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2015 Call for Award Nominations. Applications deadline January 24, 2015. All nominations require an online application.

Cumulative Contribution to Marriage and Family Therapy Research Award

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This award honors members each year for continuous, meritorious and generative contribution to research in family therapy. AAMFT members may nominate other members for this award. Nominees should meet one or more of the following criteria: (1) Development of original theory that stimulates the systematic study of important issues in family therapy; (2) Superior design and execution of research programs; (3) Pioneering explorations of new research areas; (4) Significant contribution to substantive knowledge in the field; (5) Codification of a field of inquiry; (6) Conceptual integration; (7) New techniques of measurement, data collection and data analysis. See application for further criteria.   The award consists of a plaque, up to $1000 per recipient for travel reimbursement to the Annual Conference, and a waiver of conference registration fee.    
How to apply: In order to quality for this award you must complete an application. Please click here for an application.

Outstanding Contribution to Marriage and Family Therapy Award

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Since 1991, AAMFT has honored members for outstanding contributions to marriage and family therapy. The award consists of a plaque, up to $1000 per recipient for travel reimbursement to the Annual conference, and waiver of conference registration fee.  The nominee must have either:

A.  Made exceptional, outstanding, ongoing and cumulative contributions of an empirical or theoretical nature to the field. Or,

B. Made significant contributions to the field of marriage and family therapy as reflected in their meeting at least three of the following five criteria. Nominators must submit a curriculum vitae of the person being nominated and a written statement of ways that the nominee meets the criteria: (1) Major plenary on the clinical practice of marriage and family therapy and related issues such as supervision at national/international conferences sponsored by a major professional mental health association; (2)   A distinguished record of publications/scholarly contributions in professional journals, both paper or web based, on topics related to marriage and family therapy; (3) Editorship of a major professional marriage and family therapy journal or newspaper, or magazine; (4) Experience as a director of a nationally or internationally recognized marriage and family therapy training program that has had impact on the field; and (5) A recognized leader in promoting the field of marriage and family therapy within the United States and Canada or internationally. 

How to apply:  In order tto qualify for this award you must complete an online application.  All nominations need to be made by a third party; self nominations will not be accepted. 

Organizational Contribution Award

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The AAMFT Research and Education Foundation honors members for distinctive organizational contributions to the Association.  Nominees must be an AAMFT member for at least five years and show significant leadership in two of the following criteria:  (1) As an association officer; (2) As an AAMFT board , committee, or commission member; (3) By achieving passage of federal policies and programs which promote marriage and family therapists; (4) By promoting marriage and family therapy on a national level; (5) By promoting family well-being through public policies.  The award consists of a plaque, up to $1000 travel reimbursement per recipient for the AAMFT Annual Conference, and a waiver of conference registration fee.
How to apply:  In order to qualify for this award you must complete and online application.  

Outstanding Research Publication Award

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The AAMFT Research and Education Foundation confers awards to recognize a published article, monograph, book chapter or book that represents an outstanding scholarly achievement in family therapy research.  The award consists of a plaque, up to $500 travel reimbursement per recipient for  the AAMFT Annual Conference, and a conference fee waiver.
How to apply:  In order to quality for this award please submit an online application.  

Graduate Student Research Award

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The AAMFT Research and Education Foundation confers cash awards annually to assist graduate students to offset research costs. The award consists of a plaque, $1250 cash, up to $500 reimbursement for travel reimbursement to the Annual Conference, and waiver of conference registration fee.
In order to qualify for this award, interested candidates must complete an online application.   

Dissertation Award

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This award is given by the AAMFT Research and Education Foundation to recognize scholarly achievement by several recent graduates whose research study related to couples and family therapy or family therapy training. The award consists of a plaque, up to $500 reimbursement per recipient for travel reimbursement to the Annual Conference, and a waiver of conference registration fee.
Interested candidates must complete an online application.   

Master Thesis Award

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The AAMFT Research and Education Foundation recognizes scholarly achievement by several recent graduates whose research study related to couples and family therapy or family therapy training. The award consists of a plaque, up to $500 reimbursement for travel reimbursement to the Annual Conference, and waiver of conference registration fee. 
In order to qualify for this award, interested candidates must complete an online application.    

Master's Student Minority Scholarships

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The AAMFT Research and Education Foundation awards fellowships to minority students in graduate studies in marriage and family therapy. Not to be confused with the Minority Fellowship Program for doctoral students, this is reserved for students in Master's or PDI programs. The purpose is to support the recruitment, training, and retention of minorities in the field.  Please see application for further criteria.  The award consists of a plaque, up to $500 reimbursement for travel reimbursement to the Annual Conference, and waiver of conference registration fee. 
Interested candidates must complete an online application.   

Minority Stipends

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Cash awards are made by the AAMFT Research and Education Foundation to minority supervisors-in-training to support the recruitment, training and retention of minorities as AAMFT Approved Supervisors for the field of marriage and family therapy.  See application for further criteria.  The award consists of  $750 cash per recipient and a conference fee waiver.
 Interested candidates must complete an online application.   

AAMFT Excellence in the Media Award

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This award was established in order to recognize and encourage print or broadcast features or series that effectively portray marriage and family therapists’ contribution to health and mental health care, or significantly contribute to family well-being.  Submissions are encouraged from all popular media, including newspapers, magazines, radio and television. The award consists of a plaque, up to $500 reimbursement for travel reimbursement to the Annual Conference, and a waiver of conference registration fee. 
In order to qualify for this award, interested candidates must complete an online application.  

Training Award

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This award honors AAMFT members and/or training programs for significant contributions to the advancement of the field of marriage and family therapy by encouraging and training the next generation of marriage and family therapy researchers and/or practitioners.  The award consists of a plaque and waiver of conference registration fee.  
In order to qualify for this award, interested candidates must complete an online application.    

Practice Award

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This award honors AAMFT members who make significant contributions in terms of access for marriage and family therapists within the healthcare delivery system, including third party payment and both private sector and insurance (including managed care) industries.  The award consists of a plaque and waiver of conference registration fee.
How to apply:  Interested candidates should complete and online application.  

Distinguished Leadership Award

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The AAMFT Research and Education Foundation has recognized persons who have provided outstanding contributions in promoting the development of the practice and the profession of marriage and family therapy within specific areas.  The award consists of a plaque, up to $1000 per recipient for travel reimbursement to the Annual Conference, and a waiver of conference registration fee.
How to apply:  In order to qualify you must complete an application.  Please click here for an online application.  

Note: The AAMFT Annual Conference registration fee will be waived for all award recipients. All award recipients must be members of AAMFT with the exception of those receiving the Distinguished Leadership and Media awards and at least one author of the Outstanding Research Publication award must be a member

Deadline for the awards is January 24, 2015.   

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