Student Excellence in Practice Award


The Society for the Advancement of Psychotherapy is accepting nominations for the Student Excellence in Practice Award. In keeping with The Society's mission of 1) advancing the practice of psychotherapy and 2) supporting the development of graduate student trainees, The Society is pleased to offer this award to recognize the achievements of its student members in the area of clinical practice. The award will be presented to the candidate who best demonstrates commitment to the practice of psychotherapy and exemplary achievement in clinical work.

Funding Specifics

The winner will be awarded a prize of $500 to be presented at the annual APA convention. The winner of the award will be featured in the Psychotherapy Bulletin, and will be asked to write a brief piece for the Psychotherapy Bulletin in which they reflect upon their clinical experiences thus far.

Eligibility Requirements

Any graduate student member of The Society for the Advancement of Psychotherapy (including students on internship) is eligible to be nominated or self-nominate for this award. Students interested in joining The Society can do so at this website:

Nomination Requirements

Students may be nominated by another individual or may self-nominate.

The application materials are as follows:

  • The Student Excellent in Practice Award Nomination Cover Sheet
  • A current and abbreviated (2-page maximum) curriculum vitae focused on clinical experiences.
  • A biographical statement summarizing the student's clinical experience and how that student has demonstrated excellence in the practice of psychotherapy (500 words maximum). Illustrative examples are outlined below.
  • A letter of recommendation from a clinical supervisor that highlights how the student has demonstrated excellence in the practice of psychotherapy. Illustrative examples are outlined below.

Examples of clinical excellence (not exhaustive) are as follows:

  • Student demonstrated innovation in service delivery by implementing programmatic use of a routine outcomes monitoring measure at their practicum site.
  • Student crafted and delivered a psychoeducational workshop, presentation, or other talk to members of their broader community.
  • Student developed and executed a novel or creative group psychotherapy program to meet a community need.
  • Student facilitated an outreach program dedicated to increasing psychotherapy participation among members of minority and/or underrepresented groups.
  • Student participated as a representative or ambassador for mental health as a member of a campus committee tasked with addressing the needs of undergraduate students.

Submission Process & Deadline

Submission Process: Email materials to Carly Schwartzman, Chair, Student Development Committee. E-mail: [email protected].

Submission Deadline: April 1.

Student Excellence in Practice Award

2019 Recipient: Matteo Bugatti

Matteo Bugatti is a doctoral candidate in the clinical psychology program at University at Albany, State University of New York. He is currently completing an APA-accredited pre-doctoral internship in the comprehensive track at University of Kansas Medical Center, which includes rotations in psycho-oncology, outpatient psychiatry, family medicine, internal medicine, as well as adult and pediatric inpatient psychiatry. His previous clinical experiences include practicums at the behavioral health clinical of the Albany-Stratton Veterans Affairs’ Medical Center, the psychiatry outpatient clinic and the department of pediatric neurology at Albany Medical Center, and the department of family medicine at Community Care Physicians. Matteo’s research interests include psychotherapy processes and outcomes, and the use of routine outcome monitoring to promote clinical responsiveness.

Student Excellence in Practice Award

Previous Winners

2018 – Mariafé Panizo Jansana