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JFK University among Top Schools Awarded Federal Grant to Train Mental Health Professionals

September 26, 2014

PLEASANT HILL, CA –John F. Kennedy University has received a grant of $467,982, renewable over three years for a total of $1.4 million, from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to train mental health providers. The grant will provide students in the University’s MA Counseling Psychology programs with annual stipends of $10,000 for completing practicum hours at the University’s three Community Counseling Centers in Concord, Oakland, and Sunnyvale.

JFK University was one of 25 universities nationwide receiving over $400,000 each in grant funding from the HHS. JFK University’s grant is designed to encourage training of individuals from diverse cultures and backgrounds as mental health professionals and to support enhanced services to marginalized communities.

“We are honored to be chosen for this grant which acknowledges the high caliber of our psychology programs and the invaluable service that JFK University’ s Counseling Centers provide to our communities,” stated Dr. Mac Powell, JFK University President.

Under the supervision of licensed professionals, students in the graduate Counseling Psychology program provide affordable, confidential mental health services to more than 4,000 families each year at the University’s Community Counseling Centers. In addition, hundreds of children are served at school-based sites in Mt. Diablo Unified, Cupertino Union, and Oakland Unified school districts. For more information on JFK University’s Psychology programs and its Community Counseling Centers, visit

This grant is funded by President Obama and Vice President Biden’s “Now Is the Time” plan to increase mental health services to protect the health of children and communities. Click here for more information on the grant.