Committee Reports

APA Council Meeting Report

Sally Barlow, PhD
Sally Barlow, PhD

Friday February 20-23, 2014 Washington DC

Sally H. Barlow, Ph.D. – Council Representative

For 3 days I attended my first ever Council meeting including Thursday activities for new council representatives and the regular agenda items from Friday through Saturday. It was a very packed agenda, during which I learned the “ropes” of 1) networking with other council reps who might share our society’s interests, 2) understanding how to bring questions to the floor (long lines at the microphones), 3) getting the electronic voting gizmo to work, and 4) appreciating the enormous challenge of parliamentary procedure as varied interests war on the floor. Below is a summary of action items that I noted and/or voted upon as a representative of the Society of Group Psychology and Group Psychotherapy. If you would like a more thorough report please feel free to email me at

Council Items of Public Interest

  • APA adopted as policy the resolution on Gun Violence Research and Prevention.
  • Endorsed Multidisciplinary Competencies in the Care of Older adults at the Completion of the Entry-Level Health Professional Degree (adopted in partnership with Health in Aging).
  • Received the “Report of the Task Force on Trafficking of Women and Girls” in order to develop a policy that weds action with scientific research in order to stop this blight.

Professional Development

  • Impact of Affordable Care Act on Psychology and Psychologists—long discussion about this.
  • APA Center of Psychology and Health—a new initiative of APA to strengthen psychology in the new era of health care addressing 4 challenges: 1) workforce (ensuring well-trained psychologists of part of primary care team), 2) being included and paid, 3) image challenge—helping public and workforce see psychologists as primary care team, 4) self-image challenge—psychologists themselves often do not consider they are part of primary teams.
  • Gun Violence—developing an up-to-date policy on prediction and prevention of gun violence in the wake of the Newtown school shootings.
  • Clinical Practice Guidelines—the happy marriage between interventions and scientific evidence.
  • Governance—Council has been struggling to streamline governance procedures initially voted upon in 2013, being further refined and eventually implemented in 2014. Bottom line is that representation is being shifted in order to be fairer to all stakeholders. The Implementation Work Group (IWG), is made up of an impressive array of psychologists: Chair: Melba J.T. Vasquez, Ph.D.; Vice chair: Bill Strickland, Ph.D.; Mark Appelbaum, Ph.D.; Martha Banks, Ph.D.; Armand Cerbone, Ph.D.; Ayse Ciftci, Ph.D.; Helen Coons, Ph.D.; Paul Craig, Ph.D.; John Hagen, Ph.D.; Jo Johnson, Ph.D.; Linda Knauss, Ph.D.; Bonnie Markham, Ph.D., PsyD; Ali Mattu, Ph.D.; Marsha McCary, Ph.D.; Gilbert Newman, Ph.D.; Allen Omoto, Ph.D.; Vivian Oto Wang, Ph.D.; Mitch Prinstein, Ph.D.; Nancy Sidun, PsyD; Kristi Van Sickle, PsyD; Emily Voelkel, MA; and Milo Wilson, Ph.D.

Dr. Vasquez led an extremely useful discussion regarding the next step (choosing the representative structure—variously known as 7A, 7B, 7C).

Bear with me—this is complicated. The Good Governance Project (yet, another acronym—GGP) has worked diligently over several years to improve functionality of COR. A group of 175+ psychologists to run an organization of 134,000+ members is no easy thing. Principles for New Governance Structure: Consistent with overall APA structure; transparent, timely, nimble; reflects diversity; actively engages all members at all stages of their career; has appropriate checks and balances; allows for adaptation based on periodic review. There was a great deal of wrangling about this topic—I will spare you the political-jockeying details. Further refinement of this will happen at the August 2014 meeting in DC.

As a note to irony, since one of the key features of this new governance idea was a nod to better technology in order to further communication between council and APA, and Council at general membership, a proposal for a new division—Society for Technology and Psychology—was turned down. After listening to all the details regarding this new division, I have to say I thought it was a really good idea, voted for it, and watched it go down in defeat to traditionalist divisions who didn’t want their territory stomped on.

