The division 49 candidates and election results will be distributed on the Division 49 list serve when available and the results will also appear in the October issue of The Group Psychologist.
Division 49 — Society of Group Psychology and Group Psychotherapy Election Results
Division Representative to APA Council
Robert Gleave, Ph.D., ABGP, CGP
I became a believer in group psychotherapy with my first exposure to the dynamics and power of interpersonal interactions early in my graduate studies. I found something resonating within me that still continues as a central part of my professional identity. As a clinical professor at BYU, my career has been spent building a robust group program and culture, nurturing strong group research collaborations, teaching and mentoring graduate students in group skills, providing clinical services and serving on various association committees and boards. Div. 49 has been my APA home for nearly three decades.
As president, I will continue to reach out to other proponents of group work in North America. Div. 49 can be a force toward more cooperation among us all. As a member of AGPA’s leadership (IBCGP), I have seen how we can use our skills to work together synergistically as we focus on common national and international interests (e.g. strengthening graduate training, encouraging insurers toward group, CRSPPP application, etc.).
There is much we can offer to our members with distance learning. I am excited about using technology to improve training and collaboration. I recently participated in a five week multi-screen online “classroom” and am pleased with the format. I am also excited about the online mentoring opportunity that Div. 49 has scheduled to begin soon.
Maintaining and enhancing what has been done by those on whose shoulders we stand is also important. I ask for your support and thank you for voting and being involved.
Verlin B. Hinsz, Ph.D.
I am pleased to be a candidate for President of Division 49. Broaden and build reflect terms that are the objectives of my term as president of our division. Continuing the efforts of earlier officers, I would seek to broaden membership in terms of numbers as well as disciplinary scope. Moreover, I would seek to build better bridges to other disciplines related to group psychology and group psychotherapy. In particular, given the cross-divisional nature of presentations at the APA meeting, we need to build more fruitful relations with other divisions. I also want to continue the efforts to integrate the diverse perspectives of the division’s membership to reflect a more cohesive identity for the division. As a scholar in the study of groups for over 35 years, I believe we can draw upon the diversity of perspectives to reflect the shared goal of an understanding of the basic and applied features and processes of groups. I also want to continue the efforts of previous presidents to further encourage training and education in group psychology and group psychotherapy as well as to help undergraduate students enter graduate programs. Because my background concerns basic and applied aspects of groups in various domains (e.g., legal, organizational, sport, military, business, counseling, health, human factors, finance), I believe that our division can both broaden our membership base as well as build better relationships with scholars in other disciplines in ways that integrate the field while enhancing our shared identity. I thank you for your consideration.
Michele D. Ribeiro, Ed.D.
I am thrilled to be applying for the Member at Large position for Division 49. My passion for group psychotherapy extends during my early years as a practicum student to my current experience in co-facilitating process groups at the counseling center at Oregon State University. During my tenure at CAPS, I served as the Coordinator of Group Therapy Programs for six years, co-created and taught a ten-month doctoral intern seminar in group psychotherapy, and provide group consultation to support therapists training toward their CGP. I am also in the process of co-designing a two day conference on group psychotherapy for the fall.
Nationally my involvement has included being a Certified Group Psychotherapist for three years, a member of the American Group Psychotherapy Association for eleven years and co-chairing the College Counseling Special Interest Group for three years. During my tenure as co-chair I also helped with the creation of the website and mentored the new co-chairs in taking on the leadership as I stepped down. Further I have co-chaired or served on the Principles in Group Psychotherapy Course through AGPA for the past three years and have served on the open session conference committee for two years. Through these experiences I have become more familiar with Division 49 and some of the leadership. Although I am fairly new to Division 49, I am excited to get involved and hope to bring my energy and ideas through the Member at Large position.
Misha Bogomaz Psy.D., CGP
I truly believe, as Aristotle once said, human beings “by nature are social animals.” My love for groups was ignited while participating as a member in an experiential group for first year graduate students. After experiencing a great deal of anxiety at the start, I have realized at the end how much I have grown personally and professionally! I have made it my mission to get involved in as much as I could in the field to advocate for group psychology and psychotherapy.
As a graduate student, I wrote my dissertation on group leadership and attended numerous group conferences/trainings in Chicago. Since graduation, I have been involved in several professional organizations. With regards to Division 49, I have been involved with the Task Force for Early Career Psychologists and, currently, along with Dr. Leann Diederich, serve as a co-chair. I am a member of the Group Specialty Counsel and helped with the development of the petition to the Commission for the Recognition of Specialties and Proficiencies in Professional Psychology (CRSPPP) to have group psychotherapy/psychology designated as a specialty. I have also been involved in the American Group Psychotherapy Association (AGPA). I am on Workshop Committee for the 2014-2016 term; we are tasked with reviewing of workshop proposals, observing assigned program events, and providing feedback to the assigned workshop faculty. Shortly after being licensed I was certified as a group psychotherapist (CGP) with AGPA. Currently I work as a staff psychologist at the University of North Florida Counseling Center and facilitate two interpersonal process groups there, in addition to one group at my private practice.
My focus as a Member-at-Large would be to continue engagement of early career psychologists and graduate students as well as advocating for group psychology/psychotherapy. I truly believe that my passion, energy, and experience within Div. 49 and other organizations have prepared me well for the Member-at-Large position. Please don’t hesitate to email me if you have any questions or comments about my candidacy.