SPR Society for Psychotherapy Research
Mariane Krause, Ph.D.

 President's Message 

Mariane Krause, Ph.D.

Dear colleagues and SPR members

Welcome to the first 2018/19 newsletter! After the excellent conference in Amsterdam last year, I would like to express our sincerest thanks to the Local Organizing Committee, led by Jack Dekker, for creating and facilitating this superb meeting in a beautiful and friendly city, which welcomed us with its lovely summer weather. The Vrije Universiteit was a perfect venue for this conference, which was a landmark achievement thanks to the wide variety and diversity of presentations on offer and the participation of 852 attendees.

During this meeting, like on previous occasions, we had the chance to celebrate many of our members for their major contributions to psychotherapy research and SPR. We wish to congratulate Kevin McCarthy and Kim DeJong, who received the Early Career Achievement Award, and Pim Cuijpers and Franz Caspar, who obtained the Distinguished Research Career Award.

We are also glad to announce the list of colleagues who were awarded Small Research Grants: Andrzej Werbart (EU), Aviv Nof (EU), including the students: Tohar Dolev (EU), Gal Lazarus (EU); and Collaborative Research Grants: Sebastian Euler (EU) & Shelley McMain (NA); Cristobal Hernandez (LA) & Marc Jarczok (NA)

SPR Presidents at the 49th Meeting in Amsterdam

I would like to thank very specially Chris Muran, our outgoing Past-President, and express my great appreciation for the work he has done during his four years on the EC. During these years Chris implemented important tasks, regarding awards, financial investments, new interest groups, among many others. Personally, I am very grateful for his transfer of knowledge regarding SPR functioning to the incoming GVPs and Presidents. Thank you, Chris!

We would also like to thank the Chapter Presidents who are stepping down from the EC, Stig Paulsen (EU) and Fernanda Serralta (UK), and welcome the recently elected presidents of regional chapters, Svenja Taubner (EU) and Malena Braun (LA).

Please remember that we have an election coming up! The annual election for General Vice-President is upon us. Our two candidates running for office are Andrés Roussos, Ph.D., and Martin Grosse Holtforth, Ph.D. Please see the candidates’ statements in this issue and then vote. The electronic polls will be open beginning September 30 and close October 31, 2018. It is very important that members take the time to view the statements and vote. Whoever is elected enters a 4-year cycle (General Vice President, President-Elect, President, and Past-President) and will have a long time to influence how well our society functions. For this reason, we hope you participate in this major SPR event. Please VOTE.

Finally, I am pleased to invite you to start planning your attendance to our next international conference, to be held in the beautiful city of Buenos Aires, Argentina, from July 3 through July 6, 2019.  This year, submissions may be made from November 1 to December 15.


Paulo Machado, Ph. D.

 Past President's Message 

Paulo Machado, Ph. D.

Dear colleagues and SPR members,

It has been both an honour and a privilege to serve as President of SPR over the last year.  I would like to thank the membership for this amazing opportunity. For me (in the Northern hemisphere) days are becoming shorter, the sailing season approaching its end, and the beginning of new academic year mark a period of balance, and the start of new projects.

It is clear, for me, that the SPR presidency and our meeting in Amsterdam were personal highlights of the 2017/28 academic year. Meanwhile, in the Southern hemisphere, our President Mariane Krause is probably busy, making sure that everything runs smoothly for the current year, and I rest assure that the society is in good hands. Back in the northern hemisphere Bruce Wampold, our President elect, is preparing a special program for our 50th anniversary meeting in Buenos Aires.

As past-president I have one, or two, special requests to the membership, do not forget to vote on the upcoming election and plan to join our anniversary meeting July 3-6.

Best wishes for the year!


 

 General Vice President Election 

Our two candidates running for the office are
Andrés Roussos and Martin Grosse-Holtforth

Please see their candidates’ statements below and vote.
The electronic polls will be open beginning September 30 and close October 31, 2018.

Click here to cast your vote »

Andrés Roussos, Ph.D., University of Belgrano, Argentina

As a graduate student, I attended the SPR regional conference in Buenos Aires, Argentina in 1994, and had the opportunity to find an open space to discuss new and fascinating ideas. I was thrilled and now I can say that the experience gave direction to my career. Being able to speak with key figures, in an informal and relaxed manner, feeling listened to but not patronized made the experience unique, and that uniqueness remained for these last 25 years, in every meeting I attended and I hope it will remain.

From my participation in that first meeting I was invited by Dr. Kächele, to go to Ulm University where my research career began, working with Dr. Mergenthaler, and as a direct consequence of this work I had the chance to work with Dr. Wilma Bucci in New York.

Currently, I am a Professor of the University of Belgrano in Buenos Aires, and Director of a Psychotherapy Research team, in the National Council of Technology and Research (CONICET) based at the University of Buenos Aires. My research focuses on the inclusion of information and communication technologies in psychotherapy and clients’ process perception of change in different forms of psychotherapy. Within this context, I have investigated several factors related to the client (e.g., interpersonal problems), and also to the therapist (e.g., types of interventions, personal style) and the therapeutic relationship (e.g., negotiation of the alliance).

