Publication Chair Report / Secretary

Jennifer Alonso, Ph.D, CGP
Jennifer Alonso, Ph.D, CGP

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.