The Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and Psychology Interest Group invites submissions for the APS ACT Psychology Interest Group Award.

The APS ACT Psychology Interest Group Award is designed to promote contributions to research, therapy and/or social applicability of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Relational Frame Theory (RFT). The award encourages the conduct of scientific research relevant to practice issues and the dissemination of research findings to the community of practitioners of ACT and RFT by acknowledging the overall best student completing an APAC accredited Honours, Master of Psychology, Professional Doctorate or a PhD program in an Australian tertiary instituion engaging in research focussed on ACT or RFT.

Administration

  1. The APS ACT Psychology Interest Group Award is the responsibility of the APS ACT Psychology Interest Group, which will also fund the Award.
  2. The APS ACT Psychology Interest Group will appoint a selection committee of three people from the National Committee of the APS ACT Psychology Interest Group, to be responsible for recommending an appropriate recipient to the Board.
  3. The research supervisor of any candidate is excluded from participating as a member of the selection committee.
  4. The Award will be made annually at the Annual General Meeting of the APS ACT Psychology Interest Group, held at the Annual Conference of the Interest Group.
  5. The selection committee may invite nominees to prepare their work for submission to the Australian Journal of Psychology.

Eligibility

Candidates must be a member the APS and currently enrolled in an APAC accredited Honours, Master of Psychology, Professional Doctorate or a PhD program either at the time of application or in the year preceding the date of their nomination.

Nomination process

  1. A call for nominations for the Award for APS ACT Psychology Interest Group Award should:
    1. be advertised in InPsych;
    2. be provided to the Heads of Department of each tertiary institution that has independent membership of the Australian Vice-Chancellors Committee.
  2. Candidates may be self-nominated or nominated by the Head of Department of an Australian tertiary institution.
  3. Only one candidate can be nominated by the Head of Department from each Australian tertiary institution.
  4. All nominations should be prepared in collaboration with the supervisor/s of the thesis.
  5. Nominations should be submitted to the Chair of the National Committee of the APS ACT Interest Group prior to 31 October each year and include:
    1. the name and address of the nominee;
    2. a summary of the project of no more than 500 words outlining objectives, methods and findings ;
    3. a letter of recommendation from the principal supervisor, of no more than one A4 page, outlining why the thesis should be considered 'excellent’.
    4. the contact details for two referees, who have a substantial back ground, knowledge, or practice in ACT or RFT.
    5. the nominee’s consent and indication of their availability to present their findings at the ACT Psychology Interest Group national conference, as a condition of Award conferral.

Selection criteria

  1. Each nomination will be assessed having regard to the following criteria:
    1. contribution to extending the knowledge base on ACT or RFT 50%
    2. quality of research 50%
  2. The committee will rate each entrant on the above criteria and the successful candidate and runner-up will be selected upon the basis of the aggregate of the marks awarded by the selection committee.
  3. The selection committee may provide general feedback on a student’s thesis, but are not obliged to do so.

Value of the award

  1. Successful candidates for the APS ACT Psychology Interest Group Award will:
    1. have their name published in the Association for Contextual Behavioural Science (ACBS) website and in InPsych;
    2. be invited to prepare their thesis as a presentation for inclusion in the next APS ACT Annual Conference Program occurring after their receipt of the Award;
    3. receive an award of $250 and a certificate; and
    4. be offered one standard registration at no cost to attend the next APS ACT Annual Conference Program occurring after their receipt of the Award, and one night’s accommodation to the value determined by the APS ACT Interest Group’s National Committee.
    5. be offered one year’s APS membership at no cost provided that the successful candidate makes an application for membership within twelve (12) months of receiving notice of their Award.
  2. The runner-up for the APS ACT Psychology Interest Group Award will:
    1. have their name published in the Association for Contextual Behavioural Science (ACBS) website
    2. receive a certificate.

Closing date

Nominations close on 31st October, 2013.

Contact:
Member Group Administrator
Tel: 03 8662 3300
Email: ig@psychology.org.au

Previous winners

2013
Felicity Brown
“Supporting parents after paediatric acquired brain injury: Evaluation of Stepping Stones Triple P combined with Acceptance and Commitment Therapy"
2012
Jenny Grant
"Effects of Cognitive Defusion and Cognitive Restructuring on Exam Marks in Exam-Anxious Students."