WAMFT and AAMFT Co-sponsor Mentor and Emerging Professionals Day
By Rebecca Cobb, PhD, LMFT, Washington Association for Marriage & Family Therapy President
On Saturday, April 29, WAMFT and AAMFT co-sponsored a lively Mentor and Emerging Professionals Day. Over 100 people signed up to take part in panel discussions and attend presentations on private practice, community mental health, supervision, networking, and self-care.
The event largely focused on connecting students and emerging professionals with respected members of the community who volunteered to serve as mentors at the event hosted by Seattle University. Most inspiring, were the connections that people made. Over an energetic networking lunch, current students discussed potential internships for the fall with agency representatives seeking help, and recent graduates identified AAMFT Approved Supervisors to aide in the process of gaining licensure.
Participants remarked, “I gained invaluable connections that will support my developing practice.” “I feel much more inspired and optimistic about the field and my place in it than I did before!” “This event inspires self-confidence and professional community.”
Zach Dungca, chair of the Mentor Day Committee, shares, “Events such as Mentor and Emerging Professionals Day support WAMFT’s mission of investing in the future of relational therapy.”
Thanks to all who participated!