It is an honor to be nominated for Student Representative of Division 49. My passion for group work began when I was facilitating interpersonal process groups and psychoeducation groups for women with substance use disorders as part of my master’s internship. At that time, I became interested in developing psychotherapy groups. I truly found my passion when I discovered intergroup dialogues. With that discovery, I began to blend my clinical interest in groups with a passion for researching them. I currently focus on the processes and outcomes of intergroup dialogue at the University of Tennessee with Dr. Joe Miles, with hopes of developing similar initiatives for the community.
This year, I joined the Group Division’s Diversity Committee and am excited to connect with others on ways to increase membership and acknowledge diversity within our community. There are so many opportunities for integration of group work into other psychology domains, as evidenced by the diversity of specialties within the division already. I am excited to be a part of a group that is working to recruit members from varied backgrounds and highlight the strengths of our members. I would love to work with the board to develop plans for increasing membership and retention, with specific attention to increasing student membership within 49. There is a lot of exciting work being done within group psychotherapy and group psychology, and I’d love to share these developments with other students.
I am again grateful for the nomination to this position and appreciate your consideration!