Distinguished Career Practitioner Award


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.


The awardee will receive a certificate and award of $500 as well as up to $500 reimbursement for qualified expenses to attend the Society’s Awards Ceremony to be held at the annual APA Convention.


  • Must be or become a member of Division 29 (note that there is a $40 membership fee and it is not a requirement that you be a member of APA – https://societyforpsychotherapy.org/why-join/).
  • Nominee must be more than 20 years post graduate degree
  • Nominees must be currently engaged in or retired from a primarily (at least 75% of their time) clinical practice. This can include independent practice, group practice, Community Mental Health Centers, VAs, counseling centers, other settings where nominee’s primary role is in providing psychotherapy services.


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.
  • Three letters supporting the nomination.


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

2023 Recipient: Michael Wannon, PhD

Dr. Wannon received his doctorate at the University of Rochester and began his career as a Staff Psychologist at the University of Rochester’s Mental Health Service, and as an Instructor in the Department of Psychiatry. In 1994, he moved to the DC area and took a position as the Associate Director of the University Counseling Center at Catholic University. Since 1997, he has been in full-time private practice, while concurrently serving as an active teacher and supervisor at the Institute for Contemporary Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis (ICP&P).

Dr. Wannon has been an instructor and Co-Chair of ICP&P’s psychotherapy program, and is currently the Chair of the Institute’s Couples Program. He has presented at both national and international conferences on Couple treatment, and the integration of Object Relations and Self Psychology in relational systems. He has mentored and supervised young graduates from many local universities including the George Washington University, Georgetown University, Catholic University, and the University of Maryland. He also runs several consultation groups for established clinicians, focusing on integrating psychodynamic theory and the practice of individual, couple, and group psychotherapy. Based on nominations from other therapists, the Washingtonian voted him Top Psychologist for his work with couples.


Distinguished Career Practitioner Award

Previous Recipients

2022: Jeffrey Nels Younggren, PhD

2021- Barbara J. Thompson, Ph.D.

2020 – Rosemary Adam-Terem, Ph.D.