Other Council Items:

Internship Stimulus Project—addressing internship shortage problems with allotted three million dollars.

Approving multiple documents that will now be posted on APA Website: CRSPPP—update on the organization (Committee on Principles for the Recognition of Specialties and Proficiencies in Professional Psychology)—details to follow as we go for CRSPPP approval for Group; Health Service Psychology; Competencies for Older Adults; Report re trafficking of girls and women; user-friendly resource for educators on program improvement; supporting the Center for History of Psychology at the University of Akron.

Creating a uniform definition of “Early Career Psychologist” ECP—to be 10 years post-doctoral

Making APA into a data-driven organization (improving electronic reports, record-keeping etc)

Developing a centralized application service for graduate education in psychology

Money—very complicated budget. Majority voted for it as well as keeping Norm Anderson as the CEO (who makes a lot more money than any of us)

Council was taught a very interesting CE session on Transgendered Identity in psychological care. See for a useful update about this.

Senator Daniel K. Inouye—Council honored him for his strong support of human rights and psychological services.


Seeking Diversity Award Nominations

Jeanne Steffen, Ph.D.
Jeanne Steffen, Ph.D.


The Diversity Committee, a subcommittee under the Society of Group Psychology and Group Psychotherapy, is currently asking our members to nominate a person or persons who have made significant contributions to group psychology practice, research, service, and/or mentoring, with a focus on promoting understanding and respect for diversity. The individual selected based on these nominations is then honored as an award recipient at the Annual APA Convention in August. Time is running out! Follow the directions below to nominate a candidate by July 1:

Please consolidate this information into one document and email it to the Diversity Committee Chair, Jeanne Steffen at, by July 1, 2014

1. Include names phone numbers, program and institutional affiliations, APA divisional membership of yourself (the endorser) and of your nominee

2. Include a brief letter highlighting your nominee’s contributions in promoting understanding and respect for diversity in group psychology practice, research, service and/or mentoring.

3. Include the nominee’s vita.


Division 49 Program Summary

Click here for a PDF of the 2014 Division 49 APA Program Summary.







Jill Paquin, Ph.D. and Joe Miles, Ph.D.

Convention Program Co-Chairs


2013 Dissertation Award

Congratulations to Catherine T. Shea, Ph.D. Dr. Shea is the recipient of the Richard Morland Dissertation of the Year Award for 2013, which was awarded in 2014.

Catherine Shea






Goal Pursuit and the Pursuit of Social Networks


Five studies using diverse methods examine goal pursuit as an antecedent to social network structure, finding that self-oriented and affiliation-oriented goal pursuit evoke unique patterns of interpersonal perception and motivation which lead to the development of sparser and denser social networks, respectively. Study 1 serves as an empirical summary of our theorizing: individuals primed with dense networks feel more efficacious pursuing affiliation-oriented goals versus self-oriented goals, and individuals primed with sparse networks feel more efficacious pursuing self-oriented goals than individuals primed with dense networks. Study 2 finds a correlation between personal goals and network structure. Studies 3 and 4 experimentally demonstrate that reminders of self versus affiliation-oriented goals lead to different cognitively-activated network structures. Study 5 finds that individuals entering a new social network with strong career goals (self-oriented goals) develop significantly sparser local networks and attain more central network positions; the opposite pattern emerges for individuals pursuing strong social goals (affiliation-oriented goals). Individuals strongly motivated to pursue both goals lose the network structure benefits of having a strong career goal. Findings support the hypothesis linking personal goal pursuit to network structure, a novel approach to integrating psychology and networks research.


Kellogg School of Management

Department of Management & Organizations

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Evanston, IL 60208



Election Results

Craig D. Parks, Ph.D. President Elect





Amy G. Nitza, Ph.D. Treasurer





Jill D. Paquin, Ph.D., Member at Large





Rosamond J. Smith, MA, Student Representative





Thanks to all who were nominated as we appreciate your dedication and contributions to the Society. We hope to see you in the future. Thanks are also extended to the members of the Nominations and Elections Committee.