The proximity of the 50 years anniversary of our society makes me think on the history and rich tradition this organization portrays. While looking at the membership historical list you can see many highly enhanced researchers of our field and, at the same time observe how future research generations are already making a difference with extremely interesting forthcoming studies.
If elected, I will devote myself towards several aspects of SPR activities that I would like to strengthen:

  • The incorporation of technologies, the search for interdisciplinarity, whether with neurosciences or philosophy are aspects that I consider fundamental, but especially to have an open look towards new things and broadening the view towards the future of psychotherapy.
  • Incorporating new countries and regions, working towards the future creation of new chapters such as Asia and Australia,
  • Strengthening the communication among members, but also increasing collaboration with other practitioners and research societies around the world that address.
  • Increasing the interaction with the basic science context, not only with Psychology but also with other scientific disciplines.

    It is an honor, not only being nominated for General Vice-President of SPR, but also being part of such an incredible organization. Thank you for letting me be part of it.

 

Martin Grosse Holtforth, Ph.D., Bern University, Switzerland

SPR has been my scientific home since the European Meeting in Cernobbio, Italy, and the International Meeting in Snowbird, UT, USA. During my academic journey, which has been closely connected with SPR, I have been lucky to learn from great teachers: most of all my doctoral supervisor Klaus Grawe, a co-founder and major contributor to SPR, as well as Louis Castonguay, my post-doc supervisor who has generously supported my personal and research development in many ways until today. Both Klaus and Louis, stand for what I perceive is SPR’s spirit and common dominator: To conduct cutting-edge research on human change processes in the service of improving care for patients suffering from serious mental problems.

This mission implies that patients’ health comes first, while my personal preferences as a researcher and therapist come second. SPR is doing a very good job in developing various means to fulfill our mission. In research, we have grown by continuously refining our methods, and by importing knowledge and methods from other disciplines. In practice, we have recognized many ways of relieving the suffering from mental health problems.  In doing so, we have paid attention to patients’ needs and characteristics, therapists’ strengths and limitations, ways of being and relating in therapy, therapeutic interventions, delivery modes, formats, settings, procedures, and the deliberate use of new technologies. The defining key for this mission is openness.  In psychotherapy research, as well as in practice, my personal background and current social, institutional or societal context should not blur my sight of potential benefits for patients’ mental health and its promotion. On the contrary, SPR as a society has been a great medium for bringing together heterogeneous voices and for fostering, as explicated in our mission, the “communication, understanding, and use of research findings.”

I hope to contribute to preserving and cultivating strong professional identities as researchers and as practitioners, who firmly stand on the shoulders of our academic forefathers and face today’s challenges with an awareness of SPR’s rich heritage. Probably one of the biggest challenges of psychotherapy research and practice is to help people to adapt to rapidly changing environments, be it by societal and technological changes or by intended or forced migration. A related challenge is SPR’s role in the societal discourses. I believe that psychotherapy research can make significant contributions to local and international changes affecting mental health. Part of continuous change is also to be aware of the “bubbles” we are living in, and to be open to continuously growing as part of an ongoing scientific and practical discourse. Finally, since I have profited from generous (mostly public) research funding, it will be one of my major goals to promote funding opportunities for psychotherapy research and young researchers’ development.


 

 Latin American Chapter Report 

Message from Chapter President Malena Braun

For the Latin American chapter, the meeting in Amsterdam was a great success, with 120 presentations submitted. Josefa Mayo and Nicolle Alamo, both from Chile, received the Chapter Student Travel award.

On August 24-26, 2018, we held our regional Latin American conference in Reñaca, Chile. It was an excellent meeting with 203 people from 10 countries. The meeting ended with the traditional costume party. We would like to extend our sincerest thanks to Svenja Taubner, Hector Fernández Álvarez, Barbara Bräutigam, and Benito Baranda for their wonderful and stimulating keynotes.

Chapter Meeting at SPR Conference in Amsterdam, 2018

On August 24-26, 2018, we held our regional Latin American conference in Reñaca, Chile. It was an excellent meeting with 203 people from 10 countries. The meeting ended with the traditional costume party. We would like to extend our sincerest thanks to Svenja Taubner, Hector Fernández Álvarez, Barbara Bräutigam, and Benito Baranda for their wonderful and stimulating keynotes.


Latin American SPR Conference: Chapter President with keynote speakers and country coordinators

During the meeting, the Latin American Network for Process Research was presented. This network is composed of colleagues from Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, and Uruguay, and has been allocated funding from the Chilean State for the next three years. During this period, the network will share research methods and support research stays for doctoral students in each participating country.

Panel of the Latin American Process Research Network

Colombia was announced as the host country for the next Latin American meeting in October 2020, to be held at the CES University in Medellín. Our colleague Daniel Espinosa will be leading the local host committee.

We are pleased to announce that we have now members from Peru. Welcome Peru to SPR!
The new country coordinators in our chapter are: Rocío Manubens (Argentina), Vera Regina Ramires (Brasil), Elyna Goméz-Barris (Chile), and Carla Mantilla Lagos (Perú). Daniel Espinosa (Colombia), Arturo Lozano (México), Liliana Guerrero (Uruguay), and Sergio Gonzalez (Panamá) will continue serving their countries as coordinators.

Hope to see you all in Buenos Aires next year!


