2023 Student Ethics Competition Winners

In 2023, AAMFT held the eighth 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: Jennifer Garrison, Megan Burrell, and John-Arash Adams (Campbellsville University)

Read their winning paper here.

 Jennifer Garrison 

Megan Burrell

2nd Place: Kate Hilton, Kathryn Hopkins, and Leah Popielarczyk (Texas Woman's University)

Read their winning paper here .

Kate Hilton  

Kathryn Hopkins

Leah Popielarczyk

3rd Place: Kimberly Usbeck, Mariah Eckert-Berry, and Shakila Rodriquez (University of Nevada, Las Vegas)

Read their winning paper here.

Kimberly Usbeck          

Mariah Eckert-Berry

Shakila Rodriquez

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


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