From Your Editors

Tom Treadwell, Ed.D., T.E.P, CGP

Leann Terry Diederich, Ph.D.
Associate Editor

Members of the Society of Group Psychology and Group Psychotherapy value groups and understand the importance of group dynamics. That is one of the reasons why attending annual conferences focused on groups can be so rewarding, as it allows us to connect with like-minded individuals. The recent American Group Psychotherapy Association’s (AGPA) meeting in Boston was exciting as many members presented challenging workshops and colloquiums. We enjoyed seeing many of you there!

We are now looking forward to APA’s Convention in Washington DC this August. The Society offers a compelling presentation schedule that is promising excellent programming for all attendee’s along with a number of programs for continuing education (CE) credits. This is an excellent way to get and stay reconnected, gain new skills and knowledge, and come together as part of a larger group to revitalize and enjoy each other’s company.

In this issue, you can read about the following:

  • President Lee Gillis is focused on helping undergraduates connect to both group psychology and group psychotherapy graduate programs. Lee developed a team of students and Early Career Psychologists (ECPs) who constructed a survey of graduate programs to ascertain the depth and breadth of their graduate studies in-group. Preliminary results suggest a very positive direction. He is planning to have a more complete report in the next TGP along with a listing those graduate programs that gave us permission to do so.
  • President Elect Dennis Kivlighan Jr. plans to focus on connecting and furthering the group experience asking Society members to video tape conversations about groups and about the Society. He urges members to consider participating in the GroupVoices project. All you need to do to participate in this GroupVoices project is to get a conversation partner and videotape your conversation.

The current issue of The Group Psychologist is our 2nd newsletter (Vol. 24, No.2) delivered as an electronic edition promoting a navigational format allowing members to traverse the pages quickly. We believe this is an excellent way to offer expanded content in an electronic format to our membership beyond the content on the Division website. Yet we are curious as to how our members have received the new version. We are entertaining the idea of sending a quick survey to members to gain feedback to assist us in developing a reader friendly newsletter.

This issue has links to individual articles, tabs across top of pages (for current issue, past issues, guidelines for authors, link to website, about TGP the Division, how to join the division, and a link to Facebook ). If you like one of the articles you read, be sure to comment, send it via email to a colleague, or “like” it on Facebook.

Articles or brief reports and news items can be e-mailed directly to Tom, Leann, Letitia, and Noranne at, as can Letters to the Editor. We encourage your feedback regarding this electronic format and want you to share your thoughts with us.


President-Elect Column

Dennnis M. Kivlighan , Jr., PhD
Dennnis M. Kivlighan , Jr., PhD

Dennis M. Kivlighan, Jr., Ph.D.

I have jogged or walk most mornings for the past 35 years. At various times three different dogs have been my companions during these early morning outings; however my most consistent companion has been Morning Edition on National Public Radio. I enjoy and usually learn something from all of the different segments on Morning Edition but the segments that often touches me on a deeper level are the Friday morning StoryCorps broadcasts.

StoryCorps is an oral history project that records and archives peoples conversations. Participants often talk about their experiences, their relationship and their feelings toward each other. Within StoryCorps there are a number different initiatives focusing on specific issues or populations. Some of these special initiatives include: The Historias Initiative which collects the living history of Latinos in the United States; StoryCorps OutLoud which records and preserves the experiences of the LGBTQ community; and StoryCorps Legacy which archives stories of those living with serious illness and the ones who support them.

