AAMFT Awards 

2019 Call for Award Nominations

Each year, AAMFT and the Research & Education Foundation honors individuals for their unique contributions to MFT research and practice. We invite you to nominate or apply for the awards described below (which will open on September 1, 2018). Award recipients will be announced in the summer of 2019.  All nominations and applications are submitted online.  The deadline for submitting applications for the AAMFT and the AAMFT Research & Education Foundation awards will be December 15, 2018.  Please contact the Awards Committee at exec@aamft.org for any questions.

All award recipients must be members of AAMFT with the exception of:

  1. Those receiving the Excellence in Media award.
  2. At least one author of the Outstanding Research Publication award must be a member.

Note: The AAMFT Annual Conference registration fee will be waived for all award recipients. In order to avoid the perception of a conflict of interest, anyone who is on the AAMFT, the AAMFT Foundation, or AAMFT sponsored payroll is ineligible to be considered for an award so long as that financial relationship exists.  All award recipients must be members of AAMFT with the exception of those receiving the Excellence in Media award, and at least one author of the Outstanding Research Publication award must be a member.


AAMFT Awards

Cumulative Contribution to Family Therapy Research Award

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AAMFT honors one member each year for continuous, meritorious and generative contribution to research in family therapy. AAMFT members may nominate other members for this award. Nominators must submit a curriculum vitae of the person being nominated and a written statement of ways that the nominee demonstrates a cumulative contribution to family therapy research and meets 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.

The award consists of a plaque and reimbursement of up to $1,000 of travel to the Annual Conference. The conference registration fee will also be waived for the recipient. AAMFT will reimburse up to the total of $1,000 for economy class airfare, transportation to/from airport/hotel, meals per AAMFT allowances for the one day of the ceremony, and one night's hotel stay at one of the AAMFT conference hotels (at the special discounted rate) for the night of the ceremony. You must submit itemized receipts upon your return from the conference.

How to Apply: In order to qualify for this award, interested candidates must complete an online application.

Outstanding Contribution to Marriage and Family Therapy Award

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Since 1991, AAMFT has honored up to three members each year for outstanding contributions to the field of marriage and family therapy. The award consists of a plaque, up to $1,000 per recipient for travel reimbursement to the Annual Conference, and the conference registration fee will be waived. AAMFT will reimburse up to the total of $1,000 for economy class airfare, transportation to/from airport/hotel, meals per AAMFT allowances for the one day of the ceremony, and one night's hotel stay at one of the AAMFT conference hotels (at the special discounted rate) for the night of the ceremony. You must submit itemized receipts upon your return from the conference.

Nominees must have either:

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

In addition to the Awards Committee soliciting nominations from the general membership, the Board of Directors may be collectively and individually involved in nominating qualified candidates.

All nominations need to be made by a third party; self-nominations will not be accepted. Nominators must submit a curriculum vita of the person being nominated and a written statement in the form of a letter of ways that the nominee demonstrates outstanding contributions to the field.

How to apply: In order to qualify for this award, interested candidates must complete an online application

Outstanding Volunteer Service Award

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AAMFT recognizes up to two members annually who exhibit exceptional leadership and commitment to the association through outstanding volunteer efforts, demonstrating generative contributions through areas such as engagement programs, mentoring, and association growth.

Nominators must submit a curriculum vitae of the person being nominated and a written statement of ways that the nominee demonstrates exceptional leadership and commitment to the association.

The award consists of a plaque presented at our Annual Conference. The conference registration fee will also be waived for the award recipient(s).

How to apply: In order to qualify for this award, interested candidates must complete an online application.  

Excellence in the Media Award

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This award was established in order to recognize and encourage the use of media to:

  1. Effectively portray marriage and family therapists’ exceptional and substantive contribution to health and mental health care;
  2. Promote the profession of marriage and family therapy to the public; or
  3. Significantly contribute to family well-being.

Submissions are encouraged from all popular media, including newspapers, magazines, radio, television, blogs, and social media. Entries must have been published or broadcast in the previous year.

The award consists of a plaque, up to $500 travel reimbursement to the Annual Conference, and the conference registration fee waived. AAMFT will reimburse up to the total of $500 for economy class airfare, transportation to/from airport/hotel, meals per AAMFT allowances for the one day of the ceremony, and one night's hotel stay at one of the AAMFT conference hotels (at the special discounted rate) for the night of the ceremony. You must submit itemized receipts upon your return from the conference.

How to Apply: In order to qualify for this award, interested candidates must complete an online application.  