 

 United Kingdom Chapter Report 

Message from Chapter President Felicitas Rost

We are pleased to continue to have a stable local council that meets monthly via Skype. The past 6 months have been very busy for us. SPR UK has been instrumental in bringing together and leading a collaboration of stakeholders (including all major psychotherapy and counselling organisations, The Royal College of Psychiatrists, and Essex University, as well as patient organisations NSUN and 

MIND)  in producing a joint response and position statement (which can be found on the SPR website) requesting a proper review of the updated ‘NICE guideline on depression in adults’ before it can be published. We, in addition to a number of stakeholders, discovered several shared serious concerns about the approach to categorising, appraising and analysing available outcome research. These were of such a grave nature that we felt this document is not fit for purpose. In order to increase the pressure, we are seeking and receiving media and parliamentary support to help us create awareness of our concerns and to increase pressure on NICE to adequately attend these. In July, 30 cross-party MPs have written to NICE separately endorsing and supporting our request. We are currently waiting for a response from NICE.

Chapter President Felicitas Rost with members of the UK Chapter

We continue 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 particularly pleased to announce the following forthcoming events:

1) July 2019 - Joint One-day Research Event with the UKCP in London, UK
2) September 2019 – Joint EU/UK Chapters Conference in Krakow, Poland
3) September 2020 – First UK Chapter 2 or 3-day Summer School, possibly in Oxford, UK. We are planning a promising event with workshops led by both renowned international and national experts covering the full range of research methodologies relevant to Psychotherapy Research.

Members of the UK Chapter at the chapter dinner in Amsterdam


Stig Poulsen

 SPR European Chapter Report 

Message from Chapter President Svenja Taubner and Outgoing President Stig Poulsen

The past year in the European Chapter has been marked by a wide range of activities organized by the chapter members.

Organizational News
At the Amsterdam meeting, Svenja Taubner, University of Heidelberg, Germany, took over the position as President of the European Chapter for 2018-2020. Also during this meeting, we thanked Henning Schauenburg for his service as outgoing president. We will hold an election of a new President-Elect later in the fall of 2018.

Stig Poulsen, Svenja Taubner & Henning Schauenburg

European Chapter student travel awards
The European Chapter issued 10 student travel awards for the international Amsterdam 2018 meeting. The recipients were: Chen Lifshitz, Cindy Eira Nunes, Desiree Thielemann, Joana Schünemann, João Tiago Oliveira, Laura Stangl, Michal Ben Lavi, Oliver Evers, Simone Jenissen and Tal Alfi.
    
European winners of international SPR awards
As always, members of the European chapter were strongly represented among the winners of the international SPR awards at the Amsterdam conference. The recipients were:

•    Early Career Award: Kim DeJong
•    Distinguished Career Award: Pim Cuijpers & Franz Caspar
•    Small research grants:
•    Regular: Andrzej Werbart, Aviv Nof
•    Students: Tohar Dolev, Gal Lazarus
•    Collaborative: Sebastian Euler (with Shelley McMain from the NA chapter)
•    International Student travel award: Angela Ferreira & Hadar Fisher

Methods Workshop in Braga, Portugal
May 8-12, the 6th SPR European Chapter Methods Workshop for Early Career Researchers was held at the University of Minho in Braga, Portugal, hosted by Paulo Machado and with the following teachers: Giorgio Tasca, Joana Coutinho, Julian Rubel, Kim de Jong, Miguel Gonçalves, Ross Crosby, Stig Poulsen and Wolfgang Tschacher. Once again, the workshop was highly successful, giving senior and early career researchers an opportunity to meet under informal circumstances and learn about cutting edge methodology.

Activities organized by SPR-members
TREATME
The TREATME network on Individualized Psychotherapy for Young People (http://www.treat-me.eu/) has organized two highly successful training schools in Athens, Greece, February 2018, and Nicosia, Cyprus, September 2018. The network has also organized “short term scientific missions”, allowing researchers to visit labs abroad, and has financed conference participation for several members of the network. At present, three working groups within the network are preparing systematic reviews of moderators and mediators of outcome in psychotherapy for adolescents and young people and of measures of outcome of particular relevance for this group. Other groups focus on age-specific designs and on dissemination of knowledge. TREATME will publish a “white paper” in the next month that recommend more EU-funding for psychotherapy research.

TREATME Training school at the University of Nicosia, Cyprus

INSPIRE
Following the meeting on feedback in psychotherapy in Leiden, Holland in May 2017, a more formalized network with the acronym INSPIRE (International Network Supporting Psychotherapy Innovation and Research into Effectiveness) has been formed. The network met again in Leiden in April 2018 and plan to organize yearly meetings in the years to come with the next meeting in Braga, Portugal in the spring of 2019.

Country contacts
Presently, 31 SPR-members from 22 European countries serve as country contacts for the European Chapter. We have asked the country contacts to write brief reports about psychotherapy research conducted in each country and have until now received 13 reports, which are posted on the Chapter website.

Future activities
April 24-28, 2019: 7th SPR European Chapter Methods Workshop for Early Career Researchers, University of Siena, Italy.
September 19-21, 2019: 5th joint UK & European SPR Chapters conference, Krakow, Poland.

With the best wishes for the next year in SPR,

Stig Poulsen


Shelley McMain

 SPR North American Chapter Report 

Message from Chapter President Shelley McMain

Greetings to all members as we head into the Fall.  It has been a productive year in NASPR and a pleasure for me and the executive to work in areas such as developing governance guidelines for the executive, expanding the work of our membership and sub-committees, and enhancing our organization through student engagement.

