All gifts will be matched dollar for dollar up to $5,000 thanks to Dr. Mary Read, LMFT (COUN 1984) and Ms. Liz Cvikel, LCSW (HUSR 1985).
The Ánimo Latinx Counseling Emphasis in the Department of Counseling is a set of five courses—within the total 63-units program— that provides additional instruction to students conducting psychotherapy/counseling with Latinx and Spanish speaking clients. Ánimo students are specifically trained to provide culturally sensitive services to clients in Spanish and English. As a result of this specialty, Ánimo students are easily able to find practicum/internship experiences at agencies because there are so few therapist and counselors who have these skills. Community mental health agencies also struggle to find bilingual and bicultural associates (post degree therapists) who are qualified to provide psychotherapy/counseling in Spanish and supervisors who can provide supervision to counselors-in-training. Ánimo students will be able to fulfill these community needs.
The Ánimo Emphasis is one of the few programs in the nation training bilingual and bicultural counselors at a public university. With the current global pandemic, university funding for this program has become more limited. Without incoming support for Ánimo, students who are seeking valuable instruction, training, and supervision would miss the opportunity to be part of this unique program. Most of our Ánimo students are first-generation college students who can benefit from the financial support through their training. Again, post-degree Ánimo students are quickly able to find employment as they seek licensure for two years, while simultaneously benefiting clients and community agencies through their strong bilingual and bicultural clinical skills.
Your support is essential to building student success in the Ánimo program and it will help us strengthen the mental health services available to Spanish speaking/Latinx communities in Southern California. Donations will provide:
- Course materials in Spanish and English
- Books and supplies
- Scholarships or stipends for students
- Research and/or community outreach stipends
- Travel expenses to practicum sites, counseling, specialized advising, and workshops, etc.
- Part-time positions as graduate assistants, teaching assistants, or research assistants.