The new year started off with a successful conference call hosted by the ECP committee. The conference call was on “Referring and recruiting to groups in college counseling centers” and was on Jan. 30, 2013. 15 attendees spoke for an hour on numerous topics. Discussion included how to get buy-in from other staff for a group program, how to retain members, and how to fill groups. The ideas and collaboration were wonderful and we appreciate everyone who participated. The ECP Committee will continue these calls, with future topics on group research and training in group as topics. If you have a topic you would like to see, please contact Joe Miles or Leann Diederich.
At the mid-winter Board meeting for the Society in early February, the Board continued its support for the needs of ECPs. They were supportive of our goal of offering practical and timely resources to ECPs through ongoing conference calls. We also shared our goal of becoming a stronger presence on Facebook. We are happy to report that we now have a Facebook page, instead of a “group.” Thus, please like us on Facebook. If you like our page, then you’ll get our “Wisdom on Wednesdays,” which will be written by the ECP committee members.
Finally, we’d like to introduce another member of our committee, Rachelle Rene.
Rachelle Rene: I am so delighted to be a part of the Early Career Psychologist Committee of the Society of Group Psychology and Group Psychotherapy! I am a graduate of the California School of Professional Psychology in San Diego, Calif. I received my degree in Clinical Health Psychology and am Board Certified in Biofeedback and am a Holistic Stress Management Instructor. I currently work for the San Ysidro Health Center, a Federally Qualified Health Center, in San Ysidro, Calif. I also serve as an Adjunct Professor for Argosy University where I have the privilege to teach a graduate course on group therapy among others. It has been a lot of fun (and at times challenging) navigating the pathways and nuances of being an early career psychologist. Finding my voice and passion through group work has been an amazing experience and I love that this committee provides a forum to expand on that passion while supporting others who have similar interests. My passion is deeply rooted in helping people lead powerful and meaningful lives, in which they are truly present and able to discover their own purpose and potential for fulfillment. I feel truly fortunate to be a part of this committee and am excited about the energy that everyone brings and what we hope to provide for others. As a new professional in the field, it’s always nice to network and collaborate with others! When I am not busy working or teaching, I love to travel, spend time with my family and friends, go to the movies, listen to music, and indulge in a taste of chocolate (it really should be one of the major food groups).