From Your Editors the Group Psychologist –
It was nice seeing many of you at the APA Annual Convention. Generally, we had an extremely successful gathering and a great deal of work was accomplished.
In this issue, you can read about the following:
- President Lee Gillis has focused his presidential term on helping undergraduates connect to both group psychology and group psychotherapy graduate programs. Lee developed a team of students and Early Career Psychologists (ECPs) who constructed a survey of graduate programs to ascertain the depth and breadth of their graduate studies in-group. Preliminary results are reported in this issue.
- Lee is also focusing on group specialists to help those who teach undergraduates understand the need for helping groups establish norms and boundaries of acceptable behavior. He underscores that WE are the experts and have much to offer our colleagues who might not understand the power of a small group experience.
- President Elect Dennis Kivlighan Jr. plans to focus on connecting and furthering the group experience asking Society members to video tape conversations about groups and about the Society. He urges members to consider participating in the GroupVoices project to record an interview for our archives. Additionally, He is going to ask Division 49 board to consider creating three Excellence in Group Psychology and Group Psychotherapy Training and Education Awards: one award to recognize an academic program that provides exemplary training in group psychology, another to recognize an academic program that provides exemplary training in group psychotherapy, and a third award to recognize an internship program that provides exemplary training in group psychotherapy.
This issue of The Group Psychologist is our 3rd newsletter (Vol. 24, No. 3) delivered as an electronic edition promoting a navigational format allowing members to traverse the pages quickly. We believe this is an excellent way to offer expanded content in an electronic format to our membership beyond the content on the Division website we have not heard back from membership. Yet we are curious as to how our members have received the new version. We are entertaining the idea of sending a quick survey to members to gain feedback to assist us in developing a reader friendly newsletter.
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Tom Treadwell, Ed.D., T.E.P, C.G.P.
Leann Terry Diederich, Ph.D.