A recent graduate from the University of La Verne’s Marriage Family Therapy master’s program is a step closer to becoming a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in the State of California.
Larissa Lucas is one of 84 statewide MFT applicants to receive the California Educational MFT Stipend Award in the amount of $18,500.
Lucas graduated with her M.S. in Marriage and Family Therapy in February 2013.
Recipients of the stipend are able to apply the $18,500 to educational costs in exchange for a year of paid or unpaid employment at a mental health service agency administered by a county in California.
The MFT program is part of the Department of Psychology at the University of La Verne.
Applicants across the state apply for the highly competitive awards every year, which requires writing four essays that respond to in-depth questions relevant to the practice of mental health in a community setting. Students selected to receive the stipend must demonstrate a personal capacity and aptitude for clinical training and community experience.
After completing the MFT program, graduates begin accumulating the 3,000 hours of supervised work experience required to take the licensing test to become a licensed MFT in California.