Boston25: Peace Corps Inspired Program Encourages Young People to Pursue Mental Health Careers

Whitney Enobakhare, a member of the first Behavioral Health Service Corps℠ cohort and now master's student in the Clinical Mental Health Counseling program, spoke with Boston25 about her BHSC experience.

Whitney Enobakhare, a member of the first Behavioral Health Service Corps℠ cohort and now master's student in the Clinical Mental Health Counseling program, spoke with Boston25 about her BHSC experience.

Mental health needs have increased dramatically during the pandemic, but the number of trained professionals remains too small to meet the need fully. Workforce inititives at William James College, like the Behavioral Health Service Corps℠ (BHSC),  are designed to attract new and emerging talent to work in behavioral healthcare, and provide supportive pathways 

Through the BHSC, recent college graduates like Whitney Enobakhare, spend a year exploring both a career and a path to, and through, graduate school. Enobakhare, now a student in the Master's in Clinical Mental Health Counseling program and care coordinator at North Suffolk Mental Health Association, was a member of the first BHSC cohort. “I don’t think I would have the same opportunities if this program didn’t exist," she told Boston25. 

Dr. Gemima St. Louis, Associate Vice President for Workforce Initiatives and Specialty Training, Marc Abelard, Director of Strategic Partnerships and Workforce Development, and Jennifer Reis of North Suffolk Mental Health Association, were also interviewed. 

Watch the story, Peace Corps inspired program encourages young people to pursue mental health careers," on the Boston25 website

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