SPR Society for Psychotherapy Research
Paulo P. Machado

President's Message

Paulo P. Machado

Dear colleagues and SPR members

It is pleasure to be back in touch in such in active time of the year for SPR members. You probably notice the increased activity on our list serve as members prepare their panels and presentations for the upcoming SPR Annual meeting to be held in Amsterdam this coming June. But there is a lot more to be accounted for in the current newsletter.

Please go over the call for our next international conference in Amsterdam to be organized by Mariane Krause as program chair. You will, also, find reports from our various chapter presidents (Felicitas Rost, Shelley McMain, Stig Poulsen, and Fernanda Serralta) that highlight their significant contributions and those of their constituencies. In addition, Nelson Valdes and Chris Muran provide direction on some of our award programs, and our Executive Officer Marna Barrett reminds us that it is time to renew our dues.

Last but not least, I would like to welcome Bruce Wampold our new general vice-president and thank Rolf Holmqvistfor his willingness to run for this office, and for all his contributions to our field and organization.

See you all soon


Bruce E. Wampold, Ph.D

General Vice President Elections

Bruce Wampold, Ph. D.

I am honored to be elected serve SPR on the Executive Board as General-Vice President.  SPR has been my professional home for many many years and I am gratified to be able to contribute to this organization.

I look forward to working with the other Executive Board member to continue our legacy.   Our research is critical to promoting psychotherapy as an effective healing practice around the world and we can, and should, do more to promote psychotherapy.  I am continually impressed by the accomplishment of the next generations of psychotherapy researchers and we need to continue their involvement in SPR.  They are our future and I will do what I can to ensure that SPR is the home for them.
 
Bruce E. Wampold, Ph.D


SPR’s 49th Annual Meeting June 27-
30, 2018 in Amsterdam, Netherlands
Call for Submissions

Mariane Krause

Dear colleagues and SPR members,
I am happy to announce the call for submissions for the 49th Annual International SPR meeting in Amsterdam. The theme for the conference is "Integrating Diversity into Psychotherapy Research".

As part of our commitment to making our society even more inclusive and international, the aim of the conference, reflected in the theme “diversity”, is to foster integration and inclusion while at the same time enriching our discipline.

Hence, in this new version of our annual meeting, we hope to promote enthusiastic and active participation through presentations with perspectives aimed at integrating diversity in terms of culture, gender, age, clinical practice and methodological approaches. We hope to bring together contributions from basic science and applied practice research across different disciplines, methodologies and approaches.

In order to meet these objectives, the conference will include Plenaries, Semi plenaries, Panels, Brief Papers, Structured Discussions, Posters, and Pre-Conference Workshops, representing all areas of psychotherapy research, practice and training in an attempt to encompass diversity in its broadest sense. We welcome the full range of contributions to the field of psychotherapy, including reports of innovative research methods and empirical studies of varied treatment modalities, diverse patient populations, a wide range of diagnostic and problem categories and a broad spectrum of theoretical approaches. As in all previous calls for submissions to SPR conferences, we invite qualitative as well as quantitative studies, single case research, process and outcome studies, meta-analyses, methodological contributions, research on psychotherapy measures, literature reviews and so forth.

New to our conference this year, Div. 29 of the American Psychological Association will be offering continuing education credits for all plenary sessions, panels, and discussion sessions.

I look forward to receiving your proposals and seeing you in Amsterdam, June 2018!

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Call for Nominations for the 2018 International SPR Awards

Distinguished Research Career,
Outstanding Early Career Achievement,
& SPR Lifetime Contribution

We would like to invite nominations of candidates for the following SPR Awards: 1) The Senior Distinguished Research Career Award, 2) the Outstanding Early Career Achievement Award, and 3) the Life-time Contribution to SPR Award. Details of each are provided below. Please take the time to send us your nominations. These are prestigious awards that allow us to recognize important contributions to the field of psychotherapy research. Do not to assume that someone else will nominate deserving individuals for these prestigious awards. Please note that, although the nominees of the Distinguished Career and the Early Career awards do not need to be SPR members, their contributions need to be in the field of psychotherapy research. However, nominees for the Lifetime award must be SPR members.

