Antioch University Students Awarded Nine California Education MFT Stipends

Nine California MFT scholarships were awarded to Antioch University Santa Barbara students and recent alumni for their work as Marriage & Family Therapy trainees working with underserved communities

Nine students of Antioch University Santa Barbara’s Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology program were selected as recipients of a prestigious stipend awarded by the California Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development, a program funded through the Mental Health Services Act (MHSA). Recipients were awarded $18,500 each in recognition of their traineeship work with underserved communities, and to provide counseling services in a public mental health setting for one year post graduation.

MFT award recipient groupCentral Coast region recipients were selected among student applications throughout San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, and Ventura counties. The recipients from Antioch University Santa Barbara include:

  • Lillian Smith (MACP, anticipated March 2018)
  • Sierra Boatwright (MACP, September 2017)
  • Maria Rodriguez (MACP, September 2017)
  • Angelica Ramirez (MACP, September 2017)
  • Gloria Ramierez (MACP, December 2017)
  • Susan Magallanes (MACP, December 2017)
  • Shannon Bates (MACP, December 2017)
  • Patricia Ebner (MACP, December 2017)

In addition, AUSB recent graduate Stephanie Kleinsmith (MACP, September 2017) was selected for a California MFT stipend from the Sacramento region.

AUSB recipients completed their traineeships as part of Antioch University’s clinical psychology program training at mental health sites and non-profit organizations, including: Child Abuse Listening & Mediation, Family Service Agency, Casa Pacifica, Mental Wellness Center, Ventura County Behavioral Health, and Stand Strong (formerly Women’s Shelter Program of San Luis Obispo County).

“It speaks volumes about the cultural competence that our students learn and possess, the education they have received at AUSB, and their dedication to providing therapy to underserved populations,” commented Nicole A. Botaitis, Director of Clinical Training in Antioch’s MA in Clinical Psychology program.

This is the final year the Mental Health Services Act stipend program will be awarded. “Future students interested in this path can be confident that they will have opportunities to apply what they are learning in the classroom out in the real world and help those that are underserved,” said Dr. Sandra Kenny, Chair of the MA in Clinical Psychology program.


Learn more about our Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology program and preparing for your career as a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist (MFT): attend an info session on March 6 from 5-6pm or contact Admissions at [email protected]



Collaborating on a Great Antiochian Journey

Susan M. Quigley, PsyD and Elaine F. Campbell, PsyD, both graduated from Antioch New England’s Clinical Psychology Doctoral Program in 1999. They supported each other through their studies and collaborated on their doctoral dissertations. Over the years they’ve maintained a professional exchange and friendship that is a testament to its beginnings at Antioch.

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