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Early Career Psychologists

Notes from the North

We are pleased to introduce TGP readers to a new column, Notes from the North, in which we’ll be hearing from our colleagues in Canada. In this first column you’ll find an introduction and general background on the CGPA from their President, Dr. Kasra Khorsani. We hope that this column can provide a “virtual pen-pal” relationship with our colleagues up north. So, if you have questions for them, please pass them along, div49group@gmail.com, and we’ll feature your question and the response from CGPA in upcoming issues of TGP.

Kasra Khorsani, Ph.D.
Kasra Khorsani, Ph.D.

Hello from Canada!

We are CGPA: Group Therapy, Group Training, Group Facilitation. We are a vibrant multidisciplinary association of group psychotherapists who work together to foster and provide education and training for mental health professionals in group psychotherapy across Canada. Furthermore, CGPA aims to encourage research in group psychotherapy; to set national standards for quality in training, practice and research; and to gather together group therapists from various disciplines in a spirit of professional development and mutual learning.

Our annual conference took place October 19 to 21 in Toronto, and was accredited by the American Medical Association, the European Union of Medical Specialists, the College of Family Physicians of Canada and the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. We see this accreditation as important as a way to give value to the people south of border to make a trip to our conferences. We will try to carry this forward for future conferences.

Our Sunday night seminars are now free for members and non-members. We encourage Division 49 Members to call into our seminars for free, check out our listing online for the schedule: http://cgpa.ca/sunday-evening-educational-seminars/

We are excited about our recently launched mentorship program in which our senior members are able to support and be a guiding light to our junior and student members. You might hear more about this in an upcoming Notes from the North column.

Let me close with a bit of a discussion how our process groups at conferences might differ from ones that you might be used to. In our groups in general, we tend to be less confrontational and less passionately engaged. We tend to be more accepting and more gentle with each others’ differences and we value tolerance and forgiveness a little more than our southern members might have experienced elsewhere. This I feel is both our strength and our weakness. 🙂

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News

Division 49 Co-Chairs Call for Proposals

Greetings, Members:

As programming co-chairs for the convention, Debra and I are excited to be part of the planning of what is sure to be another exciting Division 49 program! We 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 next approaching deadline is for submissions of APA Continuing Education (CE) Workshop Proposals. For more information on CE Workshop proposals, please see http://www.apa.org/convention/convention-proposals.pdfCE Workshop proposals are due by Nov. 14th.

The next submission deadline is for Division Individual and Program Proposals. Division 49 welcomes submissions of the following types of proposals: papers, posters, symposia, conversation hours, and skill building sessions. For more information on Division proposals, please see http://www.apa.org/convention/convention-proposals.pdfDivision proposals are due by Dec. 1.

Lastly, APA Film Festival proposals are due by Dec. 22.

Please feel free to contact Division 49’s Program Co-Chairs for the 2017 convention, Martin Kivlighan (martin-kivlighan@uiowa.edu) or Debra O’Connell (d.oconnell2@gmail.com) with any questions or requests.

We look forward to seeing you all in Washington, DC for the 2017 APA Convention!

Best,

Martin and Debra

Martin Kivlighan, Ph.D.
Martin Kivlighan, Ph.D.
Debra O'Connell, Ph.D.
Debra O’Connell, Ph.D.
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Elections

Division 49 Candidate Results

Division 49 — Society of Group Psychology and Group Psychotherapy Election Results

President

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

Secretary

Joe Miles, Ph.D.
Joe Miles, Ph.D.

Member-at- Large

Irene Deitrich, Ph.D.
Irene Deitrich, Ph.D.

Student Representative

Keri Frantell, M.S.
Keri Frantell, M.S.

Division Representative to APA Council

Sally Barlow, Ph.D.
Sally Barlow, Ph.D.
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Welcome

Editor’s Column

Autumn is upon us in the Northern Hemisphere, and winter beckons around the corner. For some, this might mean the relief that rain brings to the parched earth. For others, it means frost on the leaves, brilliant colors on the hillsides, and crisp night air. Whatever it brings for you, we hope that you take a few moments to contemplate the changes that this season brings for you.

This issue of TGP brings some change as well. It’s with a heavy heart as we reflect on Dr. Robert Gleave’s column. He is stepping down from the role of President-elect due to his health concerns. Robert, we value all that you have done for the group psychotherapy field, we admire your quiet strength and depth of spirit, and we appreciate the perspective you articulated in your column, “My predominant feeling is a willingness to learn these next lessons and a sense of peace.” May you continue to find that peace.

Another change to this issue of TGP is the introduction to a new column, Notes from the North. We’ll be featuring a “pen-pal” like relationship with CGPA: Group Therapy, Group Training, Group Facilitation. If you have questions for our Canadian colleagues, please send them our way!  As a child, I (Leann) had a pen-pal from Iowa. I still remember her specific handwriting, and the way she would dot her “i’s” with small hearts. Ah, life before digital emoji’s! There was always a joy in getting a letter from her in the mail, and then pondering what I was going to write back. Perhaps in 20 years we’ll look back with nostalgia at this first Notes from the North column…and marvel at the relationships it has fostered between Division 49 members and our colleagues up north!

This issue also highlights several award winners that were honored at the recent APA Convention in Denver. Dr. Norsworthy was given the Diversity Award and Dr. Maartijn van der Kamp was recognized with the Richard Moreland Dissertation of the Year Award. We encourage you to read about these two individuals in their respective columns. We also wanted to highlight the second Group Psychotherapy Column by Dr. Tevya Zukor. He tackles an especially important topic, how group members need to remember the value of civility and kindness with each other, even when they see actions that might not match their personal values.

And finally, we’ll close with encouraging you to check out Dr. Craig Parks’ President’s Column. He provides an analysis of several movies with group dynamics or group psychotherapy content…and encourages the reader to check out psychmovies.com, as a repository for movies that incorporate psychological content. I, for one, have already checked out the list and am adding a few of the movies to my Netflix queue. The next rainy and windy afternoon, that might be just what the doctor ordered!

Happy Autumn!

Editor

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

Associate Editor

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

 

 

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Welcome

President-Elect’s Column

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

I wish to declare again, as I have written before, that group psychotherapy is very important to me. When I agreed to run for president-elect of division 49, I had energy and desire to make a difference in moving group psychotherapy toward increasing prominence. It seemed like a natural next step flowing from my research and affiliations with other professional associations. It felt like a good way to give back to a community that had been supportive throughout my career. I was aware of some of the national issues and had a few ideas about how to contribute.

Following the election, yet prior to the January 1, 2016 beginning of the President-elect year, I was diagnosed with ALS which is also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. At the time, the progression of the disease was unknown. I chose to proceed with an expectation that the progression of the disease would be slower and that I might still be able to contribute.  As time has passed, it is now apparent that I will not have sufficient strength or energy to fulfill the duties of President. It is with disappointment that I must step aside at this time. After consulting the by-laws, Craig and Dennis have each graciously agreed to stay for another year. I want to thank them both for their kindness as I have wrestled with this challenge. They, and the rest of the board, have been very helpful and supportive.

I feel that I have had a good career and am happy about the things that got done. While there are always “next projects”, my Division 49 service is one of only a few things that feels unfinished.  Overall, I am ready to let the next generation make their mark.

My religious beliefs are strong and I’m comforted by my relationship with the Savior.  He is sustaining me and giving meaning to this part of my life experience, just as He has consistently over the decades.  My predominant feeling is a willingness to learn these next lessons and a sense of peace.

I want to express thanks to many of you that I count as my friends and to all of you who keep the cause of group psychotherapy alive.