The deadline for the submission of nominations is Friday, DECEMBER 15, 2017.

A list of past winners is posted on the International SPR website: www.psychotherapyresearch.org, “About SPR” link, then click “Awards”. Please feel free to make any informal inquiries to any member of the awards selection committee, which is composed of the three most recent past presidents: Chris Muran (jcmuran@adelphi.edu), Chris Perry (jchristopher.perry@mcgill.ca), and Jeanne Watson (Jeanne.watson@utoronto.ca)

Distinguished Research Career Award
This award honors a long career and a substantial body of scientific work that constitutes a major and significant contribution to psychotherapy research. The primary criterion for this award is the scientific merit of the nominee's contribution. To make a nomination, the nominator should prepare a set of the supporting documents (e.g., as PDFs) and send (via email) the set to each member of the Awards Committee. The documents should include: (a) the nominee's curriculum vitae; (b) six of the nominee’s most important publications, (c) at least three letters of recommendation (one from the nominator) attesting to the quality, significance, and impact of the nominee's research. The three recommenders should represent more than one institution. All of the materials, except for the publications, must be in English. If any publications are not in English, please include an abstract of each in English.

Outstanding Early Career Achievement Award
The early career award is granted no more than 9 years after the person hascompleted his or her main research training (e.g., award of terminal degree, postdoctoral training if any). The award should reflect the significance of the nominee’s contributions, productivity, as well as promise in making scientific contributions to psychotherapy research. To make a nomination, the nominator should prepare three sets of the supporting documents and then send (via email) one set to each member of the Awards Committee. The documents are: (a) the nominee's curriculum vitae; (b) a personal statement from the nominee that summarizes his/her program of research; (c) copies of four representative publications (the nominee should be the first author on some of these publications); (d) at least three letters of recommendation (one from the nominator) attesting to the quality, significance, and promise of the nominee's work. The three recommenders should represent more than one institution. All of the materials, except for the publications, must be in English. If any publications are not in English, please include an abstract of each in English.

Lifetime Contribution to SPR Award
The SPR lifetime contribution award is intended to honor exceptional service contributions to the International Society for Psychotherapy Research. This award was established recently. David Orlinsky was the first recipient. Nominators, who wish to nominate a colleague for this award are asked to prepare a letter detailing the lifetime service contributions to the society of the nominated SPR member, signed by at least three SPR members in good standing. The nominator will send the nomination letter with the supporting signatures (via email) to each member of the Awards Committee. This award will not necessarily be awarded every year.

Please note: In order to be eligible, nominees for the 2018 awards must be planning to attend the Conference in Amsterdam.

Please email your nominations by DECEMBER 15, 2017 to each member of the Award Committee:

Chris Muran, chair (jcmuran@adelphi.edu)
Chris Perry (jchristopher.perry@mcgill.ca)
Jeanne Watson (Jeanne.watson@utoronto.ca)


Marna S. Barrett

Executive Officer update

Marna S. Barrett

Time to renew your membership for 2017. With early bird rates in effect through January 30th, now is the time to renew!!! Also, encourage students and colleagues to join now while rates are low in order to receive discounts for the 2018 Amsterdam international conference.

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Stig Poulsen

SPR European Chapter – Brief Report

Stig Poulsen

It has been an exciting year in the European Chapter marked by a highly successful joint European and UK chapter conference in Oxford and some important organizational developments

Election – new President-Elect
First of all, we have decided to implement more formally the Executive Council structure specified in the chapter bylaws. This means that we will have a six-year Presidential cycle encompassing two years as President-Elect, two years as President and two years as Past President. To set this cycle in motion, elections for a new President-Elect has begun with a deadline for voting November 25th, 2017. The nomination committee, consisting of Hadas Wiseman (chair), Helge Rønnestad and Wolfgang Lutz, has found two highly qualified candidates, Svenja Taubner and Miguel Gonçalves, so if you have not cast your vote already, please do so at http://www.psychotherapyresearch.org/surveys/?id=EUSPR_elect_2017.

