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An Exciting Time for Us

Jeffrey Zimmerman, PhD, ABPP

Drs. Jeff Zimmerman and Libby Nutt Williams at the WCP

There’s a lot happening in the Society for the Advancement of Psychotherapy. We had another spectacular quarter. Here are some of the highlights.

Psychotherapy had another great year in 2016. We recently heard that we actually brought in more income than budgeted. Dr. Mark Hilsenroth and his team continue to strengthen the journal making it a leader in the field. Thank you Mark, all the Associate Editors, reviewers, authors, and of course Steph Pollock and her team at APA Journals.

The Society and some current and recent members of our Board received much deserved recognition. Our immediate Past-President Dr. Armand Cerbone received the Raymond D. Fowler Award for Outstanding Contributions to APA. Dr. Jean Carter received the Dr. Rosalee G. Weiss Award for being and Outstanding Leader in Psychology. And, the Society for the Advancement of Psychotherapy received an award from the American Psychological Foundation in recognition of the Division’s generous gift to the Campaign to Transform the Future.

Drs. Rod Goodyear and Changming Duan were our program chairs (working with Dr. Fred Leong—International Domain) for the World Congress of Psychotherapy. The Society had five symposia on the program. Our presenters did a great job. We also expanded our relationships with representatives of societies from Guatemala, Argentina, Russia, and other countries as well as with the World Council of Psychotherapy and the North American Council of Psychotherapy. I am looking forward to the growth of these relationships.

We also are continuing our work with Oriental Insight. Recently, they requested a list of texts they could consider translating into Chinese. We look forward to helping them develop ideas for training and standards for mental health professionals in China.

And, what a convention we just completed. From posters to presentations to social hours, Dr. Gary Howell (Program Chair) and so many of our members, along with Tracey Martin, helped make the convention a success. Thank you all.

However, in keeping with one of the themes of The Psychotherapy Bulletin this year, the convention was not without its “Difficult Dialogues.” Currently, there is a major question in front of Psychology. That is, whether individuals with a Master’s Degree in Psychology should be able to have a license to practice. This of course is a topic that engenders strong feelings from people on both sides of the issue. I was invited to be a discussant at a symposium on Sunday morning (which, given the time and day, was surprisingly well attended) where the results of a recent APA Summit on the topic were presented. I was impressed by the detail and healthy tone of the presentation and discussion that followed. I expect that there will be many more discussions and debates about the pros and cons. The process of having such a discussion is important. I invite you to join in those discussions continuing the thoughtful and respectful tone I noticed and appreciated, in the symposium I attended. For former APA President Pat DeLeon’s thoughts on the topic and the convention in general, please see this issue’s Washington Scene.

All in all, I am so pleased to be part of The Society for the Advancement of Psychotherapy and hope you are too. If you want to be more involved please contact me at I will connect you with the right people. Whether you are a student, faculty member, or clinician we welcome your participation and contributions.


Jeff Zimmerman, Ph.D., ABPP


Dr. Zimmerman is a licensed psychologist (Connecticut and New York) and has been in independent practice for over 35 years. He returned to solo practice in 2007 after serving as a founding and managing partner of an inter-disciplinary multi-site group practice for 22 years. He has a divorce specialty practice (Alternative Dispute Resolution) in addition to a general practice. Dr. Zimmerman is a founding partner of The Practice Institute, LLC, which is dedicated to helping mental health professionals, build thriving practices. His most recent (co-edited) book (among numerous books, chapters and articles) is the Handbook of Private Practice: Keys to Success for Mental Health Practitioners (2017). He is presently President of the Society for the Advancement of Psychotherapy, Division 29 of The American Psychological Association and Editor of Practice Innovations, the journal of Division 42, Independent Practice, American Psychological Association. Dr. Zimmerman received his doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the University of Mississippi (1980). Dr. Zimmerman is a past President of the Connecticut Psychological Association (1993-1994). In 2004 he received the award for Distinguished Contribution to the Practice of Psychology from the Connecticut Psychological Association. In 2009 Dr. Zimmerman received the award of ABPP specialty board certification in Clinical Psychology. In 2010 Dr. Zimmerman was made a Fellow of Division 42 Psychologists in Independent Practice of the American Psychological Association in recognition of outstanding contributions to the profession of psychology. In 2011 he was made a Fellow of Division 29 Psychotherapy of the American Psychological Association. In 2016 Dr. Zimmerman was awarded Distinguished Fellowship in the National Academies of Practice (NAP) and the Psychology Academy, as a Distinguished Practitioner and Fellow.

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