The criteria are simple. Tell us about someone, in at least 500 words, who best personifies the awards descriptions.

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The nominees will be voted on and selected by the Symposium Program Committee. Recipients will be honored for their accomplishments at the Symposium. Scholarship recipients receive educational monies for college tuition.

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Award Descriptions


Mental Health Advocate of the Year: This award recognizes a person who has served as a significant advocate for social justice issues related to improving wellness in Black communities.

Distinguished Practitioner of the Year: This award was established to recognize a dynamic, innovative mental health clinician whose work results in an impact on Black clients and communities.

Black Mental Health Educator of the Year: This award recognizes a Black faculty member whose work results in a significant impact on the development of students / new professionals through teaching, advising, supervision, and/or mentoring.

Ethel L. Wallace Scholarship: This award recognizes a graduate student–master’s or doctoral level–whose work is or will decrease barriers to mental health care for Black clients and communities.





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