HRSA Scholar Highlights

HRSA Scholar Highlights Meet Tyler Banks: Tyler is in the dual degree program for Clinical Mental Health Counseling and Forensic and Legal Psychology. She is currently interning at The Arlington County Child Advocacy Center (CAC ), an environment where children feel safe to share their experiences. While at the CAC, children receive comprehensive assessment and counseling services to meet their particular needs while ensuring protection and quality care.


HRSA Scholar HighlightsMeet Matthew Kirk: Matthew is a third-year Pastoral Clinical Mental Health Counseling student interning at Families First Counseling and Psychiatry (FFCP) in Maryland. FFCP is a private practice that specializes in Dialectical Behavior Therapy and primarily serves clients with historically underrepresented identities receiving Medicaid and/or Medicare benefits. FFCP provides a myriad of services including outpatient individual, family, and group therapy, medication management, and coordination of care with a variety of PRPs across the state of Maryland. FFCP operates out of five counties in the state of Maryland – Baltimore City, Baltimore County, Howard County, Prince George’s County, and Montgomery County. Matthew is excited about his work at FFCP and remains passionate about eradicating the stigma surrounding mental health and serving underrepresented populations for the duration of his career. 


HRSA Scholar HighlightsMeet Sasha Zizza: Sasha is currently an intern at the Arlington Child Advocacy Center (CAC) and a student in the Clinical Mental Health Counseling program. Sasha moved from Portland, Oregon, where she completed her bachelor’s degree at Lewis & Clark College. In Portland, she was able to engage in many roles within the counseling community as a co-founder of a peer support network on campus, a skills trainer at two residential facilities, and interning with an eating disorder counselor. Sasha has been privileged in her ability to continue her education and exploration of knowledge at Marymount University and at the CAC where she works with children of physical and sexual abuse. Sasha hopes to continue her doctorate and continue her work with this population.