Core Training Elements
Clinical Skills Training
Year long, supervised immersion in basic counseling skills.
Explore multiple modalities and work with a wide range of populations through individual and group counseling. Throughout your time at SCCC, licensed clinical supervisors observe your counseling sessions with clients and provide ongoing feedback in weekly group and individual supervision.
All counselors a required to take our one day G.A.T.E: Gangs: A Therapeutic Education training. This culturally-grounded approach to learning about gang issues explores the philosophies and dynamics of gangs to develop respectful and effective counseling strategies.
Community Resiliency Model™
All of our counselors receive Community Resiliency Model training in their first year. This provides them with a foundation to begin to work somatically with clients who are impacted by trauma and highly stressful experiences.
Elective Training Opportunities
Place your clinical focus on family dynamics, counseling children and helping families of every sort overcome obstacles together. SCCC’s renowned Family Therapy Training includes Family Systems and Postmodern approaches.
Learn SCCC’s unique strength-based parenting curriculum, Best Practice Parenting, which focuses on mindful awareness techniques, child development, and exploration of the effects of social and cultural influences and power dynamics. The ten week class helps parents identify their own strengths and values and find tools to address the challenges of raising kids today.
Serve people beyond our walls through our partnerships in Watts and other underserved regions of LA. Outreach programs include the Stress Navigation & Anger Management group, Youth Empowerment & Enrichment group, and LGBTQIA+ Teen group at SCCC as well as off-site programs at Fairfax High and the Watts Labor Community Action Committee. The Community Counselor Course is also part of SCCC’s Outreach division.
Family and Intimate Partner Violence
Help families overcome violence by working in The Abuse Prevention Program (TAPP). You’ll work with court-mandated clients, self-referred individuals and their families.
Get to know the world of K-12 counseling through our programs in 7 LAUSD schools. You’ll work with children, teens and their families.
Trauma & Resilence
Study techniques for helping clients learn resiliency skills and practices and overcome Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and related effects of traumatic events. You’ll explore several modalities, including Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) and the Trauma Resiliency Model (TRM). This 9-month training is for counselors who have completed their two-year commitment with SCCC.
What does training cost?
We charge a small, monthly fee — currently $70 for licensure-track counselors and $35 for paraprofessionals — that covers the cost of training materials and honoraria for guest speakers and special seminars. We provide our core classes, supervision and specialty training in exchange for your volunteer service to the people of Los Angeles.
How to Apply
Because SCCC deals with the most personal and sensitive areas of clients’ lives, we believe it is important for us to also get to know you in a personal way. In addition, we want you to learn about us. So, as the first step in the application process, we invite you to Join us for a Tour of SCCC every 1st and 3rd Weds of the month at 12 noon. No reservation required, just show up, and plan to say for about an hour. You will learn about the training and services offered here and get your questions answered.
You will receive the login information for our counselor application when you attend a tour.
We accept applications year-round, and have start dates in March and September. If you need to start your placement in either January or June, please reach out to John Berndt at [email protected].
The Application Process for Licensure-Track Counselors (LMFT, LPCC, LCSW) and Paraprofessionals – Requirements and Expectations
After your application has been submitted, the remainder of the application process is as follows:
Initial Interview – You will receive the login information for our counselor application when you attend a tour. Shortly after you return the completed application, you will receive an email to set up a date for an initial interview.
Evaluation Group – You will participate in exercises that will help us understand your knowledge of yourself, your empathic responses, self-awareness of defenses and biases, ability to be open, willingness to learn, and your style of giving and receiving feedback in a group setting. All SCCC counselors participate in group supervision so we believe that it is important for you as well as for us to get a sense of how this type of group interaction will be for you.
SCCC is a unique organization that offers a broad range of counseling experiences, cutting-edge training, high-quality supervision from a variety of disciplines, and a supportive community of counselors and administrators. This atmosphere of community service makes the Center a very exciting and creative place that can add a new dimension to your life, personally and professionally.
We look forward to meeting you! For additional questions, please fill in the inquiry box on the right, or email John Berndt.
Send us an email with the form below or join us for a tour and get all your questions answered there.