MFT Consortium

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Consortium of California

The MFT Consortium of California unites the eight regional consortia of MFT academic programs throughout California with the mission of enhancing the quality of clinical training to MFT students. MFT educators of each regional consortia examine the various protocols schools use in preparing students for practicum training and collaborate with the community clinical sites that provide the direct clinical experience and supervision to the students. Many of the regional consortia include as members clinical directors of agencies that provide practicum training (traineeships) to MFT students.

Each regional consortium has a host school that organizes and facilitates it quarterly meetings. Thus, the MFT Consortium has been effective in promoting the quality of practicum training for students pursuing a career in marriage and family therapy.


The MFT Leadership Collaborative

The regional hosts have regular phone conferences to engage all the regions in a collective effort. The Leadership Collaborative includes representatives of CAMFT and AAMFT and is facilitated by Phillips Graduate University. This collaboration has advanced the integrity of the profession and the participation of its members in local and state governance.

In 2008 the MFT Leadership Collaborative was successful in obtaining a grant from the California Mental Health Department in awarding educational stipends to MFT students. Through this grant the MFT educators united to recruit students who were committed to public mental health practice and who were able to provide linguistic and culturally appropriate services to “difficult to hire” areas of the state.

Because the MFT Consortium is not a legal entity, Phillips Graduate University was chosen as its legal entity and administrator of the stipend program. The MFT Leadership Collaborative provided leadership and guidance in the effective delivery of the State Stipend Program for MFT students. The statewide educational stipend program was in effect from FY 2008-09 to FY 2017-18 when the state discontinued these stipend programs. Overall, 812 stipends were awarded and these stipend recipients were employed throughout 40 counties in California.

Members of the MFT Leadership ColLaborative 

José Luis Flores, M.A., Phillips Graduate University jlflores@pgu.edu
Cathy Atkins, California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists, catkins@camft.org
Nicole A. Botaitis, MS, Antioch University, Santa Barbara, nbotaitis@antioch.edu
Barbara C. Burt, Psy.D., University of Phoenix, Barbara.burt@phoenix.edu
Lis De La Rue, Ph.D., University of San Francisco, ldelarue@usfca.edu
Diana Herweck, Psy.D. University of Phoenix, diana.herweck@phoenix.edu
Julie Hayden, Psy.D., gorhombus@gmail.com
Paul Jenkins, Ph.D., National University, Sacramento, Pjenkins@nu.edu
Olivia Loewy, Ph.D., Olivia Loewy & Associates, olivia@olivialoewy.com
Tiffany O’Shaughnessy, Ph.D., San Francisco State University, taosh@sfsu.edu
Mary Read, Ph.D., CSU, Fullerton mread@fullerton.edu
Michele Shepherd, M.A., San Fernando Valley CMH, Inc. mshepherd@sfvcmhc.org
Kathleen Wenger, M.A., Pepperdine University, Irvine kathleen.wenger@pepperdine.edu

Regional MFT COnsortia

There are eight regional MFT Consortia each with a host school that provides administrative leadership. Each regional MFT Consortium represents the MFT academic programs in their area and has regular meetings facilitated by the host school. Please contact the regional host for more information on an MFT Consortium.

MFT Consortium of San Diego and Imperial Counties

Hosts: Julie Hayden, Psy.D. gorhombus@gmail.com
Linna Wang, Ph.D. lwang@alliant.edu
San Diego State University
Counties: San Diego and Imperial
Website: Click here

2019 meetings will be held on February 8, May 31, September 13, November 8

MFT Consortium of Orange County 

Hosts: Kathleen Wenger, M.A. kathleen.wenger@pepperdine.edu
Mary Read, Ph.D. mread@fullerton.edu
Susan Read-Weil, M.A. susanreadweil.mft@gmail.com
Pepperdine University, Irvine Campus
County: Orange
Website: Click here

2019 meetings will be held at Pepperdine University, Irvine Campus on January 16, March 20, May 15, July 17, September 18, November 20

MFT Consortium of the Inland Empire

Hosts: Diana Herweck, Psy.D diana.herweck@phoenix.edu
University of Phoenix, Southern California Campus
Counties: Riverside and San Bernardino

2019 meetings will be held at University of Phoenix, Ontario Campus on March 14, May 16, September 12, November 21

MFT Consortium of Greater Los Angeles

Hosts: José Luis Flores, M.A. jlflores@pgu.edu
Michele Shepherd, M.A. mshepherd@sfvcmhc.org
Phillips Graduate University, Chatsworth
County: Los Angeles

2019 meetings will be held at Phillips Graduate University, Chatsworth on March 11, June 14, September 6, December 6

MFT Consortium of the Central Coast Region

Host: Nicole A. Botaitis, MS, LMFT, LPCC, PPS, nbotaitis@antioch.edu
Antioch University, Santa Barbara
Counties: Ventura, Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo

2019 meetings will be held at Antioch University, Santa Barbara Campus on March 11, June 10, September 9, December 9

MFT Consortium of the Central Valley

Host: DeAnna Henderson, Ph.D. DeAnna.Henderson@phoenix.edu
University of Phoenix, Fresno CA
Counties: Kern, Fresno, Inyo, Kings, Madera, Mariposa, Merced, Mono, San Joaquin, Stanislaus, Tulare, and Tuolumne

MFT Consortium of the Bay Area

Hosts: Lis De La Rue, Ph.D., ldelarue@usfca.edu
Tiffany O’Shaughnessy, Ph.D.,taosh@sfsu.edu
California Institute of Integral Studies
Counties: Alameda, Contra Costa, Humboldt, Marin, Monterey, Napa, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, Solano, Sonoma, and San Benito

Meetings will be held at The Wright Institute, Berkeley on September 13, 2019, December 13, 2019, March 13, 2020, May 8, 2020

MFT Consortium of Greater Sacramento

Host: Paul Jenkins, Ph.D., Pjenkins@nu.edu
National University, Sacramento
Counties: Alpine, Amador, Butte, Calaveras, El Dorado, Lassen, Nevada, Placer, Sacramento, San
Joaquin, Shasta, Solano, Sonoma, Sutter, Tehama, Trinity, Tuolumne, Yolo, and Yuba

The next meeting will be held at National University on August 2.