Jazmin Atzhorn ’19 (M.A., mental health counseling) received a Minority Fellowship Program Services for Transition Age Youth (STAY) fellowship from the American Psychological Association. The fellowship program, which is sponsored by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), is designed to support master’s level training for clinicians who hope to work with transitioning adults.
The STAY fellowship provides a stipend to cover financial costs, offers training and an opportunity to network with professionals and peers, and is awarded to students who are interested in working with young adults who are part of minority groups.
The fellowship is Atzhorn’s next step in developing a career as a professional in the mental health field.
“I am extremely thankful for this amazing opportunity that has been given to me. This fellowship fits with my career goals because it provides me with resources as well as training in the field that I otherwise would not get, working with this population that is of interest to me,” Atzhorn said.
Atzhorn plans to obtain a master’s degree in mental health counseling and obtain a license to serve in the community. She hopes to pursue a doctorate in a related field. She is currently pursuing an internship in a university counseling center and plans to seek work in that environment after graduation.
“The Mental Health Counseling Program at the University of Indianapolis is giving me the tools I will need to be a counselor and to do it with excellence. The professors in the department are intentional and care about us students deeply. The program is well structured but also flexible to accommodate for our needs and preferences. I also love the community we have with professors as well as with our cohort. It is honestly a privilege to be a part of this program!” Atzhorn added.
Atzhorn received the Graduate Student award at UIndy’s 2019 Scholar’s Showcase for her outstanding thesis project, “Belief in a Just World and School Fairness as Predictors of Student Engagement among Brazilian Children and Adolescents.”