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Eastern Group Psychotherapy Society Conference

Eastern Group Psychotherapy Society is proud to present our Annual Conference, ALIVE IN THE MOMENT: Why Group Matters and How We Make It So on Friday, November 20th and Saturday, November 21st at Riverside Church in Manhattan.

Therapists of all backgrounds – with or without group experience- are invited to attend two special days devoted to personal and professional growth.

This year, Stewart Aledort, MD, CGP, FAGPA will give the Plenary Presentation, “Desire and Aliveness: The Group’s Power to Work Through the Passion in Shame.” As part of his presentation, Dr. Aledort will lead a live demonstration group on stage to bring to life his theory of how group can heal early misattunements.

In addition, our conference offers over forty workshops, most of them experiential, ranging from an introduction to the basics of group psychotherapy to specialized aspects of group work.  Workshops cover a variety of approaches — Modern Psychoanalytic, Relational, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Systems-Centered, Brief Therapy, Authentic Movement— and explore many themes — Sibling Relationships, Buddhism, Feminism, Mind Body Integration, Sexuality, Eating Disorders, Money and Fees, Supervision, Racism, Aging, Social Transformation, Education, Groups in Everyday Life.

Last but not least, there is The Large Group Experience!  All conference attendees are invited to participate in this unique group. This is an opportunity to be introduced to the concept of the “social unconscious” by three expert consultants.

We are also delighted to announce that The EGPS Annual Conference has been approved to offer Continuing Education Credits for Social Workers.

New York Social Worker: Quorum EDU SW CPE is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #0115. 12.5 hours. All sessions are pending approval for NYS CASAC credits under NYS OASAS Provider Number 0288.

Registration for the Conference is processed on a first-come, first-served basis. The complete brochure and registration information can be found online on the EGPS website at: http:/www.egps.org/annualconference.html.

 

 

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APA Division 45 Research Conference

Save the Date!

The 4th Biennial

APA Division 45 Research Conference

Society for the Study of Culture, Ethnicity, and Race Research

 July 7-9, 2016 at Stanford University

Co-hosted by Stanford University and Palo Alto University 

Proposal submission deadline: January 15, 2016

Goals of the Conference are:

1) Presentation of research related to psychological aspects of individuals from non-dominant racial and ethnic groups

2) Career development of professional and student researchers

3) Networking among researchers studying psychological issues of individuals from non-dominant racial and ethnic groups

The conference co-chairs are Drs. Teresa LaFromboise and Joyce Chu. The conference will feature outstanding plenary speakers and symposia, and a professional development pre-conference day on July 7, 2016.

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Call For Student Members for Division 49

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

Now is a great time to be a student member of Division 49. We are ramping up a student committee to focus on the needs of our student members, and we have many great opportunities for students to get involved now!

From promoting the division at APA events (and getting paid for it – ask how!), via Facebook, and on Twitter; to interviewing and being mentored by notable group psychologists; to getting extra support toward publications – there is something for everyone to take advantage of!  Beyond that, the student committee is eager to hear how we can better serve our student members – so please send ideas, suggestions, and requests our way.  Don’t hesitate to jump right in and get involved in the ways that most interest you, or ask us if we can create those opportunities for you!

Learn more and join the division at http://www.apa.org/about/division/div49.aspx and then e-mail Rosamond Smith, the current student representative – to get started: rosamondjanesmith@gmail.com

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APA Travel Grant to Colombia and Mexico

Exciting new opportunity for U.S. based psychologists!

The APA’s MOU travel grant program is designed to promote collaboration and exchange among U.S. based APA members and members of those national psychology associations with which APA has a formal agreement (Memorandum of Understanding). Travel with colleagues to Colombia or Mexico as part of the 2015 Inaugural APA-MOU Partner Collaboration and Exchange program.

For more information please visit: http://www.apa.org/about/awards/mou-travel-grant.aspx.

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Committee on Early Career Psychologists: Call for Nominations

The Committee on Early Career Psychologists (CECP) is seeking nominations for two representatives to serve a three-year term (2016-2018):

Practice Representative:

  • Represent the early career practice community in APA
  • Advance, promote, and advocate for the professional interests of early career practicing psychologists in all settings
  • Support early career entry and career development in a shifting marketplace
  • Support the development of practice opportunities that enhance the overall health care delivery system
  • Recommend initiatives and programs within APA that support the needs of early career psychologists in practice settings
  • Educate early career members on issues that impact all practicing psychologists
  • Ensure that early career practitioner’s interests are being represented throughout all of APA’s governance
  • Establish working relationships with all practice related divisions within APA
  • Maintain a working relationship with the APA Practice Organization (APAPO)
  • Serve as the liaison to the Committee on the Advancement for Professional Practice (CAPP)
  • Attend and actively participate in the APA Practice Organization’s annual State Leadership Conference

