Spring has finally come! For many of us on the East Coast it has been [and still is] a long hard winter. The glimpses of new growth, birds singing, and warmer days are always a special treat this time of year. What elements of spring do you appreciate?
With this new season, we also have an opportunity to reflect on what keeps us connected and grounded. In his column, President Dennis Kivlighan highlights the roles that social rituals have for him, both personally and potentially for Division 49. President-elect Craig Parks plans on connecting and furthering the group experience through collaboration with fellow group workers, such as organizational, clinical, and sports group psychologists.
Spring is also a time of change, which is present in Division 49 as well. In this issue you can read about the nominees for the President and Member-at-Large. We hope you will take the time to learn more about these wonderful members who want to step into leadership positions. And be sure to cast your vote when ballots are sent out!
Since we have moved to an electronic format (this is our first anniversary year) we are in the process of collecting and analyzing information from membership regarding the friendliness of our new format. See Leann Diederich’s summary in this issue on the results of The Group Psychologist satisfaction survey. Eyeballing early career psychologists data we see this group is busy with entering the workplace or in many cases, internships, and not having time to read the newsletter (or at least not participating in our survey to tell us they are!).
This issue has links to individual articles, tabs across top of pages (for current issue, past issues, guidelines or instructions to authors, link to website, about TGP/the Division, how to join the division, and a link to Facebook ). Other features include a photo gallery, a way to sign-up to follow the site (e.g., get emails when it’s updated), a search feature, archives by month, and categories (types of articles) and tags (descriptors). If you like one of the articles you read, be sure to comment, send it via email to a colleague, or “like” it on Facebook.
We encourage your feedback regarding this electronic format and want you to share your thoughts with us.
Articles or brief reports and news items can be e-mailed directly to Tom, Letitia, and Leann at firstname.lastname@example.org, as can Letters to the Editor.
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Leann Terry Diederich, Ph.D.