10 Reasons to Love MFT at USF in Santa Rosa
From our Wine Country location to our supportive learning environment to our emphasis on social justice, there are many reasons to choose USF's programs in Santa Rosa.
The Master’s in Counseling Psychology program with a concentration in Marriage and Family Therapy (MFT) is committed to social justice, equity, and community cultural wealth. We are interested in admitting students who analyze and challenge the impact of oppression in our society and actively take social action to assist underserved communities.
Placing ourselves at the service of vulnerable communities, our work promotes community solidarity, resists the violation of human rights, and confronts hegemonic and oppressive forces. In the process of sharing our hearts with others, we advance our critical consciousness, improve our self-awareness, and become more compassionate clinicians. We simply love what we do."
DR. DANIELA DOMÍNGUEZ
Assistant Professor, Counseling Psychology
Each year at our annual Traineeship Fair, students have the opportunity to interview with potential traineeship sites that fit their interests and schedules. For two semesters, students provide supervised counseling to site clients, further developing their skills and gaining valuable experience and professional contacts.
USF's Santa Rosa MFT faculty are committed to providing a warm and culturally sensitive learning environment. In the classroom, we consider students’ sociocultural contexts and honor their multiple viewpoints and strengths. Our instructors teach a range of theoretical orientations and share first-hand experiences in decision-making and treatment planning in individual, marital, couples, family, and group counseling. Our faculty work diligently and collaboratively every day to create an academic curriculum that empowers students to seek out educational and training experiences that will facilitate their clinical and personal growth.
Dr. Daniela Domínguez has the best interpersonal skills of anyone I’ve ever met — I strive to be like her in my practice. And Nancy Feehan is someone who listens thoroughly (which is tougher than you'd think). She teaches students about 'the heart' through which we live our personal lives, and how we should bring that to our relationships with our clients.
Emily Lewis MA '18
In a virtual panel moderated by Shabnam Koirala-Azad, dean of the School of Education, Genevieve Leung, associate professor in the College of Arts and Sciences, Hsiu-Lan Cheng, associate professor in the School of Education, and Daniela Domínguez, assistant professor in the School of Education, explored the impact of COVID-19 on marginalized communities through a historical and socio-political lens.