Family therapy professor at Lenexa Education Center earns award from peers

News Date: 
Mon. 10/28/2013

Dr. Chris Habben, professor of Marriage and Family Therapy and Lenexa Site program director and clinical internship supervisor, was honored for his contributions and service to his profession with the Divisional Contribution Award from the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy. 

Dr. Chris HabbenThe award recognizes past or current divisional presidents who have made significant and longstanding contributions to the wellbeing of the division through teaching, research, training and generally advancing the discipline of marriage and family therapy. 

Dr. Habben received his award during a ceremony at the AAMFT’s annual conference Oct 17-20 in Portland, Ore. 

“What is particularly meaningful to me is that to receive this, our Kansas Division Board of Directors had to vote to submit my nomination and then had to complete a fairly involved nomination document,” Dr. Habben said “Even if I had not won, to be nominated by colleagues in Kansas, who have also contributed many, many hours of service to our local concerns, was incredibly moving to me. To receive this recognition is now particularly meaningful.” 

Dr. Habben has served the Kansas branch of the AAMFT as secretary, president-elect, past-president, and served three years on the AAMFT board of directors. 

“I am immensely surprised and extremely moved to be nominated for this award because of the recognition it reflects from my colleagues here in Kansas,” Dr. Habben said. He noted that the nomination award document was written by fellow Friends University faculty member Dr. Dan Lord, who is also a past recipient of the award. 

“It is amazing to me that I would be considered for this award given the incredible mentorship I have received from previous leaders, such as Dr. Lord,” Dr. Habben said.  

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