AAMFT Fellowship Program Assists Marriage and Family Therapy Students

An accomplished therapist, Jayne Lessard has led a High Point, North Carolina, practice focused on individual, couple, family, and group therapy for over 20 years. Throughout her career, Jayne Lessard has maintained memberships in several professional organizations, including the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT), a nonprofit that assists and promotes marriage and family therapists through programs and activities aimed at research, advocacy, and education.

In an effort to provide underserved minority populations greater access to mental health and substance abuse services, AAMFT oversees its Minority Fellowship Program, which offers financial and professional support to marriage and family therapy students who have an interest in serving ethnic minority communities. Supported by a Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration grant, the three fellowships offered through the program provide qualified graduate students with a financial stipend for up to three years while they complete research and other coursework needed to obtain a master’s or doctoral degree.

Aside from financial support, the fellowships offer training benefits that include mentoring and leadership development services, continuing-education opportunities, and access to other educational resources through AAMFT’s online learning community. Program fellows are also connected with a network of marriage and family therapists currently working with minority populations. For more information about the Minority Fellowship Program, or other AAMFT programs and events, visit http://www.aamft.org.