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Alliant MFT Educational Stipend Program

In 2014, Alliant International University (Alliant) entered into another contract with the Office of Statewise Health Planning and Development (OSHPD) of the state of California to establish an MFT Educational Stipend Program funded through the Mental Health Services Act (MHSA). The Workforce Education and Training (WET) component of the Act seeks to address current shortages and future workforce needs for mental health practitioners in the public mental health system in CA. This contract will continue from 2014 through 2016 under the auspices of the Office of State Health Planning Development (OSHPD).


Enacted in 2005, the mission of the Mental Health Services Act is to transform California’s public mental health service delivery system. It seeks to do this by recruiting both mental health professionals and persons in recovery who are dedicated to community service and to the belief that - for those living with a severe mental illness - “a diagnosis is not a destiny”. It aims to do this to by forging relationships which are grounded in the lived experiences and cultural resilience of both persons with a mental illness and those who serve them, to persons with a mental illness to create a new identity as a “person in recovery”.

The goal of the Alliant MFT Educational Stipend Program is threefold: 

1. To recruit MFT graduates who have the training and motivation to serve historically disadvantaged persons with a severe mental illness.

2. To prepare MFT graduates in the delivery of mental health services that promote the goals and objectives of the MHSA, especially those in the un-served and/or underserved diverse communities that are.

3. To recruit individuals into MFT academic programs who have experience in the public mental health system as a person in recovery, or as a family member of a person in recovery.

The ultimate objective of the MFT educational stipend program is to promote public mental health as a career option for those entering the MFT profession.

Stipend Amount and Number of Stipends

Each educational stipend is $18,500. Recipients will be responsible in deciding how to use this money to defray the cost of their graduate education. Beginning in 2014 for a two-year period, Alliant begins to issue fifteen (15) educational stipends to students who were enrolled in the Marital and Family Therapy Programs in San Diego, Irvine, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Sacramento. The 2014 - 2015 application cycle will begin in the Fall semester of 2014. Deadline is Oct 31, 2014.


Applicants must graduate from Alliant CFT program between Jan 1 and Dec 31, 2015. Applicants must have practicum experience in publicly funded agencies that offer training in empirically supported and culturally competent interventions from both the medical model and recovery perspectives which will assist persons experiencing serious mental illness who live in diverse communities which are un-served and underserved.


1. Familiarity with the goals and values of the MHSA, including recovery, empowerment, choice, self- determination, resilience, and a valued role in the community.
2. Knowledge and skills to provide services which are culturally competent, recovery oriented, community based and outcome driven.
3. A willingness to provide services in un-served or underserved communities in any of the 58 counties in CA, especially those designated as high need areas for mental health practitioners.
4. A willingness to seek for and gain employment in one of the Counties of Need.*

In addition, priority will be given to students with bilingual and/or multicultural skills that best serve the needs of these communities or programs. Priority will also be given to students who are willing to seek for and gain employment in one of the Counties of Need.

Employment Commitment

Recipients of the Alliant MFT Educational Stipends will be required to commit to one year of full-time employment as an MFT Intern at a qualified mental health service agency – i.e. one operated by County Mental/Behavioral Health, or an agency contracted by these entities to provide mental health care. This does NOT include agencies funded from the criminal justice system or social services. Employment may be in a paid or unpaid position as a mental health clinician. At least 15% of the recipients need to gain such employment in Counties of Need.* The first 5 students gained employment in Counties of Need will receive another stipend up to $5,000.

Eligibility Requirement

MFT students eligible for the 2014-2015 must be in good academic standing and complete their degree between January 1, 2015 and Dec 31, 2015. Completion of degree refers to the conferral date posted by Registrar of Aliant. Students must be eligible for registration as an MFT Intern with the California Board of Behavioral Sciences. Students must also qualify for legal employment in California – i.e. be US citizens or permanent residents.

Application Information

The online application and guideline will be available online from September 1, 2014 through October 31, 2014. The web site will close at 11:59 pm on Oct 31, 2014.



October 31, 2014

Online application is open between
Sept 1, 2014-Oct 31, 2014.

Alliant CFT students/graduates interested in applying for the stipends must contact their respective campus faculty advisors. Application training sessions will be offered at the beginning of the Fall Semester of 2014. Applicants need to receive advisement from their campus faculty representative on the student’s eligibility for the stipend program. The faculty advising the student will verify the student’s eligibility and academic standing, and will provide an online recommendation letter.

* For the purposes of this contract, OSHPD-defined Counties of Need are the counties of 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.

Campus Faculty Advisers 

San Diego Campus: Dr. Linna Wang  

Sacramento Campus: Dr. Tatiana Glebova

Los Angeles Campus: Dr. Hye-Sun Ro

Irvine Campus: Dr. Raji Natrajan-Tyagi