Candidate statements for student representative

Review the member statements for this position Andres Durran and Sean Woodland.
Andres Durran, University of New Mexico

I am deeply honored to be nominated for the position of Student Representative of Division 49 of the APA. I believe that we are experiencing an exciting time for group counseling and psychotherapy as it is being recognized as a valuable evidenced-based practice that has the added benefi t of being cost effective. This is incredibly important given the reality of managed care systems and their effects on mental health services. Group counseling and psychotherapy is a vibrant and rapidly growing area in mental health and I am thrilled to be a part of it.

As Student Representative I know I will bring my passion for counseling, psychotherapy and group work to the board. As a student at the University of New Mexico I have focused my education on the treatment of co-occurring Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Substance Use Disorders (SUD) using integrated treatment models. I am particularly interested in developing group psychotherapeutic interventions that integrate the treatment of both PTSD and SUDs. I believe that this is an area of group work that requires special attention in the light of the growing field of crisis and trauma intervention and the increasing needs of our nation’s veterans. More than any other therapeutic modality, group counseling and psychotherapy is uniquely suited to provide effective interventions in these populations.

I look forward to serving as Student Representative to Division 49 and growing with this organization during these exciting times.

Sean Woodland, Brigham Young University

It is truly an honor to be considered for Student Representative of Division 49. Such a position concords well with my career interests, which are broadly focused in systems-level interventions. I believe that the group practitioner has a unique position as a member of two systems, namely the therapy group and the institution to which he or she is accountable. My goal in future years as a member of Division 49 is to facilitate cross-talk between individuals in all camps that deals with systems (industrial/organizational, social, and clinical) in an effort to more effectively and efficiently address human suffering and advance group effectiveness. I believe that being elected as a student representative would help me begin to professionally interface on a multidisciplinary, group-focused level.

So far as a doctoral student I’ve gained knowledge and skill as a group researcher and clinician under the tutelage of Gary Burlingame, who has focused on moving group practice into an evidence-based discipline. I’ve assisted Dr. Burlingame in consulting with state hospital employees and writing projects focusing on group process and conducting psychoeducational groups. I also currently supervise two meta-analysis coding teams as we look at the effectiveness of group treatment for individuals diagnosed with schizophrenia and borderline personality disorder.

I am again grateful for the opportunity to serve, and appreciate your consideration on my behalf!