Our chapter meeting will be held at the Snowbird Resort, in Salt Lake City, Utah from September 27-29, 2018.  Kevin McCarthy (Scientific program chair) along with Scott Baldwin and Zac Imel (local hosts) are organizing an excellent meeting. The theme of the meeting is, “Beyond the Average:  Furthering the Study of Processes of Change”.

I want like to express my appreciation to Catherine Eubanks for her outstanding work as our outgoing Executive Officer. In addition to her easy-going manner and always being so endearing, Catherine provided NASPR with strong fiscal management during her tenure. She’s left our organization in good shape. Thank you Catherine!  Now we welcome Joshua Swift to the role of Executive Officer.
Congratulations to trainees who were awarded merit-based trainee travel awards to support travel to the International SPR meeting held in Amsterdam in June 2018. Winners include: Judith Gerstenblith (Edward Bordin Memorial Award); Zenobia Morrill (Enrico Jones Memorial Award); Hillary Litwin (Kenneth Howard Memorial Award); Iony Schmidt (Sol Garfield Memorial Award); Jack Keefe (Laura Rice Memorial Award); Nikoo Norouzian (Hans Strupp Memorial Award) and Andrew McClintock (NASPR Post-Doctoral Travel Award).

NASPR is continuing to support several training, consultation, and mentoring workshops.  This year we are offering three awards, each valued at USD$1,000.  One of these awards will support a workshop delivered via video conference. Please consider submitting a one-page proposal describing your proposed event to shelley.mcmain@camh.ca NASPR will notify successful applicants.

Best wishes to all. I look forward to seeing you at the NASPR Chapter meeting in Snowbird!


 

 SPR's 50th Annual Meeting July, 3-6 2019 Buenos Aires, Argentina 

50th Anniversary SPR conference in Buenos Aires

It seems that we just left Amsterdam and the most attended SPR Conference ever.  But of course, the Executive Committee is planning the next SPR Conference in Buenos Aires.  The dates are 3-6 July, 2019, so put them in your calendar!  Buenos Aires is a beautiful and captivating city—but I will let the local organizers tell you about the city and the venue—and of course the food and wine.

Progress is all about looking ahead, trying to extend knowledge about psychotherapy and improve the quality of clinical services.  But these attempts need to be informed by past efforts.  It is a difficult for researchers to keep up on the emerging psychotherapy research, let alone spend time with contributions of our luminaries. But in the effort to keep current, we often forget about the legacy provided by psychotherapy researchers and theoreticians. 

This is our 50th conference!  We have had conferences on five continents and in 16 countries. This year we will celebrate 50 years of accomplishments, honoring our luminaires, learning from their contributions, and looking toward to the future.

We look forward to your attendance at SPR next year. The submission portal will be available around November 1. 

Bruce Wampold
SPR President-Elect and Program Chair

 

Buenos Aires: An exciting City for SPR’s Anniversary Conference
On behalf of the organizing committee, I am pleased to invite you to Buenos Aires for the 50th Annual Meeting of the Society for Psychotherapy Research.

Buenos Aires is vibrant, with exciting and seductive energy. It is also a colorful, safe, and intriguing city, where culture, fun and views have a great balance. This large South American city is made up of distinctly flavored neighborhoods that mix European style with South American flair. Buenos Aires boasts renowned architecture, world-class cuisine, lively entertainment, world-class shopping, rich historical sites, and of course, Tango.

The City of Buenos Aires was founded twice. It was first founded in 1536, when the Spanish colonizer Pedro de Mendoza established the first settlement. He named it ‘Ciudad del Espíritu Santo y Puerto Santa María del Buen Ayre’ (City of the Holy Spirit and Port Saint Mary of the Good Air). Juan de Garay made the second and final foundation in 1580, he named the city 'Ciudad de Trinidad' (City of Trinity).

During the second half of the nineteenth century, the port was the point of arrival for the big immigration wave promoted by the Argentine State to populate the nation. Spanish, Italians, Syrian-Lebanese, Poles and Russians engraved on Buenos Aires that cultural eclecticism which distinguishes it.

Throughout the twentieth century, successive internal migration from Latin America and the Orient made Buenos Aires a cosmopolitan city, where people from different cultures and religions live together.

Buenos Aires will be a good frame for the 50th SPR meeting, and we are preparing everything to receive the SPR members.

Nos vemos en el 2019!!

Andrés Roussos
Chair of the Local Organizing Committee


 

 Executive Officer Update 

Marna Barrett

2019 Membership opens October 15th!

Time to renew your membership for 2019. With early bird rates in effect through January 15th, now is the time to renew!!! Please encourage students and colleagues to join now while rates are low in order to receive discounts for the 2019 Buenos Aires international conference.


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SPR Society for Psychotherapy Research
Mariane Krause, Ph.D.

President's Message

Mariane Krause, Ph.D.

Dear colleagues and SPR members

Welcome to the first 2018/19 newsletter! After the excellent conference in Amsterdam last year, I would like to express our sincerest thanks to the Local Organizing Committee, led by Jack Dekker, for creating and facilitating this superb meeting in a beautiful and friendly city, which welcomed us with its lovely summer weather. The Vrije Universiteit was a perfect venue for this conference, which was a landmark achievement thanks to the wide variety and diversity of presentations on offer and the participation of 852 attendees.

