THE SOCIETY FOR GROUP PSYCHOLOGY AND GROUP PSYCHOTHERAPY APA DIVISION 49 NINA W. BROWN JULY 2013
History • 1907 – Dr. Joseph Pratt created group treatment for tuberculosis • 1934 – Burrow, Schilder & Pratt founded group analysis and created the term, “Group Therapy” • 1942 – Samuel Slavson founded the American Group Psychotherapy Association ( AGPA) • 1991 – Division 49 (Group Psychology) formed and approved
MISSION AND PURPOSE Develop and test theories about group and group process Apply knowledge about group process to help solve psychological and social problems Encourage and promote graduate training in group dynamics Educate the public about the value of group dynamics and the benefits of group psychotherapy
MAJOR TOPICS • Group dynamics • Behavioral change • Medical illnesses • Emotional disturbances • Addictions • Culture and diversity • Disaster and crisis management • Trauma • Skills training • Team development • Relationship building • Personal growth and development
Main Theories • Systems-centered • Cognitive Behavioral (CBT) • Psychodynamic • Integrative • Humanistic • Interpersonal • Adlerian • Behavioral
Current Issues • Research to support evidence based treatment • Internet counseling/treatment • Mental health services • Leadership competencies • Social justice • Military and military families
Careers BENEFITS • Competitive salaries for type of placement • Creating new treatment strategies and directions • Work in a variety of settings with diverse groups • Gain an understanding of self and of others
CAREERS TRAINING/EDUCATION Licensure as a psychologists requires a doctoral degree, an appropriate internship, and usually some post-graduate training in a specialty Employment opportunities are available with a bachelor’s or master’s degree Specialty training in group may be required for some careers
TYPES OF GROUPS AND CLIENTELE • Psychotherapy • Skills training • Psychotherapy • Task/work • Clinical • Educational • Activity-based • Children • Adolescents • Adults • The elderly • Severely and persistently mentally ill • Caretakers • Military personnel
EXAMPLES OF CAREER AND PRACTICE SETTINGS • High school teachers • University professors • Consultants • Researchers • Therapists • Human resource personnel • Prisons • Outpatient treatment • Hospitals • Employer assistance programs (EAP) • Business, industry • Federal and state governments • College counseling centers • Private practice • Military • Community agencies
EXAMPLES OF RESOURCESWEBSITES www.apa49.org – The Society for Group Psychology and Group Psychotherapy www.agpa.org – The American Group Psychotherapy Association www.asgw.org – The Association for Specialists in Group Work
EXAMPLES OF RESOURCESJOURNALS Group Dynamics: Theory, Research and Practice International Journal of Group Psychotherapy Journal for Specialists in Group Work Group Facilitation: Research and Applications
EXAMPLES OF RESOURCESBOOKS Brown, N.W. (2011). Psychoeducational groups. New York: Routledge. Coyne, R.K. (Editor) (2010). The Oxford handbook of group counseling. New York: Oxford University Press. Corey, G. (2008). Theory and practice of group counseling. (7th ed.) Belmont CA: Thompson Brooks/Cole. DeLucia-Waack, J., D. Gerrity, C. Kalodner & M. Riva (Eds.) (2004). Handbook of group counseling and psychotherapy. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications. Wheelan, S. (Ed.) (2005). The handbook of group research and practice. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.
Conclusion • Fostering the study, practice and applications of group dynamics for all types of groups.