Certified Wellness Coach

What is a Certified Wellness Coach?

The Wellness Coach role is a new, certified position to increase our state’s overall capacity to support the growing behavioral health needs of our youth. It is designed to help build a larger and more diverse and representative behavioral health workforce in California that has the training and supervision needed to engage directly with young people where they live, study and work.

Wellness Coaches will offer non-clinical services that support youth behavioral health and well-being, such as wellness promotion and education, screening, care coordination, individual and group support, and crisis referral. The model will supplement and support existing behavioral health roles, fill gaps in the current behavioral health workforce, and create a larger and more diverse workforce with whom youth can connect.

Become a Certified Wellness Coach

Becoming a Certified Wellness Coach (Coach) lets you play a role in improving mental health and well-being of children and youth in California. Discover your path to certification today.


Wellness Coach Scholarship Program (WCSP)

The Wellness Coach Scholarship Program’s goal is to educate and train students to serve as Certified Wellness Coaches (CWC) in California. WCSP provides scholarships to students in associate or bachelor’s degree programs that qualify them for Wellness Coach Certification through the education pathway in exchange for a 12-month service obligation providing CWC services in California. Eligible applicants may receive up to $35,000. The purpose of this program is to increase the number of CWCs providing direct care in California. 

Application: OPEN

Applications must be submitted by 3:00 p.m., June 24, 2024. Review the 2024/2025 Certified Wellness Coach Scholarship Program Grant Guide for program guidance and requirements.

Application Dates

  • Opens April 9, 2024, 3:00 p.m.
  • Closes June 24, 2024, 3:00 p.m.


Certified Wellness Coach Employer Support Grant Program (CWCES)

The purpose of the Certified Wellness Coach (CWC) Employer Support Grant Program is to assist Certified Wellness Coach employers to recruit and employ Certified Wellness Coaches. The Grant Program supports educational institutions and school-based and school-linked health and behavioral health agencies in recruiting and employing Certified Wellness Coaches.

Application Dates

  • Opens January 16, 2024, 3:00 p.m.
  • Closes March 22, 2024, 3:00 p.m.


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