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2017 Webinar Series

Dear Colleagues,

Division 49 is pleased to announce our 2017 Webinar Series, featuring authors from our special issue of Group Dynamics (September, 2016) focusing on Statistical Methods in Group Psychology and Group Psychotherapy. These webinars are free and open to the public. Click here to view the flyer!

Do you ever wonder how groups are different or distinguished from a collection of individuals? Are you curious how you would analyze this statistically? Our first speaker in this Statistical Methods Webinar Series is Dr. Joseph Bonito, from the University of Arizona. He will help us understand one way to address this problem through his presentation, “Estimation and Application of the Latent Group Model”. You can read his article on this topic here, (Access to the journal article is free with membership in Division 49.)

Join us on Friday, February 24th at 12:00-1:00 PM (Eastern) for this free webinar. If you can’t attend, but would like a recorded version of the talk emailed to you, please register and it will be sent after the presentation. See the attached flyer for a more detailed description of his talk.

To register for the webinar, please go to

Be sure to save the date for the next two webinars in this series, March 24th at Noon (Eastern) and April 28th at 8 am(Eastern).

Please contact us at with any questions.

Kind regards,

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







Division 49, Society of Group Psychology and Group Psychotherapy

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Katkovsky Scholarships

APF Walter Katkovsky Scholarships

Up to nine $5,000 scholarships are offered annually for first-year students enrolled in APA designated programs in psychopharmacology.

Deadline: December 1, 2016

Sponsor: American Psychological Foundation

The APF Walter Katkovsky Scholarships seek to support first-year students enrolled in APA designated programs in psychopharmacology.

APF will distribute funds to the students’ institutions, which must be non-profit or governmental entities operating exclusively for charitable and educational purposes. The institution must agree to administer the scholarship before the funding will be released. APF does not allow institutional indirect costs.

The Katkovsky Scholarships support early career postdoctoral licensed psychologists in clinical or counseling to obtain training in psychopharmacology. The scholarships are intended to encourage opportunities for psychologists to join healthcare teams and benefit patients who have psychological and medical problems.

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National Register’s Wellner Lifetime Achievement Award

John D. Robinson, Ed.D, ABPP
John D. Robinson, Ed.D, ABPP

2016 Alfred M. Wellner Lifetime Achievement Award Winner

John Robinson, Ed.D, ABPP was just presented with the National Register’s Wellner Lifetime Achievement Award. Given his affiliation with Division 49 as a Fellow, we are sharing this information with society of group psychotherapy & group psychology members. The press release is available through the following link:

Please contact Andrew Boucher at with any questions about the award.


Samantha Sheahan

Administrative Assistant

National Register of Health Service Psychologists

1200 New York Ave NW, Ste 800

Washington, DC 20005

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Canadian Group Psychotherapy Conference

Canadian Group Psychotherapy Conference

The Power and Potential of Groups

October 19th -21st

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Short-Term Group Mentoring Opportunity

We are happy to announce that our second short-term mentoring group, exclusively for Society of Group Psychology and Group Psychotherapy members, will be starting in May. Our next mentor is Dr. Joseph Powers.

Joe Powers Ph.D
Joseph Powers, Ph.D.

About Dr. Powers
Dr. Powers, Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, is presently the Director of Group Psychotherapy at McLean Hospital, a position that he has held since 2001 when the hospital called upon him to develop the infra-structure for eight inpatient group programs and several residential and partial programs.  As part of that process, he leads an Excellent Group Training Program four times a year, 16 hours a module, for leadership skill development in hospital-based group programs, as well as selective group training on inpatient units for residents and interns.  Dr. Powers has led many inpatient and partial hospital groups with multiple diagnostic issues, as well as long term therapy groups in his private practice.  Please read his attached bio for a more detailed description of Dr. Powers (including his serving as a consultant for a hurling team in Ireland to help improve communication and teamwork).

