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SCCAP Distinguished Career Award for Practice and Training

Last updated May 12, 2021

SCCAP Distinguished Career Award for Practice and Training

Application period  October 1 – January 5

Announcement:  February 21

Description: This Award is designed to recognize a clinical child and adolescent practitioner who has made a significant and enduring impact to promoting awareness, accessibility, and/or implementation of evidence-based mental health services for children and adolescents. This recognition is designed to highlight the outstanding work of  currently practicing clinicians, and/or supervisors who take scientifically-derived clinical knowledge and promote, provide, or share it on a broader scale (i.e. state, national, or international), in particular with members of diverse, vulnerable, or underserved groups. Note that the focus here is not on scientific productivity (e.g., publications, grants received) but on efforts that facilitate and improve the quality of evidence-based services for children and adolescents more broadly and to the general public’s access to those services. SCCAP has other awards designed to honor achievements in the area of scientific productivity.

Examples of appropriate activities for nominations may include, but are not limited to:

  • Development and implementation of service delivery strategies that significantly increase accessibility to evidence-based treatment and/or assessment.
  • Innovative approaches to training clinicians in the use of evidence-based practices.
  • Advocating for and working with policy makers on increasing access to evidence-based practices for diverse, vulnerable, or underserved groups.
  • Broadly promoting evidence-based practices in ways that educate potential users and enhance the visibility of evidence-based practices.

Awardees will receive a $500 honorarium.  In years when the convention is held in person, the awardee will receive up to $1,500 toward travel expenses and will be recognized at the Society of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology (SCCAP) business meeting at the APA convention.


  •  The longevity of SCCAP membership will be considered with your application.  All applicants must be a SCCAP member for one membership years prior to the award year.
  • As this award is designed to recognize members of SCCAP who are  currently practicing as a clinician, and/or supervisor; individuals who work primarily as researchers are not eligible. Students currently enrolled in programs are not eligible to apply but are encouraged to apply for SCCAP dissertation or achievement awards.
  • The nominee must be a member of the Society of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology (SCCAP) for at least one year at the time of application.
  • Self-nominations will be accepted.
  • Elected board members of SCCAP Division 53 are not eligible.
  • Applicants must be domiciled in the United States of America.
  • While it is not a requirement, clinicians of color and/or with diverse identities and lived experiences that enrich their work are especially encouraged to apply.

SCCAP encourages and welcomes applicants with diverse backgrounds with respect to age, ethnicity, disability, gender, geography, nationality, race, religion, and sexual orientation.

Please submit the following materials in the online application:

  • A 2-3 page, double-spaced statement highlighting the history, nature, and focus of the nominee’s work, as well as any information that speaks to the impact of the work. Specific information should be provided regarding how the work addresses the needs of diverse groups and carries the potential for sustainability. Publications and grants will not be considered as evidence of the nominee’s impact, although they may co-occur with the activities for which the nominee is nominated.
  • Two (2) documents that attest to the impact of the work. This might include letters of recommendation from others familiar with the work, or demonstration of changes in policy or community practice, among other methods.
  • A recent copy of the nominee’s CV.