During this meeting, like on previous occasions, we had the chance to celebrate many of our members for their major contributions to psychotherapy research and SPR. We wish to congratulate Kevin McCarthy and Kim DeJong, who received the Early Career Achievement Award, and Pim Cuijpers and Franz Caspar, who obtained the Distinguished Research Career Award.

We are also glad to announce the list of colleagues who were awarded Small Research Grants: Andrzej Werbart (EU), Aviv Nof (EU), including the students: Tohar Dolev (EU), Gal Lazarus (EU); and Collaborative Research Grants: Sebastian Euler (EU) & Shelley McMain (NA); Cristobal Hernandez (LA) & Marc Jarczok (NA)

SPR Presidents at the 49th Meeting in Amsterdam

I would like to thank very specially Chris Muran, our outgoing Past-President, and express my great appreciation for the work he has done during his four years on the EC. During these years Chris implemented important tasks, regarding awards, financial investments, new interest groups, among many others. Personally, I am very grateful for his transfer of knowledge regarding SPR functioning to the incoming GVPs and Presidents. Thank you, Chris!

We would also like to thank the Chapter Presidents who are stepping down from the EC, Stig Paulsen (EU) and Fernanda Serralta (UK), and welcome the recently elected presidents of regional chapters, Svenja Taubner (EU) and Malena Braun (LA).

Please remember that we have an election coming up! The annual election for General Vice-President is upon us. Our two candidates running for office are Andrés Roussos, Ph.D., and Martin Grosse Holtforth, Ph.D. Please see the candidates’ statements in this issue and then vote. The electronic polls will be open beginning September 30 and close October 31, 2018. It is very important that members take the time to view the statements and vote. Whoever is elected enters a 4-year cycle (General Vice President, President-Elect, President, and Past-President) and will have a long time to influence how well our society functions. For this reason, we hope you participate in this major SPR event. Please VOTE.

Finally, I am pleased to invite you to start planning your attendance to our next international conference, to be held in the beautiful city of Buenos Aires, Argentina, from July 3 through July 6, 2019.  This year, submissions may be made from November 1 to December 15.


Paulo Machado, Ph. D.

Past President's Message

Paulo Machado, Ph. D.

Dear colleagues and SPR members,

It has been both an honour and a privilege to serve as President of SPR over the last year.  I would like to thank the membership for this amazing opportunity. For me (in the Northern hemisphere) days are becoming shorter, the sailing season approaching its end, and the beginning of new academic year mark a period of balance, and the start of new projects.

It is clear, for me, that the SPR presidency and our meeting in Amsterdam were personal highlights of the 2017/28 academic year. Meanwhile, in the Southern hemisphere, our President Mariane Krause is probably busy, making sure that everything runs smoothly for the current year, and I rest assure that the society is in good hands. Back in the northern hemisphere Bruce Wampold, our President elect, is preparing a special program for our 50th anniversary meeting in Buenos Aires.

As past-president I have one, or two, special requests to the membership, do not forget to vote on the upcoming election and plan to join our anniversary meeting July 3-6.

Best wishes for the year!


 

General Vice President Election

Our two candidates running for the office are
Andrés Roussos and Martin Grosse-Holtforth

Please see their candidates’ statements below and vote.
The electronic polls will be open beginning September 30 and close October 31, 2018.

Click here to cast your vote »

Andrés Roussos, Ph.D., University of Belgrano, Argentina

As a graduate student, I attended the SPR regional conference in Buenos Aires, Argentina in 1994, and had the opportunity to find an open space to discuss new and fascinating ideas. I was thrilled and now I can say that the experience gave direction to my career. Being able to speak with key figures, in an informal and relaxed manner, feeling listened to but not patronized made the experience unique, and that uniqueness remained for these last 25 years, in every meeting I attended and I hope it will remain.

From my participation in that first meeting I was invited by Dr. Kächele, to go to Ulm University where my research career began, working with Dr. Mergenthaler, and as a direct consequence of this work I had the chance to work with Dr. Wilma Bucci in New York.

Currently, I am a Professor of the University of Belgrano in Buenos Aires, and Director of a Psychotherapy Research team, in the National Council of Technology and Research (CONICET) based at the University of Buenos Aires. My research focuses on the inclusion of information and communication technologies in psychotherapy and clients’ process perception of change in different forms of psychotherapy. Within this context, I have investigated several factors related to the client (e.g., interpersonal problems), and also to the therapist (e.g., types of interventions, personal style) and the therapeutic relationship (e.g., negotiation of the alliance).

The proximity of the 50 years anniversary of our society makes me think on the history and rich tradition this organization portrays. While looking at the membership historical list you can see many highly enhanced researchers of our field and, at the same time observe how future research generations are already making a difference with extremely interesting forthcoming studies.
If elected, I will devote myself towards several aspects of SPR activities that I would like to strengthen:

  • The incorporation of technologies, the search for interdisciplinarity, whether with neurosciences or philosophy are aspects that I consider fundamental, but especially to have an open look towards new things and broadening the view towards the future of psychotherapy.
  • Incorporating new countries and regions, working towards the future creation of new chapters such as Asia and Australia,
  • Strengthening the communication among members, but also increasing collaboration with other practitioners and research societies around the world that address.
  • Increasing the interaction with the basic science context, not only with Psychology but also with other scientific disciplines.

    It is an honor, not only being nominated for General Vice-President of SPR, but also being part of such an incredible organization. Thank you for letting me be part of it.

