Diversity Committee

Joe Miles, Ph.D.

Recognizing Student and Professional Contributions to Diversity in Group Psychology and Group Psychotherapy

The Society of Group Psychology and Group Psychotherapy Diversity Committee is pleased to announce a new Student Award for Outstanding Contribution to Diversity in Group Psychology. This award is in addition to the Award for Outstanding Professional Contribution to Diversity in Group Psychology. Both awards may be given each year to qualified nominees. Information about both awards can be found below:

1. The Student Award for Outstanding Contribution to Diversity in Group Psychology or Group Psychotherapy

The Student Award for Outstanding Professional Contribution to Diversity in Group Psychology or Group Psychotherapy seeks to recognize excellence in group psychology practice, research, service, and/or advocacy with a focus on promoting understanding and respect for diversity.  All who are members of Division 49 (or whose application for membership is currently pending) are eligible. Nominations may come from self or others. The award will be presented at the annual American Psychological Association Convention. A $500.00 cash award and plaque will be presented to the award winner. Nominations materials should include and be limited to the following:

  • Names, phone numbers, program and institutional affiliations, APA divisional membership of yourself (the endorser) and of your nominee.
  • A brief letter highlighting your nominee’s contributions in promoting understanding and respect for diversity in group psychology practice, research, service and/or advocacy.
  • The nominee’s vita.
  • All materials should be submitted via a zipped/compressed folder in one email with the following subject line: [Candidate’s First and Last Name] –Application for Group Dynamics Teaching Award. For example, MARGARET WISE BROWN – APPLICATION FOR STUDENT DIVERSITY AWARD.zip.

All submissions must be received by May 1, 2017 to be considered. Send to division49awards@gmail.com

2. The Award for Outstanding Professional Contribution to Diversity in Group Psychology or Group Psychotherapy

The Award for Outstanding Professional Contribution to Diversity in Group Psychology or Group Psychotherapy started in 2012 and is awarded every year. This award honors psychologists who have made significant contributions to group psychology practice, research, service, and/or mentoring, with a focus on promoting understanding and respect for diversity.  All who are members of Division 49 (or whose application for membership is currently pending) are eligible. Nominations may come from self or others. The award will be presented at the annual American Psychological Association Convention. A $1,000.00 cash award and plaque will be presented to the award winner. Nominations materials should include and be limited to the following:

  • Names, phone numbers, program and institutional affiliations, APA divisional membership of yourself (the endorser) and of your nominee.
  • A brief letter highlighting the nominee’s contributions in promoting understanding and respect for diversity in group psychology practice, research, service and/or mentoring.
  • The nominee’s vita.
  • All materials should be submitted via a zipped/compressed folder in one email with the following subject line: [Candidate’s First and Last Name] –Application for Group Dynamics Teaching Award. For example, ERICA BLADE – APPLICATION FOR DIVERSITY AWARD.zip.

Self-nominations are accepted. Nominations are reviewed by the Diversity Committee and voted on by the board of directors at its midwinter meeting.

All submissions must be received by May 1, 2017 to be considered. Send to division49awards@gmail.com


Diversity Programming at APA in Washington, DC

The Diversity Committee would like to help highlight diversity-related programming at the 2017 APA Convention in Washington, DC this August. If you will be presenting on a topic related to diversity in group psychology or group psychotherapy, please let us know! You can send titles of your presentations to Joe Miles at joemiles@utk.edu.

In addition, the Diversity Committee is interested in developing a diversity-related program in the Division 49 Hospitality Suite at the Convention. This program could take the form of a conversation hour, mentoring session, or panel of speakers. Our goal is to foster dialogue among Division members about diversity in group psychology and group psychotherapy in an informal setting. We would like to hear from you about diversity-related topics or types of programming you would like to see in the Suite! Please email any ideas or requests to Joe Miles at joemiles@utk.edu.

Join the Diversity Committee!

Do you have a passion for diversity and social justice in group psychology or group psychotherapy? Consider joining the Diversity Committee! The committee was established in 2007 “to promote the inclusion and visibility of underrepresented minorities in the society. The committee is also charged with attracting, fostering, and managing diversity in membership and activities of the society, and developing and recommending policies and programs designed to educate members of the division in this area in their practice, research and training” (see: http://www.apadivisions.org/division-49/leadership/committees/index.aspx). If you are interested in learning more, please contact Joe Miles at joemiles@utk.edu.



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