The Minority Fellowship Program (MFP) helps foster specialized training of behavioral health professionals in the following disciplines:
- Marriage and family therapy
- Professional counseling
- Social work
- Addictions treatment
Each year some 200 fellows (master's-level or postgraduate students) are accepted into the program.
The program is administered by seven MFP grantee organizations. Each MFP grantee individually manages the application approval process and program activities for their given disciplines. Approved applicants are offered scholarships, tuition assistance, professional development training, and other resources as benefits of program enrollment.
Training might include professional development seminars or webinars on cutting-edge behavioral health practices and sponsored attendance at professional conferences and meetings. It might also include practicum placements, externships, and internships that provide unique mentoring, supervision, and clinical interactions with racial and ethnic minority populations.
MFP fellows often go on to serve in key leadership positions in behavioral health treatment services, policy and program development, services supervision, services research, training, and administration. Alumni laud the program for helping them to network and share ideas with others dedicated to minority health issues. Some report having presented or published for the first time as an MFP fellow.
Personal stories of program participants are featured in Minority Fellowship eNews, SAMHSA’s quarterly newsletter for MFP fellows and alumni. Access the latest issue of Minority Fellowship eNews as well as other publications and resources.
Seven grantee organizations currently administer the program through individualized curricula. Visit individual MFP grantees’ websites for information on program eligibility and application procedures:
- American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy
- American Nurses Association
- American Psychiatric Association
- American Psychological Association
- Council on Social Work Education
- NAADAC: The Association for Addiction Professionals
- National Board for Certified Counselors and Affiliates
Access SAMHSA’s Minority Fellowship Program brochure – 2011 to learn more about the associations’ competitive programs.