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Watts Counseling and Learning Center

Program Description

The Watts Counseling and Learning Center is a nonprofit Community Benefit program of Kaiser Permanente Southern California. Since 1967, the Center has provided counseling, outreach, and educational services to the residents of the Watts community. Kaiser Permanente Health Plan membership is not required to receive these services.

Counseling Programs

  • Counseling - The Center provides individual, family, marital, parent-child, and group therapy in English and Spanish.
  • Kids Can Cope - Children whose parents or siblings have or had cancer or other life-threatening illness can receive innovative specialized counseling, and support groups.
  • School Outreach Services - The Center provides individual and group counseling at local schools.
  • Internships - Graduate social work interns from the University of California, Los Angeles, University of Southern California, California State University at Long Beach and Los Angeles, and Smith College, North Hampton, Massachusetts; and psychology interns from Kaiser Permanente Los Angeles Medical Center receive professional fieldwork education supervised by licensed clinical staff.

Educational Programs

  • Educational Therapy - Students with learning difficulties receive educational assessments and individual/small group educational therapy sessions. Special educational advocacy in collaboration with parents is also available.
  • Homework Help Club - Elementary grade students receive after school homework assistance.
  • Math Tutoring - Elementary through high school students receive math assistance.

Outreach Programs

  • Youth Work Preparation Certificate Program - High school students take part in an annual eight-week program focusing on work skills and health care careers. High school students ages 16 and older participate in a summer youth employment program.
  • Personal Development Groups - Various outreach programs for Middle School students that provide goal setting and personal development opportunities.
  • College Bound Support Services - High school students receive college planning information through meetings or workshops. In collaboration with The Princeton Review, students planning to take the SAT exam participate in test preparation courses.
  • Reading Enrichment - Students participate in weekly sessions that build enthusiasm for reading through various activities and reading materials.

Child Development

Preschool Education for Parents and Children (PEPC) offers a state-licensed and nationally accredited (NAEYC) program in early childhood education for preschool children and their parents. PEPC develops school-readiness skills and motivates preschool children to enjoy learning; ongoing parent education groups are included. A nominal sliding-scale fee is charged.