Amy Nitza, PhD
I am honored to be nominated for the position of Treasurer of Division 49. Throughout my career, I have had the good fortune to have been mentored by long-standing members and leaders of the Division. I welcome this opportunity to be able to give back.
My interest in groups began during my masters training, when my professor Janice DeLucia-Waack asked for a volunteer to co-lead an inpatient psychotherapy group. Having been ‘hooked’ on groups after this experience, I was fortunate to complete my doctoral work under the supervision of Rex Stockton, who provided invaluable mentoring in group research. With this strong foundation, my teaching, research, and professional service has largely been group focused. One of the highlights was my year as a Fulbright Scholar at the University of Botswana, where I taught group counseling and studied the cultural factors influencing group dynamics in the country. As I write this I am on sabbatical in Bhutan, where my interest in group work has now come full circle. I am posted at the National Hospital here, where I am working to develop a culturally appropriate inpatient group psychotherapy program on the psychiatry ward.
My experience in national leadership of professional group work organizations includes six years on the Executive Board of the Association for Specialists in Group Work, with three years as Newsletter Editor followed by three years as Secretary. I am excited to be able to apply my group experience and passion to advance the goals of Division 49.
Norah Slone, PhD
Greetings! I am an Early Career Counseling Psychologist and recently graduated with my Ph.D. from the University of Kentucky. I completed my internship at the University of North Carolina – Charlotte Counseling Center and my dissertation is entitled, Evaluating the Efficacy of Client Feedback in Group Psychotherapy. I am currently serving as a faculty member engaged in clinical training and research with doctoral students in the School of Professional Psychology at Spalding University in Louisville, Kentucky. I am thrilled to have the opportunity to run for the Treasurer position for the Society of Group Psychology and Group Psychotherapy, Division 49, given my career goals. In addition to developing professional practices as a group psychotherapy researcher and clinician, my career goals include honing leadership skills to serve the division by collaborating with others and learning how to advance important initiatives as a team. I am particularly interested in collaborating on ideas that will contribute to furthering group psychotherapy process and outcome research as well as those that increase the implementation of high quality group therapy training in graduate programs. As group psychotherapy has been a professional passion throughout my career to this point, I look forward to the opportunity to become more involved in Division 49 as well as connect with others who share a similar enthusiasm for this work.