These StoryCorps conversations are engaging, compelling, real, touching, funny, sad, hopeful and meaningful. These are many of the same qualities that attract me to groups and to group therapy. Those of you who have listened to StoryCorps probably have had similar reactions. If you have never listened to Story Corps I encourage you to checkout their archives using this link: One of my favorite conversations can be found at this link:

At our board meeting last winter we talked about starting a StoryCorps type of initiative within in the Society. Our idea is to ask Division 49 members to video tape conversations about groups and about the Society. Please consider this a formal invitation to participate in our GroupVoices project. All you need to do to participate in this Group Voices project is to get a conversation partner and videotape your conversation. Your conversations can be with anybody meaningful to you in your group experiences. It could be a conversation with a teacher, mentor, research partner, co-leader, student, colleague, group member or group leader. You may want to consider talking about: what or who drew you to working with or doing research on groups; some of your meaningful group related experiences; and/or what you have learned about groups. We also hope that you will consider talking about your experiences in Division 49. For example, how did you get involved in the Society, what have your experiences with the Society been like, and your hopes and dreams for the Society.

We already have one conversation in our GroupVoices project. You can check out the conversation between Gary Burlingame (Gary is well known to many people in Division 49 as a prolific and sophisticated group researcher, an innovative and involved group teacher and mentor and the first Associate Editor of Group Dynamics: Theory Research and Practice) and Sean Woodland (one of Gary’s students at Brigham Young University and the student representative on the Division 49 Board) at:

If you decide to participate in our GroupVoices project (and I really hope that all of you do decide to participate) you can send video recorded conversation or a YouTube link to me at


President’s Column

Lee Gillis, PhD
Lee Gillis, Ph.D.

Lee Gillis, Ph.D.

As this is the preconvention column I’d like to begin by highlighting a few important events. We hope all of you will join us for the Arthur Teicher Group Psychologist of the Year address to be given by Dr. Les Greene. That event will take place on Saturday, August 9 at noon in the Convention Center. Dr. Green joins an illustrious group of previous winners and we’re looking forward to hearing his remarks.

We also have an invited address by Dr. Ruth Ellen Josselson that will take place on Thursday, August 7 at 2:00 in the Convention Center.

  • Numerous students and other division members will be presenting posters on Thursday at 1:00 in the Convention Center. We hope you can join us in this session as well as the other skills sessions and symposia that will presented at the annual convention. Dr. Jill Paquin and Dr. Joe Miles have done an exceptional job of putting together this year’s program.
  • Least I forget, the business meeting of the Society will be Friday afternoon at 3:00 in the Convention Center and our Annual Social will take place on Saturday 6:00-9:00 in the Division’s Suite. We have been confirmed for a suite in the Grand Hyatt Hotel. As in past years, the room number of the suite will be available at the convention.

Let me say how much I appreciate the work of your elected board members, our journal and newsletter editors, and the program chairs for the convention. This is been quite an active group for the past six months. They are serving you well!

Here is a short update on several of the initiatives that are taking place this year.

  • Firstly, working in collaboration with Sean Woodland, student representative; Rosamond Smith, student member; and Dr. Leann Diederich, membership chair. A survey was sent to Directors of Training in both clinical and counseling psychology programs to ascertain the importance placed on group. So far we have received 54 responses. Sixty three percent of those responding reported to provide a group specific class. Eighty one percent of those group classes were experiential; 60% involved rotating leadership, 52% utilized peer leadership. When asked about the value placed on various therapy modalities using a 10 point scale, individual therapy received a 9.65 compared with the group with a 5.84, family with a 5.7, and couples with a 4.95. These are all preliminary numbers. We plan to have a more complete report in the next TGP along with a listing those graduate programs that gave us permission to do so.
  • Secondly, at the Midwinter meeting the Board voted to support our secretary, Dr. Jennifer Alonso, to increase our visibility on social networking sites. She was authorized to oversee someone who would make regular postings to our Facebook group in order to increase the visibility of the society, especially among early career professionals and students. Anyone who “likes” the Facebook group for Society has seen a substantial uptick in daily postings! These postings are supplemented by “Wisdom on Wednesdays”, a project of our ECP group. Current plans are to expand posting to Google+, LinkedIn, and to use our Twitter account during the convention to keep members who wish to follow us abreast of events in the moment.
  • Thirdly, many of you responded to the survey requests asking your opinion of beginning a second journal. An ad hoc committee led by Dr. Joe Powers is conducting this work. This group is examining the results of the survey and will make a recommendation to the Board at the August meeting.
  • Again, I want to encourage interested members to explore the APA communities, the membership-only website, where we are storing current and archival information about the Division, including our current Bylaws, Policy manual, minutes, and budgets. There are other features on the site that may or may not be used in the future; for now it serves as excellent cloud storage for materials that heretofore have been stored on various board members computers or in storage boxes.

