Newsletter Article

Applications Available for Spring 2024 Master’s in Counseling Program; Info. Sessions Planned 

Key staff: Lucero Robles, LCSW, Director of Workforce Development 

The first cohort of county behavioral health staff have begun their journey with Project Cultivate – the distinguished MA in Counseling program at Palo Alto University. With the fall 2023 students now onboard, applications are being accepted for the spring 2024 semester. The deadline to apply is March 3, 2024, and several information sessions have been scheduled for counties. 

Informational sessions jointly hosted by CalMHSA and Palo Alto University: 

  • Oct. 24, 11-11:30 a.m. 
  • Oct. 31, 1-1:30 p.m. 
  • Nov. 7, 11-11:30 a.m. 
  • Nov. 14, 3-3:30 p.m. 

Meeting link: 

Project Cultivate helps to forge a strong partnership through a “grow your own” approach: The county pays tuition and fees on behalf of select students, and staff commit to a term of service with the county. The fall 2023 cohort includes five staff from five different counties.  

This innovative approach to strengthening the behavioral health workforcepresents a valuable opportunity for every county to remain competitive in recruitment and retention with other behavioral health providers that have launched similar programs.  

To express interest in Project Cultivate for spring 2024, simply send an email to [email protected] including:  

  • Number of degree candidate slots needed  
  • Names of your staff who are eager to grow  

October 24, 2023