Current Winner

Carl A. Whitaker Award

The Carl A. Whitaker Award is given to a WAMFT member who has distinguished themselves by contributing to the field of Marriage and Family Therapy in creative or innovative ways. It is named after Carl Whitaker because he was a pioneer in the marriage and family therapy field. Through his experiential family therapy, he was personally engaged in helping families bring about change and flexibility in the family system.


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Tammy Conrad

Prior to relocating to Monroe, LA., Tammy lived in Madison, Wisconsin where she enjoyed spending time with her children and grandchildren, cooking, scrapbooking, upcycling, traveling and providing systemic family therapy. During the past 30 years, she provided training in local, national and international communities for the Families and Schools Together program; consulted & provided reflective practice supervision to daycare centers, Head Start programs and home visiting programs; provided in home family therapy to families at risk of losing their children to out of home placement; provided school-based and in office therapy to families, couples and individuals; taught in the Human Service and Arts & Science Departments at Madison College; taught in the Marriage and Family Therapy program at Edgewood College and provided individual and group supervision for interns and residents through Edgewood’s MFT Family Center; facilitated a cancer support wellness group at Gilda’s Club; served on several boards and workforce committees, such as Parents Across America, sponsored by SAMHSA and Family Support America, Common Threads, and the Wisconsin Association for Marriage and Family Therapy. She co-authored two publications and presented at several conferences on parent involvement in communities and schools.

Tammy’s move to Monroe to pursue her Ph. D. in systemic family therapy was born out of her strong passion to immerse herself in the Don Jackson Archive and to learn from Dr. Wendel Ray, a renowned scholar in Communications Theory and systemic family therapy. Her goal is to contribute to the on-going educational process in the field of systemic family therapy as a mentor, academic, and clinician-researcher. By drawing upon the wisdom of the elders she hopes to bring relevance and relatability to old concepts in new ways. She is grateful to have had the lifelong opportunities and experiences that lead her to this point in her career. She wishes to thank the clients who graciously allowed her into their lives, the colleagues she continues to learn from, the students who inspired her to take this risk, and to the agencies that provided the stepping stones: Family Service, Inc., Madison, Foundations Counseling Center, Belleville, Family Resources, Inc. Lake Mills & Watertown, Lake City Counseling, Madison, Madison College and Edgewood College.

2020 Nominations

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