2020 Student Ethics Competition Winners

In 2020, AAMFT held the fifth 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.


AAMFT received 28 submissions from Master’s, Doctoral, and PDI students. 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. 


Join AAMFT in congratulating the winning teams on their excellent work!


1st Place: Holly Eddy, Natalie Barraza, and Lilian Ochoa (Texas Woman's University)

Read their winning paper here .

Holly Eddy

Natalie Barraza

Lilian Ochoa

2st Place: Emily Gibbs and Raquel Harmon (Lewis & Clark Graduate School of Education and Counseling)

Read their winning paper here .

Emily Gibbs

Raquel Harmon

3rd Place: David Jenks Jr, Andres Brown, and Jessica Barboza (Utah State University)

Read their winning paper here .

David Jenks Jr

Andres Brown

Jessica Barboza


 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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