From Your Editors

Looking forward to the APA convention

Your editors share highlights of this issue and upcoming convention and ask you to send your news, reports, and reviews for upcoming issues.

By Thomas Treadwell, EdD, and Leann Terry Diederich

We are looking forward to APA’s 121st conference in Honolulu, Hawai'i this coming August. This is another 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.

In this issue, President Riva mentions in her column that our society will be hosting training and skill development sessions on using self-disclosure in group psychotherapy to enhance cohesion and responding to the client and the group process. This reflects the importance of providing training in group therapy and we need to keep in mind that there is now sufficient data reported showing group therapy is as efficient and effective as individual therapy (Burlingame, Strauss, & Joyce, 2013).

We are excited to share more about President-Elect Lee Gillis who has the vision of collaborating with colleagues and developing a graduate training survey to locate universities graduate and undergraduate programs teaching group psychotherapy in counseling, psychology, psychiatry and social work. This vision will to assist students in locating programs of study. This is indeed an area needing development to overcome the paucity of research and information. If you train undergraduate and or graduate students in group psychology, please send Lee a note.

Finally, we are pleased to hear that the Society will be reaching out to members who cannot attend the annual convention in Hawai’i via technological means. Several events, including, “Hot Topics in Group Research” with expert guests Drs. Gary Burlingame and Dennis Kivlighan, and “Best Practices for Teaching Group Theory or Practice”, will be hosted on Google Hangout as well as broadcast via Hangouts on Air. The full description of these events in our suite is available online. Email us for more information on how to join these.

Articles or brief reports and news items can be emailed directly to Tom, Letitia, Noranne and Leann, as can letters to the editor. We would also like to include book reviews, DVD’s, videos and online group interactions as part of the newsletter.