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2017 Student Ethics Competition

In 2017, AAMFT held the second annual Student Ethics Competition. This competition is designed to encourage MFT students to foster an interest in ethics issues and enhance their ability to analyze and respond to the various ethics issues that they will undoubtedly encounter throughout their careers. In this team competition, participants submitted an essay analyzing and responding to a hypothetical scenario. There were two categories for the competition: a Doctoral category and a Master’s/Post-Degree Institute (PDI) category.


AAMFT received 6 submissions in the Doctoral category and 30 submissions in the Master’s/PDI category. The submissions were scored by current and former members of the Ethics Committee and current and former members of the Judicial Committee. After the final review of the score, the winning teams have been identified. The submissions from each winning team in each category will be posted here after the Conference.


The first-place winners will receive a cash award and be recognized during the Friday, October 6, 2017 keynote address during the annual conference in Atlanta, GA. Conference registration, hotel and coach airfare will be paid by AAMFT. Join AAMFT in congratulating the winning teams on their excellent work!

Doctoral Category Winners:

1st Place: Heather Hessel and Kadie Ausherbauer (University of Minnesota)


2st Place: Frank J. Sories and Jenna A. Pagano (University of Iowa)

3rd Place: Michelle Murray and Mary Nedela (Virginia Tech)

Master’s/PDI Category

1st Place: Heather Frostman and Amanda Ortega (Regis University)


2nd Place: Aubrey Lough, Jessica Milian, and Alexis Rossi (Pacific Lutheran University)

3rd Place: Stephanie Hansen, Danielle Samuel, and Traysi Flores (California State University - Northridge)

View the winners from the 2016 Student Ethics Competition here.

Any taxes are the responsibility of the individual winners. By submitting an essay, participants consent to the use of their name in AAMFT publications and for their submission to be posted on AAMFT’s website. Competition void where prohibited. Awards not payable where prohibited.  

Questions about the Student Ethics Competition can be sent to ethics@aamft.org.

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