Antioch University Santa Barbara has received the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapist’s (CAMFT) 2016 Outstanding School and Agency Award. The award was based on the innovation of the MA in Clinical Psychology program’s Healthy Aging concentration.
“We are pleased that CAMFT has chosen to recognize Antioch University Santa Barbara as this raises awareness about our exceptional programs as well as Antioch’s commitment to inclusiveness, social justice, experiential learning, socially engaged citizenship, and unique dedication to community service,” said Dr. Elizabeth Wolfson, the chair of the MACP program.
The Outstanding School and Agency Award recognizes a school or agency in California, and any CAMFT member may nominate a school or organization for the award. The nomination form is submitted to CAMFT’s Honors Committee, which selects the winner.
AUSB’s program was nominated by Peter McGoey, LMFT, who earned his MA in Clinical Psychology from Antioch University Santa Barbara in addition to Master’s degree in Social Science and a Secondary Teaching Credential. He has spent over 30 years providing counseling and support to Santa Barbara’s drug and alcohol recovery community. Since 1979, Peter has worked at Santa Barbara’s Cottage Hospital and is currently the Primary Counselor for the Alcohol and Chemical Dependency Outpatient Program (COPE).
“We are particularly proud that AUSB’s Concentration in Healthy Aging within the MA Clinical Psychology Program is being honored by CAMFT,” Dr. Wolfson said. “This concentration offers a pioneering model of education for future professional providers of mental health services to our country’s fastest growing and most underserved population of elders and their families.”
AUSB was presented with the award at the CAMFT 52nd Annual Conference in Los Angeles on May 14. AUSB’s award was also mentioned in the May/June issue of The Therapist.
The Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology program at AUSB provides students with a community-based, holistic approach to psychotherapeutic practice. At the core of this degree is a strong emphasis on advocating for and creating positive individual and community change, particularly within the two optional concentrations in Healthy Aging and Latino Mental Health, and a new concentration in Somatic Psychotherapy.