Corina Aguilar-RaabWe have, furthermore, decided to appoint an Executive Officer from a Eurozone country to ensure financial continuity across changes in the Executive Council. Corina Aguilar-Raab, Heidelberg, has agreed to serve a five-year term as Executive Officer.
    
The European Chapter is as always represented in several of the committees of SPR. In 2017, Jana Volkert took over the position as chair of the Communications Committee (ComCom) and Alexandre Vaz joined the ComCom as new European representative. We thank every member serving in various positions in the SPR organization.

Student travel awards
The European Chapter has issued 10 student travel awards for the international Toronto 2017 meeting and 10 student travel awards for the joint European and UK chapter conference in Oxford 2017. The recipients for Toronto were: Suzanne C. van Bronswijk, Tohar Dolev, Anna Katharina Georg, Tommaso Boldrini, Luise Prüßner, Viola Müller, Jessica Prinz, Hadar Fisher, Julian A. Stewart and Thorsten-Christian Gablonski. Recipients for Oxford were: Ylva Gidhagen, Rebecca Kratochvil, Tamar Axelrad Levy, Jonas Lüdemann, Danilo Moggia, Beatriz Garcia Ruiz, Paul Schröder, Karolina Staniaszek, Brian Schwartz and Noa Tsvieli.

New student travel awards have been issued for the Amsterdam 2018 meeting – the call can be found at: http://www.psychotherapyresearch.org/members/group_content_view.asp?group=144629&id=452932.

4th UK & European Chapters conference September 2017
The 4th joint UK & European SPR Chapters conference took place in Oxford, UK, September 20-22, 2017. With more than 240 participants and a substantial financial surplus the congress was a great success, thanks to the combined efforts of the local hosts committee (UK local committee) and the program committee with members from both chapters.

The Examination Schools in the historic centre of Oxford provided a perfect venue for the conference, which was kicked off by an inspiring and thought provoking keynote address by our new President-Elect, Bruce Wampold. The breadth and quality of the presentations was remarkable and the overall feedback received highlights delegates’ experience of being part of an “open, friendly, so ciable and seriously scientific” research community. The conference banquet, hosted in the Harry Potter’esque Grand Hall at Balliol College, proved that SPR-members not only know how to dress properly for the occasion but also how to keep each other spellbound with song and dance from our respective countries!

Country contacts
Presently, 42 SPR-members from 25 European countries serve as country contacts with the combined tasks of providing information to the SPR community of local activities and to serve as ambassadors for the SPR in their home country by promoting membership and conference participation. The number of reports about the activities in the various member countries is steadily growing – the reports can be found at the European chapter website.

Future activities
May 8-12, 2018: the 6th Society for Psychotherapy Research European Chapter Methods Workshop for Early Career Researchers will be held in Braga, Portugal. Among the confirmed presenters are Giorgio Tasca, University of Ottawa, Canada and Ross Crosby, University of North Dakota, USA.
September 2019: 9th European Conference on Psychotherapy Research, Krakow, Poland.

With the best wishes for the next year in SPR,

Stig Poulsen


Fernanda Serralta

SPR Latin American Chapter – Brief Report

Fernanda Serralta

I am pleased to share with you some of the activities in LA chapter during 2017 and to provide news on what is yet to come.

First of all, I´d like to inform you that we are now quite busy preparing the LA Chapter elections to vice-president. The Nomination Committee is formed by three past presidents: Mariane Krause, André Roussos and Denise Defey. Soon the LA members will receive information about the candidates, their proposals, and the voting process.  During December we will announce the results. The elected vice-president will assume positon as president during the next International Conference, in Amsterdam. Untill then, the newly elected will be working with me and our local committee in order to get familiar with SPR governance.

