Notre Dame de Namur University Students Receive Stipends in Statewide Competition for MFT Candidates

Jose Del Toro and Joe Gutierez awarded $18,500 grants for counseling in public mental health facilities

For Immediate Release (11/17/2017)

Belmont, Calif.—Two students at Notre Dame de Namur University (NDNU) were awarded stipends in a California state competition that supports MFT candidates who choose to provide counseling in community mental health facilities.

Jose Del Toro
Jose Del Toro

The two NDNU recipients are Jose Del Toro and Joe Gutierez, both students working on master’s degrees in the Clinical Psychology program.

“These stipends earned in a statewide competition are testimony to the excellence of students at NDNU like Joe and Jose, and to the strong community engagement component of our Clinical Psychology Department,” said Professor Helen Marlo, who chairs the department. “Both Joe and Jose are deeply committed to working with populations currently underserved by the mental health profession, which is key to our mission. Our students are more competitive for this award and other professional opportunities because our professors value professionally oriented learning, and they practice what they

Joe Gutierez
Joe Gutierez

Foster City resident Joe Gutierez currently works in the Emergency Department and Psychiatric Emergency Services at the San Mateo County Medical Center. Jose Del Toro works in Alameda County, offering crisis support services.


Notre Dame de Namur University (NDNU) is a Catholic, not-for-profit, coeducational institution serving approximately 1,700 students from diverse backgrounds. Established in 1851 by the Sisters of Notre

Dame de Namur, NDNU is the third-oldest college in California and the first authorized to grant the baccalaureate degree to women. NDNU maintains a strong commitment to academic excellence, social justice, and community engagement. The university is fully accredited and offers a rich variety of undergraduate, graduate, doctorate, and teacher credential programs. The historic campus is located on the San Francisco Peninsula in Silicon Valley. For more information, visit


Professor Helen Marlo, Chair, Clinical Psychology Department
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