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Anonymous Donation of $40,000 Funds New Trauma Specialization Scholarship

scholarship photoThanks to the generosity of an anonymous donor, Antioch University Los Angeles (AULA) has created a new scholarship for the Trauma Specialization in the Master Arts in Clinical Psychology Program. The entire $40,000 gift will be awarded equally among qualified student applicants for the Fall 2016 quarter. The scholarship will provide support to continuing Trauma Specialization students with financial need.

“Many students select this specialization because of a personal passion to relieve the suffering of others,” said Erica Holmes, Psy.D, Director of the Trauma Specialization. “This scholarship can help relieve some of the student’s financial stress allowing them space to concentrate on pursuing their degree.”

Up until very recently, most mental health professionals in training did not receive formal education in the treatment of psychological trauma. This created a need for more professionals in the field who have the education and experience to meet the needs of those who are suffering following a traumatic event.

“Growing awareness of the impact of trauma exposure has thrust it into the forefront as a serious public health risk,” added Holmes.

Trauma Specialization students are trained in the latest research and treatment intervention in order to work with diverse populations with the aim of reducing trauma-related psychological distress.

Studies have shown that upwards of 60% of American adults have experienced at least one traumatic event in their life. Although most people who experience a traumatic event do not have long-term negative consequences, a substantial minority develop significant psychological and physical health problems.

“This generous donation will provide many talented, hard-working students assistance to complete their graduate program,” said AULA Interim Provost Dale A. Johnston, Ph.D. “It demonstrates how crucial scholarships are to helping our students be successful. And we hope it will inspire others.”

To qualify for the award, the applicant must have been enrolled in the Trauma Specialization since summer 2016, have a demonstrated financial need, and submit an essay describing why the student wants to work with trauma victims and/or populations. All applications must be received by Monday, September 26, 2016 at noon.

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