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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.

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Diversity Committee Report

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

Activities since the July 2015 report have included:

Dr. Chun-Chung Choi received the 2014-15 Diversity Award.

The Diversity Committee encouraged student involvement in a symposium at APA. Our program, entitled Multicultural Skill Development in Group Psychotherapy, was selected by the program committee. Three students co-presented along with Eric Chen, Jeanne Steffen, and Joe Miles.

Joe Miles, Eric Chen, Jeanne Steffen and Robert Gleave were present for a committee meeting and discussed goals related to increasing student involvement for 2016.

Items Needing to be Discussed:

Recruiting new members to the committee for 2016; prioritizing goals for 2016

Items Needing Action:

Jeanne will contact members of the committee in October to establish new members, summarize suggestions for goals from our last meeting, and ask for votes regarding which goals to priorotize for 2016.

Recommendations, if any:

None currently.

Members of Committee:

Eric Chen

Maria Riva

Cheri Marmarosh

Joe Miles

Lee Gillis

Brittany White

Joel Miller

Jennilee Fuertes

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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 http://www.apa.org/independent-review/index.aspx
  • 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 (http://www.apa.org/index.aspx) 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

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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.

Reference

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

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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)

Introductions

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: http://www.apa.org/about/division/contact.aspx

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.

Eligibility:

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

Criteria:

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 (http://www.agpa.org/home/practice-resources/practice-guidelines-for-group-psychotherapy or http://www.asgw.org/pdf/Best_Practices.pdf).

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 Robert_Gleave@byu.edu. 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.

Award

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 Robert_Gleave@byu.edu.

Appendix 3: Departmental Recognition Award

Description:

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.

Eligibility:

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

Criteria:

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.)
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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 http://www.cc-sig.org/. 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 (jkeim@unm.edu) 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 (http://www.apa.org/pi/mfp/psychology/predoctoral/index.aspx)

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 (http://www.apa.org/pi/mfp/psychology/postdoc/index.aspx)

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 www.apa.org/pi/mfp.

Ben Black | MHSAS Program Coordinator

APA Public Interest
American Psychological Association
750 First Street NE, Washington, DC 20002-4242

Suite 710
Tel: 202.336.6065 |  Fax: 202.336.6012

email: bblack@apa.org | www.apa.org

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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.