MFT current students Solina Nerenberg, Miriam Merlan, Mojdeh Mansoori & Avital Wolf-Prusan attend the fair.
The USF Marriage and Family Therapy program hosted its annual MFT
Traineeship Fair on February 7, 2014 in the McLaren Conference Center. Twenty-seven
community agencies attended the event and met with fifty MFT second-year
students searching for traineeship placements for the fall.
The fair demonstrates the School of Education’s commitment to partnering
with the community, particularly with community mental health agencies. As Associate
Dean Elena Flores notes, “The traineeship fair and the placements themselves
are opportunities for the School of Education to foster a long-standing
relationship with the Bay Area. This relationship is mutually beneficial – our
students receive exemplary training in the field while also providing a needed
The fair plays a key role in connecting students directly with agency
representatives. The interactions students have with representatives at
the fair inspire many to consider sites they may not have otherwise.
Rania Shurafa, a current MFT student, described her fair experience saying,
“Before attending the fair, I had already made up my mind on which agencies I
wanted to apply for based on my own personal research. Yet, when I got to
the traineeship fair, I was pleasantly surprised. The traineeships I
didn't think were a good fit for me, actually ended up being my top
choice. I met very welcoming people willing to share their experience,
Agencies that participated in the 2014 fair included Haight Ashbury
Psychological Services, Youth Services Bureaus of the YMCA, SFUSD and the USF
Center for Child and Family Development. The MFT program was particularly
excited to welcome several agencies represented by graduates of the USF
Marriage and Family Therapy program!
To see more photos from the event, please visit our Flickr.
The MFT program thanks Dean Kevin Kumashiro, Associate Deans Elena
Flores and Stephen Katsouros S.J., and CPSY Department Chair Brian Gerrard for
attending the event.