Caroline Center, in an effort to provide a holistic approach for the women who come for job/career training and education, offers a variety of counseling and support services. These services are unique among job training programs in Baltimore and are considered critical in helping the women achieve their professional and personal aspirations.
Group counseling sessions are held weekly for all women to gain the personal growth and life skills necessary to be successful in the workplace. Throughout the 15 week program, professional staff members address issues related to family dynamics, self esteem, parenting, relationships, abuse, education, past employment, living situations, etc. as appropriate. Individual counseling and social work services are available to all the women in the program.
Journaling is also a component of the first phase of the program. Each woman receives a journal with specific questions to ponder and answer each day. The daily schedule includes time to chart daily activities, learn to express thoughts and feelings, and reflect on personal experiences.
Staff members also identify resources, provide information and referrals to community programs, and may act as an advocate in accessing the benefits of these programs.
The professional staff includes a licensed graduate social worker (LGSW) and a licensed clinical professional counselor (LCPC). They are assisted by counseling interns/graduate students from Loyola University of Maryland and social work interns/undergraduate students from University of Maryland-Baltimore County, Coppin State University, and Morgan State University.
Services are provided free of charge and confidentiality is strictly maintained.Counseling and social work services are available to Caroline Center graduates on an as needed basis.