Mabella Mendez, MA '02Marriage and Family Therapy
Treating Hispanic Families is Dream Job for AUNE Therapist
“Antioch opened doors for me. I am doing exactly what I wanted to do—it is an overwhelming feeling to be able to do the work I dreamed about doing,” said Mabella. “Life is good!”
Before returning to school, Mabella was a case manager with the chronically mentally ill. She had a bachelor's degree and some specialized training in mental health, but knew she needed a master's degree to work within managed care and get her dream job—working with the Hispanic population.
“I chose marriage and family therapy because we are products of our families and environment and it is important to encompass the entire family in mental health care to provide the most complete care. I was looking for a program that focused on the people, not one that stressed administrative duties. I knew I wanted to work directly with clients,” says Mabella. “My program provided the right blend of theory with practical experience and I graduated prepared for the career I wanted.”
While Mabella says many things stand out about her Antioch University New England experience, the help and support provided by everyone from faculty and advisors, financial aid and other administrative departments, stand apart. “I found that support was available at all levels—it makes all of the difference when the help and advice you need is easily accessible.”