Jill Paquin, PhD, Member-at-Large
I am an early career academic and counseling psychologist dedicated to helping my students learn what psychology is, as well as how good psychologists think, both ethically, critically, in conjunction with their openness to cultural differences. Secondly, I am passionate about my clinical work both with individuals and groups, and believe my continued involvement in this domain brings a valuable synergy to both my teaching and scholarly work. Thirdly, I am dedicated to advancing a program of research connected to understanding the experiences of diverse groups of women and to better understanding how group therapy helps people. As a counseling psychologist, I believe that research is embedded within a sociopolitical context and it is important to me that my research has the potential to help people, particularly marginalized groups of people. Fourthly, my experiences working in public policy and advocacy have provided the foundation for my values, interests, and current scholarly pursuits, as my early identification as an activist and feminist is what led me to psychology in the first place. Lastly, I believe embodying the kind of professional we want our students to become is one of the most powerful tools we have as teachers, supervisors, clinicians and scholars. I feel so fortunate to have been mentored so well by so many, and I strive to do this for others each day. I hope that I could bring this experience to Division 49 and contribute to the growth of the organization.
For information about my research, teaching, clinical background, and professional service, please visit http://www.chatham.edu/academics/programs/graduate/mscp/facultydetails.cfm?FacultyID=335.
Tracy Thomas, PsyD, Member-at-Large
Early in my training, I requested to run a Severe and Persistent Mental Illness (SPMI) population inpatient group. At this time I had no group training .I envisioned facilitating a “process” group. As you might expect, the group decompensated. I quickly learned that group takes a lot of nuanced knowledge and skill. Although this experience could be considered a disaster, it sparked my appreciation for the challenges and rewards of group work. I’ve been hooked ever since.
Previously, I was a psychologist and group coordinator at Stony Brook University Counseling and Psychological Services, seeing individuals, running groups (ranging from support to process like groups), supervising interns, teaching a group therapy seminar, and performing the logistical responsibilities required to develop and grow a group program. I recently began working at the Capitol Institute for Cognitive Therapy in Washington, DC and I am looking forward to the next challenge of developing and running groups in private practice. I am excited to be nominated for member-at-large in APA Division 49. My membership has had a significant impact on my professional development. In addition, I am an active member of the Early Career Psychologist (ECP) Subcommittee, collaborating with other members to develop and implement various educational and professional development opportunities and increasing the visibility of Division 49. Being a member-at-large would allow me to further develop resources, programs, and products that help ECPs. In addition, I am interested in the training of therapists new to group and would like to be involved in the continued growth of our field.