Candidate statements for member-at-large

Review the member statements for this position from Rex Stockton, PhD and Leann Terry, PhD
Rex Stockton, EdD

I am honored to be nominated as member-at-large for APA Division 49. I have a long history of involvement in the division, starting as a charter member and later serving on various committees and offices including the presidency of the division. I have been committed to group work since my first group experience as a high school counselor working with underachieving students and later extending to my doctoral work at Ball State University. After coming to Indiana University I taught group classes for many years. Teaching the courses and leading groups myself gave me a base of information that I have utilized to examine, with colleagues, aspects of feedback and other areas in a group research program. Results of the studies have been published in leading journals and have been widely quoted in group counseling books.

Leading groups, supervising group leaders, and researching the area helped me to develop a theoretical model for group work that has informed me in training and research activities. It also guided me to develop a videotape training series entitled "Developmental Aspects of Group Counseling Process, Leadership, and Supervision". This series has been widely distributed.

I have been blessed by receiving several major awards. Among these are the American Counseling Association’s Extended Research Award and the Arthur Teicher Group Psychologist of the Year Award. I also have received the Burton Gorman Teaching Award at IU and the ACES Distinguished Mentor Award. I am a fellow of APA divisions 49 and 17 and diplomate of the American Board of Professional Psychology. I was honored by being the subject of a special issue (September 2005) of the Journal of the Association for Specialists in Group Work.

I have had a blessed career and, wanting to give back in a significant way, began a decade ago to develop a program focusing on individual and group training for HIV/AIDS counselors in Sub-Saharan Africa. Several colleagues have joined me in this effort.

As one who has had a lifetime of interest in group work, I would be honored to serve as a member-at-large for APA Division 49 board of directors.

Leann Terry, PhD

Groups: comforting, thought provoking, intimidating, powerful, wondrous, and complex. Groups fascinate me. This led to my specialty in groups throughout graduate school and I have continued a passion for groups in my career. As a staff psychologist and group therapy coordinator at Pennsylvania State University’s Center for Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) I am intimately involved in our center’s utilization of therapy groups.

My knowledge and love for groups has been fostered through my involvement in the society. This is one of the driving forces behind my continued involvement and service to the Society. My past experiences would allow me to step into the role of member-at-large quickly. I have served as chair of the Student Committee, as a member of the Membership Committee, worked with Lee Gillis and APA staff to redesign the website, and worked with the board to create a formal student representative position. I am currently the associate editor of The Group Psychologist. With Joseph Miles, I’m co-chair of the Ad Hoc Committee for early career group psychologists.

Continuing to serve the needs of Early Career Psychologists (ECPs) would be my focus as a member-at-large. The first priority that Joe and I have chosen to work on in our committee is to provide a range of resources on our website for ECPs. Providing practical, useful, and timely resources is key to being relevant for psychologists who are in the early stages of their careers. Being a member-at-large would allow me to further develop resources, programs, and products that help ECPs.

I have energy and passion to serve the Society. My professional home has been firmly housed in the group world since the beginning of my graduate study with Dr. Rex Stockton. I can’t think of a better way to integrate my passion for groups and my dedication to service than through this society. Please don’t hesitate to email me if you have any questions or comments about my candidacy for this position. Telephone: (814) 863-0395.

Leslie Lothstein, PhD

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