The Center for Workforce Development 

Center for Workforce Development

The country needs a highly trained, culturally responsive behavioral health workforce. To meet this need, we need you.

Workforce Development Initiatives at William James College bridge the needs of organizations, the professional, the profession, and the community by providing high-quality education and training programs that prepare students to meet the existing and growing demand for culturally responsive behavioral health care.

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Scholarships and Grant Supported Programs

Scholarship opportunities through the Center for Workforce Development, or offered in collaboration with academic departments, help to defray costs for William James students who commit to programs and studies related to the mission and aims of the College's workforce initiatives.


Behavioral Health Initiative*
Mental Health Service Professional (MHSP) Demonstration Grant Program
Serving the Underserved Scholarship Program
Specialized Training and Academic Retention (STAR) Fellowship Program
Leaders in Diversity and Resilience (LDR) Fellowship Program*

*Managed by the Counseling and Behavioral Health Department for the MA in Clinical Mental Health Counseling program

Grant Supported Practicum and Internship Experiences

Child and Adolescent Mental Health Initiative (CAMHI)
HRSA Behavioral Health Workforce Education and Training (BHWET) Program
HRSA GPE/OWEP Grants Training Opportunities
Mental Health Service Professional (MHSP) Demonstration Grant Program

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Career Ladder Programs and Professional Development

Career ladder programs combine paid professional experience with education and training to introduce young professionals to careers in behavioral health, or offer established professionals opportunities to advance existing careers.

Behavioral Health Service Corps℠ (BHSC)
Community Health Workers (CHW) Training Program
Teaching Faculty Fellowship*
Leadership in Community Behavioral Health Fellowship
Black Mental Health Graduate Academy

*The Teaching Faculty Fellowship is a collaboration between the Office of the Vice President for Academic Affairs, the Center for Workforce Development, the Office of Educational Development and Innovation, and the Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion.

Partnership Opportunities

Several of our programs invite employer-partner opportunities. If you represent a human services organization that shares our mission, our commitment to equity, and our dedication to teaching and employing culturally responsive providers, we'd love to connect. Email us at:


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