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SPR Interest Section on Therapist Training and Development – Election of Officers

SPRISTAD Bylaws -Article IV C 3 states:
“[e] The SPRISTAD Chair and Steering Committee, with the assistance of the SPR Executive Officer, (i) shall … submit a ballot of qualified and seconded candidates to SPRISTAD members in good standing, and (ii) announce the dates of a two week period during which voting will take place. [f] Ballots shall be returned by SPRISTAD members via email to the SPR Executive Officer no later than the stated election dates. [g] The SPR Executive Officer shall tally the ballots in a timely manner, and inform the candidates, the SPRISTAD officers, and the SPRISTAD membership of the results. [h] Election to the office of Chair-Elect shall be by a simple majority if there are two candidates for an office, and by the Alternative Vote System if there are more than two candidates.”

The candidates' statements

David Orlinsky
Candidate for Chair (2-year term starting at SPR 2011))

Statement of qualifications: My research for the past two decades has been devoted primarily to studying the characteristics of psychotherapists and the conditions that foster or hinder their professional development, together with an international group of SPR colleagues known as the SPR Collaborative Research Network (CRN). This work led to taking the initiative, along with Louis Castonguay and Jan Carlsson, to form a new SPR interest section on therapist training and development (SPRISTAD). I ask the membership of SPRISTAD now to allow me to coordinate the section’s initial activities during its initial term. My past experience within SPR includes being: a cofounder of the Society (with Kenneth Howard); the first President-Elect of SPR, and first President of NASPR; an organizer and coordinator of the SPR/CRN; an organizer and former chair of the SPR interest section on culture and psychotherapy (SPRICAP); organizer and editor of the multi-national reports on the current status and future of the psychotherapeutic professions (on the SPR website). With the help of the SPRISTAD Steering Committee, I hope to make our interest section on training and development a collaborative and productive group of research colleagues.
Statement of goals: If elected SPRISTAD Chair, my main goals for the next two years include (a) promoting a collaborative survey by SPRISTAD members in many countries, and multiple theoretical orientations, of therapist training as currently conducted in their respective programs, and (b) exploring the possibility for a longitudinal study of developmental processes in early career therapists by an international consortium of SPRISTAD members. (I would hope to enlist section members at all career levels to participate and contribute to this work. ) My goals also include (c) encouraging presentations of research on therapist training and development at SPR and other conferences, and (d) compilation of a SPRISTAD Directory to facilitate communication and research collaboration among members on topics of common interest.
Seconded by: Jan Carlsson, Louis Castonguay, Clara Hill, Bernhard Strauss

Bernhard Strauss
Candidate for Chair-elect (2-year term starting at SPR 2011)

Statement of qualifications: As a psychologist and Ph.D., I am currently full professor of Health Psychology and Psychotherapy at the Friedrich-Schiller-University Jena, Germany. I am heading the department of Psychosocial Medicine and Psychotherapy at the university hospital. One of the major research fields of this institute since its foundation in 1996 is psychotherapy research. During the last decade, one focus of this research was psychotherapists´ training. Among other projects, I was responsible for an expert statement for the German government evaluating the training of psychotherapists in our country and providing data for potential revisions of the current legal situation. Based upon this work, a number of different research activities were initiated. Among these, my group has written a proposal for the European Union to receive a grant for an European research network on training (Euro-P-Train). Prior to my election as a general vice president of the SPR, I stated that research on training should be one of the core activities within our society. My presidential address focused on this issue. I therefore welcome the initiative to form a new SPR interest section on therapist training and development (SPRISTAD). As a past president, former editor of the journal Psychotherapy Research and former host of an annual meeting (in 2003, Weimar), I feel very committed to the society and would be happy to take responsibility for the SPRISTAD, when David Orlinsky will step out as the chair.
Statement of goals: If elected as SPRISTAD Chair-elect, I first would enthusiastically support the other officers to organize the SPRISTAD and help the chair to promote the survey and the longitudinal study. I would be happy to be responsible for continuing the activities. I would specifically try to activate colleagues form Europe to join the SPRISTAD and, together with the members, try to organize panels and presentations of training research at the upcoming SPR meetings. Acknowledging that the person of the therapists seems to explain more variance of treatment process and outcome than researcher have thought in the past, trainees and training conditions definitively will be one of the most promising fields within psychotherapy research.
Seconded by: Louis Castonguay, Jan Carlsson, Clara Hill, David Orlinsky

Clara E. Hill
Candidate for Senior Career Counselor (3-year term starting at SPR 2011)

Statement of qualifications: I am currently a full professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Maryland. I have been interested in training since graduate school many years ago. I have taught helping skills since graduate school and have written a text to use in courses on helping skills. My students and I have conducted research examining the effectiveness of this helping skills model, of training on individual skills, and of the effectiveness of the skills in therapy. I have also been involved in a number of studies on supervision. Currently Sarah Knox and I are writing a chapter reviewing the literature on training and supervision for the Handbook of Psychotherapy and Behavior Change. Thus, issues involved in training and supervision are near and dear to my heart.
Statement of goals: If elected as SPRISTAD Senior Career Counselor, I would enthusiastically work with the other elected officials to advance the organization. I believe in SPR and I believe in SPRISTAD, and would like to see it be successful. I would also like to promote more and better research on training, so that we can confidently assert that our training is effective and work to improve our training. I have served SPR in many roles (President of SPR and President of NASPR, Editor of Psychotherapy Research, local host of the annual meeting at Wintergreen) and would be delighted to serve as the Senior Career Counselor of SPRISTAD.
Seconded by: David Orlinsky, Louis Castonguay, Jan Carlsson, Bernhard Strauss

