President-Elect Candidate Statements

Robert L. Gleave, PhD, ABGP, CGP

Robert L. Gleave, PhD, ABGP, CGP

Robert L. Gleave, PhD, ABGP, CGP

I am a Clinical Professor at BYU, with joint appointments in the Counseling Center and the Counseling Psychology Doctoral Program. I became a believer in group work early in my graduate studies. In my first exposure to the power of interactional processes, I found something resonating within me that would be an ongoing part of my professional identity.  My chair introduced me to professional association work and I have been on an association board consistently ever since. So far, my career has been spent building a strong group program and culture at the BYU Counseling Center, nurturing strong research collaborations, teaching and mentoring graduate students, and providing clinical services.  I have consistently wanted to offer service to the profession on a national level, but have added – not yet. I now feel ready to offer my time and energy to Division 49. As we move forward, there is so much we can offer to members with distance learning and collaboration.  I want to take steps to capture the opportunities that are available now (especially as time at convention is shrinking).  I also hope for more cooperation among all proponents of group work.  Our differences sometimes are expressed in competitive ways and we miss the strength of working cooperatively and synergistically. Maintaining and enhancing what has been done by those on whose shoulders we stand is important. The organization is functioning well, yet improvement is an ongoing responsibility. I ask for your support and thank you for voting and being involved.

Craig Parks, PhD

Craig Parks, PhD

Craig Parks, PhD

If elected to the presidency of Division 49, my goal will be to broaden membership. Division 49 should be a place where group researchers of all types come together to discuss common interests, and generate ideas about the generality of, and limits to, principles of group process and performance. Yet despite the wide range of articles published in Group Dynamics, the division’s journal, actual membership in the division is almost exclusively clinical and counseling psychologists. This is discouraging and ironic given that group researchers in other areas of psychology (social, organizational, sport/exercise, educational) often complain about lack of recognition within their own divisions. As a social psychologist, I have learned much from my years of interaction with other Division 49 members, and have begun planning collaborative projects with them. I am convinced that Division 49 can become a wellspring of similar types of cross-cutting projects. I am also a member of Division 8 (Personality and Social) and have connections in Divisions 14 (Industrial/Organizational), 19 (Military), and 47 (Exercise and Sport), so I have the ability to get the word out. The great conflict researcher Morton Deutsch earned his PhD in experimental group’s research, and ten years later became a licensed therapist, because he believed you cannot truly understand groups until you know how to both document their problems and help solve those problems. While I do not intend to persuade Division 49 members to go earn second doctorates, I do believe we can embody Deutsch’s ideal through a broader membership.



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