Committee Reports

Diversity Committee Report

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

Chair: Jeanne Steffen, Ph.D.

Person Submitting Report: Jeanne Steffen

Members of Committee:

Eric Chen Lee Gillis
Maria Riva Jennilee Fuertes
Cheri Marmarosh Keri Frantell
Joe Miles Carol Cho

Brief Summary of Activities Undertaken:

Our activities since the October 2015 report have included:


  • Re-established diversity committee members and recruited new members to the committee. Returning members are: Eric Chen, Maria Riva, Cheri Marmarosh, Joe Miles, Lee Gillis, Jennilee Fuertes, and Jeanne Steffen. New members are Keri Frantell and Carol Cho.
  • Reviewed goals discussed at APA in August, identified related objectives, and created action items. Current goals are: 1) to recruit new members to our division, with a focus on student and early career psychologists; 2) create a student diversity award; 3) provide opportunities for multicultural competency development through suite programming at APA in Denver; 4) seek nominations and select a Diversity Award recipient for 2016.

Items Needing to be Discussed:

None currently

Items Needing Action:

  • Call for Diversity Award nominations: Jeanne and Lee forwarded nomination requests to be posted to APAEMACNETWORK and Division websites. Nominations are due Feb. 20.
  • Committee Diversity Award nominations: Maria is working on two nominations from the committee. Due Feb 20.
  • Suite Programming: Eric and Carol are working on putting together Division 49 suite programming to draw in new student members to our division and address goals related to education/building multicultural competency in our members/APA.
  • Student Diversity award: Joe and Keri are working on a request to create a student diversity award.

We plan to review diversity award nominations the last week of February. All additional action items will be reviewed by March 15.

Recommendations, if any:

None currently.

Committee Reports

Council of Representatives Report

Sally Barlow, Ph.D.
Sally Barlow, Ph.D.

Council of Representatives for the American Psychological Association is made up of 178 hard-working people, along with APA staff, tackling tough problems ranging from torture to training. The recent February meeting in Washington DC from February 18-21 had a full agenda including following up on the resolution passed in the August meeting in Toronto to close the loophole allowed by the collusion between Dr. Behnke and the Department of Defense. We voted on a number of important resolutions (for a full report go to the APA website:

1) Inclusion of ethics, human rights and social justice in revision of strategic plan

2) Revised criteria for recognition of organizations that provide certification in specialties and proficiencies in professional psychology

3) Follow up strategies regarding good governance project

4) Establishment of a work group to develop civility principles and procedures

This last item was likely a result of the lit-up list serve during the last year when ad hominem attacks occurred often. Debate on council floor was civil but occasionally heated as members discussed how best to follow-up on the findings of the Hoffman report. Our diversity training this meeting was on religious tolerance and discrimination with a focus on Islamophobia. Perhaps most interesting of the 3 days of meetings was the Sunday council retreat led by the sociologist/ethnographer Mal O’Connor, who has been attending our meetings for a year at the invitation of our president Susan McDaniel. He is helping us to identify our “culture” in an effort to understand our past e.g., (the collusion with the DOD, which led to allowing psychologists to participate in detainee torture), our present (e.g., how does the minority opinion get heard when the majority is talking all the time), and perhaps our future (e.g., a strong ethical foundation as well as strong education and training, increased patient welfare and public trust).

Thank you for allowing me to serve as the representative for Division 49.

Sally H. Barlow.

Committee Reports

Secretary’s Report

Jennifer Alonso, Ph.D., CGP
Jennifer Alonso, Ph.D., CGP

It was a pleasure to see many of you at the August 2015 Convention in Toronto. I had the privilege of attending board meetings for the Division, including meeting with the APA Publications team about ways to continue to promote the division through our journal and social media sites. Please visit this link to review the minutes from our Board meeting. We learned that the APA MyCommunities website, which we had be utilizing to store documents for the Division, would be closing. We have since moved the documents (e.g. former board meeting minutes, bylaws, policy manual, summaries of ECP hosted conference calls) to DropBox. Our hope in having an electronic place for all Division related materials is to increase transparency among members about how decisions are made and how we are advocating on your behalf. We also always welcome ideas and suggestions for ways the Division can support your needs as a Group Psychologist more effectively. In addition, having a centralized place to store materials allows incoming board to become familiarized with procedures and documents more quickly, and prevents us from losing historical documents previously kept by individual members or in non-electronic forms. Lastly, this assist current board members in having quick access to be able to review what has transpired in the past and remember the historical context of decisions. If you would like access to any of the materials, please contact me and I would be happy to share the information with you.

Continue to follow us on our social media accounts: Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.

Committee Reports

Committe for the Advancement of Professional Practice

Leann Diederich, Ph.D.
Leann Diederich, Ph.D.

Liaison Report from the Committee for the Advancement of Professional Practice

The Society of Group Psychology and Group Psychotherapy sent a liaison (Dr. Leann Diederich) to the recent CAPP board meeting in Washington, DC, in early October. Below is a summary of highlights that might be relevant to Society members, followed by a formal meeting summary submitted by CAPP from the October 2015 meeting (available as a PDF).

