Hello! I am excited to welcome you to this website to learn more about the Minority Fellowship Program (MFP) of the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT). The MFP is supported by a federal grant awarded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). SAMHSA’s efforts are focused on substance abuse prevention, and improving the quality of, and access to alcohol and drug addiction treatment, and mental health services. The goals of the Minority Fellowship Program at AAMFT include supporting, mentoring and training doctoral level MFT students toward the following:
-The delivery of culturally competent mental health and substance abuse services to underrepresented communities using a systemic framework.
-The ability to advance research and produce scholarship in the above areas.
-The integration of issues such as social justice, trauma, the needs of military families, health information technology, and outcome-informed interventions in the practice of couple and family therapy with all clients.
We are proud to note that our MFP is in its second three year cycle, having been successfully initiated and run for the first three years. The AAMFT/MFP awards Fellowships to MFT doctoral students who demonstrate a prior record of, and a future commitment to addressing the needs of underserved populations including ethnic minorities, individuals who identify as LGBT, as well as people with disabilities, in the form of clinical work, service, research and scholarship. MFP Fellows receive a stipend, cutting edge training, and mentoring and networking opportunities with leaders in the field. Applicants may apply for and receive support for a year, up to a total of three times. The MFP advisory committee oversees the entire process from the selection of Fellows all the way to staying connected with MFP alums.
We invite potential applicants, faculty members, mentors, and mental health professionals to take the time to peruse this information. Please contact the MFP staff or me with any questions. Our aim is to provide excellent training and support to our Fellows so that they may address the pressing mental health and substance abuse treatment needs of underserved populations. Together we can create more culturally competent and accessible mental health services for all.
Mudita Rastogi, Ph.D., LMFT