Workforce Development Initiatives
Workforce Development Initiatives at William James College aim to bridge the needs of organizations, the profession, and the community by providing high quality education and training programs that prepare students to meet the demand for culturally competent behavioral health care across the nation.
The William James College Center for Workforce Development
William James is building and sustaining a diverse and culturally competent behavioral health workforce that is equipped with the knowledge, skills, and expertise to succeed in the workplace and in an ever-changing global economy. Through Academic Training & Concentrations, by providing Scholarships, and through Field Education opportunities.
The William James College Center for Workforce Development oversees a number of key programs at the College, including the Behavioral Health Service Corps, Child & Adolescent Mental Health Initiative (CAMHI), PATHWAYS, and the Serving the Underserved Scholarship. The Center also regularly presents events to bring the community together for learning opportunities, and works closely with academic departments to promote other training.
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Academic Training & Concentrations
The Bachelor of Science (BS) in Psychology and Human Services program is a cornerstone of our Workforce Development Initiatives. Our bachelor's completion program, which is offered through a blended model with a combination of online courses, gives students an affordable option to complete their undergraduate degree, transferring credits from previous study or an associate's degree, while continuing to work in the human services field.
The Alcohol and Drug Education and Psychology Training (ADEPT) Center at William James College provides training and works collaboratively with treatment providers, educational partners, and other leaders to increase the number and capacity of Substance Use Disorder (SUD) professionals.
There are many academic concentrations and training programs at William James College that focus on unserved groups and underserved communities. These programs, which are housed within different academic departments and Centers of Excellence at the College, educate students to be culturally responsive practitioners and support the College's Workforce Development Initiatives.
- African & Caribbean Mental Health Program
- Asian Mental Health Program
- Black Mental Health Graduate Academy
- Center for Multicultural & Global Mental Health
- Children & Families of Adversity & Resilience
- Clinical Health Psychology
- Couples & Family Therapy
- Educational Leadership
- Forensic & Correctional Counseling
- Forensic Psychology
- Global Mental Health Program
- Health & Behavioral Health Medicine
- Latino Mental Health Program
- Leading Non-Profits and NGOs
- Military & Veterans Psychology
- Substance Use & Addictions
Behavioral Health Initiative (BHI) Scholarships are available to students who are planning to enroll in the Counseling Department MA program in Clinical Mental Health Counseling (on campus or online) and who exhibit a strong dedication and commitment to the delivery of human services in a behavioral health setting. The scholarship reduces tuition to $880 per credit—a 24% tuition reduction for 2021-2022. Student fees remain the same for all enrolled students and are not impacted by the scholarship.
*The BHI Program is managed by the Counseling and Behavioral Health Department for the MA in Clinical Mental Health Counseling on campus and online programs.
The William James College Child & Adolescent Mental Health Initiative aims to expand and diversify 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.
Serving the Underserved Scholarship Program
This scholarship reflects WJC’s commitment to promoting social justice and addressing mental health disparities among disenfranchised populations in the U.S. The highly competitive scholarship, which covers 2/3 of tuition costs, recognizes the achievements and promise of students committed to pursuing Master’s (MA), Certificate of Advance Graduate Studies (CAGS) or Doctor of Psychology (PsyD) degrees.
Specialized Training & Academic Retention (STAR) Fellowship Program
Funded by the Health Resources & Services Administration’s (HRSA) Scholarships for Disadvantaged Students, the STAR Fellowship Program aims to diversify the behavioral health workforce by retaining first-generation college students and students from low-income backgrounds; and equipping them with the knowledge, skills, and training to provide culturally responsive services and address mental health disparities in primary care settings and medically underserved communities.
Leaders in Diversity and Resilience (LDR) Fellowship Program*
Funded by the Health Resources & Services Administration’s (HRSA) Scholarships for Disadvantaged Students, the LDR Fellowship Program aims to diversify the behavioral health workforce by retaining first-generation college students and students from low-income backgrounds and groups under-represented in the counseling field, and equipping them with the knowledge, skills, and training to provide culturally responsive services and address mental health disparities in primary care settings and medically underserved communities.
*The LDR Program is managed by the Counseling and Behavioral Health Department for the MA in Clinical Mental Health Counseling on campus program.
Grant Supported Practicum/Internship Experience
HRSA Behavioral Health Workforce Education and Training (BHWET) Program
Over a four-year period, this HRSA-funded initiative will provide stipends and training for 80 graduate students with an interest in serving high need and high demand areas, and who are themselves from culturally diverse backgrounds, in a broad range of partnering field education sites in integrated behavioral health and primary care settings. A special focus is placed on demonstrating knowledge and understanding of the specific needs of children, adolescents, and transitional-aged youth who are at risk for behavioral health disorders.
HRSA has awarded William James College $2.7 million over three years to train doctoral students to work along with physicians, nurses, and other medical personnel to prevent, diagnose and treat substance use disorders and in particular opioid use disorders. These grant awards, titled the Graduate Psychology Education Program (GPE) and the Opioid Workforce Expansion Program (OWEP), are both focused on expanding and diversifying the behavioral health workforce to meet the growing and critical need for qualified mental health professionals in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
Career Ladder Programs
The Behavioral Health Service Corps is a paid year-long service and learning opportunity for recent college graduates which provides an entry-level career experience in behavioral healthcare along with credits towards a master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. Scholars spend the year becoming familiar with the work of behavioral healthcare, understanding the needs of different populations, and receiving mentoring in becoming professionals in this field.
The Community Health Workers (CHW) Training Program is an opportunity for pre-bachelor’s level students to explore a career in behavioral healthcare. Funded by HRSA’s Behavioral Health Workforce Education and Training (BHWET) Program for Paraprofessionals, the program begins in January 2022 and is completed in one year. It’s a full-time paid field work experience at a behavioral health agency paired with training, mentorship, career counseling, and professional development seminars at William James College.
The PATHWAYS Program is a unique campus-community collaboration that provides mental health services to urban students in the Boston Public Schools.