Photo outside of the clubhouse including a group of colleagues

Colleague Training

Genesis Club is one of 12 Clubhouse International Training Centers in the world. We offer 2-week Comprehensive Colleague training, 1-week Employment Services, and Engaging Young Adults in the Clubhouse training, and a 1-week seminar designed specifically for Clubhouse Directors, offered in conjunction with Fountain House. Training sessions are offered throughout the year. Colleagues visiting us for training will stay at our Victorian-style training center (the Chandler House) located a short distance from the clubhouse. 

Why come to training at Genesis Club?

Training allows colleagues  – teams of staff and members — to immerse themselves in the Genesis Club community, giving colleagues a solid background in basic Clubhouse mechanics. What does an effective work-ordered day look like? Which decisions are made by consensus? What makes a healthy advisory board? What is transitional employment and how does it work? Daily discussions and readings address these and other questions, and are designed to complement  the clubhouse experience.

The curriculum includes participation in one of six work units, experience at a transitional employment job site, and ample time to discuss Clubhouse theory, practice and emerging issues in the field of community mental health. 

Participants leave having developed relationships with the staff and the members of Genesis Club, which are the heart of any quality Clubhouse. They also leave with an action plan specifically tailored to the needs of their community or clubhouse, and knowing they have the support of our training team supporting their success. 

Programs Offered

Two Week Intensive Colleague Training (for first-time participants)

$ 7,000 USD

Designed for existing Clubhouses or programs converting to the Clubhouse model from another service delivery model. Tuition includes training and lodging for the Clubhouse director, one staff person and one member, as well as training and lodging for an individual with administrative oversight responsibility for the Clubhouse who will join their team for the full second week of the training program. The tuition fee includes a post-site visit to the Clubhouse for onsite consultation and assistance approximately six to nine months after the training. Generally speaking, this training is not recommended for brand new Clubhouses. However, please contact us, and we’d be happy to consult further and explore the best options.

Two Week Intensive Colleague Training

$ 5,000 USD

This two-week training experience is equivalent to training for first time participants but is designed specifically for Clubhouses where the Clubhouse director has been to training. Tuition includes training and lodging for one member and one staff person for two weeks, as well as training and lodging for an individual with administrative oversight responsibility for the full second week of the training program. Post training site visits are scheduled six to nine months after the training experience. Clubhouses requesting a post training site visit will be responsible to pay any expenses which exceed $500.00 USD. 

Additional participants for the entire training period = $2,000 USD per person

Additional administrators for the last week of training = $900 USD per person

One Week Employment Training

$ 2,000 USD

This one-week intensive training focuses on creating and sustaining strong Transitional, Supported, and Independent Employment programs. There is also a focus on how to integrate supported education services as part of your Employment Program. Tuition includes training and lodging for one staff person and one member during the week-long training. Call the Training Unit at Genesis Club to request an invoice and more information.

Additional participants = $900 USD per person

One week Directors’ Seminar

$ 1,200 USD

Directors of clubhouses hold a critical position in the success of any clubhouse. Genesis Club and Fountain House  jointly sponsor an annual seminar to provide a forum for directors to share ideas, challenges and best practices, and to explore new strategies for bringing their clubhouses to the next level. Workshop topics and discussions focus on operating a successful clubhouse (e.g. branding, staff development, strategic community partnerships, effective Boards and fundraising, and emerging research). Discussions are based within an American economic and social context. Participants are expected to be actively engaged in discussions, sharing ideas and exploring solutions.  Tuition includes  one Director for the week-long training. Travel expenses are not included.

Training Schedule


February 27th-March 10th: Comprehensive Two Week (FULL)

March 27th-March 30th: Director Seminar (FULL)

April 17th-April 28th: Comprehensive Two Week (FULL)

May 15th- May 26th: Comprehensive Two Week (FULL)

June 12th- June 16th: Employment Track (FULL)

July 10th- July 21st: Comprehensive Two Week

August 7th- August 18th: Comprehensive Two Week

October 16th – October 27th: Comprehensive Two Week

December 4th-December 15th: Comprehensive Two Week


Training fees can be paid via credit card by clicking the button below; you will be taken to a new payment page. You can also send a check to Genesis Club Inc. 274 Lincoln St Worcester, MA 01605. If you have any questions, please call us at 508-831-0100 x110 or email us at

Payment needs to be sent as soon as possible because training groups fill up fast and availability is on a first come first serve basis. We must have your Clubhouse’s full payment in hand in order for your spot to be reserved. After payment is received, a confirmation email will be sent along with details for your training.  The non-refundable payment is for the dates specified on the invoice and will not be applied toward another training group should you change your plans within 60 days of your originally scheduled training start date.

