ACA Best Practices Research, Counseling Practitioner Award

Background and Purpose

This award recognizes a best practices research project conducted by a practicing counselor. Research projects completed within the last two years that further the evidence base for counseling practice will be considered for this award. Eligible projects may include original research or a synthesis of the research literature supporting a particular practice or approach. A total of five Best Practices Research Awards, inclusive of all categories, may be awarded.
 

Deadline:  Monday, Dec. 10, 2018, 11:59 PM EST
Judges:  ACA Research and Knowledge Committee
Prize: Complimentary ACA Conference & Expo registration (travel and lodging not included). Recognition and presentation of the award at the Conference. Recipients must present their research during a session at the Conference. 

Eligibility, Rules and Criteria

Any ACA member whose primary professional activity involves counseling practice is eligible for this award. Research topics can include areas of counseling practice, assessment, consultation or advocacy. To be considered for this award, research projects must have been completed within the previous two years and must further the evidence base for counseling practice. Eligible projects may include original research or a synthesis of the research literature supporting a particular practice or approach.

  • Nominations must come from an ACA member.
  • The awardee must be an ACA member.
  • An individual can only be nominated for one award per year.

Nomination Guidelines

All applications must include:
  • A description of the project using a standard Abstract form: Background, Research Question, Methods, Results and Conclusions. The detailed abstract should be no more than 1,000 words.
  • A 300-word justification of why this research should be given a Best Practice Research Award.
  • Recommendation letters from individuals with knowledge about the contribution of the research (no more than two pages in length). Two letters of recommendation should be included, one verifying that the individual is a professional counselor and another from someone familiar with the work.
  • Recommendation letters should not be written by the nominee or co-authors of an article unless the nomination stems from a dissertation and the co-author is the dissertation chair (please disclose if this is the case).
  • Acknowledgment from the publisher of any work accepted for publication.

Nomination Checklist

  • Nominee Biography
  • Nomination Letter
  • Supporting Materials
  • Supporting Letters

SUBMIT A NOMINATION

**NOTE:  If this is the first time you have submitted a nomination, you must create an account.  The email and password for the awards submission system may or may NOT be the same as your ACA website email and password.  They are different systems, and are not linked.

Submissions must be received by Monday, Dec. 10, 2018, 11:59 PM EST.

Send questions about eligibility criteria or other parts of the application process HERE

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