Psychotherapy Bulletin

Psychotherapy Bulletin

2019 President’s Column 54(2)

Bulletin Editor’s Note: This issue’s Column was originally sent to the membership listserv in email form; we hope many readers were able to attend APA and all of the Society activities there. Make sure and check out President Murdock’s Column in the next issue of Psychotherapy Bulletin for a follow-up on all of these exciting events.

Hello Everyone! As you read this, over half of my presidential year will have passed and I would again like to thank you for allowing me the opportunity to serve the Society for the Advancement of Psychotherapy (SfAP) in this role. I am very much looking forward to the APA convention and all of our wonderful events there! Be sure to review the Division’s programming, currently posted on our website, and mark your calendars for the Business Meeting and Awards Ceremony to be held on Friday from 4-4:50, followed by our wonderful Awards Reception. This year we will be again reviewing student poster award finalists at the SfAP poster session (Friday at 11AM) in anticipation of presenting the winner at our Lunch with the Luminaries for students and early career professionals. You also might want to pop in on my presidential symposium at 9AM on Friday—Out of the Office and into the Streets: Interventions for Diverse Clients and Settings, which I promise, is made up of some very interesting presentations.

American Psychological Association—Society for the Advancement of Psychotherapy (Div. 29)—Inaugural Jeremy Safran Memorial Outstanding Poster Award, to Brin Grenyer, Kate Lewis, Mahnaz Fanaian, Beth Kotze, and Project Air Team for “Integrative Psychotherapy for Personality Disorder: A Stepped Care Randomised Controlled Trial” presented by Nancy Murdock, SAP President, at the 35th Society for the Exploration of Psychotherapy Integration meeting, Lisbon, Portugal, June 2019.

This year is also the inaugural year for the bestowal of the two Jeremy Safran Awards for Outstanding Poster Submissions by the Society for the Advancement of Psychotherapy and the Society for the Exploration of Psychotherapy Integration (SEPI). These awards, created by now SfAP past president Mike Constantino and SEPI president Catherine Eubanks, are given at the primary conferences of the two organizations. By the time you are reading this note, I will have had the honor to present the winner at SEPI’s conference in Lisbon, Portugal, and we anticipate that Dr. Eubanks will present the SEPI awardee, chosen from among our poster session submissions, at the SfAP business meeting/awards ceremony at the APA convention in Chicago. 

I hope that you have also helped your division leadership out by completing the Member Survey developed by the Presidential Task Force on Communication and Member Relations. The task force, which includes members from across the division leadership, is eager to analyze our results and present them to the Board of Directors at our fall meeting, which will be held September 20-21 in Kansas City, MO, my home base. It is my hope that we can, using the survey results, better understand and perhaps find ways to improve the experience of our colleagues in SfAP. 

I hope you love the new SfAP logo as much as I do! It was quite a while in the making but I personally and thrilled with the result! Huge thanks to the logo task force, led by Susan Woodhouse, for their hard work on this project. The other members of the task force were Rebecca Ametrano and Amy Ellis.

That’s all for now. I look forward to seeing you in Chicago in August!

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Nancy L. Murdock, Ph.D. is Professor of Counseling Psychology at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. She teaches graduate level courses in family systems theory, advanced counseling theory, research design and analysis and supervises couples and family practicum. Dr. Murdock is active in numerous professional organizations, having served as the Vice President for Education and Training of the Society of Counseling Psychology and as president of the Council of Counseling Psychology Training Programs. Dr. Murdock's research interests include family systems theory, professional issues, and counseling process. She is the author of Theories of Counseling and Psychotherapy: A Case Approach (4 nd Ed., 2017). A licensed psychologist in Missouri, Dr. Murdock practiced as a staff psychologist for Catholic Charities of Kansas City for 10 years and currently maintains a limited independent practice which includes serving as the psychological consultant for the Kansas City Ballet. She is currently president-elect of the Society for the Advancement of Psychotherapy, Division 29 of the American Psychological Association.

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Murdock, N. (2019). President’s column. Psychotherapy Bulletin, 54(2), 2-3.



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