  • Legal and Regulatory Affairs (LRA): LRA had several updates, including sharing about the success of the Multi-State Summit on Delineating Alternative Practice, Legal and Financial Models for Integration that took place in New York City in May (a streaming of the event is available for purchase at: They had a think-tank prior to the summit and are going to investigate two key topics from it: Multi-State Management Services Organization (MSO) and Multi-State Group Purchasing Organizations. Given the success of this summit, they have several summits planned for 2016, including May 20, 2016 in DC and June 24th in Chicago. They also discussed the work of a fellow, Caroline Bergner, JD, and her work on Medicaid reimbursement of interns (e.g., H&B codes allows interns to get training in integrated care) and how focusing on an opportunity for doing this in independent practice may increase supervision opportunities for interns.
  • Internal Governance: A number of the topics at the recent meeting involved APAPO and CAPP internal governance concerns, such as budgets, strategic plans, and membership. Given the ramifications of the Independent Review and subsequent impact on membership across APA and APAPO, discussions were had as to how the organization can move forward with an openness to ownership and a focus on transparency.
  • Psychologist Involvement in Medical Staffs: Currently, only 37 states allow psychologists to serve as hospital medical staff. CMS revised their requirements in 2012 to encourage hospitals to be “inclusive” of psychologists when making medical staff appointments, which was supported by the APAPO, however, most psychologists are unaware of the need to pursue this avenue. If you are working in a hospital setting, please consider the resources that APAPO can offer you if you are advocating for psychologists to be considered for these types of appointments.

For more details on these, please review the official CAPP Meeting Highlights.

Committee Reports

American Board of Group Psychology

Brief report from American Board of Group Psychology

Thomas W. Lowry, Ph.D., ABPP

As a representative of the American Academy of Group Psychology, a division of the American Board of Group Psychology, I can report an active year under the leadership of President Joel Frost. The Board has conducted oral exams in various locations, and we have a number of new specialists in Group Psychology. We are in the process of selecting an early career member for the Board. We have granted Fellowship status to members who have provided exceptional service to our organization. In addition, the Academy has upgraded our webpage to include a history of group psychology and an ongoing dialogue between our members. We plan to introduce video interviews with seniors in our field, an Ask the Expert feature, and a Q&A section. Ours is an active and dynamic group of psychologists.

Committee Reports

APA Council Report

Sally Barlow, Ph.D.
Sally Barlow, Ph.D.

Follow up on Independent Review Actions from Council’s August 2015 Meeting, Oct 14, 2015

IR Brief Summary

Item 23b: Resolution to Amend the 2006 and 2013 Council Resolutions to Clarify the Roles of

Psychologists Related to Interrogation and Detainee Welfare in National Security Settings, to Further Implement the 2008 Petition Resolution, and to Safeguard Against Acts of Torture and Cruel, Inhuman, or Degrading Treatment or Punishment in All Settings

  • The resolution is now posted in its entirety on the APA website under APA Actions in Response to the Independent Review Report
  • Send official correspondence to appropriate officers of the U.S. government, including the President, Secretary of Defense, Attorney General, CIA Director, and Congress, to inform them that APA has adopted policy changes to expand its human rights protections to safeguard detainees in national security settings against torture and cruel, inhuman, or degrading treatment or punishment. LETTERS IN FINAL REVIEW STAGE
  • In implementation section, a request to the Ethics Committee to incorporate the national security interrogation prohibition language from the motion into the Ethics Code. REQUEST COMMUNICATED TO ETHICS COMMITTEE AND THEY WILL BE MEETING IN NOVEMBER TO DISCUSS THIS FURTHER

1.Develop a vetting process and seek nominations for both psychologists and non-psychologists for an APA Commission on Ethics Procedures. CALL DISTIBRUTED. MEMBERSHIP OF THE NOMINATION REVIEW COMMITTEE DESCRIBED.

2. Develop criteria and seek nominations from Council, boards & committees and the general membership for Conflict of Interest work group CALL DISTRIBUTED WITH LISTING OF DESIRED QUALIFICATIONS FOR MEMBERS

3. Develop a procedure for Council to review and comment on motions submitted in August related to the Independent Review ONLINE REVIEW SITE PROVIDED TO COUNCIL MEMBERS 9/30/2015.

4. Update on costs related to the Independent Review CFO SENT UPDATE 9/30/2015

5. Board recommendations on items going to Council CLT POSTED BOARD RECOMMENDATIONS TO COR 9/30/2015

Council voted on a few other items as time allowed but the majority of the meetings entailed work on the aftermath of the Hoffman Independent Review.

Personal observations. I emailed Lee Gillis and Dennis Kivlighan during the meetings (which I believe they forwarded to the Division 49 membership) to keep them abreast of the very intense 2 days that council worked to repair the damage done to APA regarding the Hoffman Independent Review that was leaked to the NYT July 8th wherein, “deceptively crafted and permissive ethics policies facilitated the active involvement of psychologists in abusive and torturous interrogations of prisoners . . . . How easy it was for the APA officials to jettison the ‘do no harm’ moral rule to conform to the Department of Defense.” The resolution passed by council to close the loophole caused by Stephen Behnke during the Bush administration resulted in an individual verbal roll call. When the last person shouted yes (there was only one no vote from Larry James, who maintains that our national defense will suffer) the crowded room, which included many graduate students and reporters observing our process, burst into sustained applause. Steven Reisner and Jean Maria Arrigo (the two consistent whistleblowers over the last decade) were interviewed by many newscasters (you can find these interviews on YouTube).

The lead up to the August meeting included 100s of emails daily from council as we attempted to build an agenda that called for action. Sad to say, it was a bitter, often ad hominen fight; but build an agenda we did, with the able assistance of Nadine Kaslow and Susan MacDaniel. Current APA president Barry Anton had recused himself, given that he was named many times in the Hoffman report. I weighed in on the list serve several times carefully pointing out powerful group dynamics that were threatening to dismantle our ability to work together. Happy to report that many council members agreed with me.

Since that council meeting in August the list serve has lit up again with another bitter fight about the process involved in hiring the interim CEO now that Norman Anderson has also stepped down. Below is an email from Dr. Arrigo that captures the minority point of view:

“The Hoffman Report has documented the inability of the CEO to oversee the staff, the inability of the Board to supervise. The work of the CEO, and the failure of the Ethics Committee to adjudicate complaints.  The Bylaws as interpreted preserve the institutional dysfunction. But if authoritative APA bodies can appeal to legal counsel in making decisions, they can also appeal to counsel from other experts and stakeholders.” Jean Maria Arrigo.

