Division 49 Board News

Dennis Kivlighan, Ph.D.
Dennis Kivlighan, Ph.D.

The Board of Directors unanimously voted to recommend the following amendment to these Bylaws. (Bolded text represent the old wording and the proposed changes).


There shall be a Board of Directors of this Society. Its membership shall consist of the following persons:

  1. The elected Officers of the Society as specified in Article IV, Section 1, of these Bylaws;
  2. Three (3) Members-at-large, one (1) of whom shall be elected each year for a three (3) year term in staggered sequence as specified in Article V, Section 2, of these Bylaws;
  3. One (1) Student Representative, to be elected for a two (2) year term.
  4. Representatives elected to the APA Council of Representatives as specified in Article V,

Section 3, of these Bylaws.


Five (5) Domain Representatives, to be elected for staggered three (3) year terms. The Domains represented by these positions shall be: a) Group Psychology; b) Group Psychotherapy; c) Education and Training; d) Diversity; e) Early Career Psychologists. Annually, the Nominations and Elections Committee shall recommend to the Board of Directors a composition of slates intended to ensure breadth of representation on the Board by individuals representing diverse backgrounds, interests, identities, cultures and nationalities. Domain Representatives will coordinate with appropriate committees of the Society.


Travel Award

Rosamond J. Smith, MS
Rosamond J. Smith, MS

The Society of Group Psychology and Group Psychotherapy is offering student travel awards for the 2016 APA Convention: 

What are the details?

  • Six (6) awards of $500 each will be granted.
  • Awards should be used in support of travel to the 2016 APA Convention in Denver, Colorado.
  • Award winners will be announced on June 1, 2016.

What are the requirements?

  • Applicants must show an interest in group psychology and/or group psychotherapy.
  • Applicants must not yet have completed their terminal degree.
  • Applicants must be Student Affiliate Members of the Society of Group Psychology and Group Psychotherapy. Join at
  • Award winners must assist the Student Committee in promoting Division 49 at two (2) or more division programs at the APA Convention (to be scheduled with Student Committee chairs).
  • Award winners are encouraged (not required) to attend the Division 49 Social in order to be recognized and congratulated! 

What is the application process?

  • Submit a brief (500 words or less) statement addressing your interest in and/or goals related to group psychology and/or group psychotherapy, and how attendance at the 2016 APA Convention would benefit your development as a group psychologist or psychotherapist.
  • Include a current CV.
  • E-mail application materials to by April 15, 2016.

*Please note that checks will be processed after required paperwork is completed at the 2016 APA Convention and submitted to APA Headquarters; Awards may be subject to appropriate taxes.


Group Psychologist Award

Robert Gleave, Ph.D., ABGP, CGP
Robert Gleave, Ph.D., ABGP, CGP

Division 49, The Society of Group Psychology and Group Psychotherapy, is now seeking nominations for the Arthur Teicher Group Psychologist of the Year Award. 

This award honors a distinguished group psychologist whose theory, research, or practice has made some important contributions to our knowledge of group behavior.

Nominations need to be received no later than April 30,2016.

Please send your nominations to Robert Gleave at


The nominee is expected to embody and model the ideals and mission of the Society through exemplary contributions in teaching, or research and scholarly activity, and service


  1. The Awards Committee will solicit nominations from the board, and the membership.
  2. Credentials to be submitted to the committee include letter(s) of nomination and support, and a vitae.
  3. The committee will review the materials, and make a recommendation to the board

Past Recipients

2015: Zipora Shechtman

2014:  Les Greene

2013:  Dennis Kivlighan

2012:  Sally Barlow

2011:  Arthur Horne

2010:  William Piper

2009:  Richard H Price

2008:  Richard Hackman

2007:  Philip Zimbardo

2006:  Gary Burlingame & Addie Fuhriman

2005:  Albert Ellis

2004:  Rex Stockton

2003:  No award given

2002:  No award given

2001:  Joe McGrath

2000:  George Gazda

1999:  Anne Alonso

1998:  Louis Ormont

1997:  Yvonne Agazarian

1996:  Donelson R. Forsyth

1995:  Herbert Kelman

1994:  Saul Scheidlinger

1993:  Robert Dies

1992:  Henriette Glatzer

Please distribute this announcement to your membership, if you are willing.