Details of the Group
1. The group will meet for 6 sessions for one hour each [note the different times due to scheduling constraints]: Wednesday, May 4th at 2 pm (EDT), Wednesday May 18th at 11 am (EDT) , Wednesday, June 1st at 2 pm (EDT), Wednesday, June 15th at 2 pm (EDT), Wednesday, June 29th at 11 am (EDT), Wednesday, July 13 at 11 am (EDT).

2. You must be able to attend at least 5 of the 6 mentoring sessions.

3. We will be using video conferencing technology. You need broadband wired or wireless internet, webcam, and speakers/microphone (if not built into the webcam). Technological support will be offered during the sessions.

4. A group of mentees will be selected from the first responses back to us (email us at

5. Only Division 49 members are eligible. If you want to become a member, go to:

6. Topics for discussion will grow out of the interests of the mentees and a needs assessment conducted by Dr. Powers.

If you have any questions, please contact Membership Chair, Dr. Leann Diederich (

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Division 49 Mid-Winter Board Meeting Pictures

Seattle, Washington

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APA 2016 Convention Program Themes

Hello Division 49 Members!

It is hard to believe we are already preparing for the APA 2016 National Convention in Denver (August 4-7, 2016). As programming co-chairs for the convention, Martin and I wanted to alert you to upcoming opportunities to submit group psychology and group psychotherapy proposals.

Throughout the year, there will be several opportunities to submit proposals for programming at the convention.  The first type of submission requested is the collaborative programming proposal.  Collaborative programming proposals are proposals that foster cross-divisional collaborations from at least two relevant divisions.  For more information on the proposal submission process, please see proposals are due by Oct. 15th.

Collaborative Programming proposals are reviewed according to several agreed upon themes.  The collaborative program themes adopted by APA for the 2016 convention are listed below.  In addition to being cross-divisional collaborations, proposal should address at least one of these themes.

As the Division 49 Program Co-Chairs we are excited to assist members in developing collaborative proposals. Please let us know of your ideas and we will be glad to help you find co-collaborators with other interested divisions.  Feel free to contact Division 49’s Program Co-Chairs for the 2016 convention, Norah Chapman ( or Martin Kivlighan ( for more information.

APA 2016 Convention Program Themes

1) Social Justice in a Multicultural Society

Proposals for this theme may focus on domestic or international perspectives and the role of intersecting identities.  Some topics can include interventions to reduce educational disparities for low-income youth; meeting the needs of underserved, vulnerable, and victimized populations; sex trafficking; and the psychological factors involved in officer-related shootings.

2) The Circle of Science: Integrating Science, Practice, and Policy

Proposals for this theme may focus on the tradition and value of translational research in psychology and its implications for the public interest.  Proposals can focus on human factors, organizational behavior, and environmental design; and topics can include recent basic research translated into successful applications and interventions; and factors that facilitate uptake of research findings by practitioners and policymakers.

3) Advancing the Ethics of Psychology: Issues and Solutions

Proposals for this theme may focus on ethical issues and dilemmas facing the profession, psychologists, and organizations.  Some topics can include real-life scenarios and case examples; theoretical models for resolving ethical dilemmas; proposals for improving the APA Ethics Code; and perspectives on and proposed solutions in the wake of the “Hoffman Report.”

4) Cannabis: Concerns, Considerations, & Controversies

Proposals submitted for this theme should focus on the impact of marijuana legalization at the individual and societal level and the pros and cons of these new policies.  Some topics may include the role of cannabis in the treatment of mental disorders; the effect of marijuana use on neurodevelopment; animal studies on the effect of cannabis on behavior and offspring; empirical studies of the psychological, behavioral, and social consequences of legalization itself (as opposed to use per se); and ideas for preparing psychologists to address challenges arising from legalization.

5) Targeting the Leading Preventable Causes of Death

Proposal submitted for this theme may consider how individual, social, and cultural factors contribute to leading preventable causes of death (e.g., hypertension, smoking tobacco, and obesity).  Some topics include empirical work evaluating new approaches to altering health-related behaviors; the effect of stress on the body; critical evaluations of public programs aimed at promoting healthy lifestyles (e.g., Michelle Obama’s “Let’s Move” campaign); and the role of social systems and environmental settings in the incidence of diseases.