I do hope everyone’s summer is going well and I look forward to seeing all of you at the Convention in Washington or online. Do not hesitate to contact me at or 478-445-0865.


April 2014 Newsletter

April 2014 – Vol. 24, No. 1


President’s Column
by Lee Gillis, PhD
The theme of my presidential year is connecting to the group experience. Connecting as I view it will occur on multiple levels.

President-Elect Column
by Dennis M. Kivlighan, Jr., PhD
I just returned from the mid-winter meeting where we were conducting the business of our society. It was a productive, fun and thought provoking meeting.

From Your Editors
Tom Treadwell, EdD, TEP, CGP., and Leann Terry Diederich, PhD
Starting with this issue, we have upgraded our newsletter to an electronic edition with an easier navigational format allowing members to traverse the pages quickly.


President-Elect Candidate Statements
Robert L. Gleave, PhD, ABGP, CGP, and Craig Parks, PhD
Statements from the two candidates for President-Elect.

Treasurer Candidate Statements
Amy Nitza, PhD, and Norah Slone, PhD
Statements from the two candidates for Treasurer.

Member-at-Large Candidate Statements
Jill Paquin, PhD, and Tracy Thomas, PsyD
Statements from the two candidates for Member-at-Large.

Student Representative Candidate Statements
Rosamond J. Smith, MS, and Britney Tibbits, MA
Statements from the two candidates for Student Representative.


Research Column: Why Measurement Matters: A Systematic Inquiry of Group Therapy Outcome Studies
Sean Woodland, Marie Ricks, Griffith Jones, and Kyle Lindsay
Conclusions regarding treatment efficacy are best justified when ascertained with a high level of measurement precision, rigorous methods, and inferences accurately reflecting the research question.

Group Psychotherapy Column: What Do You Say After You Say “Hello”?
John Breeskin, PhD
This set of guidelines closely follows a chapter from my book titled Sparky Says Hello and should be read in connection with this article.

Diversity Column: Committee Activities at the 2013 Annual APA Convention
Jeanne Bulgin Steffen, PhD
Selection of a new committee chair for 2014-2016, awarding of the 2013 Diversity award, and summary of the diversity committee symposium at APA.

Prevention Corner
Elaine Clanton Harpine, PhD
The subject of training in group prevention is a frequently discussed topic at conferences and conventions these days.

Brief Articles

Concurrent Group Therapy With Parents: An Exploratory Study – Part I
Elisabeth Counselman Carpenter, LCSW
This article provides an introduction to and literature review of concurrent group therapy.

Group Work With College Students: Integrating Models of Psychosocial Development
Jerrit R. Tucker, MS
Although developmental models lie at the foundation of counseling psychology as a discipline, there are few examinations of developmental models as they relate to group psychotherapy.

Committee Reports

Finance Committee Report
Rebecca MacNair-Semands, PhD, CGP
Division 49 ended 2013 with over $51,000 in income, including royalties from the journal at $47,812 (above the projected amount of $36,600).

Early Career Group: Diversity in Group Therapy
Jennifer Alonso, PhD
On January 14, 2014, the ECP group of the Membership Committee hosted a conference call on “Diversity in Group Therapy.”

Book Review

After School Prevention Program for At Risk Students
Kelly Devinney, MA
Kelly Devinney reviews Elaine Clanton Harpine’s latest book, After School Prevention Program for At Risk Students.


Attorney General Holder to Keynote APA-ABA National Conference on Confronting Family and Community Violence
Psychology and law collaborate to help prevent violence in homes, communities and society with a continuing education conference May 1-3 in Washington, DC.