President's Message

Dennis M. Kivlighan, Jr., PhD

Welcome to the Society of Group Psychology and Group Psychotherapy's website. Thanks for visiting and come back often to stay abreast of featured articles from our newsletter, up-to-date Annual APA Convention program information or to contact one of the officers or committee members. 

The society is committed to the practice, research and education of group psychologists and group psychotherapists. As psychologists, we provide the field a solid base for understanding and applying psychological principals research and practice with groups.

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The Society of Group Psychology and Group Psychotherapy was established in 1991 as Division 49 of the American Psychological Association. The purpose of the Society is to promote the development and advancement of the field of group psychology and the modality of group psychotherapy through research, teaching and education, and clinical practice.

As Don Forsyth, Past-President of the Society wrote, “We champion the value of groups and all their uses: in making decisions and solving problems, as sources of solace in a far too impersonal world, as networks that link together individuals laboring on shared tasks, as the means to provide therapeutic experiences for members suffering from psychological dysfunction, and so on. And, true to our basic perspective, we do not rely on the work of single individuals to accomplish our goals. Instead, the division is a nexus of any number of groups whose members contribute their time, energy, and talents to the division.” (TGP, 2008, Vol. 18, No. 1).

We invite you to learn more about our Society and to consider joining. It is not necessary to be a psychologist or a member of APA to join the Society. Once you become a member, there are many ways to get involved.


Group as a Specialty Petition 

Div. 49 has developed a proposal to make group psychology a specialty practice through APA's Commission for the Recognition of Specialties and Proficiencies in Professional Psychology (CRSPPP). Achieving CRSPPP acknowledgement will further support advocacy, training, supervision, education and public access to group therapy services, which will have an impact on many individuals as well as mental health practitioners of many disciplines. View the submitted documents.

Call for Papers 

George Tasca, PhD, is editing a special issue of Group Dynamics: Theory, Research, and Practice on statistical methods in group psychology and group psychotherapy. View the call for papers (PDF, 13KB).

New Div. 49 Fellows

We are pleased to announce four new fellows: Rebecca MacNair-Semands, Craig Parks, Scott Tindale and Janice Kelly. We also have two current fellows joining our society: Mary Alvord and Verlin Hinsz. See a full list of fellows.