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Marla Lane-Parks
M.A. in Counseling Psychology with a Marriage and Family Therapy (MFT) emphasis.

Marla Lane-Parks, a graduate of San Jose State University, was nervous about applying to the Counseling Psychology graduate program in SCU’s School of Education and Counseling Psychology (ECP). “Santa Clara has a great reputation. The alumni that I'd met before attending SCU were all individuals whom I'd thought very highly of." Thanks to a recommendation from a friend, she applied and now feels very much a part of the community. She thanks her professors for that.

After a few quarters of intimate work with her ECP professors, she would conclude “Santa Clara University had far exceeded my expectations and challenged me in ways that I never could have imagined before taking part in the experience. Not only am I learning and acquiring the tools I’ll need to help others, but I’m growing myself.”

Lane-Parks acknowledges the role the ECP faculty played in her gratifying educational experience. She says that her “capacity to understand and integrate concepts has been enriched by their willingness to share, and their enthusiasm and passion to teach. The faculty push us to discover our 'self' and trust ourselves in the process, encouraging us to take the education we are receiving and make it our own.”

Lane-Parks concludes, “The resources available and authenticity of all faculty is something I’m not sure I’d find anywhere else. I’ve had no other educational experience that comes close to what I’m receiving at Santa Clara University, and I’m so grateful to be in the program!”