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President: Candidate Statements

Joshua Swift, PhD

I am extremely honored to be considered for the president position for the Society for the Advancement of Psychotherapy. For the past 55 years, the Society has been a driving force in shaping what our field looks like today. If elected, my presidential initiative would focus on both preservation and expansion.

In terms of preservation, I would place a priority on supporting our journal in disseminating high quality scientific content with direct clinical application, and supporting the Society’s grants in funding such research. I would also continue to support the momentum of our recent presidents in offering diverse practice and training articles and videos through the website, webinars, social media, and other electronic communication.

In terms of expansion, I would encourage growth of our outreach to and collaboration with other national and international professional organizations. I would also focus on sharing our knowledge and expertise with the general public – such as through advertisements, articles, or videos to help people as they consider psychotherapy, engage in psychotherapy, or independently seek to improve their overall well-being.

I am a professor of psychology at Idaho State University and a licensed psychologist. In the Society I have served as a consulting editor for the journal, a contributor to the bulletin and website, a member of the Training and Education Committee, chair for the Science and Scholarship Committee, and most recently Treasurer. This Society has been a professional home for me and I would be pleased to now serve in the presidential role.

Barbara L. Vivino, PhD

I am honored to be nominated for President of the Society for the Advancement of Psychotherapy (SAP).  As a long term (6 year) member of the Board, I have witnessed both its triumphs and challenges, and I am deeply committed to ensuring its well-being.  If elected, a key initiative will be to work closely with the Board to increase the visibility of our important Division.  I have been continually impressed by the quality of the members our Division and their contributions to the field of psychotherapy.  At the same time, I have been surprised at how few of my psychologist/psychotherapist colleagues know of the excellent work we are doing to promote psychotherapy.  Increasing visibility through enhanced social media presence and offering quality continuing education opportunities will support the continued efforts of the Board to increase membership and value for members.

Throughout my career, I have consistently demonstrated a dedication to service, integrity, and effective leadership.  I believe in the power of collaboration and inclusivity and aspire to represent the diverse voices and needs of our division. I first came to serve on the SAP Board as the Chair of the Professional Practice Committee, eventually moving into the position of Domain Representative.

I have had broad and extensive experience as psychologist, professor, researcher, and psychotherapist. I am currently in private practice in Berkeley, California, strongly committed to both research and practice, passionate about representing the voice of professional practitioners and scholars and committed to serving on the Board of SAP. In addition to serving the SAP Board, my leadership skills have been enhanced as Director of Clinical Training at the California Institute of Integral Studies, where I had first-hand knowledge of the needs and complexities of psychotherapists in training.  As a leader I understand the importance of listening to and engaging with the people I represent. I pledge to be accessible, transparent, and accountable to you, and I welcome your input and feedback.

During my two-term tenure as the Professional Practice Domain Representative and prior to that as the Committee Chair, the committee has grown from a 2-person committee struggling to discover the needs of private practitioners to an active and diverse 9-person committee engaged and providing resources. We developed and completed video content for the website. Some examples include: Race in PsychotherapySetting fees in Psychotherapy, Psychotherapists Self Care, How to Reach Underrepresented Groups, Interstate  Practice and the first ever on demand CE course, Climate Psychology . In addition, we conducted a nationwide survey for private practitioners. As a member of the D29 Board, I served on Awards Committees, Nominations Committees, Program Committees and By-Law Change Committee.

As president I would carry on and support the initiatives that were started by previous boards in addition to implementing the new initiative of increasing the division’s overall visibility to the psychotherapeutic community.

I have learned to deeply appreciate and embrace the mission of SAP and it’s a diverse and vital community as well as its culture of positivity, collaboration, and support and am eager to continuing working to enact positive change.

Thank you for considering me as your candidate. I humbly ask for your vote and the opportunity to continue my service to SAP as President.

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