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James Hyde is selected for Kentucky Marriage and Family Therapy Award

by Louisville Seminary | Apr 05, 2007

The Kentucky Association for Marriage & Family Therapy (KAMFT) is pleased to announce its award winners for 2007, including James A Hyde, PhD, director of the Marriage and Family Therapy program at Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary. He has been selected to receive a Distinguished Contributions and Lifetime Achievement Award.

A member of AAMFT since 1975, Hyde became an Approved Supervisor in 1995 and has supervised countless students and supervisor candidates over the years. Most recently, Hyde has served as a site visitor on behalf of the Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education (COAMFTE). He has also been named Chair of the Judicial Ethics Panel for the American Association of Pastoral Counselors (AAPC). His work and knowledge in ethics has made him a strong resource in the local community for those seeking advice on ethical standards of practice.

Hyde came to Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary in the fall of 2003 as director and professor in the nationally recognized Marriage and Family Therapy Program. His first responsibility was to guide the program successfully through a COAMFTE re-accreditation site visit. Among other accomplishments during his tenure, Hyde has stabilized and strengthened an already solid program, nominated two students who have been recent recipients of the Bill Greenwalt Memorial Graduate Student Award, and empowered faculty, students, and members of the clinical supervisory staff to participate in leading workshops at KAMFT. Under his leadership, the MFT program has fine tuned academic courses with AAMFT core competencies, and the Seminary’s clinical site has more specifically defined its services to the Kentuckiana area. He has annually taught both Professional Issues and Ethics in Marriage and Family Therapy and Pastoral Diagnosis and Psychopathology.

Before coming to Louisville Seminary, Hyde had a long and distinguished career of administration and teaching in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavior Sciences in the School of Medicine at the University of Louisville; the Wayne E. Oates Institute in Louisville (Founder); AIDS Interfaith Ministry of Kentuckiana (Co-Founder); Southern Baptist Theological Seminary; as well as clinical training programs in North Carolina. In all of these institutional settings, he has continued to practice as an outstanding therapist, supervisor, mentor, colleague, and HIV/AIDS advocate.

In an announcement to the community, Seminary Dean David Hester said, “We at LPTS are very much aware of James' distinguished service to us, and I am delighted that others have seen it, too, and are rightly honoring him for it.”

Hyde will receive the award at a banquet on April 19, when the KAMFT will also present awards to Dr. Joe Brown, Kent School of Social Work, University of Louisville; Dan Wulff, PhD, and Sally St George, PhD, of the Marriage and Family Therapy program at the University of Louisville; and University of Kentucky (Lexington) student Carrie Hanson, who has been selected to receive the Bill Greenwalt Memorial Student Scholarship in marriage and family therapy.


    Patti Hard, Chair, Scholarship & Honors Committee
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    1517 Nicholasville Road
    Lexington, KY 40513
    Phone: 859-278-4364
    E-mail: hardmft@aol.com
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