The Wagner Program

Personal Growth. Giving Back
Wagner CounselingWagner Woman with Child

"An unparalleled experience of personal growth and commitment"  

Two Year Certificate Program
Wednesdays 9:00 AM - 3:40 PM

New class beginning Fall 2015
Open House and Information Session: Thursday, May 21
10:30 AM - Noon

Register for Information Session

The Wagner Paraprofessional Training Program is an intensive two-year certificate program which trains human service workers to help children, adolescents, and adults in a variety of settings including schools, hospital, counseling centers, and community agencies. The program requires a two-year commitment of one full day per week for 30 weeks each year. In addition, during the second year students are required to do field work. Participants will be prepared to work as volunteer paraprofessionals, under the direction of professional staff in various community organizations, congregations, and agencies.

Students in the program will be trained to work with individuals, couples, families, and groups in a variety of situations such as:

  • Parent-child relations
  • Marital relationships including intermarriage, blended families, and single parenting
  • Mid-life transitions
  • Divorce
  • Health and aging issues
  • Bereavement, death, and dying

Graduates of the Human Services Training Program make a commitment to two years of community service.


The training process will encourage students' self knowledge and personal growth. As part of this process they will:

  • Learn more about themselves and how they relate with others
  • Explore and clarify interests in the field of human services
  • Identify their own unique interpersonal skills
  • Develop and improve interpersonal communication skills
  • Learn group dynamics and the role of the facilitator in group process
  • Increase awareness and sensitivity
  • Understand how these needs and values affect their role in individual and group counseling
  • Explore contemporary life issues from both a secular and Jewish perspective.


This community service training program includes:

  • The human growth and development process, including the life cycle and life crises, and the Jewish approach to them
  • Basic listening and communication skills for individual counseling and group facilitation
  • Understanding group process
  • Identifying available resources in the community - Jewish and general - to help people in need
  • Evaluating an individual's or family's need for support - and how to refer the available assistance to them
  • Organizing, designing, and helping to implement Human Services Programs

The method of instruction includes lectures, discussions, audio-visual aids, workshops, growth groups, peer counseling, supervision, and on-site field work.
Professional staff will present course work and supervise student training.

For more information, please email Margaret Altschul, Director, Wagner Program or call: 310.440.1246

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