Candidate Statement: Student Representative, Rachel Bitman-Heinrichs

Rachel Bitman-Heinrichs, MA
Rachel Bitman-Heinrichs, MA

My Name is Rachel Bitman-Heinrichs and I am a 5th year student in the counseling psychology doctoral program at Iowa State University. I would be thrilled to serve as the APA  Division 49 Student representative for the 2016-2017 year.

I absolutely love groups! I find them to be dynamic, rich and incredibly powerful. I love to facilitate Yalom-style interpersonal process groups and have a strong interest in the program development aspect of group training experiences.  My research interests lie in self-stigma of help seeking as well as factors that facilitate or impeded group cohesion. In particular I am fascinated by discussions of religion and spirituality in group and ways in which these experiences lead groups to conflict or cohesion. A major goal as student representative of division 49 would be serving as a liaison between board members and students but most importantly helping student’s voices be heard.  I would also like to continue to expand group training opportunities for students and early career psychologists working closely with program developers to provide subsidized training experiences and to communicate these experiences to students. Lastly, I would like to further assist in helping students to develop mentorship relationships and spread the word about division 49 to the dynamic group of students who are not yet members of division 49 or new to APA!