Healthy Aging Program Receives Grant for Caregiver Support Training

Antioch University Santa Barbara, along with Family Service Agency and Alzheimer’s Association has received a grant of $75,000 from the Santa Barbara Foundation to continue a scholarship and training program for qualified students earning their Master’s in Clinical Psychology with a concentration in Healthy Aging.

Awarded for a second consecutive year, the grant provides students with the opportunity to receive scholarships and specialized mentorship working with the client population of caregivers of elders at Family Service Agency. They will also receive specialized training in the area of working with elders and caregiver support provided by Alzheimer’s Association.

“There is an urgent community need for trained professionals who understand the strengths, resilience, and life experiences of older individuals, as well as the unique challenges of caring for elder loved ones,” said Elizabeth Wolfson, Chair of the MA in Clinical Psychology program at AUSB. “Graduates will begin to fill the gap and give back to our community, while serving as a model for other communities.”

AUSB students earning their graduate degree in Clinical Psychology with a concentration in Healthy Aging are preparing for a career as licensed clinical practitioners, (MFT and LPCC)  focusing on working with older individuals, their families, and caregivers. “This is the fastest growing underserved population in our country which requires specialized practitioner training.  An integrative, wellness approach to healthy aging, and supporting families of elders is what makes this concentration within our MA in Clinical Psychology Program so unique,” added Wolfson.

The opportunity to apply for a scholarship of up to $4,000 for a paid traineeship is available to any MACP student in the concentration in Healthy Aging. Please contact Elizabeth Wolfson if you have questions or are ready to pursue eligibility.

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