MFT Consortium of the Central Coast Region Meeting March 22

The second quarterly meeting of the MFT Consortium of the Central Coast Region will take place on Monday, March 22nd from 10:00am until 2:00pm at Antioch University Santa Barbara, 801 Garden Street, Room 203, in Santa Barbara.

This second meeting will be less formal and will focus on community building and our developing collaborative relationships as a regional consortium.  To that end, in the morning we’ll have a general discussion about the format and structure of our quarterly meetings.  We’ll participate in break-out sessions where we’ll discuss how the schools and training sites can work together to provide training and services in our communities.  Late in the morning, we’ll speak with the BBS about the changes to the MFT Educational Requirements.  We’ll then break for a networking lunch and spend the remainder of our time receiving updates from our colleagues at the MFT Consortium of Greater Los Angeles and CAMFT and AAMFT.  At this time, we also invite our members and attendees to give brief announcements and updates on news from their sites.

The Central Coast Region Consortium has now formed and is joining the MFT Consortium of California and its five regional MFT Consortia.  The Consortium boasts more than 100 member universities and clinical training sites statewide.  We held our inaugural meeting this past December 7th.  The event was a great success and was attended by about thirty representatives from universities, clinical training sites, county mental health offices and professional organizations in Ventura, Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo, and Kern counties.

As a reminder, the MFT Consortium, unites MFT academic programs and community clinical training sites throughout California with the mission of enhancing the quality of clinical training to MFT students.  The Consortium meets quarterly and provides its members with professional benefits such as networking, collegiality, training opportunities, and profession updates.  The MFT Consortium has partnered with CAMFT, AAMFT-CA and Phillips Graduate Institute to implement the California Department of Mental Health’s educational stipend program for MFTs throughout the state.  The State’s stipend program is funded through the Mental Health Services Act and students are eligible only if their degree is from a graduate program that is a member of a regional MFT Consortium.

Please RSVP at your earliest convenience to Chrystie Lewis, student coordinator for the MFT Central Coast Region Consortium at mftconsortium.ausb@antioch.edu or  805.962.8179 ext. 619.  Our representation in the statewide MFT Consortium is crucial and we need your input and support to make it work.  Please feel free to call or e-mail me with any questions at 805-962-8179 ext. 171 or kschwarz@antioch.edu.  We look forward to seeing you all there!