AACAP Marilyn B. Benoit, MD, Child Maltreatment Mentorship Award

The award is made possible by a generous donation from Ms. Lisa Yang who established this award in honor of Marilyn B. Benoit, MD, and to bring attention to issues surrounding child maltreatment.

Deadline: April 16, 2018

Objective:
The AACAP Marilyn B. Benoit, MD, Child Maltreatment Mentorship Award seeks to provide an experiential opportunity for a child and adolescent psychiatry resident, child and adolescent psychiatry (CAP) fellow, or early career psychiatrist (ECP) within 7 years of graduating from a fellowship program who shows interest in the fields of child welfare, foster care, and/or child maltreatment prevention/intervention. Under the supervision of an experienced mentor, the awardee will collaborate and design a project that will raise awareness and interest in these subject areas.

Goals

  • Increase awareness and interest in the fields of child welfare, foster care, and/or child maltreatment prevention/intervention;
  • Recognize child and adolescent psychiatrists who specialize in the fields of child welfare, foster care, and/or child maltreatment prevention/intervention;
  • Create a community of knowledgeable and effective teachers who will become leaders in the fields of child welfare, foster care, and/or child maltreatment prevention/intervention who will serve as a resource for all AACAP members.

Activities:
Over the course of the award term (12 to 16 weeks), the awardee will collaborate with a chosen mentor to create a project designed to enhance awareness and interest in the field of child welfare, foster care, and/or child maltreatment prevention/intervention. Awardees will submit a preliminary and final report detailing their experiences as well as collaborate with their mentor to co-author a submission to AACAP News for publication.

Mentors:
Awardee will recruit a mentor who has had experience in key issues in the areas of child welfare, foster care and/or child maltreatment prevention/intervention. It is preferred that the mentor’s work include children and adolescents but he or she does not need to be a child and adolescent psychiatrist by training.

Mentor responsibilities include:

  • Contacting mentee on a regular basis for the duration of the project activity implementation period;
  • Advising and supporting the mentee on the development, execution and completion of the proposed training project;
  • Working with mentee as a second author in a submission to AACAP News detailing experience.

Award Distribution
Awardee(s) will receive up to $8,000 (based on number of awardees selected) in two disbursements:

  • First disbursement(s) of 50% will be sent to applicant(s) upon:
    • Receipt of signed Letter of Agreement between AACAP and the recipient clearly outlining expectations
    • Receipt of completed W9 Tax Form
    • Preliminary Report
  • Second disbursement(s) of 50% will be sent to applicant(s) upon the completion of:
    • Receipt of Final Report
    • Receipt of thank-you letters
    • Submission of an article outlining experience for AACAP News. The mentor will serve as the secondary author to the article. This requirement must be completed within one month of the close of the award.

Length of Program
12 to 16 Weeks

Number of Awards
AACAP will select 1 or a maximum of 2 awardees, yearly

AWARD REQUIREMENTS

  • Applicants must be a current AACAP member or have a pending membership application submitted. Funds received by this award cannot be used to cover membership costs.
  • Applicants must be either a child and adolescent psychiatry resident, child and adolescent psychiatry fellow, or early career psychiatrist within 7 years of graduating a fellowship program.
  • Applicants must have a mentor who has had experience in key issues in the areas of child welfare, foster care and/or child maltreatment prevention/intervention. It is preferred that the mentor’s work include children and adolescents. The mentor does not need to be a child and adolescent psychiatrist by training.
  • Signed Letter of Agreement (LOA) between AACAP and the recipient clearly outlining expectations.
  • Submission of an article outlining experience for AACAP News in which the mentor will serve as the secondary author to the article. This requirement must be completed within one month of the close of the award.
  • Inclusion of an appropriate acknowledgement statement with all presentations and publications resulting from the award. An example of an appropriate acknowledgement statement is “This publication/presentation was made possible through an award sponsored by the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Marilyn B. Benoit, MD, Child Maltreatment Mentorship Award, supported by AACAP.”
  • Preliminary report further detailing project, the work to be accomplished, project timeline, and how the child and adolescent psychiatrist mentor will be involved to be completed before start of project.
  • Final report further detailing the work that was accomplished, outcomes of the project, and personal/professional growth from project to be completed and submitted no more than 30 days post project completion.
  • The award recipient must write thank you letters to Dr. Marilyn B. Benoit and Lisa Yang. A copy of each letter will be sent to the AACAP staff liaison.
  • Participants agree to participate in all annual surveys as part of the program evaluation process.

APPLICATION DEADLINE
April 16, 2018 (11:59 p.m. EST)

Application Requirements
In order for your application to be processed, you will need to submit the following to clinical@aacap.org:

  • Completed award application.
  • Personal statement including interest in the child welfare, foster care and/or child maltreatment prevention/intervention, of no more than two pages (single spaced, no less than 12 pt. font and 1” margins).
  • A proposal of no more than three pages (single spaced, no less than 12 pt. font and 1” margins) outlining the intended project as well as identifying the mentor with whom the applicant intends to work. The proposal should include:
    • Project aims.
    • Project timeline with tentative dates of all activities for the proposed project.
  • The applicant’s current curriculum vitae or biosketch.
  • The mentor’s current curriculum vitae or biosketch.
  • A letter of support from the residency training director, of no more than two pages (single spaced, no less than 12 pt. font and 1” margins). If you do not have a supervisor, please provide a letter of support from a professional reference.
  • A letter of support from the proposed mentor, of no more than two pages (single spaced, no less than 12 pt. font and 1” margins), including a brief description about how he/she will play a key role in shaping and assisting the candidate in fulfilling the needs of this award.

Application Form
Download APPLICATION

Selection Process
Applications will undergo review by AACAP members with experience in child welfare, foster care and/or child maltreatment prevention/intervention and related topics.

  • Administrative Review – Applications will be reviewed for submission of all application materials. Incomplete applications will not be forwarded for further review. Please ensure you meet the eligibility requirements and have submitted all requested application materials before finalizing your application.
  • Selection & Review – Applications will undergo a review process by senior AACAP members with relevant expertise. Applications will be scored by a panel comprised of the co-chairs of both the Child Maltreatment and Violence Committee and the Adoption and Foster Care Committee as well as Dr. Marilyn B. Benoit. The Selection Committee will prepare written reviews and score all applications using the following criteria:
    • Significance: Degree to which proposal addresses an important issue relating to child welfare, foster care and/or child maltreatment prevention/intervention.
    • Approach: Degree to which the proposal is adequately developed, well integrated, well-reasoned, and appropriate to the aims of the project.
    • Innovation: Originality and innovativeness of proposal.
    • Applicant: Degree of which the applicant is well suited to carry out the proposal.
    • Environment: Degree to which the scientific environment in which the work will be done and the mentor with whom the work will be done contribute to the probability of success.
    • Mentor: Alignment of mentor qualifications with proposal’s intent and goals.
    • Feasibility: Potential for a successful and feasible mentor experience in the allotted time.
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    Need More Information?
    Contact AACAP’s Clinical Practice Program Manager at clinical@aacap.org.