Louis Castonguay
Candidate for Mid-Career Counselor (2-year term starting at SPR 2011)

Statement of qualifications: For more than fifteen years, I have trained graduate students and experienced clinicians on how to practice psychotherapy. I have done so within the context of clinical supervision, professional workshops, as well as a graduate seminar on the application of cognitive-behavior therapy (CBT). These training experiences (including my graduate seminar in CBT) have been anchored within an integrative perspective, where the strengths, limitations, convergences, and complementarities of current approaches to psychotherapy are emphasized and built upon. Reflecting this integrative perspective, my students and I have written on principles of change in clinical supervision and in graduate training in general (Castonguay, 2000), core elements of psychotherapy training programs (Boswell & Castonguay, 2009), as well as the competences to be acquired and hazards to be avoided when adopting an integrative approach in training (Boswell, Nelson, Nordberg, McAleavey, & Castonguay, 2010; Castonguay, 2005). I have also written on the training implications of harmful effects, a problem that cut across all forms of psychotherapy (Castonguay, Boswell, Constantino, Goldfried, & Hill, 2010). With my colleagues at Penn State University, I have worked at transforming our training clinic into a practice research network (PRN) aimed at fostering the conduct of scientifically rigorous and clinically relevant studies and, in doing so, seamlessly integrating research, practice, and training. I am also currently serving on the American Psychological Association (Division of Clinical Psychology) Subcommittee on Doctoral training in EBP in clinical psychology.
Statement of goals: My first goal as Mid-Career Counselor would be to rely on my recent experience on the Executive Council of SPR (as SPR President-Elect, President and Immediate Past-President) to help organize and consolidate SPRISTAD. I would also like to devote energy to encourage all members of SPR, but especially early career members, to conduct and disseminate (including at SPR meetings) research on how training can be structured and provided to improve psychotherapy effectiveness and decrease harmful effect.
Seconds: Jan Carlsson Clara Hill David Orlinsky Bernhard Strauss


Héctor Fernández-Álvarez
Candidate for Mid-Career Counselor (2-year term starting at SPR 2011)

Statement of qualifications: In 1977 I founded together with a group of colleagues an institution in Argentina, Aigle Foundation, which has been devoted to clinical care, teaching and research. Throughout these years I have developed an extended graduate education, training and clinical supervision program in Argentina, as well as other countries of Latin America and also North America and Europe. Training has been largely linked to the research program centered in the personal style of the therapist to help students develop an “optimal therapeutic match”. Our team constructed an instrument to measure the constitutive functions of the Personal Style of the Therapist (PST) and developed joint projects with several countries in the world. My past experience in SPR includes being President of the Latin-American chapter (200-2004), Associate Editor of Psychotherapy Research (2003-2008), nominated as General Vice President for the 2008-2009 period. I have written books specially directed to train psychotherapists (Fernández-Álvarez, 2008, 2011) and I am Director of the Journal Revista Argentina de Clinica Psicólogica.
Statement of goals: My aim in becoming a Mid- Career Counselor is to contribute to the development of SPRISTAD. My commitment is to support initiatives promoting interchange and fostering research, specially centered in training novel therapists as well as continuous education of experienced professionals. I would like to promote research concerning therapist variables, in order to develop therapists skills toward effective psychotherapy and self protection.
Seconded by: Luis Botella, Franz Caspar, Guillermo de la Parra, Laura Moncada, Elena Scherb, Bruce Wampold

Jan Carlsson
Candidate for Early Career Counselor (1-year term starting at SPR 2011)

Statement of qualifications: I am a psychologist and psychotherapist, teacher and supervisor of psychotherapy, and currently a PhD student at Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden. I have been interested in the professional development of psychotherapists -- especially the training of psychotherapists -- since the mid 90‘s when I first got involved in psychotherapy research. From the very start, I’ve had a main focus on therapist variables, and I have contributed as a co-author to several articles on this subject (Sandell, Blomberg, Carlsson, Lazar, Broberg, Schubert, 2000; Sandell, Carlsson, Schubert, Broberg, Lazar, Blomberg 2002a, 2002b; Sandell, Carlsson, Schubert, Broberg, Lazar, Blomberg, 2004; Sandell, Carlsson, Schubert, Broberg, Lazar, Grant, 2006; Sandell, Lazar Grant, Carlsson, Schubert, Broberg, 2006; Sandell, Lazar, Grant, Carlsson, Schubert, Broberg, 2007). In my PhD project, I have followed psychotherapy students longitudinally from the start of their training to five years after graduating (Carlsson & Schubert, 2009; Carlsson & Norberg et. al 2011). I also initiated structured discussions at two resent SPR annual meetings (in 2009, Santiago de Chile, and in 2010, Asilomar) on the need for a special interest section on therapist training, and I am very happy now that SPRISTAD is becoming a reality.
Statement of goals: If elected as SPRISTAD Early Career Counselor, I would first enthusiastically support the other officers to develop the SPRISTAD. I will also support both a survey and a longitudinal study, and promote more (and better) research on training. In this, organizing panels and presentations of training research at the upcoming SPR meetings is important. It would be an honor to serve as the Early Career Counselor of SPRISTAD.
Seconded by: Louis Castonguay, Elena Scherb, David Orlinsky


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