6) Educational & Professional Training Issues in Psychology

Proposals submitted for this theme may consider the evolving educational and training needs of psychologists.  Possible topics include emerging techniques related to the teaching and learning of psychology; the emerging roles of psychologists in the schools; supervision models and supervisor competence; and the effect of and addressing the “internship crisis.”

7) The Future of Psychology: Advancing the Field in a Rapidly Changing World

Proposals submitted for this theme are encouraged to consider where the field is going in terms of science, practice, and its evolving role in social policy.  Some topics of interest include new methodologies in novel fields (e.g., biomedicine, nanotechnology, robotics, genetics, and big data), innovative treatment modalities or services, and ways APA can positively affect change in public policy and society at-large.

Division 49’s Program Co-Chairs for the 2016 Convention

Norah Slone, PhD
Norah Chapman (Slone), Ph.D., HSP

Assistant Professor and Licensed Psychologist
School of Professional Psychology
Spalding University
Mansion East #308
845 S. Third Street
Phone: 502-873-4472
Fax: 502 585-7159

Martin Kivlighan
Martin Kivlighan

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2016 Group Summit West Coast

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

From Isolation to Connection: Building Community through Groups

Oregon State University

College counseling centers are a prime setting for group psychotherapy due to the germane nature of social connection within the undergraduate or graduate student experience. As a result of academic demands and an increase in social media, face to face vulnerability is limited, though no less needed or desired by students. The focus of the summit, from isolation to connection speaks to the power of groups that occurs as a result of numerous group themes that include interpersonal process, gender transitions, racial/cultural identity, and trauma empowerment and recovery, to name just a few. Although the demand for groups (support, therapy, psychoeducation) is very high, therapists are not always highly trained within college counseling centers to provide group psychotherapy as an effective modality of treatment.

The Annual Meeting of the American Group Psychotherapy Association is the model training experience for group psychotherapists. Fellow group psychotherapists, Josh Gross, PhD, ABPP, CGP, FAGPA from Florida State University, Tallahassee and Anne Slocum McEneaney, PhD, CGP, FAGPA from New York University identified a need for therapists who work within the college counseling center environment to have a professional home within this larger organization. Thus, a special interest group (SIG), College Counseling Centers and Other Educational Settings, was established around 2004. To learn more about the SIG, visit Because these leaders, in the field of college counseling inspired growth of early career psychologists, budding group enthusiasts collaborated on an idea to create a professional development that would also contain an experiential training institute coupled with conference style break-out sessions. Hence the Group Summit was born.

The Group Summit was first established for college counseling centers to provide a unique training experience for therapists who facilitate groups in this setting. University of Pittsburgh, under the leadership of Tevya Zukor, PhD, CGP and Kevin Shephard, PhD from UNC-Chapel Hill ventured to create this unique experience in 2012. Dr. Zukor has hosted a total of four group summits, with the latest one offered at the College of Mary Washington. However; since travel from one coast to another can be costly and difficult; two group psychotherapists, Emi Sumida, PhD and Michele Ribeiro, EdD, CGP collaborated to create the first Group Summit West, to expand training for therapists on the west coast.

On October 16th & 17th 2015, Counseling and Psychological Services at Oregon State University in Corvallis, Oregon, hosted the first Group Summit West to expand group psychotherapy training in college counseling centers for the west coast. The goal of the summit was to provide an affordable yet impactful training experience to expand the knowledge and skills of group psychotherapy within the college counseling center environment. The Group Summit West hosted psychology trainees and therapists from Iowa, Arizona, southern and northern California, Washington State and Oregon, which demonstrates the need for this type of regional training.   Borrowing from our predecessors, the Group Summit provided three training offerings. The first experience involved a one day training institute where therapists indulged in the experience of being a group participant. Cindy Aron Miller, LCSW, CGP, FAGPA; Sophia Aguirre, PhD, CGP & Tevya Zukor, PhD, CGP; and Carlos Taloyo, PhD provided an in-depth exploration of psychodynamics including stages of group development, attachment, belonging, envy, scapegoating and whatever else arose in the safety of the group. A second day of breakout sessions followed the first day and included group training on various topics such as grief, eating disorders, bipolar disorder and recovery as well as various identity topics including transgender and multi-racial students.  A second option of the summit involved a two day principles of group psychotherapy course that met the basic educational requirements for a certification in group psychotherapy. Although twelve CEUs were an important outcome of the program, networking opportunities particularly for trainees and therapists, working in college counseling centers, seemed to be the highlight for all who attended. Interested in the next Group Therapy Summit? Consider joining Division 49’s listserv to learn more about this training and many more upcoming offerings including at next year’s Annual Convention.

