- Jes Moniz, MA, Manager of Community-Based Programs
The philosophy and mission of the Community-Based Counseling Program (CBCP) is two-fold. First, we believe that the status of one’s mental health determines how successful one can be in school, in their career, and in their personal life. Therefore, we believe that quality mental health services should be easily accessible and affordable for all who require them. The CBCP provides these services to schools, colleges, and agencies in our community.
Additionally, we serve as a clinical training program for graduate students and associates learning to become mental health professionals. We pride ourselves in delivering a unique and comprehensive training experience while also inspiring and empowering mental health trainees to become actively involved in the community.
The majority of placements through the Community-Based Counseling Program (CBCP) are school-based. The CBCP currently provides services to the following districts and community agencies:
- Mt. Diablo Unified School District
- Pittsburg Unified School District
- Antioch Unified School District
- Oakland Unified School District
- Alameda Unified School District
- Contra Costa Community College District
- Solano Community College District
- Family Justice Center
- Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Contra Costa County
CBCP counselors receive training that is designed specifically to orient them to the logistics of working in a school/college, as well as clinical issues that often arise within these populations.
Counseling services include:
- individual sessions
- group/workshop sessions
- classroom and schoolyard observations
- consultations/collateral meetings with parents, school staff, and/or other helping professionals
CBCP counselors work collaboratively with agency staff, parents, school administration, and faculty members to provide comprehensive therapeutic services tailored to the needs of the school/college/agency and students. Some of the needs CBCP counselors work with our partners to address are:
- Low self-esteem
- Grief and loss
- Family crisis
- Victims of child abuse
- Social interaction problems
- Classroom behavior problems
- Academic underachievement
CBCP counselors are volunteer trainees and associates who are currently in or have graduated from one of the following graduate programs:
- Marriage and Family Therapy (MFT)
- Counseling Psychology (PCC)
- Psychology Doctorate (PsyD)
Partnering institutions may also request psycho-educational workshops. Workshops may be delivered to students, staff, faculty, and/or parents/families of students. As always, we aim to tailor our services to the institution. The school/college may therefore select a topic that best suits their needs. Potential topics for workshops include, but are not limited to:
- Test anxiety (students)
- Social skills building (students)
- Managing anxiety (agency members, students, parents, staff, faculty)
- Time management (agency members, students, parents, staff, faculty)
- Positive parenting (parents)
- Managing children with behavioral issues (staff, faculty, parents)
The CBCP partners and contracts with local schools, districts, and agencies to offer free mental health services to students and agency members. The total cost of services to the school/college or district is dependent upon the unit of services requested.
A unit of service is defined as one counselor providing six hours of counseling services within the partnering institution each week for the duration of the agreement. Each unit of counseling service is usually provided in one day each week. However, split days can sometimes be arranged to best accommodate schedules of the school and counselor.
The program cost is dependent on the number of units requested and the length of time in months the counselors are at the site each year.
The current annual cost per unit of service:
- January – June is $4000
- October-June is $6000 (typically K-12 settings)
- October-September is $8000 (typically colleges and community agencies)
Schools/colleges can request services in the summer quarter at a pro-rated cost.
If an additional workshop is beyond what their assigned CBCP counselor is able to provide within the units of service requested, an additional fee will be charged:
Parent/Teacher/Staff/Agency Member Workshops:
- $150 (covers 2-3 hours and up to 25 participants)
- $250 (covers 2-3 hours and up to 50 participants)
- $75 (covers 2-3 hours and up to 15 participants)
- $175 (covers 2-3 hours and up to 30 participants)