Peer Education & Enrichment Resource
Project PEER is a brand new peer led non-medical case management HIV prevention program. PEER targets HIV negative individuals who are not currently connected to community health services. Project PEER is funded through the Washington State Department of Health with the goal of linking individuals to preventative treatment such as PrEP (Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis). The consumers of PEER must be at a high risk for acquiring HIV through high risk activities such as intravenous drug use and/or having multiple anonymous hook up partners.
We are very excited for this new program and to have these amazing new staff members join our team. The four PEER Support Specialists who have been hired to help run this program are Brian Tacovelli, Terry Jones, Darrel Jernigan, and Kevin Nooney. The Specialists will work part-time in the community providing one-on-one street outreach and assisting Project NEON peer educators at high risk outreach venues. Lindsay Garske is our NEON Outreach Coordinator and will head the development and implementation with Project PEER. Contact Lindsay at email@example.com for more information.
The Immigrant, Refugee, and Undocumented Outreach (IRUO) Program at Seattle Counseling Service (SCS) continues to grow and serve. The mission of the IRUO Program is to understand the needs of individuals with intersectional identities - whether it be in cultural origin, documentation status, race, sexual orientation, or gender expression. We want to remove barriers to care and let everyone know there is a safe place in the community to talk. SCS, through IRUO, addresses linguistic and cultural barriers, provides mental health services, aids in finding housing, helps those wanting to learn English, enables people in how to traverse the city, connects individuals to obtain a job, provides essential supplies, and teaches program participants how to become self-sufficient. Services are free of charge and can be provided in Spanish.
We have an extensive list of community partners and invite other partners who are interested in understanding how to best serve this population. Please be an ally by becoming knowlegable of the issues and the resources available to assist immigrant, refugee and undocumented LGBTQ people. For more information visit www.seattlcounseling.org/iruo. More questions? Contact Ricardo at firstname.lastname@example.org.
And Finally --
Dear Dr. Kang...
This is a new guest column to our SCS Newsletter – Dear Dr. Kang. It started out like this:
“Dear Dr. K, How did you get so awesome”?? Well, that answer could fill another newsletter. In short, and in her own words, she responded:
Since noticing that I’m incredibly talented at giving unsolicited advice, I was asked me to write a “Dear Dr. Kang” Advice Column. We all have moments of trying to make sense of what’s going on around us – and I’m am here to put in my two sense.
Send me your questions. Send them to email@example.com. No names will be used (unless they are creative pseudonyms). Keep in mind the following basic simple truths:
- I’m no Dan Savage, so the column will probably not have fun pics and/or toy references. For the most part…
- I’d like to keep it sincere and heartfelt, so no Trumpstyle hatred nor bold face lies. Also, for the most part…
- Please, please always get a second and third opinion, my opinion is merely the truth, and probably not that helpful as a result.
Let’s stick with discrete advice and counsel. I’m book smart, and sometimes even great with “common sense.” After attending so many years at the school of hard knocks (histrionic, but a propos) to earn all degrees… I’ll do my best to be helpful in this confusing, shifting land of behavioral health care.
So, ask me questions. I am ready to offer:
- Discreet advice - This is offering recommendations for and against specific options regarding a single decision.
- Counsel - This is providing guidelines or a framework for navigating complex or unfamiliar situations.
- Wisdom - You’ll see!
- Humor – To get us through the day…
Signing off -
Dr. Supriya Kang, MD
Diplomate, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology
Seattle Counseling Service Mission Statement:
Seattle Counseling Service is a community resources that advocates, educates, and serves to advance the social well-being and mental health of the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender community. For more information check us out at http://www.seattlecounseling.org/.
Call us at: 206.323.1768
Or foot it over to: 1216 Pine St., Suite 300, Seattle WA