When Dr. Arrigo was given an award during the second day of council meetings in Toronto for her courageous fight to address the torture-enabling instigated by Dr. Behnke, she said, “Thank you very much”—pause—“but I think this might be a public relations event designed to shut me up.” In fact she and Steven Reisner, along with others, have not shut up. They continue to fight for transparency. I invite you to search out this effort online—see for instance Reisner/Soldz comments to the APA board pdf, since this minority position is quite complex and lengthy, as it has taken place over the last 10 years.

While the final costs are not yet in as the Sidley Austin law firm has yet to send their last invoice, costs so far for the Hoffman report have reached almost 5 million dollars; this money is being paid out of the net assets of the Association which were 61.5 million as of December 31, 2014.

Finally, in an effort to be more transparent this recent email from APA includes good resources: The Communications Office has made changes to the home page ( to focus more on the work that APA does related to human rights issues and we are working to communicate more frequently about the activities within APA governance and advisory groups occurring in response to the Independent Review.

Thank you for allowing me to represent the Society for Group Psychology and Group Psychotherapy on the Council of Representatives,

Sally H. Barlow

Thanks to Nancy Gordon Moore, Executive Director of Governance Affairs

Committee Reports

Coalition of Psychology in Schools and Education

The Coalition for Psychology in Schools and Education: Putting Teamwork on the Table

By Karin Maria Hodges, Psy.D., Licensed Psychologist, Health Service Provider, Certified Group Psychotherapist, Concord, Massachusetts

My Introduction to “The Coalition”

When opportunities and professional passions unite, it is gratifying. In the summer of 2011, I was contacted by Dr. Nina Brown, who was then President of APA Division 49 (Group Psychology and Group Psychotherapy), regarding a leadership opportunity within the American Psychological Association (APA). Dr. Brown asked if I might be interested in serving as the Division 49 representative of the APA’s Coalition for Psychology in Schools and Education (aka “The Coalition”). As she explained more about the opportunity, I grew enthusiastic.

The Coalition’s work is overseen by founder and director of the Center for Psychology in Schools and Education (CPSE) within the APA’s Education Directorate, Rena F. Subotnik, Ph.D. Dr. Subotnik and her staff bring together a group of psychologists from various sub-disciplines to translate the science of psychology into educational resources for PreK-12 schools. Coalition members meet twice a year in Washington, DC, and often gather at the APA’s annual Convention to support each other’s Coalition projects. These projects are conceived by the members and have various goals. Here are just three examples of projects’ goals: reduce teacher stress; educate educators about the top 20 psychological principles that may enhance learning in children; and enhance creativity in the classroom.

The Invitation to Develop Teamwork Curriculum

Soon after agreeing to join The Coalition, I was introduced to leaders and some members of the group including Dr. Sylvia Rosenfield. Dr. Rosenfield and I met for lunch one-on-one, where she introduced her Coalition venture to me “The Teaming Project.”  Teams, she explained, are two or more people who coordinate their efforts towards a shared goal (Salas, Burke, & Cannon-Bowers, 2000). Examples of school-based teams are IEP teams, student support teams, co-teaching teams, and curriculum development teams.

While at lunch, Dr. Rosenfield and I leaped into a discussion about challenges that school-based teams face. We agreed that school-based teams often (1) manage scarcity of resources, which sometimes fuels conflict and often hinders team motivation; (2) struggle with lack of rapport and trust between team members; (3) get sidetracked; and (4) suffer from inefficiency.  We agreed that evidence-based teamwork training might enhance resiliency and efficiency of school teams.

We wondered if schools might take the time to learn such skills, given time constraints and competing resources in schools. In any case, we knew that no such training was available at the time. We wanted to make an evidence-based teamwork training program available to any school team that craved it. I signed up to be a part of her Coalition project and we moved forward.

The Coalition Experience

Beginning in December, 2011, supported by Division 49 and the APA’s Educational Directorate, I began meeting with others on The Coalition two times per year at APA Headquarters in Washington DC. I learned quickly that the Coalition is an impressive bunch! There are University Deans and Chairs of psychology and education departments; experimental psychologists and researchers whose expertise is in psychometrics; specialists in bullying prevention; scholars who study creativity; social psychologists; and more!  These highly specialized members join together to positively affect preschool and K-12 education in the United States.

The Coalition invites national leaders and heads of organizations that are stakeholders in US public schools to our meetings. In these meetings, we come together to discuss cognitive, academic, and emotional needs of children, as well as to brainstorm ways to make teaching and learning better for children and teens. We also discuss public policy and APA’s involvement in legislation to affect education. While at the table, topics of discussion include educational disparities, culture, primary prevention, child welfare, pedagogy, research, and school systems. We introduce our invited guests to our various projects.

The Coalition and Teamwork Training

Those of us from the Coalition who worked on Sylvia’s teaming project partnered with Dr. Eduardo Salas from University of Central Florida. Dr. Salas is an authority on teaming science and founder of TEAM STEPPS, a training curriculum used in high stakes settings (e.g., hospitals, aviation).  Dr. Salas and his graduate students, led by Dr. Lauren Benishek, brought the science of teaming. We, at APA, offered translation of that science to the school setting. Thus, the Teaming Project became a collaborative project between APA and UCF.

The teaming project is now titled, “Teach TEAMWORK!” Dr. Markeda Newell and I offered a brief sketch of Teach TEAMWORK curriculum at the APA 2015 Convention in Toronto, Canada, but the complete curriculum (5 power point documents) and supplemental notes  (in one word document) are available via the APA Coalition for Psychology in Schools and Education. With these documents, one can efficiently work through the Teach Teamwork modules either in an independent learning format or in group learning format.