Dissertation Award

Richard Moreland, Ph.D.
Richard Moreland, Ph.D.

Each year, Division 49 (Group Psychology & Group Psychotherapy) of the American Psychological Association offers an award for the best dissertation research on small groups. This research can investigate any phenomenon, using any methodology, in any type of group. Past winners of the award include Drs. Karen Jehn, Deborah Gruenfeld, Amy Edmondson, and Kyle Lewis. The award comprises cash ($1000), a plaque, and a three-year free membership in the Division.

People who complete a dissertation on groups sometime during calendar year 2015 are welcome to enter the competition. To enter, a brief abstract (5 pages maximum, typewritten and double-spaced) of the dissertation should be sent to Dr. Richard Moreland (408 Fern Hollow Lane, Wexford, PA; 15090; The deadline for submitting abstracts is March 1st, 2016. Dr. Moreland will send copies of the submitted abstracts to a small review committee for evaluation, and that committee will select three finalists. These finalists will be asked to submit complete copies of their dissertations, which will then be reviewed by the same committee. The winner will receive his or her award at the APA Convention in August, 2016.

If you completed a dissertation on groups last year, then please consider entering the competition. Or, if you know someone else who completed such a dissertation, then please mention the competition to him or her. Remember, the dissertation research can explore any phenomenon, using any methodology, in any type of group.

Awards News

2014 Richard Moreland Dissertation of the Year Award

Conversational flow: The Emergence and Regulation of Solidarity Through Social Interaction

University of Groningen

Namkje Kooudenburg Ph.D.

The central aim of this dissertation was to study whether such micro-characteristics of the form of dialogue influence processes at a more macro-level, such as the emergence and regulation of social structures. Two conclusions are drawn: First, it appears that subtle aspects in the form of conversation (e.g., brief silences, interruptions) reveal information about both the closeness and the quality of underlying social relationships. Second, the form of a conversation provides means to regulate and maintain the solidarity within the group. In small groups, core characteristics such as social norms, status hierarchies and shared realities “define the group” in the sense that they are affirmed through communication between members. In smoothly flowing conversation, the group members’ actions towards each other reflect the social structures that exist within the group. Behavior that deviates from this framework poses a potential threat to the stability of the social system. Indeed, when a low status group member interrupts a high status other, this may threaten assumptions of group hierarchy and thus call in doubt the solidarity. Because disruptions of the normal flow of conversation may signal that something within the social system is wrong, this should normally (i.e., when the continuation of those systems is valued) elicit behavior that is aimed at re-establishing unity. Thus, solidarity is not only maintained by sanctioning deviants, but also by more subtle cues in communication that inform people about the status of the relationship between speakers.

Dissertation Award Guidelines:

Each year, the Society of Group Psychology and Group Psychotherapy of the American Psychological Association gives an award for the best dissertation research on small groups. The research can apply any methodology to the analysis of any type of group. People who wish to compete for the award first submit an abstract, which is read by a committee of three division members. The three best abstracts are identified by the committee and the authors are asked to submit full copies of their dissertations. The same committee reads those dissertations and then selects the final winner.

The committee for the latest (2014) award was Dr. Richard Moreland (chair), Dr. Dennis Kivlighan, Dr. Flip Robison, and Dr. Catherine Shea (who won the 2013 award). The three finalists were Dr. Namkje Kooudenburg (University of Groningen), Dr. Florian Landkammer (University of Tubingen), and Dr. Jamie Perry (Rutgers School of Business).

The winner of the prize was Dr. Koudenburg, whose dissertation was entitled “Conversational flow: The emergence and regulation of solidarity through social interaction.” Dr. Koudenburg won $1000, a commemorative plaque, and a three-year membership in the division. She will receive her award at the annual Business Meeting of the division at this year’s APA convention in Toronto.

The same contest will be held again this year. People who completed dissertations during calendar year 2015 are encouraged to submit abstracts of their work to Dr. Richard Moreland ( by March 1st of 2016.

For more information, visit


New Journal Update

Tom Treadwell, EdD, T.E.P. C.G.P.
Tom Treadwell, EdD, T.E.P. C.G.P.

