Master's Student Sabrina Roc Accepted to AAMFT Fellowship Program
Sabrina Roc, a second-year Couple and Family Therapy master’s student, has been accepted into the 2019 Minority Fellowship Program for the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT).
The AAMFT Minority Fellowship Program (MFP) works to increase access to mental health services for underserved minority populations in America. The program’s goal is to reduce health disparities and improve behavioral health care outcomes for racially and ethnically diverse populations.
Encouraged to apply to the fellowship by Dr. Leigh Leslie, Dr. Patricia Barros, and Dr. Mona Mittal, Sabrina found faculty support to be invaluable during the application process. “Mona took the time to help me complete my application in a way that would highlight my interests the best,” said Sabrina.
In addition to her professional interests aligning succinctly with MFP’s specific focus on individuals transitioning to adulthood (16-25), the program’s underlying principle that underserved minority populations have just as much right to culturally competent mental health care was a key motivator for Sabrina. In her own words, “The ability to receive supplemental training in substance abuse treatment, prevention, cultural competence, as well as professional mentorship resonated with me deeply and added more motivation to apply.”
Hailing from Tallahassee, Florida, Sabrina received her Bachelor of Science in Family and Child Sciences from Florida State University. After receiving her undergraduate degree, Sabrina worked as the Campus Director for Every Nation Ministries on several college campuses in Tallahassee. Her campus ministry background sparked her research interests in emerging adulthood, and the unique challenges faced in that transitional age; identity formation, loneliness, anxiety and others.
By increasing the number of culturally competent masters-level behavioral health professionals serving children, adolescents, and populations in the transition to adulthood (ages 16-25), the MFP fellowship aims to increase access to, and the quality of behavioral health care for those under the age of 26.
In Family Science, we are excited to support our Couple and Family Therapy master’s students as they develop into successful, culturally competent therapists.