Kaiser Permanente Watts Counseling and Learning Center Celebrates 50 Years “Helping People Grow “

This year, The Watts Counseling and Learning Center is celebrating 50 years Helping People Grow.  Stay tuned for upcoming events celebrating this monumental achievement.

The Watts Counseling and Learning Center is a unique community service of Kaiser Permanente Southern California. Since 1967, the Center has provided counseling, outreach, and educational services to the residents of Watts and the surrounding communities.

The Center was established just two years after the 1965 Watts civil unrest, to provide essential mental health and educational resources for the children and families of Watts, regardless of whether or not they are Kaiser Permanente members. The Center’s motto of “helping people grow” supports the philosophy that empowering multi-generational individuals and families to cope with stresses and barriers will ultimately strengthen the community.

The Center was established just two years after the 1965 Watts civil unrest, to provide essential mental health and educational resources for the children and families of Watts, regardless of whether or not they are Kaiser Permanente members. The WCLC has become a force in helping to transform and improve the community by working with and building alliances with numerous partners and programs and with the people who live, work, learn and play in Watts. Examples of some of the services and programs the WCLC provides include:

  • Individual, family, marital, parent/child, and group therapy in English and Spanish, and specialized support for children experiencing life threatening illnesses within their families.
  • Individual or small group educational therapy for children with learning difficulties.
  • A full day, early childhood education program that develops school-readiness skills and motivates preschool children to enjoy learning.
  • Unique outreach programs to help students of all ages achieve academic and personal success, including homework assistance, SAT/ACT preparation classes, and personal development.
  • A Farmers Market, in partnership with other community agencies, to provide local families with access to fresh fruits and vegetables.

Project Manager, Dr. Chris L. Hickey, Sr. has been tasked with the responsibility to lead the outreach and engagement in Watts and the surrounding communities with the Center and its 50th Anniversary.  For more information, contact him at Chris.L.Hickey@kp.org or 323.945.9851.

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