Mid-Career Practitioner Award


The APA Society for the Advancement of Psychotherapy (APA Division 29) invites nominations for its Mid-Career Awards for Distinguished Contributions to the Advancement of Psychotherapy, which recognize contributions made through one’s mid-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 no less than 10 years and no more than 20 years post graduate degree
  • Nominees must be engaged in psychotherapy practice at least 75% of their time. (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 themselves that (a) indicates the award category to which the nomination applies, and (b) outlines the nominee’s relevant contributions through their career. It should be clear how the nominees’ mid-career contributions (between 10- and 20-years post-doctorate) 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)


Mid-Career Practitioner Award

2021 Recipient: Michele Ribeiro

Michele D. Ribeiro completed her doctorate in counseling psychology at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey with a focus on multicultural counseling and education in 2005. She has worked as a licensed psychologist and certified group psychotherapist at Oregon State University’s Counseling and Psychological Services for approximately 15 years and has a small private practice on the side. She also facilitates the group psychotherapy training for psychiatry residents at Good Samaritan Hospital in Corvallis, Oregon; teaches group psychotherapy for the PsyD program at George Fox University in Newberg, Oregon; has worked as a national speaker/trainer for PESI, INC on mindfulness, yoga and mental health, and serves as a visiting instructor for Zanzibar University in Tanzania. Her scholarship engages in group psychotherapy, examining whiteness, teaching anti-racist practices, and bringing yoga and mindfulness into clinical practice. She is board certified in group psychology, a fellow with the American Group Psychotherapy Association (AGPA) and serves on the boards for AGPA and APA including Division 52 (International Psychology) as secretary, and Division 49 (Group Psychology and Group Psychotherapy) as the APA Council Representative. She has published two (co)edited books entitled: The College Counselor’s Guide to Group Psychotherapy (2018) and Examining Social Identities and Diversity Issues in Group Therapy: Knocking at the Boundaries (2020) by Routledge Press.

Mid-Career Practitioner Award

Previous Recipients

2022- No award given

2021- Michele Ribeiro