Early Career Group Psychologist Column: Group Mentoring Program

Leann Diederich, Ph.D.
Leann Diederich, Ph.D.

We are happy to announce that we are piloting a new program, exclusively for Society of Group Psychology and Group Psychotherapy members. We are offering short-term group mentoring with well-known group psychologists. Our first mentor is our newly elected President-Elect, Dr. Robert Gleave.

Dr. Gleave (ABPP, CGP) is a Psychologist and Clinical Professor at Brigham Young University. He has a joint appointment with Counseling and Psychological Services and the Counseling Psychology Doctoral Program. He teaches third year practicum and advanced group theory and practice and leads two groups weekly. He is a member of the Consortium for Group Research and Practice (C-GRP) research team which is a collaborative effort between the Clinical Psychology program, the Counseling Psychology program, the Counseling Center, and the Utah State Hospital. The Consortium is involved in multiple research projects investigating group psychotherapy process and outcome.  He also maintains a small private practice that includes two groups.

Details of the Group

  1. The group will meet for 6 sessions, every other week starting on Wednesday, July 1st at 1 pm (EDT), 11 am (MDT), 10 am (PDT) and will be for 50 minutes.
  2. You must be able to attend at least 4 of the 6 mentoring sessions (July 1, July 15, July 29, August 12, August 26, and September 9).
  3. We will be using video conferencing technology, such as Zoom. You need broadband wired or wireless internet, speakers/microphone, and a webcam. You’ll need to be able to download the Zoom meeting plug-in to access the group.
  4. A group of 6 mentees will be selected from the first responses back to us (email us at
  5. Only Division 49 members are eligible. If you want to become a member, go to:
  6. Topics for discussion will grow out of the interests of the mentees.

If you have any questions, please contact Membership Chair, Dr. Leann Diederich (

As of this publication, the mentoring group is filling fast. Perhaps additional mentoring groups can be developed for future group psychologists.