Caregiver Support Training Scholarship Boosts Healthy Aging Students

Several students from the Antioch University Santa Barbara MA in Clinical Psychology program have received scholarships through the new Caregiver Support Training Program.

The scholarship recipients – Kattie Bachar, Micasha Desilva, Pallavi Kumar, Amanda Lopez, Cindy Mayer, and Bianca Ruvalcaba – are all in the MACP program’s Healthy Aging concentration.

From left: Amanda Lopez, Bianca Ruvalcaba, Cindy Mayer, Kattie Bachar, Pallavi Kumar, and Micasha Desilva.

The Caregiver Support Training Program is a collaboration between Family Service Agency, the Alzheimer’s Association California Central Chapter, and AUSB that will address the shortage of caregiver services in Santa Barbara County. It is funded by the Santa Barbara Foundation.

“This is a fantastic opportunity, not just because of the scholarship funds, but also because of the unique training these students will receive from the Family Service Agency and Alzheimer’s Association, in addition to their academic training in Healthy Aging at Antioch,” said Elizabeth Wolfson, PhD, LCSW, Chair of the MACP program at AUSB.

Dr. Wolfson said the scholarships will help students who otherwise may not be able to pursue this course of study as well as encouraging MACP students to enroll in the growing Healthy Aging concentration. Kattie, Amanda, Cindy, and Bianca are receiving the award for the second time, while Pallavi and Micasha are first-time recipients.

“This program is the first in the Santa Barbara area to ensure that professionals already engaged in graduate education in healthy aging are on the front lines of providing support for those who care for elderly family members,” said Dr. Wolfson.

For further information about the Caregiver Support Training Program, contact Cynthia McNulty at 805.965.1001 x226 or [email protected]; students interested in participating should contact Dr. Wolfson at 805.962.8179 x 5155 or [email protected].

About the Healthy Aging concentration

AUSB’s Healthy Aging concentration is unique in its focus on a strength based, holistic counseling approach that supports resilience in older adults and their families. Students in the Healthy Aging concentration meet all course requirements towards MFT licensure while focusing on the psychological, physical, and social needs of the growing population of older adults and their families.

About the MA in Clinical Psychology program

The Masters in Clinical Psychology degree at AUSB provides students with a community-based, holistic approach to psychotherapeutic practice. You will gain the practical and theoretical knowledge for a sustainable and successful career in the field of counseling, as well as the skills to work with diverse client needs and perspectives.

Posted August 4, 2016

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