Membership remained stable around 110 members, many of them very active. In 2017 we´ve increased countries represented in LA Chapter. Our members now are from Chile, Brazil, Argentina, Uruguay, Colombia, Mexico, Ecuador and Panamá. Juan Martin Gomes Penedo is our general countries coordinator and is continuously making contacts with professionals and students interested in joining our society.  
Local committee has members from different LA countries and is currently formed by me as Chapter President, Silvia Benetti (general coordinator), Cibele Carvalho (Newsletter) and Juan Martin Gomes Penedo (general countries coordinator). Country coordinators are responsible for communication and promoting SPR locally. They are:  Juan Martín Gómez Penedo  (Argentina), Rodrigo Teixeira Lopes (Brazil), Claudio Martínez (Chile), Sérgio Gonzáles (Panamá), Henry Daniel Espinosa (Colombia), Arturo Lozano (México), and Liliana Guerrero (Uruguay).

In the last international SPR Conference, LA chapter members from Brazil, Chile, Argentina, Colombia and Uruguay presented papers. Our group has grown in terms of participation in international meetings and representation in the society as a whole.  In the photo we may see  some of our members that participate of the LA Chapter Meeting, which took place during the Toronto conference. To attend this conference and present their works, two doctoral and one master student received the LA Chapter Award: Javiera Duarte (Chile), Pricilla Laskoski (Brazil) and Luan Feijó Brazil).  Nicolle Alamo (Chile) and Livia Sanchez (Brazil) are the LA Chapter members who won the International Student Award.

For the 2018 Amsterdam Conference new student travel awards will be given. Information on deadline and procedures can be found in the upcoming LA Chapter newsletter as well as in SPR official home page.


During this year many local events were organized by LA Chapter members. We mention only a few: In Argentina a series of activities marked the 40 years of the AIGLÉ Foundation. Among them, we highlight the recent lecture by Louis Castonguay on Practice-Oriented Research and a workshop, held at the Book and Language Museum, on the keys to conducting research in psychotherapy today. In October in São Leopoldo, Brazil, our group received Denise Defey (Uruguay), who, together with Iñigo Ochoa (Spain), participated in the symposium of the UNISINOS Post-Graduation Program, commenting on student research projects and lecturing on psychotherapy and mental health. The University Center of Health Sciences (CUCS) of the University of Guadalajara (UdeG), Mexico, starred in September the II Research Seminar in Clinical Psychology (II-SICP) with participation of SPR researchers from Chile, Alemka Tomicic Suñer and Claudio Martínez Guzmán. In June, in Uruguay, the Conference of Contemporary Psychotherapies took place. The event was organized by Delfina Miller and featured lectures by Peter Fonagy, Frank Yeoamas, Emilce Dio Bleichmar, Hugo Bleichmar, Ricardo Bernardi and Carlos Sluzki.

Finally, we remind you that the next Latin American Congress will be held between August 23-26, 2018 in beautiful city of Reñaca, Chile. The Chilean group is carefully preparing the meeting for us all.
I wish everyone a great new year in SPR!

Fernanda Serralta


Shelley McMain

SPR North American Chapter – Brief Report

Shelley McMain

As new President of the North American Chapter of SPR, I will highlight some of the main activities over this past year.

NASPR Executive Committee
The current Executive officers include: John Ogrodniczuk (Past-President), Shelley
McMain (President), Kevin McCarthy (President-elect), and Catherine Eubanks-Carter
(Executive Officer).

I want like to express my appreciation to Michael Constantino, our outgoing Past-President. In addition to his abundant talents as a DJ, Mike provided NASPR with strong leadership and constant mentorship. Thank you, Michael.  I also want to thank John Ogrodniczuk who recently stepped down from his role as President of NASPR. I know I speak for everyone when I note how fortunate we are to have John on the Executive Committee for an additional two years in the capacity of Past-President. His good humor and easy going manner, coupled with excellence in leadership, will help guide us over the next couple years. Finally, we welcome Kevin McCarthy, our recently elected North American President-elect.

Are you interested in becoming more involved in NASPR and collaborating with a wonderful group of members? NASPR is seeking its next Executive Officer (EO). The EO is responsible for managing the chapter’s finances including the oversight of the chapter’s bank accounts, paying the chapter’s bills and paying out travel awards and reimbursements. As a member of the NASPR Executive Committee, the EO is involved in discussions around planning NASPR conferences and workshops as well as weighing in on the state of the chapter and its goals and initiatives. This three year term starts in June, 2018.  The EO position is a voluntary one. However, recognizing the EO’s important contributions, a $1,000 travel reimbursement to SPR and NASPR conferences is provided by NASPR. Anyone interested in the position should contact our current NASPR EO, Catherine Eubanks, at catherine.eubanks@einstein.yu.edu  by December 30, 2017.