A proposal for a second journal for Division 49, Group Psychology and Group Psychotherapy, was presented at the Board’s August 2015 meeting in Washington, D.C.

APA’s Publications & Communications (PC) Board is recommending against the establishment of a new clinical journal for Division 49 as reported by Gary Vanderbos.

According to Vanderbos, “the primary basis for this recommendation is the simple numbers and finances. We believe the Division is too small to economically support two journals—with readers, with authors, and with supporting dollars. Moreover, on a percentage of clinical hours provided per year, group psychotherapy is not a highly frequent method of delivery of psychotherapy, even taking a multi-disciplinary approach to data.  There simply may not be enough willing authors and eager readers to support another clinical group psychotherapy journal beyond those already in existence.”

However, Vanderbos states, “We believe the motivation behind the proposal has a degree of merit. I have been kicking around some ideas about that, which is the real focus of what I would like to chat with the Executive Committee about. Rather than forming a new journal, I think the Division should strike an ‘alliance’ of sorts with another Division, which has a more clinically-oriented journal.”

However, Vanderbos suggests a meeting time is to be arranged to discuss the totality of the situation with the Executive Committee of the Division at the Toronto APA Convention. We could do this during the Group Dynamics journal meeting, which is already scheduled for Thursday, 6 August, at 11 am at the APA Publications Suite.

Vanderbos suggests collaborating with other divisions, such as, Division 42 whereby they are establishing a new journal called Practice Innovations, as they will need submissions and content to publish, or perhaps Division 29 since they publish more clinically-oriented articles on the “art” of doing psychotherapy.

We need to make Division 49’s mission one that promotes the clinical component(s) of group psychology and group psychotherapy via our own division. Burlingame, Strauss, & Joyce (2011) have demonstrated there is now sufficient data showing group therapy is as efficient and or effective as individual therapy.

This note is to solicit reactions from Division 49 membership! The membership reactions to the recommendations are important… Let us know your thoughts.

Elections News

Candidate Election Results


The following individuals will begin their terms on January 1, 2016.


Robert Gleave, Ph.D., ABGP, CGP
Robert Gleave, Ph.D., ABGP, CGP


Member at Large:

Michele D. Ribeiro, Ed.D.
Michele D. Ribeiro, Ed.D.

Michele D. Ribeiro, Ed.D. (


Call for Nominations for President-elect and for Member-at-Large

Lee Gillis, Ph.D.
Lee Gillis, Ph.D.

Self-nominations will be considered.

From the Bylaws:
The Committee on Nominations and Elections will issue a call for nominations to all members by the appropriate deadline of the year prior to the calendar year. A validating procedure shall be used to assure that nominations are made by appropriate voting members of the board.

The Nominations and Elections Committee shall seek advice on nominations from the Board of Directors and other members of the Division currently or recently in leadership. Any eligible member recommended by the Nominating Committee, a Board Member, or receiving at least 10 or more nominations from the general membership shall appear on the ballot as a nominee after
ascertaining that the nominee is qualified and willing to serve if elected. At least two names should be placed in nomination for each office.

The President-elect shall be a member of the Executive Committee and the Board of Directors with the right to vote and shall perform the duties traditionally assigned to a Vice-President. In the event that the
President shall not serve her/his full term for any reason, the President-elect shall succeed to the remainder thereof and continue to serve through her/his own term.

The President shall be the Member or Fellow who has just completed a term as President-elect. The President shall succeed to office on January 1 following the completion of her/his President-elect year. The President, or her/his designee from the Board, shall preside at all meetings, shall be the Chair of the Executive Committee and the Board of Directors, and shall perform all other usual duties of a
presiding officer. The President shall cast a vote at meetings of the Board of Directors only when the vote would make or break a tie.

Members-at-large of the Board of shall represent the interests of the membership at large on the Board of Directors.

Please send nominations by October 31, 2014 to
Both elected members will begin service on January 1, 2016 and serve a 3 year term.



Journal for Group Practitioners

Joe Powers Ph.D.
Joe Powers Ph.D.

