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.
Chabot College's Social Work and Human Services Programs
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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.
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 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
- Periodic Convenings and Summits (virtual and in person)
- Livable Wage with Periodic Raises
- Professional and Personal Development Opportunities
Learn more about our employers
ISFC & Emergency Placement Support Counselor
Lincoln Families (Pittsburg, CA)
WestCoast Children’s Clinic (Hayward, CA)
Foster Youth Support Counselor
East Bay Agency for Children (Alameda County, CA)
Seneca Family of Agencies (Alameda County, CA)
Mental Health Counselor
This year’s application period is currently closed. If you are interested in learning more about future cohorts, please fill out the interest form below.Interest Form
For any questions, please reach out to Alina Sanchez at
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