Child and Adolescent Mental Health Initiative (CAMHI)

Center for Workforce Development

Meeting the Need, For Children in Underserved Communities 

“We do not merely have a social responsibility to assure that our children and youth have decent life chances and prosper. We have a sacred obligation to do so.” —Hubie Jones, Founder, Massachusetts Advocates for Children

Boston Childrens Hospital Health Partner GraphicRacial and ethnic minorities represent 30% of the U.S. population; yet, more than 80% of mental health professionals identify as non-Hispanic White. The relative scarcity of providers who are from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds contributes to significant disparities in access to and utilization of mental health services (SAMHSA, 2018). A more diverse behavioral health workforce is needed to ensure that culturally competent care is available for all people.

The William James College Child and Adolescent Mental Health Initiative aims to address this unmet need by expanding and diversifying the child and adolescent behavioral health workforce through the development, implementation and evaluation of an innovative pipeline program focused on cultivating and educating culturally compassionate providers.

CAMHI Graduate Training Program 

CAMHI was launched in 2019 thanks to a generous grant from the Boston Children's Collaboration for Community Health.  A second round of funding from the Collaboration, awarded in 2022, supports our efforts to recruit, train, and mentor graduate students enrolled or enrolling in Clinical, Counseling and Behavioral Health, and School Psychology Programs at William James College who are committed to providing culturally responsive services to children, adolescents, and transitional aged youth in underserved communities. CAMHI fellows receive focused training, stipends, mentoring, career counseling, and field placements with partnering organizations, among other opportunities. Twenty fellows will be chosen each academic year, for three years. 

 Eligible students will be selected based on the following criteria:

  1. Demonstrated commitment to serving children, adolescents, and transitional-aged youths with behavioral disorders
  2. Motivation to work with youth and families in medically underserved communities and primary care settings
  3. High level of cultural awareness, sensitivity, and responsiveness
  4. Underrepresentation in the behavioral health field
  5. Good academic standing
  6. Language proficiency

Twenty (20) 1st and 2nd year students will be recruited annually from the Clinical, Counseling & Behavioral Health, and School Psychology Departments.

Note: Students who currently receive other stipends for field education experiences are not eligible for this program.

Students who are selected to participate in the CAMHI must meet the following program requirements:

  • Complete a one-year field education experience at a training site that serves children, adolescents, and transitional aged youth who reside in high need and high demand areas.
  • Provide direct care services (e.g., individual, group, family counseling; consultation) to the target population.
  • Meet all field training sites’ expectations (e.g., work hours, direct care services to clients, consultation and collateral contacts, supervisory hours, attendance at multidisciplinary team meetings).
  • Participate in didactic seminars, conferences, and other professional development workshops hosted by the CAMHI staff.
  • Remain in good academic standing throughout their participation in the program.
  • Adhere to their Field Education departmental requirements as well as program policies and procedures for professional conduct and ethical behavior.
  • Actively engage in program evaluation-related activities (e.g., complete surveys and other data collection tools) that are required by the funder.
  • Complete and submit Time2Track reports, including detailed client demographic data and training activities, in a timely manner.
  • Obtain a National Provider Identifier (NPI) number for data tracking purposes.
  • Maintain ongoing communication with the CAMHI staff.
  • Complete other tasks, as required by the CAMHI.

CAMHI has partnered with five organizations (i.e., Community Healthlink, Home for Little Wanderers, Justice Resource Institute, Lynn Public Schools, and Northeast Family Services) to implement the program. However, this funding opportunity is open to all qualified WJC students who will be working at a field training site that serves children, adolescents, transitional aged youth and their families. Eligible field placements include school districts, community health centers, and primary care and integrated behavioral health agencies that are located in underserved communities throughout the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

The CAMHI grant allows for some additional financial assistance for program participants needing emergency-related funds (e.g., for housing, transportation, and childcare). Throughout the course of the year, CAMHI-supported students may apply for funds, which will be granted on an availability and an as-needed basis.

Students who are interested in applying for the CAMHI need to fill out an application form via Qualtrics and submit a résumé/CV. Students must complete the application form in its entirety. It should take about 40-45 minutes to fill out the form. Applicants must also submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form directly to the WJC Financial Aid Office. Please note that incomplete applications will not be reviewed. It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that all required materials are submitted by the deadline.

Applications for the 2022-2023 training year are due on Monday, July 18, 2022 (5 p.m. EST). Students are strongly encouraged to submit their application materials as soon as possible. 

Completed applications will be reviewed by the CAMHI staff within 7-10 business days from the date of receipt. Eligible applicants will be invited for an interview to be conducted either in person or via Zoom. Applicants will be informed via email of a final decision. Awards will be announced by Friday, August 19, 2022.

The Child & Adolescent Mental Health Initiative (CAMHI) is administered by Dr. Gemima St. Louis.

Students: please contact Dr. St. Louis or the Office of Admissions for more information. 

Partnership inquiries should be directed to:

Gemima St. Louis, Ph.D.
Associate Vice President for Workforce Initiatives
Center for Workforce Development
William James College
1 Wells Avenue, Newton, MA 02459
(617) 327-6777 ext. 1241

The CAMHI grant offers a modest honorarium to partnering field training sites to defray supervisory-related expenses. Partner agencies sign a Memorandum of Understanding, agreeing to the terms of the program, and will be required to document how CAMHI funds received by their organizations are expended.


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The William James College Child and Adolescent Mental Health Initiative is generously supported by a grant from the Boston Children’s Collaboration for Community Health.

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For more information about CAMHI please contact:

Marc Abelard, MEd, Director of Strategic Partnerships, Center for Workforce Development; and Director, Behavioral Health Service Corps℠

Gemima St. Louis , PhD, Associate Vice President for Workforce Initiatives and Specialty Training; Associate Professor, Clinical Psychology Program

Phone: 617-327-6777 x1241