Training Award

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This award is granted by AAMFT and honors 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 presented at our Annual Conference. The conference registration fee will also be waived for the award recipient.

How to apply: In order to qualify for this award, interested candidates must complete an online application.    

Practice Award

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This award is granted by AAMFT and honors 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 presented at our Annual Conference. The conference registration fee will also be waived for the award recipient.

How to apply: In order to qualify for this award, interested candidates must complete an online application

AAMFT Research & Education Foundation Awards

Organizational Contribution

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Since 1991, the AAMFT Research and Education Foundation has honored up to three members each year for distinctive organizational contributions to the Association. The award consists of a plaque, up to $1,000 per recipient for travel reimbursement to the Annual Conference, and the conference registration fee will be waived. The AAMFT Foundation will reimburse up to the total of $1,000 for economy class airfare, transportation to/from airport/hotel, meals per AAMFT allowances for the one day of the ceremony, and one night's hotel stay at one of the AAMFT conference hotels (at the special discounted rate) for the night of the ceremony. You must submit itemized receipts upon your return from the conference. Alcohol will not be reimbursed.

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, or former division leader;
  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. Nominators must submit a curriculum vita of the person being nominated and a written statement of ways that the nominee demonstrates distinctive organizational contributions.

How to Apply: In order to qualify for this award, interested candidates must complete an online application.  

Outstanding Research Publication Award

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The AAMFT Research and Education Foundation annually confers up to two awards to recognize a published article, monograph, book chapter or book that represents an outstanding scholarly achievement in family therapy research. Outstanding scholarly achievement is construed broadly to include a variety of methods and inquiry (quantitative, qualitative, or conceptual), and a variety of findings, including those that confirm previous work, challenge previous work, or generate new areas of inquiry.

A plaque will be awarded as well as reimbursement up to $500 per recipient to attend the Annual Conference. The conference registration fee will also be waived. The AAMFT Foundation will reimburse up to the total of $500 for economy class airfare, transportation to/from airport/hotel, meals per AAMFT allowances for the one day of the ceremony, and one night's hotel stay at one of the AAMFT conference hotels (at the special discounted rate) for the night of the ceremony. You must submit itemized receipts upon your return from the conference. Alcohol will not be reimbursed.

To enter, submit five (5) copies of the article along with a statement of why the article should be selected.

How to apply:  In order to quality for this award, interested candidates must complete an online application.  

Graduate Student Research Award

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The AAMFT Research and Education Foundation confers up to two cash awards annually to assist graduate students in the completion of their thesis or dissertation pertaining to couples and family therapy or family therapy training. Selection criteria include:

  1. Significance of the topic for family therapy;
  2. Quality of the conceptualization and design;
  3. Feasibility;
  4. Availability of support to complete the topic.

The award consists of up $2,500 per recipient, a plaque and up to $1,000 travel reimbursement to the Annual Conference. The conference registration fee will also be waived. The AAMFT Foundation will reimburse up to the total of $1,000 for economy class airfare, transportation to/from airport/hotel, meals per AAMFT allowances for the one day of the ceremony, and one night's hotel stay at one of the AAMFT conference hotels (at the special discounted rate) for the night of the ceremony. You must submit itemized receipts upon your return from the conference. Alcohol will not be reimbursed.

In the case of equally meritorious applications, consideration will be given to applicants who have demonstrated active participation in an AAMFT activity. Examples, in addition to AAMFT membership, may include such activities as volunteering at a conference, being a presenter at a conference, or a poster presentation.

How to apply: In order to qualify for this award, interested candidates must complete an online application.   

Dissertation Award

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The AAMFT Research and Education Foundation recognizes scholarly achievement by recent graduates whose research study related to couples and family therapy or family therapy training. Criteria for the award:

  1. Dissertation completed in the preceding academic year;
  2. Applicant has been awarded the degree;
  3. Significance of the substantive issue for couples and family therapy;
  4. Conceptual and theoretical clarity;
  5. Soundness, sophistication, and appropriateness of the methodology, whether quantitative, qualitative, or conceptual;
  6. Importance of the substantive findings;
  7. Quality of the interpretation and discussion of the findings;
  8. Style and quality of the writings;
  9. Priority shall be given to clinical research.

The award consists of a plaque and reimbursement up to $1,000 for travel to the Annual Conference. The conference registration fee will also be waived for the recipients. The AAMFT Foundation will reimburse up to the total of $1,000 for economy class airfare, transportation to/from airport/hotel, meals per AAMFT allowances for the one day of the ceremony, and one night's hotel stay at one of the AAMFT conference hotels (at the special discounted rate) for the night of the ceremony. You must submit itemized receipts upon your return from the conference. Alcohol will not be reimbursed.

