Development Committee report
By Nina Brown, EdD
Some past development initiatives were passed on to other committees after they were created and implemented.
A brochure was developed and is now in the hands of the membership committee for use and
Responsibility for constructing and disseminating a card at the national convention that lists
the Society’s conference presentations and social events was given to the Program Committee.
Web site development and maintenance is led by Lee Gillis under the direction of the Publication
New initiatives include stationary for the Society, the possibility of a book series on group psychology and group
psychotherapy, a logo, providing coaching services for members (especially students and early career pychologists), collaboration with other divisions for marketing and publicity, and applications for grants. We invite all members to provide input on these initiatives and to become involved where interested. A brief description
of possible new initiatives follows.
This initiative is underway thanks to attending the APA Division Leadership Conference, where we could immediately access the staff who would do the work.
Discussions with APA’s acquisition’s editor, Susan Reynolds, at the convention in August fueled this possible initiative. Envisioned at this time is a series of short books on various group topics that would be helpful and interesting for group leaders. Other publishers will also be contacted about possible publication. Examples of possible topics and foci for a series would be groups for the severely and persistently mentally ill, conducting task groups, facilitating groups for military families, consulting for groups and teams, school based mental health roups, and so on. Let me know if you have any interest in writing a book.
Proposed is a contest for the Society’s logo, an identifier of what the organization is and does. This could be helpful for marketing and publicity.
This could be an attractive member benefit and is conceived as a free or minimal cost service on a limited number
of issues and concerns. For example, coaching could be provided for job interviewing, achieving tenure and/or promotion, research design, grant writing, starting in private practice, and other such topics. More details are being developed.
Two such initiatives have begun. Division 42 (Psychologists in Private Practice) has invited us to advertise in
their newsletter at no cost if they can do the same in ours. We are working out the details on this initiative.
The President-Elect of Division 46 (Media Psychology), Phyllis Koch-Sheras, and I discussed the possibility of cross sponsorship of CE presentations at the convention, and submission of an interdivisional grant application to APA to fund these grants. Both of these initiatives will provide increased visibility for our Society and could lead to increased resources.
The committee is open to other ideas on marketing, publicity, and initiatives for additional revenue. Please send these and/or other thoughts and ideas to me via email.