Valuing Difference Scholarship

Title of Scholarship Valuing Difference

Eligible Applicants Students currently enrolled or about to begin graduate programs in any of following disciplines: Social Work, Counseling, Marriage and Family Therapy, Art Therapy, Dance/Movement Therapy, and Psychology

Amount $2500 (This may be awarded in full to one person, or smaller amounts may be awarded to several people, but not less than $500 per person)

Values Guiding Scholarship At Live Oak, we recognize the consequences of privilege, oppression, discrimination and stigma, and therefore practice psychotherapy, consultation, and training that affirms the value of difference. In responding to systems of marginalization, people often cope in ways that magnify feelings of shame, low self-esteem, and disconnection. Our affirmative and inclusive approach is based on an understanding of an integrative change process, and therefore provides our clients with opportunities to reduce the disintegrating effects of power and privilege to promote self- actualization and integration. We emphasize the extent to which growth and connection is enhanced more from our differences than from our similarities.

The intention of this scholarship is to encourage and support new clinicians who are aligned with these values and plan to implement them in their practice.

Application Process Applicants will provide the following materials:

  • Resume
  • Position Statement (no more than three pages, double spaced) that, at a minimum,
    addresses the following questions:
    • How do the applicant’s professional goals relate to the values that serve as the framework for this scholarship? Please feel free to draw from personal/professional experiences when explaining this.
    • How will the applicant use the scholarship award in a way that is consistent with the scholarship’s values?

Deadline for Applications All materials must be submitted by 11/15/16. They should be submitted electronically to: valuingdifference.scholarship@liveoakchicago.com
Notification People selected for scholarship award will be notified by 12/15/16.