 

Martin Grosse Holtforth, Ph.D., Bern University, Switzerland

SPR has been my scientific home since the European Meeting in Cernobbio, Italy, and the International Meeting in Snowbird, UT, USA. During my academic journey, which has been closely connected with SPR, I have been lucky to learn from great teachers: most of all my doctoral supervisor Klaus Grawe, a co-founder and major contributor to SPR, as well as Louis Castonguay, my post-doc supervisor who has generously supported my personal and research development in many ways until today. Both Klaus and Louis, stand for what I perceive is SPR’s spirit and common dominator: To conduct cutting-edge research on human change processes in the service of improving care for patients suffering from serious mental problems.

This mission implies that patients’ health comes first, while my personal preferences as a researcher and therapist come second. SPR is doing a very good job in developing various means to fulfill our mission. In research, we have grown by continuously refining our methods, and by importing knowledge and methods from other disciplines. In practice, we have recognized many ways of relieving the suffering from mental health problems.  In doing so, we have paid attention to patients’ needs and characteristics, therapists’ strengths and limitations, ways of being and relating in therapy, therapeutic interventions, delivery modes, formats, settings, procedures, and the deliberate use of new technologies. The defining key for this mission is openness.  In psychotherapy research, as well as in practice, my personal background and current social, institutional or societal context should not blur my sight of potential benefits for patients’ mental health and its promotion. On the contrary, SPR as a society has been a great medium for bringing together heterogeneous voices and for fostering, as explicated in our mission, the “communication, understanding, and use of research findings.”

I hope to contribute to preserving and cultivating strong professional identities as researchers and as practitioners, who firmly stand on the shoulders of our academic forefathers and face today’s challenges with an awareness of SPR’s rich heritage. Probably one of the biggest challenges of psychotherapy research and practice is to help people to adapt to rapidly changing environments, be it by societal and technological changes or by intended or forced migration. A related challenge is SPR’s role in the societal discourses. I believe that psychotherapy research can make significant contributions to local and international changes affecting mental health. Part of continuous change is also to be aware of the “bubbles” we are living in, and to be open to continuously growing as part of an ongoing scientific and practical discourse. Finally, since I have profited from generous (mostly public) research funding, it will be one of my major goals to promote funding opportunities for psychotherapy research and young researchers’ development.


 

SPR's 50th Annual Meeting July, 3-6 2019 Buenos Aires, Argentina

50th Anniversary SPR conference in Buenos Aires

It seems that we just left Amsterdam and the most attended SPR Conference ever.  But of course, the Executive Committee is planning the next SPR Conference in Buenos Aires.  The dates are 3-6 July, 2019, so put them in your calendar!  Buenos Aires is a beautiful and captivating city—but I will let the local organizers tell you about the city and the venue—and of course the food and wine.

Progress is all about looking ahead, trying to extend knowledge about psychotherapy and improve the quality of clinical services.  But these attempts need to be informed by past efforts.  It is a difficult for researchers to keep up on the emerging psychotherapy research, let alone spend time with contributions of our luminaries. But in the effort to keep current, we often forget about the legacy provided by psychotherapy researchers and theoreticians. 

This is our 50th conference!  We have had conferences on five continents and in 16 countries. This year we will celebrate 50 years of accomplishments, honoring our luminaires, learning from their contributions, and looking toward to the future.

We look forward to your attendance at SPR next year. The submission portal will be available around November 1. 

Bruce Wampold
SPR President-Elect and Program Chair

 

Buenos Aires: An exciting City for SPR’s Anniversary Conference
On behalf of the organizing committee, I am pleased to invite you to Buenos Aires for the 50th Annual Meeting of the Society for Psychotherapy Research.

Buenos Aires is vibrant, with exciting and seductive energy. It is also a colorful, safe, and intriguing city, where culture, fun and views have a great balance. This large South American city is made up of distinctly flavored neighborhoods that mix European style with South American flair. Buenos Aires boasts renowned architecture, world-class cuisine, lively entertainment, world-class shopping, rich historical sites, and of course, Tango.

The City of Buenos Aires was founded twice. It was first founded in 1536, when the Spanish colonizer Pedro de Mendoza established the first settlement. He named it ‘Ciudad del Espíritu Santo y Puerto Santa María del Buen Ayre’ (City of the Holy Spirit and Port Saint Mary of the Good Air). Juan de Garay made the second and final foundation in 1580, he named the city 'Ciudad de Trinidad' (City of Trinity).

During the second half of the nineteenth century, the port was the point of arrival for the big immigration wave promoted by the Argentine State to populate the nation. Spanish, Italians, Syrian-Lebanese, Poles and Russians engraved on Buenos Aires that cultural eclecticism which distinguishes it.

Throughout the twentieth century, successive internal migration from Latin America and the Orient made Buenos Aires a cosmopolitan city, where people from different cultures and religions live together.

Buenos Aires will be a good frame for the 50th SPR meeting, and we are preparing everything to receive the SPR members.

Nos vemos en el 2019!!

Andrés Roussos
Chair of the Local Organizing Committee


 

Executive Officer Update

Marna Barrett

2019 Membership opens October 15th!

Time to renew your membership for 2019. With early bird rates in effect through January 15th, now is the time to renew!!! Please encourage students and colleagues to join now while rates are low in order to receive discounts for the 2019 Buenos Aires international conference.


