2021 Student Ethics Competition Winners

In 2021, AAMFT held the sixth 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 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: Tahlia Harrison, Midori Ferris-Wayne, and Monica Maragos (Lewis and Clark Graduate School of Education and Counseling)

Read their winning paper here.

Tahlia Harrison

Midori Ferris-Wayne

Monica Maragos

2st Place: Carson Outler and Patrick Tremaglio (Mercer University)

Read their winning paper here.

Carson Outler 

Patrick Tremaglio 

3rd Place: Ronald Asiimwe and Jennifer VanBoxel (Michigan State University) 

Read their winning paper here.

Ronald Asiimwe 

Jennifer VanBoxel 

 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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