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2014 Call for Award Nominations. Applications must be received at the AAMFT office no later than January 31, 2014.

Cumulative Contribution to Marriage and Family Therapy Research Award

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The award 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. The award consists of a plaque,  up to $1000 reimbursement for travel reimbursement for the AAMFT Annual Conference during the year in which the award is received, and a conference fee waiver. How to apply: Nominators must submit a curriculum vitae of the person being nominated and a written statement in the form of letter of ways that the nominee 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.

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 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:

  • 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 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:  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 meets the criteria.

Organizational Contribution Award

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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 awardees are honored with a plaque, up to $1000 travel reimbursement per recipient for  the AAMFT Annual Conference, and a conference fee waiver.  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.  How to apply:  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 meets the criteria.

Outstanding Research Publication Award

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From 1986, the Foundation annually has conferred 1-2 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 reimbursement for travel reimbursement for the AAMFT Annual Conference during the year in which the award is received, and a conference fee waiver. How to apply:  Mail in your nomination in the form of a letter to the AAMFT Awards Committee.

Graduate Student Research Award

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The Foundation confers 1-2 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 for the AAMFT Annual Conference during the year in which the award is received, and a conference fee waiver.  In order to qualify for this award, interested candidates must complete an application.  Click here for application

Dissertation Award

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The award is given 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 for travel reimbursement for the AAMFT Annual Conference during the year in which the award is received, and a conference fee waiver. In order to qualify for this award, interested candidates must complete an application. Click here for application.

Master Thesis Award

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The award is given 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 for travel reimbursement for the AAMFT Annual Conference during the year in which the award is received, and a conference fee waiver. In order to qualify for this award, interested candidates must complete an application.  Click here for application.

Master's Student Minority Scholarships

Click here to view past recipients Since 1986, the Foundation has annually awarded fellowships to three 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. The award consists of a plaque, $2000 cash, up to $750 reimbursement for travel reimbursement for the AAMFT Annual Conference during the year in which the award is received, and a conference fee waiver. In order to qualify for this award, interested candidates must complete an application. Click here for application.

Minority Stipends

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Beginning in 1990, cash awards have been made by the Foundation 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.   The award consists of  $750 cash  and a conference fee waiver. In order to qualify for this award, interested candidates must complete an application. Click here for 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 for the AAMFT Annual Conference during the year in which the award is received, and a conference fee waiver. In order to qualify for this award, interested candidates must complete an application.   Click here for 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.   Awardees are honored with a plaque and conference fee waiver.  In order to qualify for this award, interested candidates must complete an application.  Click here for application.

Practice Award

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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. Awardees are honored with a plaque and conference fee waiver.  How to apply:  Mail in your nomination in the form of a letter to the AAMFT Awards Committee.

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, up to $1000 per recipient for travel reimbursement to the AAMFT Annual Conference, and a conference fee waiver.  How to apply:  Mail in your nomination in the form of a letter to the AAMFT Awards Committee.

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.
  • At least one author of the Outstanding Research Publication award must be a member

Deadline for the awards is January 31, 2014.   Nominations must be received by January 31 (or the next business day).  Postmark dates will not be considered.

Send nominations to:

AAMFT Awards Committee
112 South Alfred Street, Alexandria, VA 22314
Phone: (703) 838-9808  -  Fax: (703) 838-9805

American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy
112 South Alfred Street Alexandria, VA 22314-3061
Phone: (703) 838-9808 | Fax: (703) 838-9805

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