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The Institute for the Study of Therapeutic Change is offering a $2,000 prize to fund a dissertation or study on client-directed, outcome-informed clinical practice.

Students, interns and clinicians are invited to apply for the prize, which can fund studies on such topics as using client feedback regarding the therapeutic alliance to improve treatment. The prize is open to studies that collect original data as well those using information in the public domain.

To be eligible, projects must be completed within two years of receipt of the award funds, and the winner must be interested in publishing the study in a peer-reviewed journal.

In addition to the cash prize, the award winner will receive a free registration to the institute's conference in Phoenix in May 2008. The winner will also be invited to share his or her results as a poster presentation at a future conference.

The application deadline is Jan. 15. Proposals can be sent via email. Find more information on the prize at

-D. Schwartz