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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 facilitates groups at local schools focused on a variety of behavioral and personal development topics.

Internships—Graduate social work interns receive professional fieldwork education supervised by licensed clinical staff. Partnering schools include the University of California, Los Angeles, University of Southern California, California State University at Long Beach and Los Angeles, and Smith College in Massachusetts.

Educational Programs

Educational Therapy—Students with learning difficulties receive educational assessments and individual/small group educational therapy sessions. Special educational advocacy and parent training is also available.

Internships—Graduate educational therapy interns receive professional training supervised by Board Certified staff. Partnering schools include UC Riverside and California State University Northridge.

Outreach Programs

Reading Enrichment—Students participate in weekly sessions that build enthusiasm for reading through various activities and reading materials.

Homework Help—Elementary grade students receive after school homework assistance.

Math Tutoring—Elementary through high school students receive individualized math assistance.

Personal Development—Mentoring, goal setting and personal enhancement opportunities are provided for middle school students in a group setting.

Academic Coaching—In partnership with the school and the parent, high school students receive individual/small group academic guidance in order to develop an academic plan with agreed upon goals and objectives.

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/ACT exam(s) participate in test preparation courses.

Youth Work Preparation Certificate Program—High school students take part in an annual seven-week program focusing on work skills and health care careers. High school students ages 16 and older participate in a summer youth employment program.

Child Development

Preschool Education for Parents and Children (PEPC) is full day early childhood education program that develops school-readiness skills and motivates preschool children to enjoy learning.  PEPC is both state licensed and nationally accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC).  Ongoing parent education groups are also part of the program. Tuition is based on a nominal sliding-scale fee.