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Society of Group Psychology and Group Psychotherapy Foundation

After many years of dreaming and working, I’m happy to announce our Division 49 Foundation has reached the minimum $100,000 funding level. Current cash funds are at $108,180.31, with cash and pledges at $109,400. Additionally, we have two planned estate gifts.

You might be wondering what this means to you. The foundation will fund advancements in group psychology and group psychotherapy into perpetuity. Years ago, your Division 49 leadership team discussed wanting a method of funding innovative work in our field. Two of those who initially envisioned the foundation were Bob Conyne and Lynn Rapin. During my presidency, the Division 49 Board voted to create the foundation and pledged the initial $100,000 required from journal revenues. At the time, most of the board members also donated $1,000 each. Your Division leadership created a lasting legacy for group psychology and group psychotherapy.

The Foundation Committee, with the Board’s approval, is moving forward with the following awards. Although the exact wording may change a bit, now is the time to begin thinking about projects for the 2016 funding cycle. When the call for proposals is released it will be on the website and sent to the listserv.

  1. Group Psychotherapy Award (approximately $2,000). Award for innovative group psychotherapy research applied to small groups in a naturalistic setting. (Preference for early career applicants. Preference for proposals which integrate group psychology.)
  2. Group Psychology Award (approximately $2,000). Award for innovative group psychology research focused toward groups in applied settings. (Preference for early career applicants. Preference for proposals which integrate group psychotherapy.)
  3. Group Psychology and/or Group Psychotherapy Award (approximately $1,000, pending available funds). Travel award for professional development in group psychology and/or group psychotherapy. This award is designed to offset costs for a division member to travel to a location where they can learn/observe from a mentor/researcher with the goal of improving their teaching, supervision, clinical work or research. (Funding preference for mentoring and training opportunities, with travel to group conferences a lower priority.)

If you would like to be involved please consider a donation. Pledges can be spread across five years. For example, a pledge of $1,000, over 5 years, is about $16.67 each month. For the price of lunch, you can make a difference in group psychology and group psychotherapy. Small one time gifts, pledges and estate gifts are all ways you can contribute. A pledge form is located here or email me ( and I will send you one. Be sure to mark your donation as Division 49, so that it is included in our funds.

Jean Keim, Ph.D.

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Fellowship Applications

Call for Fellowship Applications

Our MFP Fellowships are about more than simply financial support – appointed Fellows join a lifetime community of mentors and peers committed to both professional success and the improvement of ethnic minority behavioral health issues.

Fellowship Opportunities:

  • MHSAS Predoctoral Fellowship (

o   This fellowship is aimed at those pursuing doctoral degrees in clinical, counseling, and school psychology; as well as other behavioral health services or policy areas.

  • MHSAS Postdoctoral Fellowship (

o   This fellowship is designed for early career doctoral recipients pursuing postdoctoral training in behavioral health services or policy.

Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services (MHSAS) Fellowships support the training of doctoral-level ethnic minority students and postdoctoral trainees who intend to focus on the behavioral health services needs of ethnic/racial minority communities.

MFP is committed to increasing the number of ethnic minority professionals in the field and bettering the outcomes of the communities they serve.

For more information on all of MFP’s programs and opportunities, please visit our website at

Ben Black | MHSAS Program Coordinator

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