Since its inception, the Society for the Advancement of Psychotherapy has always strived to reach its ever-expanding audience. However, following the redesign of our website in October 2014, we experienced an exponential increase in the number of visitors who are not only reading our content, but also accessing Society resources. This shows we are moving in the right direction and we are humbled by your support and engagement. If you have not yet had the opportunity to check out our website, please do so! (www.societyforpsychotherapy.org)
Our vision for the website is that it will one day be an enduring contributor of unique content to the Society’s readership, as well as the community at large, alongside the Psychotherapy Bulletin and Psychotherapy journal. We are well on our way toward that goal. In 2014, we first began coordinated efforts to publish unique web-only features, resulting in 14 articles. This number has steadily increased since then with 27 articles published in 2015 and 22 articles in 2016. This year, through the dedicated efforts of Kourtney Lavallee, Associate Editor of Website Content, we have been able to publish our web features once per week, every Sunday. At the time of this writing, we already have 20 articles published or set to publish through May 2017, meaning that we are on track to double our past records.
The growth of our content has surely been a catalyst for the number of site visits we receive. In 2014, we had 34,481 unique individuals who visited our website and in 2015, this number rose to 60,528 users. This number almost doubled again in 2016, where we had 115,627 unique visitors, representing a 50% growth rate year-over-year.
Even with these past three years, there is still work to be done. We have re-evaluated our current website model while focusing on how we can become a better leader in providing cutting-edge psychotherapy content, for both you, our members, and our readers. In the coming months, we will be redesigning our website layout, making it easier to find and search for content and articles. We will be sharing updates on this project as it progresses in the coming months.
We envision the website as a voice for the Society and the field of psychotherapy. That means we want to hear from YOU. If you have suggestions for improving the layout, desired content that you want to read, or feedback about anything at all, please reach out to me, Amy Ellis, at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you are interested in writing for our website, please email Kourtney Schroeder, Associate Editor of Website Content, at email@example.com.
We also welcome you to come interact with us on any of our social media pages. You can like us on Facebook (facebook.com/psychotherapy29), follow us on Twitter (twitter.com/psychotherapy29), connect with us on LinkedIn (https://www.linkedin.com/company-beta/9310252/), and you can now follow us on Instagram (www.instagram.com/apadivision29).
I am proud to introduce myself and my Web Team colleagues, Kourtney Schroeder, Nathan Daly, and Elizabeth Davis.
Meet Amy E. Ellis, PhD, Website Editor
I am currently an Assistant Professor in undergraduate psychology at Albizu University, co-Director of the Trauma Resolution & Integration Program (TRIP) at Nova Southeastern University, and I have a small private practice where I specialize in the treatment of trauma and eating disorders. As I’ve maintained involvement in the Society (I was previously the Associate Editor of Website Content), I have found a true “professional home” and community.
I am grateful for my dynamic web team who tirelessly works around the clock. A huge thank you to our Associate Editor, Dr. Kourtney Lavallee, who amazingly procures new Special Features faster than we can keep up with, and to our Student Website Editors, Nathan Daly and Elizabeth Davis, who have jumped on board seamlessly and have offered support, wisdom, and “muscle” to the inner workings of our small web team. I am also grateful to our Society President, Dr. Jeff Zimmerman, and our Publications Chair, Dr. Jeff Barnett, both of whom have been instrumental in the success of the website and have given us unquestionable support as we advance our website and team to the next levels. My sincerest gratitude is also extended to Tracey Martin, who has lent unending support to the website, myself and my team, and the Society as a whole. I am also eager to continue working with Dr. Lynett Henderson Metzger and her remarkable Bulletin team, as we move the Bulletin to an online-only version. And of course, I am grateful to our Board members, our readers, and our Division members; this year is off to a great start, and I am excited to see what the next three years will bring us!
Meet Kourtney Schroeder, BS, Associate Editor for Website Content
I am the Associate Editor for Website Content (2017-2020), where I work on the strategic design of the website and advancement of digital outreach. I graduated from the University of Florida with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a minor in Women’s Studies. I am currently working on a Doctor of Psychology in Clinical Psychology at Nova Southeastern University. My interest in the Society for the Advancement of Psychotherapy is based on the generality of psychotherapy. I believe this allows for a varying and enhancement of knowledge in psychotherapy. I hope to achieve a greater understanding of the technological aspects of psychotherapy as well as learning more about a variety of concepts in psychotherapy.
Meet Nathan R. Daly, BS, Student Website Editor
I am one of the Student Web Editors, where I work on social media strategies and broadcasting content. I graduated from Saint Louis University with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Psychology. I am currently working on a Doctor of Philosophy in Clinical Psychology at Nova Southeastern University. One thing about the Society for the Advancement of Psychotherapy that interests me is that it offers equally accessible trainings, continued education, awards/grants, and psychotherapy research. The resources offered by the Society serve to advance the academic discipline of psychotherapy and provide clinicians with an opportunity to hone their skills and share resources. As a Student Web Editor, I hope to familiarize myself with the process of publication and broadcasting. As the academic discipline of psychology relies more heavily upon cyber communication, it will be necessary for researchers and clinicians to become comfortable exchanging information, and treating clients, over the Internet. By working as a Student Web Editor, I hope that I can become intimately aware of this process by working with talented researchers and clinicians at the Society for the Advancement of Psychotherapy.
Meet Elizabeth Davis, BA, Student Website Editor
I am a Student Editor for Website Content at the Society for the Advancement of Psychotherapy. I work on managing website content and digital outreach. I earned my Bachelor’s degree in psychology from Hendrix College in Arkansas, and am currently working on my doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology from the University of North Texas. My current research is focused on the advancement of psychotherapy through the development of an outcome tracking measure for use in psychotherapy training clinics. I am thankful for the support that the Society for the Advancement of Psychotherapy has shown in the development of this research, and am excited for the opportunity to become more involved in the Society’s priority to disseminate quality information about psychotherapy. In addition, I am looking forward to gaining a better understanding of the publication process through the Society, and learning more about the multiple ways through which the Society serves the larger community of psychologist researchers and practitioners. Through my current role with the Society, I will be assisting with website content, development, and publication. I started the position with a limited knowledge of web publication and social media management, and am eager to develop a greater expertise in this area while working to promote the Society for the Advancement of Psychotherapy. Additionally, I am excited for the opportunity to network with and learn from other professionals within the Society. My research has seen important support from the Society, and I am enthusiastic about this opportunity to support the Society’s mission, and gain a greater understanding of its current priorities.