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.


Nominees should be no less than 10 years and no 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.


In this middle stage of their career, 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 therapists 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.


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 early 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.
  • Supporting documentation. Materials submitted should evidence the nominee’s commitment to growth as a therapist (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 how they hope to enhance and grow their professional practice in the next 10 years.


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.