From Your Editors at The Group Psychologist –
Winter can bring on a time for self-reflection. The quietness of the season, the (often) cold night air, and witnessing the dormancy or hibernation state that many natural beings go through, all can prompt introspection. In this issue of The Group Psychologist you’ll find one such introspection in Dr. Tevya Zukor’s column. As he writes, “Maybe the true human condition is learning that we will often feel weak when we view ourselves as just one of many, but we have strength in our groups. It forms the foundation for all of our accomplishments. As long as we identify with the “human” sub-group, we can never be alone – sometimes, we can just feel temporarily disconnected.” We encourage you to read his entire column from this issue (Directions to Neverland).
Winter can also be a time for intense productivity, such as at the recent Mid-Winter Division 49 Board Meeting or at the Committee for the Advancement of Professional Practice (CAPP) Board Meeting. As Dr. Sean Woodland updated us from his recent attendance as a liaison to the CAPP meeting, CAPP is working closely with APA on the new membership model for APA and APAPO (more details can be found here: http://www.apapracticecentral.org/update/2018/02-08/association-structure.aspx). CAPP also is working to take on the complicated topic of master’s level psychological graduates and what licensure and independent practice options should be available to them. Be sure to check out the article summarizing more of what CAPP is focusing on in this issue [Committee for the Advancement of Professional Practice].
Speaking of intense productivity, we want to echo President Georgio Tasca’s appreciation to the work of the Division 49 Board who worked tirelessly on a resubmission of a petition to the Education Directorate of the APA Commission for the Recognition of Specialities and Proficiencies in Professional Psychology (CRSPPP) to have Group Psychology and Group Psychotherapy receive designation as a specialty. While this was a joint effort of your Division, the American Group Psychotherapy Association, the American Board of Group Psychology, the American Academy of Group Psychology, and the International Board of Certification of Group Psychotherapists, we recognize that several Division 49 members have been instrumental in this effort over the years.
So in closing, we hope you take some time this winter season for a range of activities, from quiet introspection all the way to intense productivity (often done in groups).