LMU Marital and Family Therapy with Specialized Training in Art Therapy is proud to announce that 37% of its graduating class of 2024 was awarded highly competitive stipends by the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health. Each student recipient was awarded $18,500 to provide services to diverse communities throughout Los Angeles County who have been historically underserved due to geographic location or cultural and linguistic barriers.
These stipends are designed to recruit and incentivize well-trained therapists to work in agencies funded by the Department of Mental Health throughout Los Angeles. Students awarded a stipend commit to one year of post-degree employment in a clinical capacity at either a directly operated agency or an agency contracted by LAC DMH. These therapists provide crucial therapeutic services to veterans, unhoused individuals, older adults, immigrants, and those who have experienced trauma, domestic violence, or child / elder abuse. Past awarded graduates have built successful careers in public mental health, serving those most disadvantaged in our communities.
“Our students are trained in alignment with LMU’s social justice mission to provide excellent treatment for all communities that make up Los Angeles County, with a particular focus on underserved groups,” said Kathleen Fogel-Richmond, MFT practicum coordinator. “LMU has a long history of our graduates successfully receiving stipends due to our focused training on cultural humility, multicultural assessment, and trauma-informed treatment, which leaves our students uniquely prepared.”