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California Educational MFT Stipend Program Application Information For 2014-15

The California Educational MFT Stipend Program will be awarding up to 110 stipends of $18,500 each during the 2014-15 academic year for use by selected students to defray the cost of their graduate education. Recipients of the state stipends are required to complete one year of paid or unpaid employment at a mental health service agency operated by or affiliated with a county’s mental health or behavioral health department in California. Click here for The 2014-15 MFT Educational Stipend Program document that provides information on eligibility, application requirements, qualifying criteria, selection process, and employment/placement payback obligations.

Applicants should direct any questions about the MFT Stipend Program Application to their school representative. The list of school representatives are located on the website under Qualifying MFT Schools. Additional questions may be emailed to mftconsortium@pgi.edu.

Phillips Graduate Institute and the Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development are the administrators of the California MFT Stipend Program in partnership with the eight regional Consortia of MFT schools.  The eight regional MFT Consortia include the following: Greater Sacramento, Bay Area, Central Valley, Central Coast, Greater Los Angeles, Inland Empire, Orange County, and San Diego/Imperial Counties. Students awarded a stipend must fulfill the employment obligation by serving the workforce needs of the county or counties represented by that regional consortium.

Each educational stipend of $18,500 is funded through the Mental Health Services Act (Prop 63). Educational stipends are not taxable income if used to cover the cost of graduate education, refer to IRS Publication 970.

Students selected to receive a stipend need to commit to one year of service providing clinical care as an MFT Intern in a mental health service agency operated by or affiliated with a county mental health or behavioral health department in California. The required year of service can be as a paid employee or as a volunteer.

2014-15 California MFT Stipend Program Application (available August 20, 2014)

Deadline October 8

Students may apply for a stipend for one of the eight regional MFT consortia. Students must indicate on the application form the county or counties represented by the regional consortium they intend to fulfill their post-degree employment or volunteer placement obligation. Student may not apply to more than one region.

The student’s school and campus must be a member of a regional consortium. Students should refer to the list of qualifying schools on this website to verify that their school is a member. Schools and school contacts are listed by region under “Qualifying MFT Schools” on the website.

Click here to download the 2014-15 MFT Stipend Program Application

2014-15 California MFT Stipend Program Application Guide (available August 20, 2014)

The five-page 2014-15 California MFT Stipend Program Application Guide assists students in the completion of the 2014-15 California MFT Stipend Program Application. The guide includes specific information on completing the student’s identifying information, the required information for the student’s county operated or contracted field placement, student’s additional qualifying information, and the essay responses.

Students are encouraged to consult with their school advisor before completing the application to receive guidance on the students’ qualifications and aptitude for public mental health practice. The 2014-15 California MFT Stipend Program Application requires the signature of a school advisor to verify that the student is in good academic standing and has an anticipated conferral date between the dates of September 1, 2014 - August 31, 2015.

Click here to download the 2014-15 California MFT Stipend Program Application Guide

IRS W-9 Form

Stipend applicants must be eligible to work in California post degree and will need to register with the California Board of Behavioral Sciences as a MFT Intern after graduation. A completed and signed IRS W-9 federal tax form must be submitted with the application.

Click here to download the IRS W-9 Form


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