Over a year ago, we started a new program called “La Academia” after dreaming for many years about having a supportive learning community within El Futuro for our own clinicians. Recently, we finished the final learning session of our very first Cohort of La Academia!

The first La Academia Learning Cohort consisted of 15 clinicians made up of therapists, interns, ADHD coaches, case managers and interns, who spent time together each week in different types of learning activities, all focused on becoming excellent bilingual, culturally responsive mental health professionals.

La Academia also launched the second Learning Cohort in August, with a new group of interns, substance use and clinical counselors, and others who will be the next generation, who will be supported through this unique, hands-on learning community at El Futuro. La Academia was created to be a comprehensive onboarding and clinical training experience for all new-to-El Futuro clinicians so that they have the maximum amount of support possible while starting their work at El Futuro.

The goals of La Academia are to :

  • Provide specific skills, training, and information about providing mental health and substance use care to the population that we work with at El Futuro, and also to help new-to-El Futuro clinicians have a better understanding of how to conceptualize and provide high-quality clinical care to our clients.
  • Create a supportive community for clinicians as they begin work at our agency, to be a space of coming together in our new hybrid workspace, to reduce the risks of isolation, and to ensure that all clinical staff feel connected to a cohort of others at the organization.

Congratulations to all the La Academia Cohort 1 participants for all their work and achievements!

“What an amazing cohort! I was so impressed with their final presentation! I am so proud of all the clinicians who are part of El Futuro and the wealth of knowledge we have in-house! Congratulations to all the graduates!”

Mary Jones, Manager of Client Care and Engagement