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Master of Arts in Couples and Family Therapy Student Chosen as Fellow for AAMFT MFP Program

Written by Rhea Panela
November 27, 2018

STM’s very own Master of Arts in Couples and Family Therapy (MACFT) student Kathryn McNiel was chosen as a fellow for the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT) Research and Education Foundation’s Minority Fellowship Program (MFP). The fellowship program aims to expand the delivery of culturally competent mental health and substance abuse services to underserved minority populations and to increase the number of culturally competent Marriage and Family therapists.

Kathryn said her goals in completing the fellowship program are “to increase my understanding and use of systemic theories working with children and families, to enhance resources available to underserved populations through my internship, and to learn how the resiliency of immigrant and minority families is used as a tool in therapy.”

The AAMFT Research and Education Foundation is dedicated to funding research, scholarship, and education in the practice of systemic and relational therapies. The MFP primarily offered fellowships only to doctoral students but was expanded to include Master’s level students in 2014 as part of the “Now is the Time: Minority Fellowship Program – Youth.”

For more information about the AMFT Research and Education Foundation, visit

To learn more about the Minority Fellowship Program, click here.