It is exciting to see this project launch. The opportunity that I was afforded on the Coalition makes me pleased to be a member of APA, proud to be a member of the Division 49 (Group Psychology and Group Psychotherapy), and glad to be a Child Psychologist.


Salas, E., Burke, C. S., & Cannon-Bowers, J. A. (2000). Teamwork: Emerging Principles. International Journal of Management Reviews, 2(4), 339-357.

Committee Reports

2015 August Convention Board Minutes

Jennifer Alonso, Ph.D., CGP
Jennifer Alonso, Ph.D., CGP

2015 August Convention Board Meeting

August 8, 2015 from 8:30 am to 12:00 pm; Toronto Ontario

Attendees: Dr. Dennis Kivlighan (President), Dr. Lee Gillis (Past-President), Dr. Craig Parks (President-Elect), Dr. Jennifer Alonso (Secretary), Dr. Amy Nitza (Treasurer), Dr. Rex Stockton (Member at Large), Dr. Leann Diederich (Member at Large), Dr. Jill Paquin (Member at Large), Dr. Robert Gleave (2016 incoming President-Elect), Dr. Sally Barlow (Council of Representatives), Dr. Norah Slone (Program Co-Chair), Dr. Joe Miles (Program Co-Chair), Dr. Misha Bogomaz (ECP Co-chair), Dr. David Marcus (Journal Editor)


Review of mid-winter meeting minutes

Past President – Dr. Lee Gillis

  • At the conclusion of the election, these are the incoming board members: President-Elect for 2016 is Robert Gleave; Member at Large for 2016 is Michele Ribeiro.
  • Updates for policy manual were reviewed by the board and APA. Primary changes included clarifying what is financially covered during the mid-winter meeting and responsibilities of the fellows committee. A reminder that the bylaws are a more official document than the policy manual given that is vetted by the APA membership office.
  • ACTION ITEM: Dr. Gillis will clarify duties of member-at-large, create procedures for group as a specialty proposal moving forward.

President – Dr. Dennis Kivlighan

  • Joe Powers, current member at large, has resigned from the board. Bylaws state the runner up in the most recent election is offered to complete that term. Dr. Misha Bogomaz has accepted the position with the term ending in Dec 2016.
  • Six new fellows were approved: Dr.’s Bill Hoyt, George Tasca, Lee Gillis, Maria Riva, Nathanial Wade and Cheri Marmarosh
  • ACTION ITEM: All board members are invited to send recommendations for president-elect, secretary, and member at large to Dr. Kivlighan.
  • ACTION ITEM: Dr. Alonso will update APA website to reflect this changes

Group as a Specialty – Dr. Robert Gleave

  • The proposal was submitted to the Commission for the Recognition of Specialties and Proficiencies in Professional Psychology (CRSPPP) board and the petition was denied. This committee is discussing whether to revise and resubmit the proposal in 2016 or 2017.
    • One major obstacle included the fact that there are no post-training programs in group. The Certified Group Psychotherapist (CGP) is insufficient.
  • The Society can submit a proposal to be a proficiency rather than a specialty, however, it is less helpful. Proficiency is not a step towards specialty because it would be subsumed or a subspecialty under another category.
  • The committee is proposing that a professional writer be hired to assist in revising the proposal. A minimum of $5,000 is needed for this service.
  • MOTION APPROVED: Continue this ad hoc committee. Motion approved unanimously.
  • ACTION ITEM: Dr. Alonso will update website with the information about the committee, including adding Dr. Gleave to the roster
  • ACTION ITEM: Dr. Nitza will check in at 2016 mid-winter meeting regarding possible professional writer expense.

President-Elect – Dr. Craig Parks

  • Mid-winter meeting tentatively held on January 29-31, 2016. The meeting will likely be held in Olympia, WA rather than Seattle, WA because it is more financially efficient.
  • ACTION ITEM: Dr. Parks will create reservations and have APA review the contracts. 

Secretary – Dr. Jen Alonso

  • APA Communities cloud is closing so we need to move our documents by Sept 15, 2015
  • ACTION ITEM: Executive committee will determine what new service to use. Dr. Alonso will move the documents when this is decided upon.

Webinar and Meeting Services – Veronica Allen (Division Services Office)

  • Discussed webinar services available. The cost is $175 for 3+ webinars a year, or $200 each for 1-2 webinars a year. Prices include:
    • 5 hours per webinar. This includes a 60 minute presentation and 15 minutes before and after. Webinars must be held from 8am-5pm EST.
    • Allen is present at and monitors each webinar to ensure things run smoothly. She can provide two+ free training sessions which each unique speaker to get them familiarized with the logistics of using the webinar. She assists with marketing flyers and registration forms, including emailing this out on the Division officer’s listserv. If there is a fee for attendees, the collected monies link to the Division’s paypal account. Ms. Allen can also assist with hotel negotiation and contracting.
  • If we want CE credits, the Division must be a CE provider (Ms. Allen can assist with this or can collaborate with another Division who is a CE provider and can sponsor the division.
  • Maximum of 500 attendees. APA can check to ensure people who register at Division members. If they register and are not members, the Society’s membership chair will contact them. If they attend the webinar they are dismissed with a warning.
  • Webinars are recorded and put in a dropbox. The Society can sell the videos or hire someone to cut the videos into clips. If we put the webinar on the APA website they require a transcript be included. Instead, we could put them on our wordpress site.
  • Service is currently utilized by six divisions, especially Divisions 18 and 56 who have a 10 month webinar series (excluding Jan and Aug)
  • ACTION ITEM: The ECP Committee will look into sponsoring a webinar series following up on each of the articles from George Tasca’s research focused Group Dynamics special issue next year