 

Latin American Chapter Report

Message from Chapter President Malena Braun

For the Latin American chapter, the meeting in Amsterdam was a great success, with 120 presentations submitted. Josefa Mayo and Nicolle Alamo, both from Chile, received the Chapter Student Travel award.

On August 24-26, 2018, we held our regional Latin American conference in Reñaca, Chile. It was an excellent meeting with 203 people from 10 countries. The meeting ended with the traditional costume party. We would like to extend our sincerest thanks to Svenja Taubner, Hector Fernández Álvarez, Barbara Bräutigam, and Benito Baranda for their wonderful and stimulating keynotes.

Chapter Meeting at SPR Conference in Amsterdam, 2018

On August 24-26, 2018, we held our regional Latin American conference in Reñaca, Chile. It was an excellent meeting with 203 people from 10 countries. The meeting ended with the traditional costume party. We would like to extend our sincerest thanks to Svenja Taubner, Hector Fernández Álvarez, Barbara Bräutigam, and Benito Baranda for their wonderful and stimulating keynotes.


Latin American SPR Conference: Chapter President with keynote speakers and country coordinators

During the meeting, the Latin American Network for Process Research was presented. This network is composed of colleagues from Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, and Uruguay, and has been allocated funding from the Chilean State for the next three years. During this period, the network will share research methods and support research stays for doctoral students in each participating country.

Panel of the Latin American Process Research Network

Colombia was announced as the host country for the next Latin American meeting in October 2020, to be held at the CES University in Medellín. Our colleague Daniel Espinosa will be leading the local host committee.

We are pleased to announce that we have now members from Peru. Welcome Peru to SPR!
The new country coordinators in our chapter are: Rocío Manubens (Argentina), Vera Regina Ramires (Brasil), Elyna Goméz-Barris (Chile), and Carla Mantilla Lagos (Perú). Daniel Espinosa (Colombia), Arturo Lozano (México), Liliana Guerrero (Uruguay), and Sergio Gonzalez (Panamá) will continue serving their countries as coordinators.

Hope to see you all in Buenos Aires next year!


 

United Kingdom Chapter Report

Message from Chapter President Felicitas Rost

We are pleased to continue to have a stable local council that meets monthly via Skype. The past 6 months have been very busy for us. SPR UK has been instrumental in bringing together and leading a collaboration of stakeholders (including all major psychotherapy and counselling organisations, The Royal College of Psychiatrists, and Essex University, as well as patient organisations NSUN and 

MIND)  in producing a joint response and position statement (which can be found on the SPR website) requesting a proper review of the updated ‘NICE guideline on depression in adults’ before it can be published. We, in addition to a number of stakeholders, discovered several shared serious concerns about the approach to categorising, appraising and analysing available outcome research. These were of such a grave nature that we felt this document is not fit for purpose. In order to increase the pressure, we are seeking and receiving media and parliamentary support to help us create awareness of our concerns and to increase pressure on NICE to adequately attend these. In July, 30 cross-party MPs have written to NICE separately endorsing and supporting our request. We are currently waiting for a response from NICE.

Chapter President Felicitas Rost with members of the UK Chapter

We continue 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 particularly pleased to announce the following forthcoming events:

1) July 2019 - Joint One-day Research Event with the UKCP in London, UK
2) September 2019 – Joint EU/UK Chapters Conference in Krakow, Poland
3) September 2020 – First UK Chapter 2 or 3-day Summer School, possibly in Oxford, UK. We are planning a promising event with workshops led by both renowned international and national experts covering the full range of research methodologies relevant to Psychotherapy Research.

Members of the UK Chapter at the chapter dinner in Amsterdam


Stig Poulsen

SPR European Chapter Report

Message from Chapter President Svenja Taubner and Outgoing President Stig Poulsen

The past year in the European Chapter has been marked by a wide range of activities organized by the chapter members.

Organizational News
At the Amsterdam meeting, Svenja Taubner, University of Heidelberg, Germany, took over the position as President of the European Chapter for 2018-2020. Also during this meeting, we thanked Henning Schauenburg for his service as outgoing president. We will hold an election of a new President-Elect later in the fall of 2018.

Stig Poulsen, Svenja Taubner & Henning Schauenburg

European Chapter student travel awards
The European Chapter issued 10 student travel awards for the international Amsterdam 2018 meeting. The recipients were: Chen Lifshitz, Cindy Eira Nunes, Desiree Thielemann, Joana Schünemann, João Tiago Oliveira, Laura Stangl, Michal Ben Lavi, Oliver Evers, Simone Jenissen and Tal Alfi.
    
European winners of international SPR awards
As always, members of the European chapter were strongly represented among the winners of the international SPR awards at the Amsterdam conference. The recipients were:

•    Early Career Award: Kim DeJong
•    Distinguished Career Award: Pim Cuijpers & Franz Caspar
•    Small research grants:
•    Regular: Andrzej Werbart, Aviv Nof
•    Students: Tohar Dolev, Gal Lazarus
•    Collaborative: Sebastian Euler (with Shelley McMain from the NA chapter)
•    International Student travel award: Angela Ferreira & Hadar Fisher

Methods Workshop in Braga, Portugal
May 8-12, the 6th SPR European Chapter Methods Workshop for Early Career Researchers was held at the University of Minho in Braga, Portugal, hosted by Paulo Machado and with the following teachers: Giorgio Tasca, Joana Coutinho, Julian Rubel, Kim de Jong, Miguel Gonçalves, Ross Crosby, Stig Poulsen and Wolfgang Tschacher. Once again, the workshop was highly successful, giving senior and early career researchers an opportunity to meet under informal circumstances and learn about cutting edge methodology.

