Kat Castañeda
Kat Castañeda

Training Support

Kat has over a decade of experience as a clinical social worker, supervisor, program developer, trainer and leader. She has worked with youth in Boston-area residential, school, re-entry, home-based and community settings. Throughout her career, she has maintained that authentic relationships grounded in cultural humility have the capacity to transform lives. In 2015 Kat completed the Fostering Success Level I coach training and has been deeply inspired and humbled by her work as a coach since then. Most recently, she served as the Director of Clinical Scholar Coaching at the Wily Network, which provides wrap-around support to Wily Scholars – students navigating college independently who manage stressors including aging out of foster care, homelessness, primary supports who struggle with substance use and mental health issues, and being denied family support due to their sexual orientation or gender identity. In this role, Kat coached Wily Scholars, supervised coaching staff, and engaged in program development.

Throughout her tenure at Wily, Kat developed an anti-oppressive, trauma-informed, strengths-based and participatory practice model for individual and group supervision. The model incorporates reflection on personal bias, dynamics of racism and other forms of power and oppression on interpersonal and structural levels, highlights resilience and strengths rather than problems and deficits, ensures the meaningful participation of all coaches in the group supervision process, recognizes the role that trauma may play in a coach's life as well as in youth experience, and remains aware of the ways in which re-traumatization can transpire in all systems. Kat also played a critical role in moving Wily’s Diversity Equity and Inclusion (DEI) agenda to the forefront of the organization’s priorities.

Kat has extensive experience as a clinician and clinical supervisor integrating social justice values, mental health awareness, and attention to the complexity of young people's identities and experiences into her work. She is thrilled to be working with Cetera to support youth engagement efforts in communities across the country. She is also excited to be providing training through the Fostering Success Coaching Institute in an effort to further support practitioners in their capacity to partner with young people as they develop the awareness and skills necessary to bring their desired lives into being. Kat received her B.A. from Oberlin College and her Masters in Social Work from Simmons School of Social work. She joined Certera in 2022.