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. 

Visit the links below to learn more. 

Staff
Gemima St. Louis, PhD
Marc Abelard, MEd
Julia Costa Rodenhiser, BA
Partnership Opportunities

Several of our programs offer employer partner opportunities. For more information, please contact workforce@williamjames.edu.

Academic Training & Concentrations


Bachelor of Science in Psychology & Human ServicesBachelor of Science in Psychology & Human Services

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.

Learn more about our Bachelor of Science program here.

College Concentrations and Training Programs

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.

Scholarships


Behavioral Health InitiativeBehavioral Health Initiative*

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 is a 20% tuition reduction. Student fees remain the same for all enrolled students and are not impacted by the scholarship.

Learn more about the BHI scholarship here.

*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


Child & Adolescent Mental Health InitiativeChild & Adolescent Mental Health Initiative (CAMHI)

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.

Learn more about CAMHI here.


Serving the Underserved Scholarship Program

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.

Learn more about the Underserved Scholarship program here.


Specialized Training & Academic Retention (STAR) Fellowship Program

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.

Learn more about the STAR Fellowship program here.


Leaders in Diversity and Resilience (LDR) Fellowship Program

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.

Learn more about the LDR Fellowship program here.

*The LDR Program is managed by the Counseling and Behavioral Health Department for the MA in Clinical Mental Health Counseling on campus program.


Field Education

PATHWAYS Photo

PATHWAYS Program

The PATHWAYS Program is a unique campus-community collaboration that provides mental health services to urban students in the Boston Public Schools.

Learn more about our PATHWAYS Program here.


Behavioral Health Service CorpsBehavioral Health Service Corps (BHSC)

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.

Learn more about the Behavioral Health Service Corps here.