Psychology in the Public Interest Representative:

  • Serves as the representative for issues of public interest, including the generation and application of psychological knowledge on CECP issues important to human well being
  • Advocate for issues of relevance to early career members of diverse backgrounds, including race/ethnicity, gender and gender identity, sexual orientation, age, religion, and ability status.
  • Serve as the liaison to the Board for the Advancement of Psychology in the Public Interest (BAPPI)
  • Serve as a monitor to committees that report to BAPPI.
  • Recommend projects that are relevant to early career psychologists working in the public interest
  • Establish relationships and joint projects with the Public Interest Directorate
  • Promote and support activities, projects and programs that encourage members of diverse backgrounds to join APA

Candidates must be a dues paid APA member within ten years’ receipt of their doctorate degree on January 1, 2016.

In addition, candidates must be able to attend mandatory committee meetings; one in the spring, and one in the fall. Some committee members may be asked to attend additional meetings depending on their position. Meeting expenses are reimbursed by APA. Although not reimbursed, committee members are highly encouraged to attend and participate in early career programming annually at the APA convention. The committee works extensively through listserv, email, and phone conferences. Applicants should expect to spend a minimum of 5 hours per week engaged in committee activities. 

All submissions must include:

  • CECP Nomination/Leadership Form (attached)
  • Statement of Interest from the Nominee
  • Current Curriculum Vitae
  • One Letter of Recommendation

Nomination materials must be received by August 28, 2015. Applicants will be notified in mid-December.

Please submit all materials in a single document. Include your name and the name of the slate that you are applying for in the subject line (e.g. Jane Smith, Practice Representative). Email all materials to Sonja Wiggins at earlycareer@apa.org

CECP seeks to represent the interests and concerns of early career psychologists throughout APA. For more information about the committee and other early career resources, please visit the APA early career website at www.apa.org/earlycareer.

If you have any questions, please contact the current Co-Chairs, Angela Kuemmel, PhD at angelakuemmel@yahoo.com or Aaron Harris, PhD at draaronaharris@gmail.com

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Call for Papers in Statistical Methods in Group Psychology and Group Psychotherapy

Giorgio A. Tasca, Ph.D.
Giorgio A. Tasca, Ph.D.

Group Dynamics, Theory, Research, and Practice publishes state of the art research on group psychology and group psychotherapy. The study of people nested in small groups represents unique challenges to the researcher. Group members interact with each other, they share common experiences within their group that may be different across groups, and each group may be affected by different compositions and histories. These factors make groups and group research interesting, but they also complicate the analyses of grouped data. Group Dynamics invites authors to submit papers that address salient issues related to the design and analyses of grouped data. The focus will be on conceptual issues that are addressed by the method, and on its practical applications. As such, each paper should be structured to include the following: (1) a conceptual introduction of the issues being addressed and their importance to group research, (2) a concrete running example of real or simulated data and their analyses to make the concepts and data analytic approach come to life, (3) instructions or suggestions on which relevant findings to report and how (e.g., parameters, variance components, model fit statistics, effect sizes, etc.), (4) practical suggestions on how and under what circumstances to apply the method, (5) common pitfalls or problems in applying the method and/or interpreting findings, (6) a short annotated bibliography of software, web sites, and key articles or chapters, and (7) if appropriate, online supplementary material with syntax, computer codes, or macros. Equations or figures should be fully described and all parameters should be clearly and concretely defined using the running example. Emphasis should be place on interpreting the statistical findings in the context of the running example (data in the running example does not need to be new as it is primarily being used as illustration). The manuscript should be: aimed at the level of a new researcher or a graduate student who will use the paper to guide them in their own data analyses; or aimed at readers who may use the paper to help them understand and evaluate group research. Authors might assume for example that the reader has only basic knowledge of statistical concepts (i.e., regression equations) and of group psychology and psychotherapy. Papers should be no more than 30 pages in length, not including online supplementary material. All submissions will be peer reviewed. This special issue of Group Dynamics on statistical methods will bring together in one volume papers that will serve as a reference for authors, reviewers, and students who wish to conduct and evaluate state of the art group psychology and group psychotherapy research.