Foundation Awards – Dr. Jean Keim

  • Committee chair: Jean Keim; Committee members: Bob Conyne, Lynn Rapkin, Gary Burlingame and Jill Paquin
  • The foundation fund has been filled and now awards are available to be given beginning in 2016. $108,126.97 currently available with a grand total of $109,400.00 in pledges and estate gifts. Once the money is put into the foundation, the Division cannot remove it for anything other than the awards.
    • Everyone is invited to make a gift to the foundation. It can be paid over a 5 year period and be an automatic deduction. Estate and will gifts are also options.
  • Foundation awards are new and separate from the awards the Division already provides. The awards are for the advancement of group psychology and group psychotherapy. They will not approve awards under $1,000. The Division plans to awards $4-5,000/year, and as the foundation builds, the Division can award higher monetary amounts.
  • Proposed awards get submitted to the American Psychological Foundation (APF) for review and approval to ensure the money is going towards advancing the field rather than recognizing accomplishments. They run on a calendar year, so the Division can send in proposals beginning January 1, 2016.
  • Proposed foundation awards for 2016 include the following. Preference will be given to early career professionals and proposals that integrate group psychology and group psychotherapy. $2,000 award.
    • Innovative Group Psychotherapy Research – Groups doing applied or research in a naturalistic setting.
    • Innovative Group Psychology Research – Focused towards groups in applied settings.
    • Optional: Travel grant of $1,000 (if funds are available) given to someone wanting to study with or be mentored in the field of group, or even to attend a group conference.
    • This first year, the committee intentionally made the awards as broad as possible. After the first year, the committee can edit the requirements as needed.
  • Jean Keim shared there will be a new trust award funded upon her death: $1,000 teaching or supervision of group psychotherapy
  • MOTION APPROVED: Offer up to three awards for 2016. Approved unanimously.
  • ACTION ITEM: Dr. Keim will write a TGP newsletter article about the upcoming awards
  • ACTION ITEM: Dr. Keim will identify how to get a donation button on our website and determine if the received donations should go through the foundation, through the Division treasurer or through another option.

Division Funded Awards

  • The Division had previously spent $12,000/year to fund the Foundation. Now that it is fully funded, there is $12,000 available.
  • For the following Division funded awards (Arthur Teicher Group Psychologist of the Year and Diversity Award), recipients will now receive $1,000, a plaque at the annual convention and invite them to present a webinar or convention programming for the Division.
    • Webinars: Keep them open to non-Division members to increase exposure to the Division
    • MOTION APPROVED: Provide $1,000 award starting in 2016. Approved unanimously.
  • Three new awards have been proposed: Teaching of Group Dynamics Award (Chaired by Dr. Dr. Paquin), Group Practice Award (Chaired by ECP Committee) and the Department Recognition Award (Chaired by the Student Committee)
    • See Appendix for description of all awards
    • Awards Committee Chair (President-Elect) and awards committee will be appointed to review the award submissions
    • MOTION APPROVED: Establish these awards starting in 2016. Approved unanimously.

APA Division Services – Keith Cooke

  • Cooke is the Division’s account manager and he assists with any questions we have, especially about membership reports and files, sending out bylaws votes, and listservs. In addition, he is the Communications and Publications Manager and can help with services such as editing and design, logos, and newsletters.
  • Christine Chambers is Division Services Member Services Manager and oversees membership processing and renewals, and provides consultation on marketing initiatives and branding strategy.
  • Sarah Jordan is Director of Division Services and forms policy regarding APA and Divisions and assists with the APA review process for Division guidelines and public policy statements.
  • Veronica Allen is Division Services Education and Meetings Manage and plans meetings and events for Divisions. She can assist with webinars and questions about CEs.
  • More information:

APA Publications: Second Journal – Gary VandenBos and Daniya Tanendrova (APA Editor)

  • Not recommending the Division establish a clinical group psychotherapy journal
  • For a journal to be successful you need: Large body of readers/subscribers and large body of researchers who will submit. A small division will have difficulty supporting a second journal. Usually if a division has two journals, readership for both goes down because members receive only one. They stated group therapy is also not an expanding field.
  • Quarterly journal usually includes 60 pages with 4-5 articles/issue. Costs:
    • Start up year will be $10,000-15,000, including a journal editor honorarium ranging from $1,000-5,000 and manuscript coordinator stipend.
    • Second year will be about $40,000: Cost difference between print vs electronic versions are minimal so recommended to provide both.
    • Ideally need to move up to 100 pages/issue in 3-5 years, then build to 600 pages for next 5-10 years.
    • Total $120-140,000 investment years for the first few years in print, off set by print revenue.
  • Option 1: Move forward with second journal. If we move forward, we are committing significant finances. Losses would accumulate and grow and the Division would be responsible for half of the costs.
  • Option 2: Collaboration with other Divisions. In the past few years practitioner journals have been established. It may work best to collaborate with one of these journals where we receive a set number of pages in each issue
    • New journal being launched by Division 42: Practice Innovation. They are looking for submissions and partners since they are new and there is flexibility to be creative.
    • Division 29 (Psychotherapy – they have an established journal). APA could assist us with this.
    • Discussion: May be most viable to partner with Division 42 as they are seeking collaboration. Strong support to not partner with Division 29 because it is competing journal.
  • Option 3: Have one article/issue in Group Dynamics and perhaps have a separate editor for that (this would likely reduce the journals impact factor since practice based articles are not cited as often)
  • Option 4: Publish a clinically oriented book on psychotherapy.
  • Option 5: Include these articles in the newsletter
  • ACTION ITEM: Dr. Paquin and Dr. Miles will create an exploratory committee to further investigate the options.

Treasurer – Dr. Amy Nitza

  • The Division currently has two investments. One is owned by APA and one is shared by several divisions in a money market fund making $5/quarter ($22,000 investment). It is in our best interest to move the money from the money market fund into an account that will yield higher interest.
  • The Division continues to utilize an 80/20% rule where 20% is always kept in savings. However, it is unclear if the money includes all existing funds OR moneys earned that year.
  • ACTION ITEM: Dr. Nitza will clarify who the other divisions are in the existing money market account and what our options are regarding investing that money differently
  • ACTION ITEM: Dr. Nitza will further discuss the 80/20% rule at the 2016 mid-winter meeting.

