FAQs

General

Each scholarship recipient agrees to attend all 10 hours/4 sessions of the Scholarship Process Group. The SPG will meet for one hour on Wednesday evening and for three hours on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. The core of your experience will revolve around the Scholarship Process Group and its members. Once you have determined which blocks of time are available for a limited number of additional workshops and plenary sessions, you may also register for sessions that fit into your schedule.

AAP negotiates a block of rooms at the hotel at a special conference rate. Most scholarship recipients (SRs) save on hotel costs by sharing a room with one or more SRs or other conference attendees. Once you receive the names and contact information of your scholarship cohort, you can arrange roommates via e-mail.

The scholarship experience is a unique and intense experience. The vast majority of scholarship recipients stay on the premises to allow for easy access to social and community events, and spontaneous gatherings with other conferees. The AAP meeting involves long hours and being on site allows you to take short breaks in your room and return easily. We provide you with a stipend in order to make the hotel costs affordable for early career therapists; and we will deduct $400 from your scholarship if you choose not to stay in the hotel.

Workshops that are didactic are likely to be larger than 20 participants. Workshops that are relational are smaller in size and frequently include the terms “process group,” “interpersonal,” or “interactive” in the workshop description.

There is no prescribed dress code for the conference. Pack comfortable and casual clothing for five days of workshops and activities, and some athletic/leisure wear. Some workshops are movement based and require athletic clothing. Almost no one wears suits, ties, or heels until Saturday night.

However, for the Saturday night dinner dance, people tend to dress up. You will see an array of cocktail dresses, long dresses, dress pants, dress shirts, and jackets and ties at the dinner dance celebration. Of course, there is no mandatory dress code.

Non-therapists may register for workshops at the I&C. However, it is recommended that they have had substantial exposure to therapy and group therapy if they choose to participate in workshops. They must be registered at the conference in order to attend plenaries and community meetings. Members and SRs have the option of inviting family members to the dance or Saturday night dinner, at an additional cost. Some people find the presence of partners to be helpful, though for others the presence of outsiders gets in the way of engaging on the last evening of the I&C.

Here are some ways that AAP supports scholarship recipients in finding each other:

  • Scholarship recipients will have a designation on their name tags so you can identify each other.
  • On Wednesday, scholarship recipients are welcome at the Newcomers’ Reception.
  • At the Wednesday Welcome Dinner and the Saturday dinner, table(s) will be set aside for SRs.
  • The Scholarship Deans will invite you to participate in a low-cost lunch on Thursday for scholars to meet/greet each other socially.
  • A Sunday morning de-brief session for SRs will be held at 8-9am before the Closing Experience. Scholarship committee members will lead this debriefing session to give our participants an on-site opportunity to provide feedback with the whole group present.  (You will also have a chance to give us feedback by responding to a questionnaire, after the conference is over.)
  • Scholarship recipients exchange e-mails with each other and are encouraged to stay in touch after their experience at the I&C comes to a close.

Throughout your conference experience, you may cultivate relationships that you choose to develop after the conference. You may identify members whom you choose wish to know better, share contact information with your peers, and learn about future meetings at AAP’s local and regional chapters. If you attend future AAP meetings and get to know our membership, we would be happy to help you work toward becoming a member.

Workshop Related

Each scholarship recipient agrees to attend all 10 hours/4 sessions of the Scholarship Process Group. The SPG will meet for one hour on Wednesday evening and for three hours on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. The core of your experience will revolve around the Scholarship Process Group and its members. Once you have determined which blocks of time are available for a limited number of additional workshops and plenary sessions, you may also register for sessions that fit into your schedule.

AAP negotiates a block of rooms at the hotel at a special conference rate. Most scholarship recipients (SRs) save on hotel costs by sharing a room with one or more SRs or other conference attendees. Once you receive the names and contact information of your scholarship cohort, you can arrange roommates via e-mail.

The scholarship experience is a unique and intense experience. The vast majority of scholarship recipients stay on the premises to allow for easy access to social and community events, and spontaneous gatherings with other conferees. The AAP meeting involves long hours and being on site allows you to take short breaks in your room and return easily. We provide you with a stipend in order to make the hotel costs affordable for early career therapists; and we will deduct $400 from your scholarship if you choose not to stay in the hotel.

