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The Society for Psychotherapy Research (SPR) is a learned society founded in 1970. It is multidisciplinary, international association for research into psychotherapy. The idea of an international society of psychotherapists was discussed at an annual meeting of the American Psychological Association in 1968.[1]

The Society has chapters in the United Kingdom, the rest of Europe, Latin America, and North America.[2] The Society for Psychotherapy Research also has what it describes as "Area groups" in Australia, Italy, and other specific locations.[2]

The academic journal of the Society for Psychotherapy Research, Psychotherapy Research, is published bi-monthly by Routledge.[3]

Aims and history Edit

The aims of the society are: to encourage and to improve scientific research on psychotherapy; to foster the transfer of research findings into practice; and to support the dialogue between scientists and practitioners. The Society organizes regular meetings to enable communication about research, share methodological innovations, and disseminate research findings and knowledge of their applications. It makes use of print and electronic media to disseminate the results of psychotherapy research and to share ideas related to research methods.

The creation of a Society for Psychotherapy Research goes back to a meeting of psychotherapy researchers in San Francisco in 1968, which was associated to the annual meeting of the American Psychological Association. This meeting was sponsored by small donations of the APA Division of Psychotherapy and the American Academy of Psychotherapists. The founders of the group were Kenneth I. Howard and David Orlinsky, with support from Lester Luborsky, Nathanael Raskind, and Hans Strupp. The first official conference took place at Highland Parks, Illinois in 1969.

Organization Edit

The society consists of 4 regional chapters, 4 area groups, and 2 interest sections. The regional chapters are:

  • Europe
  • Latin America
  • North America, including Australia and Taiwan
  • United Kingdom

In some areas, there are many active SPR members and local meetings are organized. The four area groups are:

  • Australia
  • Italy
  • Mid Atlantic
  • Ohio

In addition to the chapters and area groups, interest sections on specific topics that are of interest to members exist. Currently, there are two special interest sections:

  • Culture & Psychotherapy: this section aims to promote awareness and advance scientific understanding of the social and cultural contexts of psychotherapy, their influence upon therapeutic processes and outcomes and their role in shaping the varied forms that psychotherapies have taken in different societies. One of the activities of this group is a large collaborative international study of psychotherapists.
  • Psychotherapy & Training

Members Edit

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The society has approximately 1,100 members worldwide. Membership includes a free subscription to Psychotherapy Research.

Annual meetings Edit

The international annual meetings take place at the end of June and have been organized since 1970. All scientific programs of the meetings are available online, back to the year 1972.[4]

Presidents Edit

The current president (2011/2012) is Guillermo de la Parra (Pontificia Universidad Católica). Past presidents have been:[5]

1970-79 1980-89 1990-99 2000-09 2010-19
1970 Kenneth I. Howard 1980 Mardi J. Horowitz 1990 Horst Kächele 2000 Robert Elliott 2010 Lynne Angus
1971 David E. Orlinsky 1981 Stanley D. Imber 1991 Lorna Smith Benjamin 2001 Franz Caspar 2011
1972 Hans Herrman Strupp 1982 Alan S. Gurman 1992 Leonard M. Horowitz 2002 Karla Moras 2012
1973 Lester Luborsky 1983 Arthur H. Auerbach 1993 David A. Shapiro 2003 Mark Aveline 2013
1974 Allen E. Bergin 1984 A. John Rush 1994 Clara E. Hill 2004 John Clarkin 2014
1975 Sol L. Garfield 1985 Jim Mintz 1995 Klaus Grawe 2005 Michael J. Lambert 2015
1976 Aaron T. Beck 1986 Larry E. Beutler 1996 Paul Crits–Christoph 2006 Erhard Mergenthaler 2016
1977 Morris B. Parloff 1987 Larry E. Beutler 1997 William B. Stiles 2007 Jacques Barber 2017
1978 Irene Elkin 1988 Charles R. Marmar 1998 Marvin R. Goldfried 2008 Bernhard Strauß 2018
1979 Edward S. Bordin 1989 Leslie S. Greenberg 1999 William E. Piper 2009 Louis G. Castonguay 2019

References Edit

  1. Que es la SPR?. Society for Psychotherapy Research. URL accessed on 31 August 2011.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Society for Psychotherapy Research - International. Society for Psychotherapy Research. URL accessed on 31 August 2011.
  3. Journal Details - Psychotherapy Research. Taylor & Francis. URL accessed on 31 August 2011.
  4. List of past Annual Meetings. August 2011
  5. Past Presidents of the SPR. August 2011

Further reading Edit

  • Evans, C. (2010). "Society for Psychotherapy Research" Craighead, W. Edward; Weiner, Irving B The Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology, 1658–1659, New York: John Wiley & Sons.
  • (1995). The Graying and Greening of SPR: A Personal Memoir on Forming the Society for Psychotherapy Research. Psychotherapy Research 5 (4): 343.

External links Edit

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