The Counselor Training Program

About the Program

The Counselor Training Program is currently a hybrid of online and in-person training.  Trainees must reside in California.

This comprehensive program provides counselors who are working towards their LMFT, LPCC or LCSW licenses the clinical skills and supervised hours necessary for licensure in the state of California. Each counselor commits to maintain a caseload of at least 8 clients with whom they meet weekly over the course of their two year commitment. Many counselors volunteer longer than two years and complete advanced training. We also offer a paraprofessional counselor track for counselors who want to volunteer their time but are not working towards licensure.

In addition to the core curriculum, counselors explore multiple specialties and serve diverse clients with a wide range of presenting issues as they master our strength-based, non-pathologizing and culturally sensitive approach to mental health care.


Year One

Clinical Skills

Year one is about developing clinical skills through hands-on counseling with adult clients. You’ll acquire skills through classes and workshops and then apply them in supervised counseling sessions.  Your clinical supervisors will help you reflect on your session work so you can refine and improve your work.  Clinical training is held every Thursday from 4-6PM for first year counselors.


Year Two

Family Therapy

Year two is about discovery and finding the right focus for your counseling career. You’ll explore multiple specialties and have the opportunity to move beyond one-on-one adult counseling by serving students, couples, families and children. You’ll continue to learn in weekly classes and apply multiple modalities so you’ll have an extensive knowledge base for your future.  Clinical training is held every Tuesday from 4-6PM for second year counselors.


Year Three

Trauma & Resilience

In year three (for counselors who stay beyond their two-year commitment) you’ll study techniques for helping clients 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.

What if I’m not working towards a license?

Are you working in a non-profit or other social service agency, or are you interested in exploring the world of counseling?  Enroll in our 6-month Community Counselor Course (CCC).

Additionally, SCCC offers a Paraprofessional Counselors track – training for those who would like to become a counselor, but who are not counting hours towards state licensure.  Paraprofessionals are required to begin with CCC, and then enter into our year-long Clinical Skills course upon completion and train alongside pre-licensure counselors, developing the same broad base of skillset.   Becoming a Paraprofessional counselor, you maintain a minimum caseload of four clients, and make an sixteen-month commitment to stay at SCCC in exchange for the training.  The application and process to become a Paraprofessional counselor is the same as the standard licensure track application.  Review the How to Apply section below for more information.

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.


Gang Awareness

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


Family Therapy

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.


Outreach Programs

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.


School-Based Counseling

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?


Licensure-track counselors



We charge a small, monthly fee — currently $50 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. The first step in the application process is to watch these videos​ to learn more about us and our current approach to telehealth. You can submit an application here​.

Standard Acceptance
Accepting applications from now to Friday, November 17th at 5pm Pacific.

Standard acceptance application deadline: Friday, November 17th at 5pm Pacific.
Individual interviews to take place through Friday, December 1st.
Evaluation Group Interviews: Thursday, December 7th from 10am to 12pm.

Program begins with orientation, in-person at SCCC Mid-city Offices: Thursday, January 25th at 4pm.

We will get back to all new applicants on a first come, first serve basis, and thank you for your patience and interest.

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 – Your submitted application will be reviewed and if deemed appropriate, you will receive an email inviting you to 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.

Until further notice, all interviews will be conducted online.

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!  To submit an application, click here. For additional questions, please fill in the inquiry box on the right, or email [email protected]

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