CFT Educational Stipend Program

We are proud to announce that Alliant International University received the Notice of Intent to Award from the California Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development (OSHPD) on February 28, 2014. 

Alliant International University submitted a proposal for grant funding to issue 15 educational stipends of $18,500 each to Alliant Couple and Family Therapy (CFT) program students for two years. This Notice of Intent to Award indicates that this proposal was approved, details pending. This is a great recognition of Alliant's role in the mental health education in the state of California. 

The purpose of this state funded stipend program is to attract members from underserved populations as well as underserved areas into mental health education, and encourage them to take on public mental health as their career choice to provide their services to underserved populations and/or in underserved areas. One the OSHPD requirements for this grant is that at least 15% of stipend recipients will obtain employment in Counties of Need (see below for full list).



Recipients of the Alliant CFT stipends will be required to commit one year of paid employment or volunteer placement at a mental health service agency operated by or affiliated with a county mental health or behavioral health department in the State of California.

Students from these counties, or who are in practicum training in these counties of need will be giving preference in receiving the stipends. Because Alliant's Sacramento campus is surrounded by many of the Counties of Need, 30% or 5 of the 15 stipends will be allocated to CFT students at Sacramento campus. Students coming from or doing practicum in one of the Counties of Need will be given preference in the stipend application and selection process. 


  • You will confer your degree between January 1 and December 31, 2015
  • You have practicum training, employment or volunteer experience in a county’s public mental health delivery system, especially in Counties of Need**
  • You have academic knowledge and clinical competence in providing services to the population served by the public mental health system
  • You have the capacity to provide mental health services in a second language identified as a threshold language for your region
  • You have personal and/or employment experience in communities of diverse cultures, social economic statuses and geographical settings
  • You have personal, employment and/or volunteer experience which conveys commitment towards community service in low-income and socially disadvantaged areas
  • You have personal experience with mental health stigma, serious mental illness and the use of public mental health care
  • Your career goals include providing clinical services to public mental health clients
  • Your post-degree training goals include providing clinical services in one of the Counties of Need

** The underserved areas, or OSHPD-defined Counties of Need, include the following counties: Alpine, Amador, Calaveras, Colusa, Contra Costa, Del Norte, Glenn, Humboldt, Imperial, Inyo, Kings, Lake, Lassen, Madera, Marin, Mariposa, Mendocino, Merced, Modoc, Mono, Napa, Nevada, Placer, Plumas, San Luis, Obispo, San Mateo, Shasta, Sierra, Siskiyou, Solano, Sonoma, Stanislaus, Sutter, Tehama, Trinity, Tulare, Tuolumne, Ventura, Yolo, and Yuba.


Program Director: Dr. Linna Wang 

Program Coordinator: Dr. Peter McKimmin  

Sacramento Campus: Dr. Tatiana Glebova

San Francisco Campus: Dr. Marcia Michaels

Los Angeles Campus: Dr. Hye-Sun Ro

Irvine Campus: Dr. Raji Natrajan-Tyagi

San Diego Campus: Dr. Linna Wang