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The CBB Program seeks applicants who have several significant characteristics:

  • Demonstrated interest in serving communities that tend to be underserved by the education and mental health professions.
  • Ability and willingness to take responsibility for their own learning.
  • Commitment to work on their own personal issues that could interfere in their work with clients, both in the program and outside the program by seeking counseling from a trained therapist.
  • Availability and willingness to commit to the weekly time requirement of the program; over 20 hours in the classroom, 10 hours of fieldwork and sufficient time to study and engage in academic projects.
  • Interest in taking classes off-campus in an ethnically diverse neighborhood.
  • Interest in becoming change agents.
  • Commitment to participating in a group in which many decisions are made by consensus and which can, therefore, be frustrating.
  • Graduate level oral and written communication skills.
  • Interest in working with real clients who may have serious personal issues.
  • Willingness to contribute to the learning of others.

The CBB is a very high stress program, both time and labor intensive. It is designed to foster intrapsychic development for each student. This growth is triggered by the emphasis placed on self-awareness and personal growth.

It is also the result of the mental and emotional impact of the extremely sensitive subject matter (i.e. racism, sexism, homophobia, class bias, and various other oppressions) with which the CBB deals. Students often find themselves questioning their fundamental values and perspectives, which is an uncomfortable process, at best.

Because of the rigid requirement of 22 hours of class time weekly, the minimum of 10 hours weekly approved field placement, study time and the time required for academic projects and preparation for the comprehensive examinations, few students in CBB work part time.

Many CBBers, however, are able to find part-time hourly employment in a position that is also acceptable as an appropriate field placement. There are also on-campus resources such as Financial Aid for students.