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Marriage & Family Therapy Program Hosts Traineeship Fair

Students - MFT Fair

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 community service.” 

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, and knowledge.”

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.