• Jes Moniz, MA Manager of Community-Based Programs
  • (925) 969-3345


  • Mt. Diablo Unified School District
  • Antioch Unified School District
  • Pittsburg Unified School District
  • Oakland Unified School District
  • Alameda Unified School District
  • Contra Costa Community College District
  • Solano Community College District


  • $6000 per unit of service (October-June)
  • $4000 per unit of service (January-June)


Counseling Psychology

The School-Based Program (SBP) forms the bulk of the Community–Based Programs offered through the Office of Clinical Training at John F. Kennedy University. The SBP currently serves schools in Mount Diablo, Pittsburg, Antioch, Oakland, and Alameda Unified School Districts as well as the Contra Costa and Solano Community College Districts.

Our Mission

The philosophy and mission of the SBP 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 SBP provides these services to schools and colleges in our surrounding community with the aim to help students achieve maximum personal growth as well as academic success. 

Additionally, we serve as a training facility 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.


Who are SBP Volunteers?

SBP counselors are volunteer trainees and associates who are currently in or have graduated from one of the following graduate programs:

  • Marriage and Family Therapy, including Holistic Track (MFT)
  • Counseling Psychology (PCC)
  • Psychology Doctorate (PsyD)  

How do SBP Volunteers Work?

SBP 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 with students. 

SBP counselors work collaboratively with parents, school administration, and faculty members to provide comprehensive therapeutic services tailored to the needs of the school/college and students. Some of the needs SBP counselors work with schools/colleges to address are:

  • Classroom behavior problems
  • Social interaction problems
  • Academic underachievement
  • Low self esteem
  • Depression/anxiety
  • Grief and loss
  • Family crisis
  • Victims of child abuse
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Program Cost

The SBP partners and contracts with local schools and districts to offer free mental health services to students. 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 at a school/college site each week from October through June. 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.  

Counseling services include individual sessions, group/workshop sessions, classroom and schoolyard observations, consultations/collateral meetings with parents, school staff and/or other helping professionals.  

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 for October – June is $6000.  

The current annual cost per unit of service for January – June is $4000.

Schools/colleges can request services in the summer quarter at a pro-rated cost.

Additional Workshops

Schools/colleges 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 school. 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

(students, parents, staff, faculty)

  • Time management

(students, parents, staff, faculty)

  • Positive parenting (parents)
  • Managing children with behavioral issues

(staff, faculty, parents)

If the workshop is beyond what their assigned SBP counselor is able to provide within the units of service requested, an additional fee will be charged:

Parent or Teacher/Staff Workshops:

  • $150 (covers 2-3 hours and up to 25 participants)
  • $250 (covers 2-3 hours and up to 50 participants)

Child/Adolescent Workshops:

  • $75 (covers 2-3 hours and up to 15 participants)
  • $175 (covers 2-3 hours and up to 30 participants)