Deadline for submissions is September 15, 2015. Submissions can be made through the journal submission portal on the American Psychological Association web site. Authors should indicate in the cover letter that the manuscript is intended for the special issue on statistical methods in group psychology and group psychotherapy. Authors are encouraged to contact Giorgio A. Tasca (gtasca@toh.on.ca) to discuss the suitability of a potential topic for submission.

Evidence-Based Case Study

Parallel in purpose to the Practice Review articles, I would like to issue an open invitation for authors to submit an Evidence-Based Case Study for possible publication in Psychotherapy. I believe developing such a series of Evidence-Based Case Studies will be extremely useful in several ways. First, such investigation will provide much needed information to bridge the gap between research and practice. Second, such studies will provide important templates of how to integrate basic research into applied work at the individual case level. In addition, I hope to open an avenue for publication to those in full time private practice who are interested in integrating research measures into their clinical work. Finally, I wish to provide a readily identifiable aggregate of systematic case studies from various forms of treatment that meet the American Psychological Association’s criteria for Evidence-Based Practice (APA, 2006) as well as the Clinical Utility dimension in the Criteria for Evaluating Treatment Guidelines (APA, 2002).

The goal of these Evidenced-Based Case Studies will be to integrate verbatim clinical case material with standardized measures of process and outcome evaluated at different times across treatment. That is, authors should describe clinical vignettes highlighting key interventions and mechanisms of change regarding their specific approach to treatment in the context of empirical scales. With this goal in mind I offer the following guidelines for those who are interested in preparing an Evidence-Based Case Study:

  1. At minimum the report should include the assessment (from patient or independent rater perspective, not therapist) of at least two standardized outcome measures, global functioning and target symptom (i.e. depression, anxiety, etc), as well as one process measure (i.e. therapeutic alliance, session depth, emotional experiencing, etc) evaluated on at least three separate occasions. Optimally, such a report would include several outcome measures assessing a wide array of functioning such as global functioning, target symptoms (i.e. depression, anxiety, etc), subjective well-being, interpersonal functioning, social/occupational functioning and measures of personality, as well as relevant process measures evaluated at multiple times across treatment.
  2. At minimum specific outcome data should be presented using standardized mean difference (i.e. effect size) and clinical significance methodology (i.e. unchanged, reliable change, movement into functional distribution, clinically significant change, and deterioration; see Jacobson et al., 1999). Submission of both successful and unsuccessful treatment cases are encouraged. In addition, it might be quite instructive to compare and contrast the technical interventions that occurred during a positive change case with that of a clinically unchanged or deteriorated case from the same approach to treatment.
  3. Verbatim clinical vignettes with several patient and therapist turns highlighting key interventions and mechanisms of change regarding the specific approach to treatment should be provided. Discussion of therapeutic interventions should not be presented from a global or abstract perspective.
  4. Appropriate informed consent must be obtained. It is suggested that interested authors review several Evidence-Based Case Studies that have been published since 2011 as templates for their work (Escudero, Boogmans, Loots, & Friedlander, 2012; Grasso, Joselow, Marquez & Webb, 2011; Satir et al., 2011; Tasca et al., 2011). In addition, Hill and colleagues (2008) as well as Mayotte-Blum and colleagues (2012) provide a good template of this Evidence-Based Case Study format. Finally, Strupp and colleagues (1992) provide extensive verbatim clinical vignettes from a failed treatment that are quite instructive regarding possible indicators of treatment termination, with initial scores on several assessment measures. Simple analyses of standardized outcome measures by way of clinical significance and effect size methods are sufficient, all of which can be readily tabulated by hand or with a calculator. Any authors who have conducted an effectiveness or efficacy trial on a particular type of treatment that have collected standardized process and outcome measures across treatment in addition to the use of audio/videotape of sessions should consider submitting an Evidence-Based Case Study. Likewise, any clinician in private practice who would like to add these elements at the initiation of a new case should also consider submitting to this special series. Anyone who may have an interest in submitting an Evidence-Based Case Study is invited to contact me if they have any questions about this process at: Psychotherapy@adelphi.edu.

References:

American Psychological Assciation, (2002). Criteria for evaluating treatment guidelines. American Psychologist, 57,   1052–1059.

American Psychological Assciation, (2006). Evidence-based practice in psychology. American Psychologist, 61, 271–285.

Escudero, V., Boogmans, E., Loots, G., & Friedlander, M. (2012). Alliance Rupture and Repair in Conjoint Family Therapy: An Exploratory Study. Psychotherapy, 49, 26–37.

Grasso, D., Joselow, B., Marquez, Y., & Webb, C. (2011). Trauma-Focused Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy of a Child with Posttraumatic Stress Disorder. Psychotherapy, 48, 188–197.