NASPR Fall Chapter Meeting, September 27-29, 2018
It’s my pleasure to invite all of you to NASPR’s chapter meeting which will be held at the Snowbird Resort in Salt Lake City, Utah on September 27-29, 2018.  The beautiful Snowbird Resort  located 30 minutes from Salt Lake City is a place of immense beauty and inspiration with world-class facilities, dining and accommodations. Many of you may recall the excellent international SPR annual meeting at this location in 1998. Kevin McCarthy (Scientific Program Chair), along with Scott Baldwin and Zac Imel (Local Hosts), are in the midst of organizing an excellent meeting.  The Call for Submissions will be released in in December, 2017.  We look forward to welcoming a large audience and we hope you decide to join us.

Science-to-Practice Workshop
A  NASPR-sponsored Science-to-Practice Workshop was held in Lake George, NY on October 28, 2017. The workshop, An Introduction to Dyadic Data Analysis in Psychotherapy Research, was very fortunate to have Dr. Holly Laws as its leader.  Similar to the previous Science-to-Practice workshop at this site, this event was by all accounts a great success. There were 27 attendees with excellent representation from graduate students across multiple states. It was an enriching and beautiful day in Lake George!

Student Travel Awards
Student and post-doctoral fellows are an integral part of our SPR community. We are pleased to announce that NASPR continues to commit support to students through travel awards that enable them to attend the international and chapter meetings.  This year, NASPR is supporting six student travel awards up to $1,000 each in addition to two post-doctoral fellowship awards, also up to $1,000 each. These awards will support attendance at the international meeting in Amsterdam. Additionally, NASPR will award six student travel awards and two post-doctoral awards that support attendance at the chapter meeting at Snowbird. To apply for any of these awards, please refer to application details on the SPR website.

Helping Our Membership Grow
I am pleased to announce that Dr. Tali Boritz has recently been appointed to the position of chair of our membership committee. We thank Tali for taking on this leadership role. If you have ideas about how to help our organization group and remain vital, or if you are interested in getting involved in the membership committee, I encourage you to share your ideas with Tali at tali.boritz@camh.ca

Best wishes to you all for the year ahead,

Shelley McMain
President, North American SPR Chapter


Felicitas Rost

SPR UK Chapter – Brief Report

Felicitas Rost

I am pleased to introduce myself as new UK Chapter president and to give you a brief update on our current activities. Let me start by ‘taking my hat off’ and expressing my gratitude to Susan Hajkowski for her fantastic and inspiriting leadership over the past three years. We also would like to express a big thank –you to Jeremy Halstead for his long-standing support and all he has given to the UK Chapter and the international SPR community. He served as Chapter president from 2011 – 2014, and continued as past president until he retired from the LC earlier this year.

Meet the UK Local Committee (LC)
From left to right: Susan Hajkowski (Past President 2014-2017), Felicitas Rost (President), Robert Elliot (Ordinary Member, Int. Nominations Committee), Mark Widdowson (Secretary, Int. Student Travel Awards Committee), Jo-Ann Pereira (Ordinary Member), Charlie Jackson (Ordinary Member, BACP Liaison), Sheila Butler (Ordinary Member, Int. Communications Committee), Kevin Wright (Treasurer) and Daniel Hayes (Ordinary/Student Member).

We convene monthly for Skype meetings and for an annual all-day face-to-face meeting. The Chapter continues to progress with our plans to develop initiatives to support psychotherapy research in the UK and to build bridges between clinicians and researchers. We are pleased to report a number of key initiatives:

Cross organisational development and collaboration
We are continuing to build collaborative links with prominent and influential psychotherapy and counselling organisations in the UK, with the aim of identifying common interest and joint challenges. We convened our first Cross Organisation Research Meeting in November 2015 supported by the Derbyshire Healthcare Foundation Trust and the University of Derby. It was very successful and we are planning to have a second meeting in March 2018 in order to continue our discussions on how to share our expertise in developing practice based evidence and to develop closer links between therapeutic training and ‘real world’ practice.