About The Chandler House International Training Center

International Training Center – The Chandler House
12 Westland Street, Worcester, MA 01602
Tel. No. (508) 304-1189

Staff/Member Office
The Chandler House has two computers for research, video conferencing, and action plan development. Wireless internet service is provided for colleagues who bring laptops. A printer is available in the office.

Conference Room
This area is used for colleague training meetings and presentations. These include both formal and informal training discussions from the approved Clubhouse International Training Curriculum.

Community Life
A central part of the Chandler House experience is sharing time with colleagues, reading training materials, discussing standards and sharing ideas on the work-ordered day, employment or emerging research on the Clubhouse model. We ask that guests of the training center be mindful and respectful of common space and people’s need for quiet time and space. 

Meals At Genesis Club
(Subject to change due to COVID-19 health and safety precautions.)

Monday through Friday, a light breakfast is served at the club from 8:00 to 9:00 AM in the second floor snack shop. Lunch is offered from 12:00 to 1:00 PM and costs $1.50. Genesis Club offers several options for lunch, including a salad bar. Genesis does not provide evening meals except for the Tuesday night employment dinner and the Thursday night social dinner. Colleagues are welcome to cook at the Chandler House, order out, or dine at local restaurants. A selection of menus is available, including an extensive take-out/delivery menu.

Special Needs/Accommodations
Unfortunately, the Chandler House is not wheelchair accessible. If you require special accommodations, please let us know one month prior to your arrival so that we can make proper arrangements.

Comprehensive training ends on Friday at 2:30 PM. One-week tracks usually also wrap up by 2:30 PM on their final day. Please schedule your transportation anytime after training finishes. 

You are welcome to stay an extra night at the Chandler House if your flight doesn’t leave until the following day. Please strip beds and linens before leaving. Keys should be returned at the Chandler House. There is a box in the dining room for this purpose. If you forget, please mail them when you return home. Please turn in your Training Evaluation before departing. Your feedback helps us in many ways. Thank you! We hope you have an enjoyable stay and come back soon!


Click the map above for directions from your point of departure.

General Travel Information

As the second largest city in New England, Worcester has a public transportation system, which provides easy access to downtown, food shopping, etc. WRTA bus services – there is no cost to ride. Transportation is provided for specific training events. All other personal travel is the responsibility of the guests.
Worcester Yellow Cab: 508-754-3211
Red Cab: 508-792-9999
Van service to Worcester from Providence or Boston airports: Knight’s Airport Limousine Service (508-839-6252)

Directions From the East

From the East: Take the Mass Turnpike (Route 90) West to exit 11A (Route 495 N). Take exit 25B to merge onto I-290 W toward Worcester. Take exit 18 for MA-9 toward Ware/Framingham. Keep right at the fork, follow signs for Downtown and merge onto Lincoln St. Turn right onto Highland St. Turn left onto Westland Street, The Chandler House will be on the right, and the driveway is before the road bump, 12 Westland Street.

Directions From the West

Take the Mass Turnpike (Route 90) East to Exit 10 toward Auburn/Worcester. Follow the signs for I-290 E/Worcester and merge onto I-290 E. Take exit 17 for Massachusetts Rt. 9 toward Ware/Framingham. Turn left onto Belmont Street. Continue straight onto Highland Street. Turn right onto Westland Street. The Chandler House will be on the right. The driveway will be on the right, before the road bump, 12 Westland Street.

Directions From the North

Take either 93 or 95 to 495 South. Follow that to 290 West (exit 25). Stay on 290 until exit 20 for Lincoln Street. Take a left and follow Lincoln Street to the intersection with Burncoat. There will be a stop sign. Follow Lincoln Street by taking a slight left, and you will pass Genesis Club on your right. Follow Lincoln Street down the hill and keep right when the road splits into two lanes. After passing under the highway, bear right onto Salisbury Street. Follow Salisbury to Park Avenue and take a left. Follow Park to the next traffic light at Institute Road and take a right. Follow Institute Road to Westland Street, which will be a left turn. The Training Center will be on your left.

Directions From the South

Take 146 North into Worcester and take the exit ramp to merge onto 290 East. Follow 290 to exit 17 for Massachusetts Rt. 9 toward Ware/Framingham (Belmont Street). Turn left onto Belmont Street. Continue straight onto Highland Street. Follow Highland past Elm Park and the Price Chopper and continue across the intersection with Park Avenue. Turn right onto Westland Street. The Chandler House will be on the right. The driveway will be on the right, before the road bump, 12 Westland Street.