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WISE U Participant Application

Welcome to WISE U!


APPLICATIONS ARE ALWAYS WELCOME!

For more information about this upcoming opportunity, please contact the WISE program
by email at wise@calvoices.org or by phone at 916.376.7736.
ABOUT THE WISE U PROGRAM  

WISE U is a program of Cal Voices (formerly NorCal MHA), the oldest peer-run consumer advocacy agency in Northern California. We know what it takes to create lasting employment success for peers and we not only talk the talk, we have been walking the walk since 1946, when our agency was founded. For decades, Cal Voices has successfully hired, trained, supported, and advanced the careers of consumers, family members, parents/caregivers, and transition age youth (collectively referred to as “peers”) working and volunteering in California's Public Mental Heath System ("PMHS").
 
WISE U is a full-service peer support training and placement academy, offering a wide array of career planning and educational opportunities, as well as job coaching, placement, and ongoing support. The program has several components:

1. WISE U Application
2. Career Counseling
3. Peer Training Academy
4. Job Training/Field Work
5. Placement Assistance
6. Coaching and Support
ABOUT THE WISE U PROGRAM PROCESS

WISE U is an intensive 90-hour peer training academy for California residents and is also a recognized National Certified Peer Specialist (NCPS) Approved Training. 

Because WISE U is a program specifically designed to place participants in full-time or part-time volunteer or paid peer positions, the process to apply, attend, and complete the training academy can be lengthy, but ultimately extremely rewarding. 

As stated above, completion of the WISE U application is the initial step to applying for the WISE U peer training academy.

After applying, WISE will respond to the applicant within 10 business days with a pre-eligibility determination based on the information provided in the application.

Applicants who are determined eligible to progress in the application process will then receive instructions to participate in a mandatory WISE U orientation. 

After the mandatory orientation applicants will be eligible to schedule a readiness interview with WISE. The readiness interview helps us determine if the applicant is “ready” for the intensive 90-hour peer training academy.

If an applicant is determined “ready” after their readiness interview they will be requested to complete a LiveScan background check, If they are determined “not ready” WISE will notify the applicant and discuss next steps.

Once WISE receives the applicant’s LiveScan results, (assuming there are no concerns with the background records) the applicant will receive notification to confirm their registration for the WISE U cohort they have applied for. Once the applicant confirms their registration, they will be provided with information on how to attend and access training materials for the 11-day in-person or 16-day virtual classroom training.

You can also find all of this information on our website at www.wiseup.work.

 

Have questions? Need help? 
Email us at wise@calvoices.org or call us at 916.376.7736.




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