Koslow Center Opens its Doors
The Kathryn P. Koslow Center for Marriage and Family Therapy (MFT) officially opened its doors in April, offering private, affordable services to local residents and a state-of-the-art learning facility for students of the Graduate School of Education and Allied Professions (GSEAP).
Funded by a generous donation from Kathryn P. Koslow ’05, a member of the GSEAP and MFT advisory boards, the Center is housed in Southwell Hall near the Early Learning Center. The warm, homey space was renovated to provide: rooms focused on children’s play therapy, and rooms outfitted with two-way mirrors to allow graduate students and mentors to observe therapy sessions, as well as a seminar room for discussion and lectures.
The Koslow Center is helping to enlarge the 26-year-old MFT program. Under the supervision of professional faculty and supervisors, advanced graduate candidates provide clinical mental health services to individuals, couples, and families from the greater Fairfield community.
In addition to funding the renovations, Koslow has launched a $125,000 five-year challenge grant. She will match up to $25,000 in donations each year for the next five years to provide student support, enhanced curriculum, and expanded clinical programming.
• GSEAP announced five new Advanced Training Certificate (ATC) programs for those who wish to enhance their competencies and update their skills in: Applied Behavior Analysis; Early Childhood Studies; Integration of Spirituality and Religion in Counseling; School-Based Marriage and Family Therapy; and Substance Abuse Counseling.
• The Department of Educational Studies and Teacher Preparation launched a five-year B.A./M.A. degree program with teacher certification in secondary education, elementary education, and TESOL. Undergraduates will now be able to minor in nursing, get classroom teaching experience, and receive their graduate degree in a fifth year of study. The department also oversees a 15-credit minor in educational studies.
• GSEAP’s advisory board created the popular Community Conversations series, hosting panel discussions and lectures in early childhood issues, special education, and a host of other topics. Conversations have included panel discussions on charter and magnet schools, and a conversation on special needs education that drew over 125 educators, psychologists, and parents.