Journal Editor – Dr. David Marcus

  • The journal’s impact factor increased and is at its all time high
  • The journal continues to need an increase in submissions as there are few if any articles in the que prior to each new issue
  • In 2016 there is a special issue on methodological and statistical methods by special editor George Tasca
  • We receive one “free/extra” page in the journal for division news that we have not used. To submit information, send to Dr. Marcus
  • ACTION ITEM: Dr. Marcus will email division board listserv when it is time to submit division news for upcoming journal publications
  • ACTION ITEM: Dr. Marcus and Dr. Alonso will collaborate to utilize APA marketing to highlight the special issue

Council Representative – Dr. Sally Barlow

  • Two motions passed at convention related to Hoffman Report: Closed loop hole in ethics code; Blue ribbon task force to examine conflict of interest in the future

Not Discussed

  • APA Wide Committees – Carry over to mid-winter meeting

Appendix 1: Group Psychotherapy Practice Award

Description: This award is given to recognize outstanding commitment to the practice of group psychotherapy.


This award is for any individual, agency, or organization that provides exemplary group services to the community.


Primary criteria:

  1. Demonstrated commitment to utilizing group psychotherapy or other group practices. This may include using group in multiple or diverse ways to provide service to others.

Commitment to the practice of group psychotherapy should include at least two of the following secondary criteria:

  1. Commitment to advancing the field of group psychotherapy through publications, national or regional presentations, or developing creative partnerships.
  2. Use of research to inform the practice of group psychotherapy or other group interventions.
  3. Demonstrated evidence of group practices that supports disenfranchised, disempowered, less privileged, or oppressed groups.
  4. Creative application of groups including different types of groups, modalities, environments, populations (e.g., using short-term groups for a disaster response or groups for conflict resolution/reconciliation).
  5. Providing supervision and training.
  6. Utilizes best practices in implementation of group services ( or

Nomination Process:

To submit a nomination, the following is required:

  • A letter that describes and illustrates the individual/agency/organization’s commitment to group psychotherapy (e.g.., nature of the nominee’s commitment, commitment to supervision and training, use of research or best practices to enhance group services, etc.). The letter should be no more than three pages long and should be completed by the nominee directly.
  • Three letters of support from individuals familiar with the nominee’s group psychotherapy practices (these letters can be from current or past employees, a collaborating partner or agency, or members of a Board of Directors, etc.).
  • Copy of current CV.
  • Self-nominations are welcome.
  • All submissions must be received by Feb. 15, 2016 to be considered. Send to: Dr. Robert Gleave at 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 Practice Award Award. No snail mail submissions accepted.


A $1,000 award and plaque will be presented to the award winner. The awardee will also have a chance to present her or his work to a national audience.

Appendix 2: Teaching of Group Dynamics Award


This award is granted to a teaching professional (post-graduate) who has demonstrated excellence in the area of the teaching of the psychology of group or group psychotherapy at the undergraduate or graduate level. We are looking for individuals who have developed and implemented a particularly innovative and/or effective teaching approach related to the teaching of group dynamics. 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 conference of the American Psychological Association. A $1,000.00 cash award and plaque will be presented to the award winner. The awardee will also have a chance to present her or his work related to teaching group dynamics to a national audience. Applicants are encouraged to submit the following materials on order to be considered for this award:

  • Written description (no more than 2 pages) of a specific exercise, assignment, or teaching strategy that highlights your qualifications for this award
  • Evidence of teaching effectiveness (e.g. informal and/or formal teaching evaluations; other data gathered from students; peer evaluations, etc.) (maximum 5 pages)
  • Copy of current CV
  • A letter from a psychologist (or other qualified colleague) who can speak to the qualifications of the nominee in light of the award criteria
  • Cover sheet that includes:
    • Nominee’s name, address, telephone number and email address.
    • Name and type of teaching institution (e.g., doctoral program, master’s program, 4-year college) and discipline (e.g. counseling psychology, social psychology, clinical psychology, etc.)
    • Nominator’s name, address, telephone number and email address.
    • Name and address of who should be informed if the nominee wins the Group Dynamics Teaching Award (e.g., department head, supervisor, etc.)
  • 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.

All submissions must be received by Feb. 15, 2016 to be considered. Send to: Dr. Robert Gleave at

Appendix 3: Departmental Recognition Award


This award recognizes departments that demonstrate a commitment to training students in group psychology and/or group psychotherapy. Successful departments will also demonstrate that training in group is an integral part of training to become a psychologist. The focus of this award is a department’s commitment to the discipline and not necessarily their scholarly achievements in the area.


This award is for departments that demonstrate a commitment to training doctoral level students in group psychology and/or group psychotherapy.


Departmental commitment to group psychotherapy or group psychology may include some of the following elements:

  1. Offering a beginning and/or advanced group class. If a group therapy class, this may include peer leadership or rotating leadership.
  2. Providing experiential components in classes promoting training in group dynamics.
  3. Integrating group training into non-group specific classes.
  4. Providing guidance in research related to group psychology or group psychotherapy.
  5. Providing supervision in groups that maximize the group dynamics.
  6. Providing practicum opportunities in group therapy.
  7. Encouraging student publications in group therapy or group psychology.
  8. Providing guidance in education and teaching related to group psychology and/or group psychotherapy.
  9. Encouraging student participation in group related conferences or presentations.
  10. Promoting faculty or student involvement in professional organizations for group.
  11. Advocating for the utilization and reimbursement of group psychotherapy with state and federal lawmakers.
  12. Providing guidance in public policy related to group psychotherapy.
  13. Promoting the value of group psychotherapy in the public eye.
  14. Editing journals or serving on review boards related to group.