Workshops that are didactic are likely to be larger than 20 participants. Workshops that are relational are smaller in size and frequently include the terms “process group,” “interpersonal,” or “interactive” in the workshop description.

There is no prescribed dress code for the conference. Pack comfortable and casual clothing for five days of workshops and activities, and some athletic/leisure wear. Some workshops are movement based and require athletic clothing. Almost no one wears suits, ties, or heels until Saturday night.

However, for the Saturday night dinner dance, people tend to dress up. You will see an array of cocktail dresses, long dresses, dress pants, dress shirts, and jackets and ties at the dinner dance celebration. Of course, there is no mandatory dress code.

Non-therapists may register for workshops at the I&C. However, it is recommended that they have had substantial exposure to therapy and group therapy if they choose to participate in workshops. They must be registered at the conference in order to attend plenaries and community meetings. Members and SRs have the option of inviting family members to the dance or Saturday night dinner, at an additional cost. Some people find the presence of partners to be helpful, though for others the presence of outsiders gets in the way of engaging on the last evening of the I&C.

Here are some ways that AAP supports scholarship recipients in finding each other:

  • Scholarship recipients will have a designation on their name tags so you can identify each other.
  • On Wednesday, scholarship recipients are welcome at the Newcomers’ Reception.
  • At the Wednesday Welcome Dinner and the Saturday dinner, table(s) will be set aside for SRs.
  • The Scholarship Deans will invite you to participate in a low-cost lunch on Thursday for scholars to meet/greet each other socially.
  • A Sunday morning de-brief session for SRs will be held at 8-9am before the Closing Experience. Scholarship committee members will lead this debriefing session to give our participants an on-site opportunity to provide feedback with the whole group present.  (You will also have a chance to give us feedback by responding to a questionnaire, after the conference is over.)
  • Scholarship recipients exchange e-mails with each other and are encouraged to stay in touch after their experience at the I&C comes to a close.

Throughout your conference experience, you may cultivate relationships that you choose to develop after the conference. You may identify members whom you choose wish to know better, share contact information with your peers, and learn about future meetings at AAP’s local and regional chapters. If you attend future AAP meetings and get to know our membership, we would be happy to help you work toward becoming a member.

Scholarship Related

  • Deadline for applications: July 3rd
  • Notification of applicants: July 15th
  • RSVP to accept Scholarships: within two days of notification
  • Conference Registration by applicants: August 1st

Our review, selection, and acceptance deadlines are close together because we need to accommodate recipients as well as members of our waiting list. Keep in mind that workshop registration is first come/first served. In order to get a choice of workshops, scholarship recipients will need to register as soon as possible after receiving their acceptance e-mail.

Each scholarship recipient agrees to attend all 10 hours/4 sessions of the Scholarship Process Group. The SPG will meet for one hour on Wednesday evening and for three hours on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. The core of your experience will revolve around the Scholarship Process Group and its members. Once you have determined which blocks of time are available for a limited number of additional workshops and plenary sessions, you may also register for sessions that fit into your schedule.

We will present you with your award check (the total amount of $1,200) at the registration desk on the first day of the conference. This is our policy, in order to guarantee that checks go only to registered attendees. Your scholarship award is intended to reimburse you for your conference registration, CEUs (if selected), meals, and shared hotel room. Awardees will need to be prepared to cover additional costs, including travel, if necessary.

The invaluable and intense scholarship process group involves personal sharing, and you will may at times feel challenged to move beyond your comfort zone. This is an opportunity to discover some of the most valuable aspects of AAP, including authentic self-expression and many styles of therapeutic interaction. Within the  scholarship process group, members are encouraged to speak of their experiences, including when they might feel uncomfortable with something that happens in their SPG. They are encouraged to speak about their reactions within the group for their own sake, as well as for the good of the group. Within the scholarship process group, participants frequently discuss their experiences in workshops and plenaries, and their encounters within with other the I&C conference attendees, in order to integrate their AAP experience.

Some of the best preparation for this experience will be taking part in a therapy group, a local AAP salon, or another type of group process workshop, in order to get exposure to intense interpersonal interactions that occur routinely in the AAP culture.

The AAP website has a Library tab which is a collection of summaries, links, and research articles: http://www.aapweb.com/research.html