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Graduate Training Program

Commitment to Empowerment and Social Justice

The Graduate Training Program in Feminist Multicultural Counseling allows students to become immersed in both the relevant theories and practices of feminist multicultural counseling. The practicum counselors are selected from the fields of counseling, psychology and social work graduate programs.

  • Applications accepted from advanced graduate students in counseling, social work, & psychology.  Applications are generally available December through mid February.  
  • Immersion in feminist multicultural counseling theory and practice
  • Offers credit for 20 – 30 hour per week field practicum or clinical internship
  • Individual & group counseling & supervision, programming, social justice outreach, activism & education
  • Analysis and incorporation of issues of privilege and power, diverse and marginalized identities, and personal/interpersonal/socio-political dimensions of empowerment
  • For questions contact Nellie Arrieta, Training Coordinator,  or Kristy Bartley, Counseling Coordinator,  at 801-581-8030.


  •  Completion of a one-year supervised practicum, internship, or fieldwork experience.
  • Feminist Multicultural Therapy, EDPS 7240, taught 1st summer session, T/Th, 2:00 – 5:00 pm.
  • Graduate course in Multicultural Counseling, or equivalents (this could include documentation of lived experience).
  • Commitment to one full academic year at the WRC beginning Fall Semester.
  • Availability during the academic year for required meetings, seminars, and supervisions on Tuesdays, 8 am to 12:30 pm and on Wednesdays from 8 am to 12:30 pm.
  • Submit application materials to the WRC before 5:00 pm on February 10th.
  • 40-hour sexual assault advocacy training with Utah Coalition against Sexual Assault (UCASA). The WRC sponsors this training for our practicum students and interns.

If you have questions about the prerequisites or ways of meeting them, please contact Nellie or Kristy at the above number or emails.

Current Graduate Training Program in Feminist Multicultural Counseling  Practicum Students

Carly Parsons is a 2nd year Master's of Social Work Student concentrating in mental health and pursuing a graduate certificate in women's health.  Since obtaining a bachelors degree in Family Life and Human Development, she has worked primarily in an outpatient setting as an individual and group counselor with teenagers and young adults who experience post-tramatic stress and feelings of depression and anxiety.  She has experience in working with adult women in domestic violence settings.  Her goal as a feminist therapist is to first listen to and value a client's life experience, then advocate for their well-being to live a more empowered life by more fully understanding and accepting their intersecting identities and unique experiences.

Leah Ward is a 2nd year Master's of Social Work student with a Global concentration.  She has recently become interested in being involved with the prevention of Human Trafficking in Utah and potentially worldwide.  After graduating from Utah Valley University with a bachelor's degree in Behavioral Science with a social work emphasis, she worked with adults with mental disabilities and loves working with that population.  As a feminist therapist, her main goal is to support clients with empowerment and acceptance.  She is aware that she is not the expert in counseling sessions because the client knows themselves better than she ever could.  Therefore, she supports clients in the way they need support, rather than believing that she knows the answers.

Rachel Carter is a non-traditional student having already enjoyed a first career as a statistician in cancer research for many years. She has a B.S. in Math and Master’s in Statistics both earned at the U of U in the early 90s. After working in that field for 9 years in Seattle, WA, she decided she’d had enough of working in front of computers all day every day and felt she was ready to enter work with a great deal more human interaction. She returned to Utah and spent 10 years doing advocacy and community organizing on mainstream political campaigns, ballot initiatives, legislative citizen lobbying, and grassroots work. The bulk of her grassroots experience has been in training, planning and implementing direct action campaigns for climate justice, migrant rights, police accountability, and indigenous sovereignty with multiple small non-profit groups in the Salt Lake area. She decided to return to school in the Master of Social Work program to gain clinical skills and broaden her community practice. 

Shannon Katie Roghaar received her bachelors of science in Neuroscience from the Unversity of Nevada, Reno where she was a student athlete on their soccer team. Katie worked as a surgical technician in Reno for 2 years before returning to Utah to be close to her family. She decided to go back to school originally for nursing but fell in love with social work while working as a case manager at a residential treatment facility for women with co-occurring substance use disorders and mental health disorders. Katie finished her second bachelors of science degree at the University of Utah in human development and family studies and applied to the masters of social work program which she started last year.  She intends to use her social work degree and experience at the Women’s Resource Center  to do advocacy work for women’s equality here in Utah and at the federal level. She also plans to continue to do therapy for individuals with substance use disorders and mental health issues.

Last Updated: 1/3/19