Distinguished Contributions for the Education and Training of Child and Adolescent Mental Health Psychologists

This award recognizes the distinguished contributions for the education and training of psychologists within the fields of child and adolescent mental health. Winners are selected for exemplary education and training initiatives that transform mental health practices or policies for children and adolescents.

Deadline: June 1, 2015

Sponsor: APA Board of Educational Affairs

Description

This award recognizes training programs (doctoral, internship or postdoctoral), accredited by the American Psychological Association or Canadian Psychological Association, that prepare future psychologists to promote the optimal development of child and adolescent mental and behavioral health within the context of families, schools or communities.

Award

The selected program will receive a $2,500 award and a plaque recognizing its distinguished training and education contributions.

Eligibility

Programs must be APA- or CPA-accredited doctoral, internship or postdoctoral training programs that prepare future psychologists to promote the optimal development of child and adolescent mental health within the context of families, schools or communities.

How to Apply

Programs must complete the BEA Child and Adolescent Mental Health Training Application Form (DOC, 22KB).

Submissions should be sent electronically or postmarked by June 1, 2015, to:

Yvonne Hill
Office of Graduate and Postgraduate Education and Training
Education Directorate
American Psychological Association
750 First Street NE
Washington, DC 20002-4242
Phone: (202) 336-5531

Criterion

Submissions must include a document with:

  1. A program description.
  2. A description of the program's pioneering education and training practices related to child and adolescent mental health.

Programs must provide documentation of exemplary education and training initiatives that transform mental health practices or policies for children and adolescents and that reflect proactive leadership in the development of best practices in one or more of the following domains:

  • Evidenced-based practices.
  • Services research.
  • Policy development and evaluation.
  • Program development and evaluation.

Program initiatives must demonstrate that they are developmentally appropriate, culturally competent and reflect one or more of the following characteristics:

  • School-linked.
  • Family-centered.
  • Consumer friendly.
  • Community oriented.
Past Recipients
2012
  • St. John's Child and Family Development Center
2010
  • The Institute for Juvenile Research at The University of Illinois at Chicago
  • The University of Maryland School Mental Health Program