Hill, C., Sim, W., Spangler, P., Stahl, J., Sullivan, C., & Teyber, E. (2008). Therapist immediacy in brief psychotherapy: Case study II. Psychotherapy: Theory, Research, Practice, Training, 45, 298–315.

Jacobson, N., Roberts, L., Berns, S., & McGlinchey, J. (1999). Methods for defining and determining the clinical significance of treatment effects: Description, application, and alternatives. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 67, 300–307.

Mayotte-Blum, J., Slavin-Mulford, J., Lehmann, M., Pesale, F., Becker-Matero, N., & Hilsenroth, M. (2012). Therapeutic Immediacy Across Long-Term Psychodynamic Psychotherapy: An Evidence-Based Case Study. Journal of Counseling Psychology, 59, 27–40.

Satir, D., Goodman, D., Shingleton, R., Porcerelli, J., Gorman, B., Pratt, E., Barlow, D., & Thompson-Brenner, H. (2011). Alliance-Focused Therapy for Anorexia Nervosa: Integrative Relational and Behavioral Change Treatments in a Single-Case Experimental Design. Psychotherapy, 48, 401–420.

Strupp, Schacht, Henry, & Binder (1992). Jack M.: A case of premature termination. Psychotherapy: Theory, Research, Practice, Training, 29, 191–205.

Tasca, G., Foot, M., Leite, C., Maxwell, H., Balfour, L., & Bissada, H. (2011). Interpersonal Process in Psychodynamic-Interpersonal and Cognitive-Behavioral Group Therapy: A Systematic Case Study of Two Groups. Psychotherapy, 48, 260–273.

 

 

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Call for Papers: Interventions for Violence

A Special Issue for Psychology of Violence

Special Issue co-edited by Laura Miller and Kathryn Howell

Psychology of Violence invites manuscripts for a special issue on interventions for violence to be compiled by guest editors Laura Miller and Kathryn Howell. The special issue will appear in 2016.

This special issue will attempt to reflect state-of-the-art intervention science that focuses on the theoretical underpinnings, critical mechanisms, cultural adaptations and systemic implications of intervention related to violence exposure, victimization and perpetration. We conceptualize violence broadly to include child maltreatment, psychological aggression, sexual violence and coercive control, intimate partner violence, teen dating violence, bullying, community violence, and political violence.

To date, intervention science has primarily assessed singular types of violence exposure (e.g., child maltreatment) and disorder-specific outcomes (e.g., PTSD). It is essential that intervention science gain greater depth in its understanding of the mechanisms of treatment to move the field toward the development of more refined approaches that are effective across types of violence and impact a range of mental health challenges. Theory-based resilience interventions that reflect basic science are also needed.

Important, too, is the recognition that violence exposure is associated with multiple risk factors across the social ecology. For this reason, intervention science that considers novel approaches, which are inclusive of broader systemic influences on successful intervention programs, are critical to advance the implementation of successful treatment paradigms in high-risk contexts.

Finally, we also recognize that cultural, sociopolitical, and socioeconomic contexts may significantly affect the appropriateness and feasibility of individual, Western-centric approaches to intervention. We believe the promulgation of scientifically rigorous trials of adapted treatment programming are critical to better understand the generalizable and unique aspects of evidence-based interventions across settings.

Topics may include but are not limited to:

  • Randomized controlled trials of intervention programs
  • Review of effective treatment mechanisms through meta-analysis or narrative review
  • Treatment studies with poly-victims
  • Scientific analysis of environmental and contextual influences on treatment success
  • Successful cultural adaptations of empirically supported treatments
  • Theoretical and conceptual papers that present models of intervention for violence
  • “Lessons learned” and other reflections on efforts to develop and evaluate interventions.

Manuscripts can be submitted through the journal’s submission portal. Please note in your cover letter that you are submitting for the special issue. Deadline for submitting manuscripts is March 31, 2015. Inquiries regarding topic or scope for the special issue or for other manuscripts can be sent to Laura Miller (lmiller8@nd.edu) and Kathryn Howell (k.howell@memphis.edu).

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Group Therapy Papers for Group Dynamics

While not an exhaustive list the following may help authors get a better idea of what types of group therapy papers would be most welcome at Group Dynamics (and which papers might not be appropriate).

