Work with Us

There are several different ways you can get involved with the Mental Wellness Center. As a community-based, nonprofit organization, we seek to improve access to mental health services through building connections with all members of Santa Barbara County. As a dedicated team of staff, interns, and volunteers, we’re always working together to ensure we achieve our mission in building mental wellness. Please see below for employment opportunities, internships and volunteer positions.

Sunset Beach Walk

NOW seeking volunteers! Please email Alex at to join us! Join us at our Walk! Register HERE!

Our annual Walk will be in its 6th year, demonstrating the great strides that the Santa Barbara community has made toward mental wellness. Our signature sunset event includes live music, delicious food, and a walk along the coastline with friends, families, and community members. We are always looking for volunteers to assist in the planning of this wellness celebration! See you in the sand on Friday, May 5th, 2017!


Volunteers are at the heart of our organization! They add depth to our programs and grow our outreach tremendously. They are the passionate voices of our community; letting people know that treatment is effective, recovery is possible, and together we are working towards mental wellness.

Do you have a few hours to spare every week on a regular basis? Are you knowledgeable in an art, craft, or physical activity? Would you like to share your knowledge by leading a support group?  Do you have a professionally developed skill that you would like to use on behalf of our organization and our cause? We would love to have you join our team of volunteers!

Whether you are interested in giving a few hours of your time on a regular basis, leading a group activity or teaching a skill to people who are recovering their mental health, making presentations, or helping out with a special event, let us know how to connect with you. Please fill out the online Volunteer Application.  Be sure to be as specific as you can be in identifying your interests and expectations so that we may get to know you. A representative of the Mental Wellness Center will get back to you promptly. Submit your volunteer application today!

If you have questions or would like more information about our organization, please call our main office number at 805-884-8440, or email

Mental Health Arts Festival

The Arts Festival continues to be the Mental Wellness Center’s community celebration, highlighting the creative and skilled talents of local artists living with mental illness. Our 23rd Arts Festival will take place on Saturday, July 15, 2017, at De La Guerra Plaza. Please join us for paintings, crafts, jewelry, drawings, poetry, music, and sculpture. This is an event you won’t want to miss!

Current Job Openings

Our dedicated staff is made up of diverse community members from many disciplines. Together, we are growing our mission of community wellness and leading the way in eradicating stigma. We love to add to our passionate team! Learn about job opportunities at the Mental Wellness Center below. Please check back soon!

Board of Behavioral Sciences Trainee & Internships

Our intern and trainee program complements academic training with practical experience under professional guidance. We have trainee and internship agreements with several local colleges and universities, offered to qualified graduate students in Psychology who are accruing hours of experience through California’s Board of Behavioral Sciences. Interns and trainees are provided a well-rounded learning experience that contributes to our mission and augments mental health knowledge, professional skills, and tools for wellness. Many positions are in the Recovery Learning Center at the Fellowship Club, our day-use program for adults (18+) living with serious mental illness. In addition, opportunities for accruing work experience in other areas of our operations may be available.

Our Clinical Program Director Natalie Garcia, is a licensed marriage and family therapist in California (LMFT #48026) with extensive experience providing psychotherapy and managing social service programs for nonprofit organizations in the city of Santa Barbara. Not only does Natalie oversee all our programs for compliance with best practices and to meet our standards, but she is also the Clinical Supervisor for trainees and interns registered with the Board of Behavioral Sciences. If you are interested in applying for a position as either a trainee or intern with the Mental Wellness Center, please initiate the process by sending a copy of your resume and a cover letter by email to or by mail to the following:

Natalie Garcia, Clinical Supervisor
Mental Wellness Center
617 Garden Street
Santa Barbara, CA 93101

If you have any questions regarding the specifics of trainee-ships or internships offered, you may contact Natalie at 805-884-8440, extension 3246.