Mental Health Counseling Program Kicks Off Affinity Group
St. John Fisher College’s Mental Health Counseling (MHC) program kicked off its new alumni affinity group on January 21. More than half of the program’s alums attended, enjoyed refreshments and networking, along with a performance by Percussion A Saleem.
The program has over 80 alumni from its five graduating classes, and were looking for a way to keep graduates connected for networking opportunities, continuing education, peer support and supervision, private practice referrals, and a potential conference. Dr. Kastberg spearheaded an initiative to begin the affinity group, and secured financial support for the development of a website and the kick-off event.
During the event, the group honored Dr. Kastberg for her work as the program's Director for the last five years. When she first became Director, there were two other faculty members and the program's identity was still emerging. Under her leadership, enrollment has more than doubled, and the program has earned a full eight years of accreditation from the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP). Most importantly, the department now has a reputation for developing some of the best counselors in the Rochester area.