In March 2018, the Southern California Counseling Center opened the doors to its first-ever satellite location in Watts on the campus of Watts Labor Community Action Committee or WLCAC. Today, under the leadership of Marianne Diaz, SCCC-Watts is thriving.
SCCC-Watts endeavors to recruit and train a network of mental health para-professionals and counselors that respect and understand the unique needs of the communities we serve and have the expertise to assist specific groups such as the formerly incarcerated; families in the child protective system; mothers at risk; and other groups in urgent need of mental health resources.
One of SCCC-Watts goals is to help adults and youth in the community of Watts overcome the impact of long-term trauma, violence, racism, and discrimination. SCCC-Watts seek to reduce recidivism rates among the formerly incarcerated; to offer youth alternatives to rage and violence in reaction to pain and conflict; to assist families as they navigate the child protective services program; and support mothers dealing with mental health challenges.