1. Treatment outcome studies

Studies that compare two (or more) different treatment approaches, compare a treatment to a waitlist or placebo control, or compare group to individual therapy would all be welcome at Group Dynamics. Additive or dismantling studies (adding or removing a treatment component in some groups) would also be great. Of course, one challenge is that outcome studies should include multiple groups not just a single group in the treatment condition. If the treatment is being compared to a control group, there should be random assignment and the control should be reasonable (e.g., I recently desk rejected a paper where the treatment group was compared to a control of people who refused treatment).

Admittedly, most of the group treatment outcome studies that are done well are being published in higher impact journals, so we have to be somewhat flexible about design issues. For example, a very well done pre-post design study might be considered if there is a compelling rationale for the treatment being examined, the condition being treated is chronic if untreated, multiple groups were included in the analyses etc. A paper describing an innovative and theoretically well-grounded new group treatment with some supporting pilot data might also be considered.

2. Predictors of treatment outcome (including “process” studies)

Studies examining what characteristics of clients, therapists, or groups predict outcome are probably more feasible than rigorous outcome studies. These predictor variables could be at either the individual or group level (or both). Studies that look at treatment by individual characteristics interactions (i.e., aptitude by treatment interactions) would be especially welcome (e.g., studies that examine personality traits that predict who benefits more from group therapy versus individual therapy).

3. Assessment/Psychometric papers

Papers that present new measurement instruments for studying groups or group members (with some preliminary psychometric data) or psychometric studies of existing group measures would be very welcome.

4. Meta-analyses or systematic reviews

While we are unlikely to publish purely theoretical papers, papers that synthesize an existing empirical literature (either quantitatively using meta-analysis, or qualitatively using a traditional literature review) and help clarify important questions in group therapy would be great.

5. Methods/statistics papers

One the challenges facing group therapy researchers is that design and analysis issues are often much more complicated than when studying individual therapy. Papers that present new ways of addressing these challenges or more instructional/how-to papers that help walk researchers through established methods for setting up these studies and doing these analyses would be welcome.

6. Evidence-Based Case Studies

These case studies would require quality data to support the case description, but could be a good way to bridge research and practice.

David Marcus, Ph.D.

Editor for Group Dynamics

 

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Call for Group Therapy, Group Psychology and Group Psychotherapy Ideas

Greetings Division 49: My name is Chris Teja and I’ve recently come on board at Routledge as acquiring editor for our list of titles on group psychotherapy, among other subjects. As you may know, we publish books for a diverse array of professionals, academics, and researchers.

I’m writing to introduce myself, inform you of my new station, and to let you know that I am available as a resource to any of you who may be looking for an opportunity to develop or submit a book proposal. Basically I am very new to your subject area, and to the world of psychology/mental health in general, and I would welcome the opportunity to hear about your work as I endeavor to expand our offerings to the available literature on group work.

That being said, please do feel free to reach out to discuss publishing opportunities, have an informal chat about an idea you have, or even to just say hello. I’m looking forward to working with you, as a group, from here on out.

Chris Teja, Associate Acquisitions Editor
Routledge, Taylor & Francis
christopher.teja@taylorandfrancis.com
Direct line: 917-351-7166

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Group Summit, a Conference for University Counseling Center(s) Professionals

Tevya Zukor, Ph.D., CGP
Tevya Zukor, Ph.D., CGP

The University of Pittsburgh will once again be hosting the Group Summit, a conference for UCC professionals (Staff, Trainees, etc.) promoting the values of Group Psychotherapy on July 21-22, 2014. It is a 2-day event, which will take place at the William Pitt Union, centrally located on the main campus of the University of Pittsburgh. It is an opportunity for staff to better understand the benefits of group psychotherapy and enhance their skills in the provision of group services.

This is the 3rd consecutive year that the University of Pittsburgh has presented the Group Summit, with each year being better than the last. The Summit is modeled after AGPA, with the first day (July 21) being reserved for experiential small group experiences, and the second day (July 22) containing seminars and presentations about a variety of group-related topics. Whether you are at a center attempting to build a group program or part of an already-thriving program, the Group Summit should be of interest. We are encouraging people to bring as many trainees as possible, as the Group Summit is an ideal way for new professionals to connect with peers and mentors who share a passion for group!

Breakfast will be provided both days. The Pitt Counseling Center will also be sponsoring a Happy-Hour event the evening of July 21 as an informal opportunity to meet other colleagues.

If you are interested in attending, please e-mail gsummit@pitt.edu for more information and to register. Registration – One day = $55.00; Two days = $80.00.

If you have any other questions, please do not hesitate to contact me either by e-mail or phone (412-648-7930).

Tevya Zukor, Ph.D., CGP
Director, University Counseling Center
Licensed Clinical Psychologist
University of Pittsburgh
(412) 648-7930