President's Message

Martyn Whittingham, PhD Welcome to the website for Div. 49 (Society of Group Psychology and Group Psychotherapy). If you have arrived here, then you are likely someone interested in group therapy, group dynamics or any of the myriad ways in which groups can manifest themselves. Joining our Society will connect you to a community of academics and practitioners who share your fascination with group work and see a place to learn, interact and develop shared interests. We are home to wide variety of group people – social psychologists, group therapists, team and organizational dynamics experts.

Get Involved

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 Psychotherapy Resources

Div. 49 offers articles with procedures, guidelines and sample exercises that can be useful in leading group psychotherapy, such as:

Election Results

Warm congratulations to all of the newly elected members who start their terms Jan. 1, 2019.

  • President: Martyn Whittingham, PhD
  • President-elect: Cheri Marmarosh, PhD
  • Student Representative: Meredith Tittler
  • Member-at-Large: Joshua Gross, PhD
American Psychological Foundation Div. 49 Fund

Consider giving to Div. 49 through the division's fund with the American Psychological Foundation.

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.

New Div. 49 Fellows

We have two new fellows joining our society: Eric Chen, PhD, and David Marcus, PhD.