The scholarship associated with this Fund will be awarded to a student during their first or second year of the PhD program. Bonne was a student in our doctoral program from 1993 to 2000 and remained active with the Sanville community until her illness. She was a superb therapist, consultant, and supervisor, dedicating her life to helping others find joy and peace and self-understanding. She particularly cared about the needs of those less fortunate. Bonne’s family established this fund as a way to honor her love and people and her strong connection to The Sanville Institute and to ensure that Bonne’s name and legacy will continue to live on.
Elise Blumenfeld – or Lise as everyone called her – was a tireless advocate for and supporter of the Institute. This fund was established by her many friends to memorialize her years of devotion to the Sanville community. Lise had many passions and pet projects, among them maintaining high academic standards, writing, research, student recruitment, critical thinking, and well-being. In one of her later endeavors, she began work on an oral history project, interviewing senior clinical social workers in California about the interface between the personal, the professional, and the political. Because of her commitment to “stories” and to the power of narrative, we especially wish to focus the Fund on narrative qualitative research, a foundation of our curriculum and dissertation process.
This fund is made possible through the generous volunteer contributions of time and talent by members of the Sanville community through their offer of low-cost, long – and short-term psychotherapy for master’s-level students studying to become LCSW or MFT psychotherapists. These volunteers – drawn from Institute alumni, faculty, and students – are experienced clinicians who are interested in cultural and cross-cultural issues and take a relational, strength-based approach. The income generated from their services is used for tuition credits for doctoral or certificate students who demonstrate financial need.