How to Apply:

To submit a nomination the following is required:

  1. A letter that describes and illustrates the department’s commitment to group psychology and/or group psychotherapy training (e.g., nature of the department’s commitment, mentoring, effect on current and/or former students’ activities as a result of the department’s focus on group, etc.). The letter should be no more than three pages long.
  2. Three letters of support from individuals familiar with the department’s support for training in group. (These letters can be from current or past faculty members, a dean familiar with the department’s program, or from students, etc.)
Committee Reports

Committee for the Advancement of Professional Practice

Leann Diederich, Ph.D.
Leann Diederich, Ph.D.

The Society of Group Psychology and Group Psychotherapy have sent a liaison (Dr. Leann Diederich) to the recent two CAPP board meetings in Washington, DC. Below is a summary of highlights that might be relevant to Society members, followed by formal meeting highlights submitted by CAPP from the May 2015 meeting.

Meeting Highlights by Dr. Diederich

  • Dr. Katherine Nordal recently spoke at the Society of Psychologists in Management Conference. The next meeting is February 24-28, 2016 in Atlanta, GA. If any group psychologists with expertise in group dynamics and management want to present, this might be a good audience to lend our expertise to. (For more information:
  • The staff from the Government Relations office of APAPO spoke about their work on behalf of practicing psychologists. This includes advocacy leading to the repeal of the sustainable growth rate (SGR) as well as their continued work to include psychologists listed as physicians in the Medicare definition. Given the anticipated 1.5% decrease in Medicare payments over the next 5 years, they still have a lot of work to do. They continue to work with Representative Tim Murphy (a psychologist) on his Seriously Mentally Ill bill, along with getting his support on changes APAPO advocates for.
  • Legal and Regulatory Affairs (LRA) continues to do some impressive work on behalf of psychologists. For instance, they challenged the Missouri Medicaid Agency which was trying to impose additional and unprecedented training requirements on psychologists who provide services falling under the Health Behavior and Assessment Intervention Codes (also known as H&B codes), including those for group (code 96153). They also worked with Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield (BCBS) and other BCBS companies on risk adjustments audits, which they expect to increase when they are required in November 2015 (due to the Affordable Care Act).
  • LRA also asked that if any psychologist learns that clients can’t find a therapist in-network in their area, please let LRA know. They highlighted how provider reimbursement rates drive patient access to care. So if they can point to instances where providers are not available (potentially because of low reimbursement rates) then this helps their advocacy cause.
  • The State Leadership Conference Workgroup proposed a number of changes. A change that was considered, but was ultimately rejected, was for Presidents from Divisions that have Federal Advocacy Coordinators to not be invited. Fortunately, this was rejected and we will continue to be invited due to the benefits outweighing the costs.
  • There was continued discussion around the Council’s “Psychologists in Integrated Primary Care and Specialty Health Settings” item. If you are a group psychologist working in integrated primary care settings, please let us know! We’d love to have you offer some tips to other Society members about how to get involved in this growing field. Please email us at if you’d be willing to write an article in a future TGP or provide us with tips we can post on our Facebook page.
  • Two other large topics continue to be addressed by the CAPP Board; these include working on the Master’s Degree in Psychology and addressing the scope of practice of psychologists. On the latter of these, a Specialties Summit is being convened between the Council of Specialties, the American Board of Professional Psychology (ABPP), and the Association of State and Provincial Psychology Boards (ASPPB). For more details on these topics please read more in the summary provided by CAPP, below.
Committee Reports

APA Council Report

Sally Barlow, Ph.D.

As usual, COR February 2015 meeting in DC had its fill of thrills and spills; meetings were preceded by a host of Council Pre-Work issues including economic, organizational, technological, doctoral/non-doctoral distinctions, globalization, policy, insurance, educational (internship/training), marketing, practice/science, research, social, and finally torture. Clearly, response to torture allegations was a huge concern: 1) “Role of psychologists at Guantanamo Bay and various ‘black sites’, and the APA’s response to the torture allegations, 2) Reclaiming the moral and ethical nature of psychology, including but not limited to, the unequivocal condemnation of torture.” It is like trying to close the barn door after the horses have fled. I realize this is just my opinion, but the sheer amount of fighting back and forth[i] on the Council listserve is likely a result of fear about what eventually will be revealed regarding APA’s role in promoting torture, regardless of when and how the investigative independent report is released. The fight–which appears to sidestep the central issue of how terrible it will be regardless of when and how it is released– is about whether or not to go by council by-laws process once the independent review is released (Board of Directors reads it, prepares a response, releases to COR and then to the general membership) vs. releases it immediately to everyone. At issue is transparency in order to restore the public trust. During the February meeting a strong, vociferous minority spoke from the floor regarding releasing the findings of the Hoffman investigation independent report to everyone, bypassing normal procedures. Clearly many members believed the old process was part of the problem—no longer nimble or transparent. This particular debate didn’t happen until the very end of COR meetings, preceded by a number of important topics, to be sure, but none as vital as our response to APA’s part in torture allegations. If you are unfamiliar with this debate, check online PENS report—Psychological Ethics and National Security

The night before actual council meetings, caucuses gathered to discuss their particular interest-group concerns. New Governance structure is now in effect, and as a result, two caucuses have been “sunsetted”—Very Small SPTA Caucus and the Assembly of Scientist/Practitioner Psychologists.

Friday February 20th agenda: Mega Issue

Reorganization has focused on clearer science-to-policy strategies—1) science/research perspectives, 2) advocacy, and 3) educating the public. We spent the day breaking out into smaller discussion groups to tackle how to better utilize research in practice etc. This was an attempt to deal with important issues in psychology, now labeled “mega issues”. The newly-formed Council of Leaders Team (CLT) is supposed to replace the board of directors as council’s new executive committee and give us guidance on how to proceed regarding such Mega-issues. We tried to tackle integrated health care last year and it remains to be seen how this will unfold.

