In 1988, when LMU’s Marital and Family Therapy program founder Helen B. Landgarten retired, the department inaugurated the Helen B. Landgarten Scholar award. The award, which is given yearly to one or more graduating students, recognizes academic success, competency in clinical work and leadership skills. This year, the department congratulates Allison Marx as the 2019 Helen B. Landgarten Scholar.
Marx received her BA in visual arts and film making, but was always fascinated by psychology, and much of her own artwork was informed and inspired by this interest. She worked in the film and television industry for several years, but never forgot that interest in psychology and mental health, which eventually drew her to volunteer on a crisis hotline. She found this work so rewarding that she decided pursue a career in the field of mental health.
When Marx discovered LMU’s Marital and Family Therapy and Art Therapy program, she realized this program would enable her to use her passion for both art and helping others. She is currently completing her clinical practicum at Airport Marina Counseling Service, where she is gaining experience providing services to adults in the LGBTQIA community and working with at-risk youth. Allison also received one of the LA County MFT stipend awards, and plans to work for a Department of Mental Health agency after she graduates.