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About Us  
In partnership with Chabot-Las Positas Community College District, the Catalyst Center is excited to announce the official launch of the Catalyst for Wellness in Community (CWC) Apprenticeship Program for behavioral health workers. The Catalyst Center, the 501(c)3 branch of the California Alliance of Child and Family Services, was created to bridge the gaps between practice, policy, and research in the child and family services sector to help providers best meet the needs of our most vulnerable populations. Addressing the workforce crisis is a crucial step in ensuring providers have the necessary resources to provide trauma-responsive, culturally informed care for all systems involved youth and families.

We appreciate your interest in the Catalyst for Wellness in Community Apprenticeship Program. The Application period for 2024 has begun.
Please click HERE to fill out an application.
Please be sure to review the application questions to ensure you have everything prepared for completing the application. Review application here.

For application support or questions about the program please contact Alina at asanchez@catalyst-center.org or 916-262-4185.

Check out our FAQ here!

Chabot College's Social Work and Human Services Programs
Interested in learning more about Chabot College's Social Work and Human Services degree programs?
Check out this link and learn more: PSCN Overview - Chabot College

Program at a Glance 
The Catalyst for Wellness in Community Apprenticeship Program is a mutually beneficial opportunity for prospective apprentices, employers, and the State of California. Through this program, we aim to increase the number of qualified individuals in the workforce, diversify the workforce, and improve the quality of care provided to California’s systems-involved youth and families.

Current Counties 
Alameda
Mendocino
Sacramento
Lake County
 
Employers  
In addition to increasing the number of individuals in the behavioral health workforce, employers will also benefit from opportunities to train their entire staff alongside the apprentices in areas such as trauma-responsive and healing care, cultural humility and understanding, and youth engagement, just to name a few. 

The Behavioral Health & Social Services Specialist Apprenticeship is made possible by funding from the Department of Health Care Access and Information Grant Agreement 22-30021. 

Apprentices
Apprentices will be afforded an opportunity to earn income while getting hands on direct care experience in one of our partner youth residential care facilities or foster family agencies. A few benefits our apprentices can expect to receive at no cost include:

  • Job Placement
  • College Coursework and Credits, Laptop, Books, Study Materials, Student Support Services
  • Supplemental Training and On the Job Training
  • Mentorship
  • Periodic Convenings and Summits (virtual and in person)  
  • Livable Wage with Periodic Raises
  • Professional and Personal Development Opportunities

Learn more about some of our employer options

Alternative Family Services (Oakland, CA)
Video: https://youtu.be/mprxMQGmENw
Website: https://www.afs4kids.org/
Job Description:
ISFC & Emergency Placement Support Counselor
Case Aide  

Lincoln Families (Pittsburg, CA)
Video: https://youtu.be/1JUC3_Ev1aw
Website: https://www.lincolnfamilies.org/  
Job Description:  
Intervention Specialist  

WestCoast Children’s Clinic (Hayward, CA)
Video: https://youtu.be/viq40qvbLco
Website: https://www.westcoastcc.org/
Job Description:
Foster Youth Support Counselor
Fred Finch Youth and Families (Oakland, CA)
Video:https://youtu.be/qmn3FRt_tIc
Website:https://www.fredfinch.org/
Job Description:
Peer Mentor
Youth Councilor

East Bay Agency for Children (Alameda County, CA)
Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=He9x6VDASZE
Website: https://www.ebac.org/
Job Description: 
Afterschool Instructor

Seneca Family of Agencies (Alameda County, CA)
Video: https://youtu.be/cLxARtAh8AM
Website: https://senecafoa.org/
Job Description:
Mental Health Counselor

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