Elizabeth Robinson receives WAMFT scholarship

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MAC candidate Liz Robinson '15 honored with WAMFT scholarship

Elizabeth Robinson, MAC ’15, who is aiming for a career as a marriage and family therapist and is a candidate for a Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology, was at Seattle Pacific University on Saturday, March 15, to receive a $500 scholarship for the 2014-2015 academic year from the Washington Association for Marriage and Family Therapy.

Robinson’s receipt of the scholarship, which took place during the WAMFT’s annual conference, is well deserved, according to Godfrey Ellis, director of the MAC program and chair of the Department of Leadership and Counseling Psychology at Saint Martin’s.

“Along with our other two graduate research assistants within the Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology program, Liz is a very organized self-starter with lots of creative ideas. It’s nice to have her commitment to the field of marriage and family therapy recognized by our state organization,” he says.

“This achievement by Liz is significant, not only for her, but for the MAC program and for Saint Martin’s University as a whole,” Ellis explains. “It helps to increase our visibility within the marriage and family therapy community in Washington state at a time when the MAC program is considering seeking accreditation for its marriage and family therapy program.”

Robinson became interested in becoming a marriage and family therapist during her 11 years as a registered dental hygienist for the federal government. “During that time, I worked with the Yankton Sioux Tribe, the prison system and the Department of Defense,” she says. “In those populations, I saw how stress, trauma, problems with family of origin and a number of issues had a major impact on people’s lives. I want to work with individuals, couples and families to help them communicate more effectively with each other.”

“In my time at Saint Martin’s University,” Robinson adds, “I have never had a doubt I was pursuing the right field.”