The Narrative Theory and Practice in Psychology Interest Group invites submissions for the Narrative Therapy Ethos Award.

This award is for a project encapsulating the ethical/moral stance mandatory to the paradigm and its implications. It recognizes a project demonstrating the application of these intentions to an innovative design which furthers the development of post-structuralist psychological practice. This may include the areas of mental health assessment, design of therapeutic tools, the use of outsider witnessing, reflective practice in supervision and community project work amongst others. Recognition will be given to work that reflects creativity and has applications to inter-disciplinary work particularly in the health system.


  1. This Award is the responsibility of the Narrative Therapy APS Interest Group.
  2. The National Committee of the APS Narrative Therapy Interest Group will appoint three NIG members who will make recommendations to the NIG board Committee as to who they believe should be the successful recipient of this award.
  3. The selection committee may also recommend that one or more Certificates of Commendation also be awarded.
  4. The Award will be presented at the Society’s Annual Conference and will be published in the APS InPsych Magazine.


  1. Nominees need to be Members of the Society.
  2. Students and psychologists who are eligible for the award must have completed a research report or thesis in the area of narrative therapy in the period since the previous award was presented.  Examples of eligible candidates for the award include but are not restricted too;
    1. an accredited fourth year psychology program; or
    2. an accredited Masters program;
    3. Psychologists who have devoted their time to Narrative Research
    4. Other applicants who have enhanced the work and knowledge in the field of Narrative Therapy

Nomination process

  1. A call for nominations for Narrative Therapy Research and Development Award will be made annually in the June edition of InPsych. AustralianUniversity psychology departments will also be advised of the award as well as other tertiary institutions.
  2. Applicants can apply for an Award Nomination form via email. The Applicant will then receive an email with the Nomination application form attached. The applicant will need to fill out this application and send it back along with a copy of their abstract.  
  3. Applicants must submit 3 copies of their research report, thesis, or project evaluation, addressed to the Chair of the selection committee before the date set in the call for nominations.
  4. Nominations do not need to be supported by a proposer, seconder or referee.
  5. Candidates may nominate themselves or be nominated by their supervisor or a Member of the Society.

Selection criteria

In judging the nominations for the Narrative Therapy Ethos Award the selection committee will consider inventive narrative practice material and works which encapsulate the intentions, stance and positioning underpinning Narrative approaches.

  1. It must capture and honour the philosophy and perspective that Narrative offers people;
  2. The design of the project will demonstrate externalising and respectful ways of approaching psychological scenerios or tasks;
  3. The project will contribute to the field of narrative psychology and show relevance to the psychology profession and its future direction. Its application will highlight how essential Narrative theory is in the development of ethical and collaborative practice. Criteria will require demonstration of understandings of Narrative intentions and their links to effective applications to practice;
  4. contribution to the development of narrative approaches and practice and its visibility in mental health, community and supervision contexts;
  5. the degree of innovation in research design and methodology;
  6. how the findings promote an understanding of the effectiveness of narrative therapy approaches and applications;
  7. contribution to professional practice; and
  8. any implications for the future directions of the psychology profession influenced by the narrative theory and practice paradigm.

Value of the award

Successful candidates of the Narrative Therapy Ethos Award will receive an award of $600 and a certificate.

Closing date

Nominations close on 31 October

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Tel: 03 8662 3300


Previous winners

2012 not awarded