Kim McBride, 2003
M.A. Psychology, Couple and Family Therapy
When she researched graduate psychology programs in the Seattle area aimed at adults, Kim McBride found only two, Antioch and the Leadership Institute of Seattle.
"I chose Antioch because the faculty had a higher percentage of core faculty who were also practicing clinicians," she says. "I was extremely fortunate to have core faculty instruct most of my graduate education."
She describes, in no particular order, those who most influenced her training at Antioch.
"Antioch is a rigorous program with exceptional faculty members who facilitate the potential of every student," she says.
Dr. Bill Forisha, professor emeritus, set extremely high expectations for the students. Dr. Forisha's extensive background in history and personal experiences studying with many of the leaders of family therapy himself, allowed him to impart instruction in an exciting real-time/historical context.
"Dr. Paul David is the most intellectual and gifted educator/clinician you will find in a graduate psych program. Dr. David taught me it was not enough to just know theoretical material, rather one must master and integrate theory through direct application – praxis. Dr. David always made time to answer my questions and always challenged me to raise the academic bar.
"Dr. Ned Farley – as a first quarter graduate student, I came to Dr. Farley and told him I wanted to teach in the graduate program after completing my education. Dr. Farley looked me straight in the eye and said, 'Your job is to do your best in school, graduate and then practice for at least two years. After two years of clinical practice, you come back and talk to me. I will do what I can to help you teach.' Dr. Farley's endless energy and commitment to his clinical practice, role as educator and scholarly work always motivated me to challenge myself.
"Dr. Tony Collis, professor emeritus – watching Dr. Collis' instructional style made me believe there was a place in psychotherapy for an active and dramatic therapeutic style – my style. Dr. Collis' passion for his clinical work and engaging instructional style made a three-hour class seem like 10 minutes.
"Dr. Ann Blake taught me three things I remember every time I sit down with a client or teach a class. First and foremost, center myself. Second, humility goes a long way. Third, solid writing skills are required.
"Not faculty, but incredibly influential staff members: Michelle Honey – always there, a great source of wisdom and the voice of reason; and Margaret Conley – amazingly detailed, excellent listener and even when she is extremely busy, she always makes time to help."
McBride, who today combines her private practice with adjunct teaching in psychology at Antioch, offers an example of how her Antioch education integrated theory and practice.
"In my internship, I was the only Antioch intern, among eight other interns from various schools. Early into my internship experience, I observed that my Antioch training had provided me a more comprehensive education (theory and praxis) than the other interns had received in their education.
"I entered into my internship with solid entry level perceptual, conceptual and intervention skills. This allowed me to effectively think my way through client cases, and maximize onsite supervision opportunities to enhance my educational experience," says McBride.
She adds that Antioch's core values of community engagement and social justice motivated her to design her practice so she could offer sliding-scale fees to many of her clients.