Friday night: Reception at APA headquarters

If there is a reason for psychologists to give up three days of private work to deliberate on tough topics in psychology it could be seeing the lit up Capitol building from the newly constructed outdoor rooftop reception area at the APA building. It really was beautiful. I felt guilty eating Hors D’oeuvres and feeling part of the “privileged people” until I thought about the hard work all this entails. Who would like to run for Council Rep for Division 49 next? This is clearly one of the perks.

Saturday February 21st agenda:

Remembrance of deceased members

Presidential update

Diversity Training—Implicit Bias (very interesting report)—if you want more info let me know

Finance report—operational budget, building operations, $67 million in assets 2014, investment portfolio 2014= $94 million

In addition to reports, council was asked to vote on following action items as found on APA website:

Resolution to Support Education and Implementation of the International Classification of Diseases.

This resolution serves to promote and encourage a wide range of ICD-relevant APA activities as well as (a) inform APA members and the public about this important public health framework and (b) support the creation of innovative tools and programs to allow psychologists to enhance their knowledge of health promotion, disease prevention and management of chronic disease.

Professional Practice Guidelines: Guidance for Developers and Users

Council was asked to adopt this document as APA policy to replace two earlier APA policy documents.

Resolution on the 2015 White House Conference on Aging

Council was asked to adopt as this document as APA policy.

Amending the APA Association Rules to Change the Name and Mission of the Committee on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Concerns

Council was asked to approve changing the name of this committee to the Committee on Sexual Orientation and Gender Diversity because the current name no longer effectively reflects the full range of diversity among the populations it represents. It also eliminates the gender parity requirement.

Although council did not have as many action items to discuss as typical because the agenda items are now being divided between the board of directors and council, we still had a number of issues to discuss. Probably one of the most heated discussions involved the language change in the association bylaws and rules involving the governance change motions approved by council over the past few years. The majority of people approved the changes proposed although a substantial group was concerned that the language did not reflect the true nature of the division of responsibilities between the board and council. The final vote approved these action items with a request that the president and CLT chair appoint a work group to address any inaccuracies or inconsistencies in the language for our next council meeting in August.

Council was also asked to vote on the following action items

Association Rule Change: Inclusion of ECPs on APA Boards and Committees

Council was asked to (a) approve amending association rules to require relevant board and committees to have at least one member who is an early career psychologist (ECP); (b) approve that in addition to those boards/committees approved in August 2014 as being excluded from this requirement, the following boards and committees should also be excluded because their membership criteria, based on specific requirements, do not allow for a slate composed solely of ECPs:

  • American Psychological Association of Graduate Students
  • Council of Editors and Fellows Committee

And (c) approve the exemption for the Fellows Committee through 2020 and request that the Fellows Committee develop ways to increase the number of ECPs being considered and approved as APA fellows.

Action: Council approved this item with a friendly amendment for the Committee on Psychological Tests and Assessment to have an extended period of time to add ECPs to their slates.

Making APA into a Data-Driven Organization

Council was asked to approve adding a clarification to the APA strategic plan as part of Goal #1: Maximize Organizational Effectiveness. The specific proposal is to include the following objective: “d. Ensure that APA collects, maintains, and manages accessible member and professional data to allow for evidence-based decision-making.” A substitute motion that was accepted directed all future modifications of the APA strategic plan to be based on a process developed by the CEO.

Action: The motion was approved with additional wording that included issues of accountability and transparency to the proposed additional language.

APA Technology Implementation Plan

Council was asked to support the CEO’s technology implementation plan and request that additional methods for member engagement be developed by the new executive director for membership following the establishment of the Office of Member Recruitment and Engagement.

Action: Council approved this item.

Competencies for Psychology Practice in Primary Care

Council was asked to adopt this document as APA policy that articulates competencies for education and training of psychologists who seek to provide psychological services in primary care.

Action: Council approved this item.

Modifying the Composition of the Board of Educational Affairs

Council was asked to approve amending the association rule and forwarding to the membership for a vote a bylaws amendment to modify the composition of the Board of Educational Affairs so that one seat could be held by an APA high school or community college teacher affiliate member.

Action: Council approved this item.

Standards of accreditation in Health Service Psychology

Council was asked to approve the Commission on Accreditation’s proposed document. This will replace the current Guidelines and Principles of Accreditation.

Action: Council approved this item.

Helping International Colleagues with the Declaration on Research Assessment

Council was asked to approve a request that APA join other scientific organizations world-wide to endorse the 2012 San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment.

Action: Council approved this item.

Sunday February 22—presidential citations, other agenda items (mainly fight from the floor about how and when to release the findings of the independent review re torture), president-elect candidate speeches

Other Relevant Issues:

If you are interested in the outcome of the recent lawsuit re APAPO please go to I attended an optional meeting conducted by APA attorney Nathalie Gilfoyle, a clearly competent, articulate attorney expertly representing our interests, regarding the settlement details of the lawsuit. She expressly forbid us to discuss the findings publicly because of the settlement stipulations.

Thank you allowing me to serve as the Council Representative for Society 49.

Sally Barlow


[i] “Please do not allow this dialog or the APA to be used as a vehicle for individuals to prove their liberal credentials. We have more important work to do.”

“Thank you for the information you’ve provided.  I believe APA’s usual high ethical standards will prevail in this situation.”

“If the review demonstrates that APA was, in fact, supportive of these tortures I will forthwith resign my career long affiliation with the association.”

(These are just a few representative of hundreds of emails that flurried back and forth since our February meeting, some of which are too vile to re-print)