The Carl Whitaker Award is given by the Wisconsin Association for Marriage and Family Therapy to a member who has distinguished themselves by contributing to the field of Marriage and Family Therapy in creative or innovative ways.
The award 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.
Congratulations to the 2017 award winner, Linda Pellmann, LMFT.Linda Pellmann has been a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist since 2001. She was called to become a counselor in 1996. During the prior 20 years while she raised her 3 children she volunteered extensively in their schools, the community and ther church. Linda is passionate about relationships and encouraging others so it made sense to her to become a counselor. She explored the 3 Master level degrees and knew that MFT systemic approach was best fit. She was introduced to AAMFT during her graduate program and made it her professional home when she moved to Wisconsin. She joined the WAMFT Board in 2001 and served as President 2008 -2010.
Here is a list of the past Carl Whitaker Award Recipients who have also made significant contributions to the Marriage and Family Therapy field and are highly regarded for all the various ways that they have made a difference in the lives of many:
2005 – Ann Marie Starr
2006 – Mark Hirschmann
2007 – Insoo Kim Berg & Steven DeShazer
2008 – Gary Yeast
2009 – Lee Raffel
2010 – Peter Fabian
2011 – Eve Lipchick
2012 – Linda Schwallie
2013 – Bruce Kuehl
2015 – Lynn Gauger
2017 – Linda Pellmann