From your editors
By Thomas Treadwell, EdD and Leann Terry, PhD
Welcome to the July issue of The Group Psychologist! In this issue, we often write about the upcoming APA Annual Convention. We believe the convention is an excellent way to get reconnected, gain new skills and knowledge, and come together as part of a larger group to revitalize and enjoy each other’s company. We hope to see you there! We are also highlighting the Society’s convention program — see the details.
In her column, our president, Nina Brown, addresses Division 49’s budget, two new book prospectuses, several bylaw changes, and establishment of grant funding for the Society. Also discussed is news that our Society will be featured in the July/August Monitor. In the president-elect’s column, Maria Riva focuses on the unique skills group facilitators possess in “situations fighting change.”
On and off over a number of years, a discussion regarding the format of The Group Psychologist emerges: Do we elect a paper or electronic copy? The discussion has been made recently suggesting the newsletter be delivered as an online newsletter (likely sent to you has a PDF, available on Division 49’s website for download, or both). As we are trying to cut down on expenses, the advantages are clear, as going electronic will cut down on postal and printing costs. If an individual prefers reading TGP in paper format, then the PDF could be printed. However, we need input from membership regarding your preferences as to how you would like to receive the newsletter.
We encourage you to take time to reflect on your preferences and share your thoughts with us. We have several interesting and new columns this issue. You’ll find a tribute to Robert Conyne in “Catching Up With Notable Member Accomplishments.” TGP columns “Group Psychology and Group Psychotherapy Diversity” and “Group Psychotherapy” are excellent supplements fostering membership communication. The newest addition, our new Early Career Psychologist column, is taking root as a regular column, a goal we set 3 years ago, and we are pleased to have such excellent input. We are also getting some of our later career psychologists involved sharing their wealth of group psychology knowledge.
Articles or brief reports and news items can be emailed directly to Tom, Letitia, Noranne or Leann, as can Letters to the Editor. We would also like to include book reviews, DVDs, videos and online group interactions as part of the newsletter.