Distinguished Career Practitioner Award

DESCRIPTION

The APA Society for the Advancement of Psychotherapy (APA Division 29) invites nominations for its Distinguished Career Awards for Contributions to the Advancement of Psychotherapy, which recognize contributions made through one’s career to the advancement of psychotherapy practice, training, research and theory, as well as to the Society.

FUNDING SPECIFICS

The awardee will receive a certificate and award of $500.

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS

Nominees should be more than 20 years post-doctoral degree. Nominees must be primarily engaged in psychotherapy at least 75% of their time. This can include (for example) independent practice, group practice, Community Mental Health Centers, VAs, counseling centers, other settings where nominee’s primary role is in providing psychotherapy services.

CRITERIA

After twenty or more years of practice, nominees demonstrate excellence in the art and practice of psychotherapy through their work and commitment to growth as a psychotherapist, this may be demonstrated in at least two of the following areas, the psychotherapist:

  • Demonstrates a consistent, strong foundation of therapeutic skillfulness (e.g., in building, maintaining and repairing a working alliance across differences)
  • Shows leadership in delivering services to the underserved, historically marginalized, and oppressed populations.
  • Demonstrates the ability to effectively implement innovative, creative or novel approaches to treatment (e.g., providing in-home intervention, use of creative modalities to meet special needs, creative interventions, flexibility in adapting interventions).
  • Is consistently recognized for good work by their local referral networks.
  • Helps others become more effective psychotherapists through supervision and consultation.
  • Contributes to the field via publications and scholarship relevant to the practice of psychotherapy.
  • Contributes to the field of psychotherapy via workshops, activism, and engagement in state, local and national psychological association.
    • Demonstrates a consistent, strong foundation of therapeutic skillfulness (e.g., in building, maintaining and repairing a working alliance across differences)
    • Shows leadership in delivering services to the underserved, historically marginalized, and oppressed populations.
    • Demonstrates the ability to effectively implement innovative, creative or novel approaches to treatment (e.g., providing in-home intervention, use of creative modalities to meet special needs, creative interventions, flexibility in adapting interventions).
    • Is consistently recognized for good work by their local referral networks.

NOMINATION REQUIREMENTS

Application materials should include:

  • A nomination letter written by a colleague or by themselves that (a) indicates the award category to which the nomination applies, and (b) outlines the nominee’s relevant contributions throughout their career. It should be clear how the nominees’ contributions across their career have made a significant impact.
  • A curriculum vitae (CV) of the nominee.
  • Supporting documentation. Materials submitted should evidence the nominee’s commitment to growth as a psychotherapist (e.g. learning from mistakes, modifying their approach, use of self-care). Nominees can demonstrate the above criteria in at least two or more of the following ways:
    1. Recommendations letters and nominations may come from Graduate students, peers/colleagues/collaborators (e.g. psychiatrists).
    2. A de-identified case example that illustrates their case conceptualization, formulation, intervention, and outcome.
    3. A summary of how their practice, how they think, and what knowledge base they use has evolved over time. e.g. How keeping abreast of current trends in research and practice has changed how they work.
    4. If available, de-identified outcome data on their clinical work using established outcome measures, along with a brief description of how this data informs or enhances their practice.
    5. A reflection paper on her/his career and how it has changed over time.

SUBMISSION PROCESS & DEADLINE

Submission Process: All items must be sent electronically in one PDF document. Letters of nomination outlining the nominee’s credentials and contributions (along with the nominee’s CV) should be emailed to the Chair of the Professional Awards Committee at SAP.AwardsCommittee@gmail.com

Submission Deadline: December 31 (annually)

 

Distinguished Career Practitioner Award

2021 Recipient: Barbara J. Thompson

Dr. Barbara J. Thompson is a counseling psychologist who has been engaged in private practice for over 25 years while also serving in various other professional roles from running community based mental health programs to teaching and supervising therapist trainees. She has published psychotherapy research and presented on a variety of topics related to the therapeutic process (e.g., Misunderstanding Events in Psychotherapy, Therapist Compassion, Consensual Qualitative Research). She has served on the Professional Practice Domain and Membership Domain of the Society for the Advancement of Psychotherapy.

She currently has a telemental health practice in Costa Rica where she enjoys hummingbirds and sunsets while pondering this new world we live in and what it all means.


 

Distinguished Career Practitioner Award

Previous Recipients

2020 - Rosemary Adam-Terem, Ph.D.