Jackie Cowell and Keisha Janney were recently selected to represent the University of Oregon in the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy's (AAMFT) Minority Fellowship Program. Both are master's students in the COE's Couples and Family Therapy (CFT) program.
"This speaks to me directly because working with underserved youth populations has been my passion for the last decade, and I hope to continue to provide culturally competent services to underserved youth through mental health services," Keisha said. "It feels both exciting and humbling to be selected for such an awesome program."
She currently provides counseling to girls and young women from varied backgrounds at Ophelia's Place, a Eugene-based center dedicated to helping girls make healthy life choices.
Jackie, too, is interested in helping marginalized populations through advocacy and clinical work.
"I am particularly passionate about the intersection of attachment and eating disorders, specifically with gender nonconforming youth. I am currently pursuing this passion as an intern therapist at a community mental health and eating disorder treatment center where I work with individuals and families coping with eating disorders at various levels of care," she said.
The CFT program requires extensive clinical work of its students, much of which occurs at the UO's Center for Healthy Relationships at the newly endowed HEDCO Clinic.