When I committed to a three-year term as Website Editor in January 2023, I had no idea how much we would grow in the first twelve months. From this, I have been reflecting on my time in the Society for the Advancement of Psychotherapy.
I have had the pleasure of being a part of Division 29 since 2020, serving as the Associate Editor for three years, and now in my role of overseeing the Web team. It has been incredible to see the website move through so many transitions, especially in its ability to survive during a global pandemic.
Amy Ellis, a previous Editor, and current Publication & Communication Chair initially recommended me for the position of Associate Editor. After joining, I met Kourtney Schroeder, the Editor, and Olivia Carelli, the social media coordinator. I fondly reflect on our time together as a team during those years. Kourtney was instrumental in mentoring me through both of my positions, and Olivia always brought an amazing energy to every meeting we had. We created important representations of the division, including re-establishing the Instagram, authors soliciting our website for publication, and showcasing a multitude of brilliant topics for psychotherapists and laypersons to expand their knowledge.
After being invited to stay on board as the Web editor when Kourtney stepped down, we onboarded a new team for 2023. Sheela Joshi replaced me as Associate Editor and Yashvi Aware filled in for Olivia as social media coordinator. In our year together, we recruited a myriad of articles and even began integrating different languages into the website, allowing for more access to folks all around the world. We have expanded our outreach due to our social media efforts, as well. Thank you so much for your hard work.
In August, Amy Ellis returned to Division 29 with motivation and inspiration for change. Together, we have plans to revamp and modernize the website to make it more user-friendly and improve access to information. Additionally, we have decided to combine the website and bulletin, creating one unified publication source. We hope this change will aid in improved relationships between the publication team and authors, and improve the efficiency of the publication. This has been a large undertaking and would not be possible without the guidance and support of Amy Ellis. With this change, we have developed two new positions to accommodate the larger body of articles the team will oversee. The positions Assistant Editor of the Website, and Assistant Editor of Newsletters have been created to support the changes, which will be held by Sarah Bondy and Deanna Young, respectively in 2024. Thank you, Joanna Drinane for all your previous work as the Editor of the Bulletin. Additionally, my title as Web Editor has changed to Editor of Electronic Communications now that the website and the bulletin are one.
Thank you Sheela Joshi, who is transitioning out of her role. Lacy Sohn will be serving the position now. Sheela’s year-long term required a handful of tasks pertinent to the website that she navigated well. I am also looking forward to my continued work with Yashvi, our current fantastic Social Media Coordinator. With the new team coming in, I am grateful for her knowledge and passion she will bring next year. I also want to thank and dedicate my appreciation to Tracey. Her tenacity in supporting the website does not go unappreciated.
Stay tuned for an exciting year for the Society for the Advancement of Psychotherapy. We are looking forward to reading your submissions.
Zoe Ross-Nash, PsyD
Cite This Article
Ross-Nash, Z. (2024, Jan) Electronic communications editor winter column. Psychotherapy Bulletin. (59)1