AADA Awards

AADA Awards

Call for Awards Nominations and Grants Proposals:

Dear Colleagues,

Each year the Association for Adult Development and Aging (AADA) recognizes individuals and organizations that have made an important contribution to adult development and aging. We invite you to nominate a colleague for an AADA award. We also are offering two research grants for AADA members. The awards will be presented at the AADA conference.

You are welcome to submit your nomination and supplemental materials using the following link https://forms.gle/dPkuJHCdJSbtiE1F7 The deadline for submission is June 8, 2020 at 11:59pm Pacific Time.

For any questions, please contact Rebecca Michel, Awards Committee Chair at Rebecca.michel@depaul.edu.

The awards include:

Outstanding Research – This award promotes and recognizes exceptional research that will contribute to the body of information regarding adult development and aging. Nominations should include a letter and supporting materials addressing the following:

  1. Relevance of Topic: The topic is relevant to adult development and aging
  2. Quality of Research Paper: The paper presents sound scholarship; complete and clear literature review based on theory; clear and sound research design; valid and reliable instruments; appropriate discussion of findings using both past research and present findings
  3. Future Promise of Implications: The knowledge presented and the conclusions drawn must hold promise for the improvement of the counseling profession

Advocacy in Adult Development and Aging – This award is given to a member of AADA or ACA who has taken the lead on an advocacy event or initiative that addresses a political need related to counseling adults or a need of adult consumers of professional counselor services. Nominations should include a letter and supporting materials addressing the following:

  1. Accomplished an advocacy event or initiative of substance for the counseling field or its clientele in the past year, wherein the counseling of adults by professional counselors was essential to the advocacy.
  2. By event or initiative of substance, consider an achievement that involved other AADA members or an identified group of professional counselors or consumers to take action on a matter of concern to professional counselors who work with adults or to adult recipients of the services of professional counselors

Distinguished Service – This award is presented to an AADA member with a history of service to support adult development and aging.  Nominations should include a letter and supporting materials addressing the following:

1. Nature of Service: Professional service is defined as work done or duties performed primarily with the intent of benefiting or giving service to others rather than for personal gain. This work should be of a nature to promote growth of the profession relative to the needs of adults across the life span. It should have wider perspective and reflect general efforts and effects rather than being limited in scope.

2. Relevance To The Profession: The professional service efforts must be concerned primarily with the profession in general as related to the interests of AADA.

3. Significance Of Service: The nominee has a history of activity resulting in expanding and extending the horizons of the profession in any or all of the following: across the life span; efforts to impact other professions in relation to the needs of adults across the life span; efforts to identify needs of the public and provide services to meet those needs for adults across the life span; efforts to enlarge the potential clientele for service delivery across the life span; efforts to promote the concerns of adults across the life span within the counseling and helping professions.

4. Record Of Long-Continued Professional Contributions: Evidence of substantive work, beyond the call of duty, to improve professional practices and the contributions of counselors to meeting the needs of adults across the life span. There should be a history of substantial efforts to create and improve opportunities for adults and especially older adults to realize their full potential by evidence or work done or duties presentations and publications, and other evidence of sensitivity to the needs of adults across the life span.

Outstanding Branch Division – This award is designed to recognize and promote the efforts of an exemplary state division of AADA. Its purpose is to recognize and honor a state division for outstanding contributions related to adult development and aging during the preceding year. Nominations should include a letter and supporting materials of their choice highlighting the activities and accomplishments of their branch. Examples of supporting materials include (but are not limited to): state division activities, organizational structure, state division newsletter. State Divisions nominated for this award must be current, chartered state divisions of AADA. Any state division, officer, AADA member, or an ACA state branch president, may make the nomination. A limit of five supporting letters, evidence or testimonials may be submitted.

Government Relations – This award is given to a member of AADA or ACA who has taken the lead on an advocacy event or initiative that addressed a political need related to counseling adults. The advocacy event or initiative involved contact with government officials at the local, state, or federal level with the purpose of addressing a matter of concern to professional counselors or adult clients. Nominations should include a letter and supporting materials addressing the following:

1. Through contact (in person or not in person) with government officials at the local, state, or federal level, accomplished a substantial advocacy event or initiative for the counseling field or its clientele in the past year, wherein a political need related to the counseling of adults by professional counselors was addressed.

2. By substantial event or initiative, consider an achievement that involved other AADA members or an identified group of professional counselors or consumers taking action at a political level through contact (in person or not in person) with local, state, or federal government officials on a matter of concern to professional counselors who work with adults or to adult recipients of the services of professional counselors

The following grants are also available:

$500 Research Grant – This grant will fund studies that increase understanding of issues pertaining to adult development and aging. Preference will be given to research that focuses on normative adult developmental phases, stages, and transitions; wellness and positive aging; and/or diversity in adulthood.

$500 Evelyn Chasan Research Grant – This grant will fund studies that increase understanding of issues pertaining to older adulthood. Preference will be given to research that focuses on older adult transitions, wellness and positive aging, issues arising in older adulthood, counseling with older adults, the training of counselors who will work with older adults, and/or diversity in older adulthood.

Feel free to reach out with any questions!

All the best,

Rebecca Michel, PhD, LCPC