In the case of equally meritorious applications, consideration will be given to applicants who have demonstrated active participation in an AAMFT activity. Examples, in addition to AAMFT membership, may include such activities as volunteering at a conference, being a presenter at a conference, or a poster presentation.

How to apply: In order to qualify for this award, interested candidates must complete an online application.   

Master's Thesis Award

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The AAMFT Research and Education Foundation recognizes scholarly achievement by recent graduates whose research study related to couples and family therapy or family therapy training. Criteria for the award:

  1. Thesis completed in the preceding academic year;
  2. Applicant has been awarded the degree;
  3. Significance of the substantive issue for couples and family therapy;
  4. Conceptual and theoretical clarity;
  5. Soundness, sophistication, and appropriateness of the methodology, whether quantitative, qualitative, or conceptual;
  6. Importance of the substantive findings;
  7. Quality of the interpretation and discussion of the findings;
  8. Style and quality of the writings.

The award consists of a plaque and reimbursement up to $1,000 for travel to the Annual Conference. The conference registration fee will also be waived for the recipients. The AAMFT Foundation will reimburse up to the total of $1,000 for economy class airfare, transportation to/from airport/hotel, meals per AAMFT allowances for the one day of the ceremony, and one night's hotel stay at one of the AAMFT conference hotels (at the special discounted rate) for the night of the ceremony. You must submit itemized receipts upon your return from the conference. Alcohol will not be reimbursed.

In the case of equally meritorious applications, consideration will be given to applicants who have demonstrated active participation in an AAMFT activity. Examples, in addition to AAMFT membership, may include such activities as volunteering at a conference, being a presenter at a conference, or a poster presentation.

How to apply: In order to qualify for this award, interested candidates must complete an online application.    

Diversity Scholarship for Emerging Leaders

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The AAMFT Research and Education Foundation awards scholarships to minority students. The scholarship is open to the following membership categories: Pre-Clinical Fellows, Student, and Clinical Fellows who have been members for less than five (5) years. COAMFTE students or graduates from a COAMFTE program are preferred, but it is not a requirement. The purpose is to support the recruitment, training, and retention of minorities in the field of marriage and family therapy.

The award consists of a plaque, a cash award up to $3,000 per recipient, and up to $1,000 travel reimbursement to the Annual Conference. The conference registration fee will also be waived for the recipients. The AAMFT Foundation will reimburse up to the total of $1,000 for economy class airfare, transportation to/from airport/hotel, meals per AAMFT allowances for the one day of the ceremony, and one night's hotel stay at one of the AAMFT conference hotels (at the special discounted rate) for the night of the ceremony. You must submit itemized receipts upon your return from the conference. Alcohol will not be reimbursed.

How to apply: In order to qualify for this award, interested candidates must complete an online application.

Minority Stipends

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Since 1990, cash awards have been given by the AAMFT Research and Education Foundation to up to two 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. Criteria:

  1. United States and Canadian minority citizens and permanent visa residents, including, but not limited to those who are African American, Hispanic, Native American, Asian American, and Pacific Islanders;
  2. Currently enrolled in Master’s degree program or post-degree training program in marriage and family therapy accredited by the AAMFT COAMFTE;
  3. Candidate must be licensed as an MFT in their state (if there is licensure in their state), or a PhD candidate in marriage and family therapy.

The award consists of a plaque and $2,000 cash per recipient and the conference registration fee will be waived for the Annual Conference. In the case of equally meritorious applications, consideration will be given to applicants who have demonstrated active participation in an AAMFT activity. Examples, in addition to AAMFT membership, may include such activities as volunteering at a conference, being a presenter at a conference, or a poster presentation.

How to apply: In order to qualify for this award,  interested candidates must complete an online application.   

Distinguished Leadership Award

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Since 1983, 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, and up to $1,000 per recipient for travel reimbursement to the AAMFT Annual Conference, and a conference fee waiver. AAMFT will reimburse up to the total of $1,000 for economy class airfare, transportation to/from airport/hotel, meals per AAMFT allowances for the one day of the ceremony, and one night's hotel stay at one of the AAMFT conference hotels (at the special discounted rate) for the night of the ceremony. You must submit itemized receipts upon your return from the conference. Alcohol will not be reimbursed.

How to Apply: In order to qualify for this award, interested candidates must complete an online application.  

 

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