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Recognizing Exemplary Achievements within the Field.

Left: Evan Imber-Black
Right: Ellen Berman

Left: Guillermo Bernal
Right: Celia Falicov

Left: Judith Landau
Right: Martha Sullivan

Awards

The Academy annually recognized exemplary achievement within the field by bestowing the following awards:

Distinguished Contribution to Family Systems Research Award

This annual AFTA award recognizes an individual for outstanding research on subjects central to the field of family therapy. The award may recognize either cumulative career achievement or a single contribution that has played a seminal role in the field. Criteria for this award include several of the following:

  • Systematic investigation of important family therapy issues
  • Superior utilization of qualitative and/or quantitative methodology
  • Innovative techniques of data collection, measurement, and analysis
  • Examination of new research areas
  • Integration of different conceptual frameworks
  • Substantive contribution to knowledge in the field
  • Theory development in the field

Distinguished Contribution to Family Therapy Theory & Practice Award

This annual AFTA award recognizes outstanding contributions to family therapy theory and practice, reflecting cumulative achievement over a career. Criteria for this award include several of the following:

  • Significant contribution to knowledge and/or theory in the field
  • Work in education and training
  • Fostering the interrelationship of family therapy and related fields
  • Publication(s) enhancing the understanding of family therapy
  • Development of model therapeutic approaches
  • Leadership role in family therapy professional organizations

Innovative Contribution to Family Therapy Award

This annual AFTA award recognizes persons who have made highly innovative contributions to family therapy theory and practice in one or more areas. Criteria for the award include the following:

  • Pioneering an innovative set of ideas that contributes to the enhancement of family therapy theory and/or practice
  • Developing and implementing a family-centered clinical or community-based program or training model
  • Extending family therapy theory and practice ideas into another field, location, or into work with a new population
  • Social action efforts that contribute to the betterment of therapeutic and/or other resources for underserved populations

Lifetime Achievement Award

This AFTA award recognizes a consistent and outstanding contribution to the field of family therapy theory and practice over the course of a career. Criteria for this award include the following:

  • A significant and widely known contribution to the development of family therapy theory and practice
  • A reflection of that contribution in a significant body of published works, which may include written and audiovisual components
  • A reflection of that contribution in the profession, through leadership roles in organizations, conferences, journals, and presentations

Distinguished Contribution to Social Justice

This annual AFTA award recognizes outstanding current work on social justice by a person who is:

Directing, developing, or deeply involved in a family clinical service, training program, community outreach program or research project that is designed to advance the quality of life and/or to address injustices affecting people of diverse cultural and economic backgrounds or people oppressed on the basis of sexual orientation.