Caitlin Murphy Nash Scholarship

Caitlin Murphy Nash was a dedicated family and child therapist who received her BA in Psychology in 2005 and MA in the Professional Mental Health Counseling Program in 2009, both from Lewis & Clark College. Upon completion of her graduate studies, Caitlin was employed by LifeWorks NW, counseling children, adolescents, and their families, striving to improve their interactions and communications. She had regional and national training in Parent Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) and found it a particularly effective intervention with young children and their parents.

Caitlin was a passionate advocate and skillful counselor for teens, helping them deal with the difficulties they faced. She was an ideal therapist: kind, cheerful and positive, patient, a good listener, always giving clients her full attention. Caitlin also coached and supervised new therapists, giving feedback, reassurance, and encouragement as they worked through difficult cases. Although the therapeutic work that Caitlin did was demanding and at times heartbreaking, she always managed to lead with her heart both with clients and colleagues. She was a highly respected therapist, within her organization and the Portland community. She was a credit to the profession.

This scholarship has been established by Caitlin’s family and friends to support like-minded therapists further the work that Caitlin cared for so deeply. It supports Counseling, Therapy and School Psychology (CTSP) students in the Professional Mental Health Counseling program, entering their internship year.

The scholarship will be awarded to a student who will enhance the diversity of the program and profession, due to their membership in a currently or historically underrepresented ethnic or racial group, evidence of having overcome substantial educational or economic obstacles, or similar factors.

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