. Dr. Paquin began her service on the Science to Service Task Force when we were creating new content for the website related to evidence-based practices in groups. She was clearly skilled and passionate around how to translate research findings to the larger practice community, who use the information and implications to better serve group members. She volunteered readily for several projects, always met deadlines, and quickly jumped into the work with vigor. One example of this is that she offered to write the introduction to the entire website series. Also, together with the past AGPA President, Dr. Les Greene, she co-authored the section on group therapy for trauma and PTSD.  She then volunteered to work with another author to review and provide editorial feedback on the upcoming AGPA Principles of Group Psychotherapy curriculum.

Jill Paquin, PhD
Jill Paquin, Ph.D.

Dr. Paquin began gaining editorial experience early in her professional career, reviewing for the Journal of Group Dynamics and the Journal of Counseling Psychology, both for over four years prior to an invited to the editorial boards of these journals. Known for their rigor and high impact, this is quite an accomplishment for a young professional. She served as ad-hoc reviewer for both Psychotherapy and The Counseling Psychologist during this time, and also joined the editorial board of the Counselling Psychology Quarterly (CPQ), an international journal. She clearly values rigorous research, emphasizing qualitative and quantitative research with sound methodology. She also has experience with the Consensual Qualitative Research and Grounded Theory qualitative methods.

I value Jill’s ability as a group dynamics scholar, a skilled group psychologist, and a full-time assistant professor. She has done all this work while also raising a family in the midst of numerous duties. In her role at Chatham University she has focused on small group dynamics, the intersection of multicultural competence and evidence-based practice, career experiences of women working in STEM fields, and small group interactions entitled “Intergroup Dialogues.” Her scholarship and training has focused on helping develop the “clinician-researcher” identity as one way to bridge the gap between research and practice (particularly with the special issue she guest-edited for CPQ). She often examines therapeutic factors as well as leader behaviors that affect connections within groups. She was the first person to both study absences and their impact on the therapy group and to examine person-group fit from the I/O lit in group psychotherapy.

Dr. Paquin’s scholarship and expertise in the area of group psychology has been recognized both nationally and internationally. As an invited presenter, she often taught diversity and inclusion symposiums that made an impact on others learning how to effectively teach multicultural material to students in an effective and efficient manner. Integrating multicultural competence/social justice perspectives with therapy practice, including group work, is another strength. Having seen her in action, these programs were not only well received, but also experiential and practical in nature during crucial developmental years in our field. She has been active at the American Psychological Association annual conference, often having multiple presentations since the beginning of her involvement almost 11 years ago. As you can see, Dr. Paquin’s contributions are wide-ranging in her research, teaching/training, editorial, and clinical practice sectors of the group literature.

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Rebecca MacNair-Semands, Ph.D., CGP
Rebecca MacNair-Semands, Ph.D.

 

Amy Nitza, PhD
Amy Nitza, Ph.D.

 

Submitted by: Rebecca MacNair-Semands, Ph.D., CGP, Past Treasurer and Amy Nitza, Ph.D., Treasurer

Division 49 ended 2014 with over $47,000 in income, including royalties from the journal at $43,077 (above the projected amount of $40,000). Dues exceeded those of last year and were above projected numbers this year after gaining some new members, for a total of $3,978 of income this year.

Newsletter costs were reduced from 2013 by over 28% to $2,171 by using the website for more detailed reports and shifting fully to an electronic version. This has been a huge savings in the past two years, as we spent over $6,200 in 2012. These costs will be further reduced next year without the fees for initiating the on-line formatting. After contributing to the Foundation and coming in under projected budget at both conferences, our final expenses totaled $35,936 (under the 2014 projected expenses of $38,828). We remain strong in our net assets with investments totaling $43,620.

Following the newsletter stipend of $2,000 beginning in November of 2013, the board approved a $1,500 contract for a social media consultant in 2014. We were able to split the journal editor monies between the current Editor and the affiliated university beginning this year as well, to provide more flexibility in the release of funds.

The Finance Committee explored shifting a portion of our short-term investments to funds that bring in more interest, as our balance has been stable for several years. However, we postponed this decision as we discussed and further explored the potential to start a new journal. This conversation can now be revisited as the journal process is likely to take several years. Our Foundation balance is now at $80,000, and we will reach our $100,000 goal in 2015. Please see the entire projected budget for 2015 for details, which will also be placed on the website.

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Rebecca MacNair-Semmands, Ph.D.
Rebecca MacNair-Semmands, Ph.D.

As I write my last newsletter update for the Financial Committee, I am happy to report that convention costs for 2014 came in under projected budget this year again by over $1000. Funds for advertising provided attendees the division’s programming with the hard work of Rosamond Smith (Student Representative Elect), and creative new buttons (“Keep Calm, I’m a Group Therapist”) for our nametags sparked many conversations about the society. We decided at the board meeting to increase our funding for the assistant who has been working on our social media postings with group-related visuals. We also funded the poster awards for a total of $600 and the Richard Moreland Dissertation Award, with the society contributing $500 toward that honor. We were also able to fund a reasonable Early Career breakfast and use the suite with snacks provided for other activities such as StoryCorps-type interviewing about group mentors, initiated by Dennis Kivlighan. So, thanks to Leann Diederich and her ECP clan! Special thanks also to Kathy and John Ritter, for organizing the food and beverages for the social again for their final year before the ECP committee takes on this task and potentially expands our socials programs.

As we are considering the funding implications of our potential project of creating a new journal through the division, we have been engaged in a variety of exploratory conversations. I have also been collecting information on investment options to pass along to the new Treasurer, Amy Nitza, who begins her term in January 2015.

In closing, I feel so honored to have worked these three years with such a quality group of people. The dedication and kindness of our board members has been impressive and invaluable. I will miss you all dearly, but plan to stay in touch!

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Rebecca MacNair-Semmands, Ph.D.
Rebecca MacNair-Semmands, Ph.D.

Rebecca MacNair-Semands, Ph.D., FAGPA

The 2014 proposed budget was submitted and approved by the board in January. Our projected 2014 income was $74,450 with projected expenses of $38,828, including our $12,000 contribution to the Foundation, Midwinter and Convention meeting expenses, newsletter and journal costs, and administrative services. Each year, the board attempts to budget for 80% of the project income in expenses so we are in excellent shape for 2014 with this ratio.

We decided at the Midwinter board meeting to spend $1,000 to hire a social media consultant, Tanya Dvorak, who works closely with Jen Alonso, Ph.D., CGP to put forth information for the Society. Some more positive news this year included that the Society’s royalty payment for Group Dynamics: Theory, Research, and Practice exceeded projected amounts by over $3,000 in May and totaled over $43,000 in income. Congratulations to our talented editorial staff! Midwinter meeting expenses also came in under projected costs by over $2,000. Additionally, investment assets totaled over $43,609 by the end of May, 2014. For more budget details, please see the division website.

We are currently also working to scan financial records and store them electronically. In the last year, APA brought the servicing of Division Accounting in-house and implemented a new accounting system, Serenic NAV. As they described it, “It has certainly been a bumpy road!” but progress has been made in recent months. Recently, The Division Finance team in APA filed an extension for division taxes this year so we are in process of completing tax forms for August with the manager of Division Finance and that is going well.