SAP President Elect Announces APA Convention Theme and Presidential Initiative

Hello Division Members:

As I fully realize my president-elect status (which, to be honest, is a little overwhelming), I would like to briefly introduce myself and also our convention theme and my primary presidential initiative for my upcoming (2019) presidential year.

I am pleased to announce the Society for the Advancement of Psychotherapy theme for the 2019 APA convention:  Psychotherapy for the future:  Promoting growth through interventions designed for diverse clients and settings.  This theme is representative of my presidential initiative, which is to explore and promote our membership’s wide range of expertise in psychotherapy, with a special focus on non-traditional intervention.

Please join me in realizing this effort to spotlight what the Society’s membership is doing that falls under my tag line Out of the Office and Into the Streets.  If you or someone you know engages in growth-producing intervention outside of the typical office setting, please let me know. I’d like to feature these efforts periodically on the Society’s website, and I am working on a presidential symposium in the same vein for the Chicago APA convention.

It’s always a little difficult for me to write about myself, but I will try to overcome that enough to offer a brief bio.  I am currently Professor of Counseling Psychology at the University of Missouri-Kansas City and have been at UMKC since receiving my Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from Virginia Commonwealth University.  I have occupied numerous roles at the university, including department chair, director of training of our APA-accredited doctoral program in Counseling Psychology and currently am coordinator of our MPCAC-accredited master’s program in Counseling.

Over the years, I have served in various roles in professional organizations, including program chair for the Society for the Advancement of Psychotherapy, president of the Council of Counseling Psychology Training Programs, Vice President for Education and Training and program chair for the Society of Counseling Psychology.  My scholarship is in the area of psychotherapy process and family systems theory, but I consider my most significant contribution to be my textbook:  Theories of and Counseling and Psychotherapy:  A Case Approach, which is in its 4th edition.

I am truly honored to serve the Society for the Advancement of Psychotherapy as president in the coming year.

Nancy L. Murdock, Ph.D.
Master’s Program Coordinator
Couples/Family and Mental Health emphasis areas
Division of Counseling and Educational Psychology
University of Missouri-Kansas City
215 Education Building
5100 Rockhill Road
Kansas City, MO 64110


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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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