Activities organized by SPR-members
TREATME
The TREATME network on Individualized Psychotherapy for Young People (http://www.treat-me.eu/) has organized two highly successful training schools in Athens, Greece, February 2018, and Nicosia, Cyprus, September 2018. The network has also organized “short term scientific missions”, allowing researchers to visit labs abroad, and has financed conference participation for several members of the network. At present, three working groups within the network are preparing systematic reviews of moderators and mediators of outcome in psychotherapy for adolescents and young people and of measures of outcome of particular relevance for this group. Other groups focus on age-specific designs and on dissemination of knowledge. TREATME will publish a “white paper” in the next month that recommend more EU-funding for psychotherapy research.

TREATME Training school at the University of Nicosia, Cyprus

INSPIRE
Following the meeting on feedback in psychotherapy in Leiden, Holland in May 2017, a more formalized network with the acronym INSPIRE (International Network Supporting Psychotherapy Innovation and Research into Effectiveness) has been formed. The network met again in Leiden in April 2018 and plan to organize yearly meetings in the years to come with the next meeting in Braga, Portugal in the spring of 2019.

Country contacts
Presently, 31 SPR-members from 22 European countries serve as country contacts for the European Chapter. We have asked the country contacts to write brief reports about psychotherapy research conducted in each country and have until now received 13 reports, which are posted on the Chapter website.

Future activities
April 24-28, 2019: 7th SPR European Chapter Methods Workshop for Early Career Researchers, University of Siena, Italy.
September 19-21, 2019: 5th joint UK & European SPR Chapters conference, Krakow, Poland.

With the best wishes for the next year in SPR,

Stig Poulsen


Shelley McMain

SPR North American Chapter Report

Message from Chapter President Shelley McMain

Greetings to all members as we head into the Fall.  It has been a productive year in NASPR and a pleasure for me and the executive to work in areas such as developing governance guidelines for the executive, expanding the work of our membership and sub-committees, and enhancing our organization through student engagement.

Our chapter meeting will be held at the Snowbird Resort, in Salt Lake City, Utah from September 27-29, 2018.  Kevin McCarthy (Scientific program chair) along with Scott Baldwin and Zac Imel (local hosts) are organizing an excellent meeting. The theme of the meeting is, “Beyond the Average:  Furthering the Study of Processes of Change”.

I want like to express my appreciation to Catherine Eubanks for her outstanding work as our outgoing Executive Officer. In addition to her easy-going manner and always being so endearing, Catherine provided NASPR with strong fiscal management during her tenure. She’s left our organization in good shape. Thank you Catherine!  Now we welcome Joshua Swift to the role of Executive Officer.
Congratulations to trainees who were awarded merit-based trainee travel awards to support travel to the International SPR meeting held in Amsterdam in June 2018. Winners include: Judith Gerstenblith (Edward Bordin Memorial Award); Zenobia Morrill (Enrico Jones Memorial Award); Hillary Litwin (Kenneth Howard Memorial Award); Iony Schmidt (Sol Garfield Memorial Award); Jack Keefe (Laura Rice Memorial Award); Nikoo Norouzian (Hans Strupp Memorial Award) and Andrew McClintock (NASPR Post-Doctoral Travel Award).

NASPR is continuing to support several training, consultation, and mentoring workshops.  This year we are offering three awards, each valued at USD$1,000.  One of these awards will support a workshop delivered via video conference. Please consider submitting a one-page proposal describing your proposed event to shelley.mcmain@camh.ca NASPR will notify successful applicants.

Best wishes to all. I look forward to seeing you at the NASPR Chapter meeting in Snowbird!


An Update from the Editors of Psychotherapy Research

Jeff Hayes & Wolfgang Lutz

Psychotherapy Research continues to be in very solid shape and is undergoing some transitions as well. The 2017 impact factor was 2.95 (both 2-year and 5-year), which is the highest in the journal’s history.  Manuscript submissions grew by 33% from 2013 to 2017 and will soon exceed 200 for the fifth consecutive year.  On average, authors receive a decision about their manuscripts 28 days after submitting it. 

Wolfgang Lutz’ term as editor expires at the end of 2018, and Christoph Flückiger will begin a six-year term replacing Wolfgang in 2019.  Dana Atzil-Slonim, Isabel Caro Gabalda, Catherine Eubanks, Christoph Flückiger, Lynne Knobloch-Fedders, and Andrew Page have been doing a fantastic job as associate editors; their one-year terms conclude in December.  Ulrike Dinger and Carolina Altimir have served the journal capably for several years as book review editors.

In Amsterdam, the editorial team decided that Psychotherapy Research would no longer publish book reviews, given the high demand to publish empirical articles.  To accommodate this demand, the journal will publish 984 pages in 2018, up from 768 pages in recent years.  This increased page allotment will help reduce the time for accepted articles to appear in print.  Beginning in 2019, the journal will publish 1104 pages per year in 8 issues (4 mailings per year, each containing 2 issues). 

As always, please contact either of us with comments, questions, or suggestions for the journal.


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