Seeking Nominations: Resident Recognition Award for Excellence in Family Oriented Care

The Association of Family Psychiatrists will offer an award again this year  honoring psychiatry residents who demonstrate excellence in family-oriented clinical care.  Each awardee will receive a certificate from our organization,  an invitation to our  luncheon at the APA annual meeting, and a year of mentoring, or other significant family oriented experience, from a senior member of our organization. If the resident is interested in publishing, we can support a mentorship in writing at the  Family Process new writers workshop, or a column  in the Clinical Psychiatric News monthly column Families in Psychiatry.  For residents interested in families and addiction, a scholarship is available to  Dr Judith Landau’s 3-day educational intensive on ARISE Intervention and Continuing Care.

We are requesting that you nominate one resident or fellow from your program for this honor. Please consider all psychiatric trainees from PG3s to fellows (general, CAP, combined, fellows) from the institution and select the candidate who best embraces the values of a family psychiatrist. A family psychiatrist routinely meets family members, values them as part of the treatment team, understands the importance of family psychoeducation, and uses couple/family therapy as a treatment modality when needed.

Residents to be nominated must show a strong commitment to family involvement in patient care. This can be demonstrated through their own practice, seeking out extra teaching or supervision, advocacy work with NAMI or other organizations, or through academic presentations (posters, grand rounds etc.). We expect that the resident will have significant  experience in psychoeducation, family consultation and family therapy, and will actively involve families in treatment whenever possible.

The deadline for nomination is March 11th 2016. Please email  your selection with a copy of the nominee’s CV and a brief description of why this resident has been chosen, including their specific experience with couples and families, to my email: If the resident is interested in a particular mentor or  writing experience, please let us know. This award will be given to more than one resident, in the hope that they will also form a support system for each other.

Ellen Berman MD

President, Association of Family Psychiatrists

Clinical Professor of Psychiatry
University of Pennsylvania
Center for Couples and Adult Families