Distinguished Award for the International Advancement of Psychotherapy

Description

Concurrent with the formation of the International Domain and the International Affairs Committee within the Society, this award was established in 2017 in recognition of individuals who have made distinguished contributions to the international advancement of psychotherapy.

Funding Specifics

Award recipients receive an honorarium of $1,000 and an award certificate from the Society at the Society’s awards ceremony at the APA Annual Convention.

Eligibility Requirements

The criteria for receipt of this award are broadly defined as significant and sustained contributions to the international advancement of psychotherapy which is consistent with the international dimension of the Society’s mission, i.e., the Society is an international community of practitioners, scholars, researchers, teachers, health care specialists, and students who are interested in and devoted to the advancement of the practice and science of psychotherapy. All nominees must be members of the Society for the Advancement of Psychotherapy (APA Division 29).

Nomination Requirements

  1. Membership in the Society for the Advancement of Psychotherapy (including non-APA Affiliate Members who are not members of APA).
  2. Sustained and significant contributions to the international advancement of psychotherapy in practice, research and/or training in psychotherapy.
  3. These contributions must be in the international arena and a significant part of the contribution must be within the division OR the contributions should represent a significant collaboration with individuals from the international community and promotes the ideas and practices of that community.

Application materials should include:

  1. A nomination letter outlining the nominee’s contributions to the international advancement of psychotherapy (self-nominations are welcomed).
  2. Two or more supporting letters.
  3. A current Curriculum Vitae.

Submission Process & Deadline

Submission Process: All items must be sent electronically in one PDF document. Submit applications to the Chair of the Professional Awards Committee, Dr. Jeffrey Younggren, at [email protected]. Incomplete or late application packets will not be considered.

Submission Deadline: January 31 (midnight).

 

Distinguished Award for the International Advancement of Psychotherapy

2019 Recipient: Robert W. Resnick

Robert W. Resnick, Ph.D., Clinical Psychologist, has been a Gestalt and Couples Therapist for over 50 years and an international trainer for almost 50 years. Trained (1965-1970) and personally certified (1969) by Drs. Fritz Perls and James Simkin, he is the youngest of the “old timers”. Proudly, Dr. Resnick was chosen by Fritz Perls to be the first Gestalt Therapist to introduce Gestalt Therapy to Europe in the summer of 1969 where he presented both a lecture and a training workshop. He has been presenting Gestalt and Couples training workshops in Europe several times each year since that time. His interview “Gestalt Therapy: Principles Prisms and Perspectives” defining his views of Gestalt Therapy at that time, appears in the summer 1995 issue of the British Gestalt Journal. “The Recursive Loop of Shame” appears in the Gestalt Review 1997. “Chicken Soup Is Poison” (Perls Festschrift) circa 1967. He is currently offering a series of contemporary Gestalt Therapy demonstration and training films soon to be followed with Couples Therapy films with Rita Resnick. His first clinical practicum (while moonlighting as a Columbia University graduate student) was driving a New York taxicab. Bob’s style is warm and engaging and he speaks with clarity and humor. The Resnicks are frequently happily married.


Distinguished Award for the International Advancement of Psychotherapy

Previous Recipients

2018 - Rod Goodyear