Talking Therapies Task Force
We continue to be part of the taskforce that was initiated by the Royal College of Psychiatry and includes representative from all major UK Psychotherapy and Counselling organisations (APP, BPC, BACP and UKCP). It aims to develop a national infrastructure for psychological therapies for people with complex mental health needs. Several of our members are involved in providing expertise and support to the planning of the scoping health economic analysis and pilot project, and in the development of an outcomes framework. Next steps are to invite members to join the various clinical working groups that have been established. An email regarding this will be sent around soon.

Review of the NICE guidelines for depression in adults
The ‘NICE guideline on depression in adults’ is currently being updated and was recently put forward for consultation. Seizing the opportunity to be able to draw on our members’ research expertise, we registered SPR UK as a stakeholder. It was a successful collaborative effort between SPR UK members, and we produced a substantive, detailed scientifically robust response to the draft guidelines. We are currently waiting for the response to our comments and recommendations.

Collaborative Practice Research Network
The initiative to bring together researchers, clinicians and trainees interested in developing a space for collaboration and cooperation has been launched in September at the joined UK & European conference in line with the conference theme: Psychotherapy Practice and Research: Finding the Common Ground.  The idea is to address the practitioner-researcher gap by inviting those interested in advancing the field psychotherapy research and clinical practice. If you would like to join this network, please get in touch!

4th UK & European Chapters conference September 2017
The 4th joint UK & European SPR Chapters conference took place in Oxford, UK, September 20-22, 2017. With more than 240 participants and a substantial financial surplus the congress was a great success, thanks to the combined efforts of the local hosts committee (UK local committee) and the program committee with members from both chapters. The Examination Schools in the historic centre of Oxford provided a perfect venue for the conference, which was kicked off by an inspiring and thought provoking keynote address by our new President-Elect, Bruce Wampold. The breadth and quality of the presentations was remarkable and the overall feedback received highlights delegates’ experience of being part of an “open, friendly, sociable and seriously scientific” research community.

The conference banquet, hosted in the Harry Potter’esque Grand Hall at Balliol College, proved that SPR-members not only know how to dress properly for the occasion, but also know how to keep each other spellbound with song and dance from our respective countries!

Student Travel Awards
The UK Chapter is pleased to announce that Phillippa Harrisson was supported with a student travel award for the international meeting in June in Toronto. We also presented Emily Blackshaw, Merih Fidan, Jeanette Hennigan, Sally O’Keeffe, Rita Maroun, and Afra Turner with a travel award for the joint UK & EU Chapters conference in Oxford. We are pleased to announce that we will be giving five student travel awards for the forthcoming international meeting in Amsterdam in June 2018. We look forward to receiving your applications – please look out for the details on our website.

With warm regards and seasonal greetings,
Felicitas Rost, President UK Chapter


Single and Collaborative Small Research Grants: Apply NOW!

Executive Committee of SPR

The Executive Committee of SPR is delighted to announce the fifth year of the Small Research Awards program, this time for the 2018-2019 academic year (September 1, 2018 to August 31, 2019).

A maximum of 4 single awards, each with a maximum value of $2500, will be made to SPR members (regular/retired and student members) across SPR chapters. But also, 2 collaborative research grants with a maximum value of $5000 each one.

All members in good standing within the Society are encouraged to apply for these awards. Applications should address research questions specifically pertaining to psychotherapy research, such as processes and outcome, methodological developments (data analysis, instruments, diagnostics, etc.), and the training/supervision of psychotherapists.

The deadline for submitting the application online is December 1, 2017. For more details and the form please see the SPR homepage: http://www.psychotherapyresearch.org/?page=SPRSResAwards

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Upcoming Events

49th International Annual Meeting, Amsterdam, June 27-30 2018
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Webinar: An introduction to the Rupture and Resolution Rating System (3RS), Dr. Catherine F. Eubanks, Thursday November 30th, 2017 at 10am EST

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