Division 49 Proposing New Journal for “Group Practitioners”

A proposal for a second journal for Division 49, Society of Group Psychology and Group Psychotherapy, was presented at the Board’s August meeting in Washington, D.C. Based on survey results conducted earlier in the year among Division 49 members and the discussion at the Board meeting, there was strong support for a second journal. Discussion highlighted the preeminence of “Group Dynamics” as the esteemed journal of Division 49 but a second journal, focused more upon group work practice, would address an important need in our field. The immediate task at hand, then, is to complete the proposal, present it to the Board in January 2015 and then submit the proposal to an interested publisher. Due diligence requires processing several important details to ensure a successful outcome. We welcome questions and suggestions, so please contact the proposal committee chair or committee members.

  • Joe Powers, Ad Hoc Committee Chair
  • Dennis Kivlighan
  • Rebecca MacNair-Semands
  • Thomas Treadwell
  • Nina Brown
  • Maria Riva
  • Sally Barlow
  • David Marcus
  • Jill Paquin
  • Craig Parks

Group Training Survey: May 2014

Lee Gillis, Ph.D.
Lee Gillis, Ph.D.

In the last newsletter I shared that working in collaboration with Sean Woodland, current student representative; Rosamond Smith, student representative designate (2015); and Dr. Leann Diederich, membership chair and member at large, an email survey was sent in May 2014 to Directors of Training in both clinical and counseling graduate psychology programs to ascertain the importance their program placed on group training.

We received 54 responses with one respondent declining to participate for a total N of 53.  We sent emails to 57 Council of Counseling Psychology Training Programs (CCPTP) and 21 responded; 31 Directors from National Council of Schools and Programs of Professional Psychology (NCSPP) were identified from webpages and sent email invitations and eight responded and due to a website crash at the Council of University Directors of Clinical Training (CUDCP) an email with the survey link was sent by a member to the listserv and 22 responded (out of approximately 80 recipients). Three board members of the Division responded to the pilot survey with information about their programs that was usable. Thus the response rate (54/168) was approximately 32%.

Clinical psychology accounted for 58% (N=26) of the responding programs and 42% (N=19) as counseling psychology.  Question 2 asked “Does your program provide a group-specific class or classes?”  There was a difference in how clinical and counseling programs responded to this question.  While 35% of the clinical psychology programs answered yes to this question, 100% of the counseling psychology programs responded in the affirmative.  In retrospect, we should have asked if the training program “required” a group specific class.  Most readers know that the Guidelines and Principles for Accreditation of Programs in Professional Psychology  do not include the word “group” in it’s domains and standards and it is difficult to determine if this lack of a requirement distinguishes the clinical and counseling psychology training programs represented in the limited sample of programs responding to the survey or if the difference is related to the philosophies of these approaches or if such a difference is insignificant.  Most of the types of courses offered were introductory group therapy courses; no one mentioned an advanced group course.  There was not a clear indication if courses were primarily didactic or experiential.  Though when asking specifically about courses in a question where the respondent could check all that apply, with 29/53 responding, 83% checked “Experiential”, 59% checked “rotating leadership”, 52% chose “peer leadership”, and 31% chose “other”.

There is more qualitative data in the survey results regarding the settings of group therapy practicum’s; types of group research students are involved in, and ways “experiential” groups are defined.  This data will serve as grist for a future article in The Group Psychologist.  In the meantime, if you desire to see a summary pdf of all the data, please contact

Thirteen programs granted permission for us to mention the name of the program on the Division 49 website and those programs with contact emails are listed below:

Clinical and Counseling Psychology (M.S.) Chestnut Hill College Cheryll Rothery, Psy.D., ABPP
Clinical Psychology Doctoral Program Wayne State University Mark A. Lumley, Ph.D.
Clinical Psychology Doctoral Program Indiana University of Pennsylvania David LaPorte
Clinical Psychology Doctoral Program Seattle  Pacific University David G. Stewart
Counseling and Educational Psychology Indiana University Rex Stockton
Counseling and Student Personnel Psychology University of Minnesota Sherri Turner, Ph.D.
Counseling Psychology New York University Mary B. McRae
Counseling Psychology Carlow University Mary Burke
Counseling Psychology Texas Tech Univ Sheila Garos, Ph.D., DCT
Counseling Psychology University of Maryland Dennis Kivlighan
Counseling Psychology University of Nebraska-Lincoln Michael Scheel
Counseling Psychology Iowa State University Nathaniel Wade
Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology (PsyD) University of Hartford John Mehm