SCS’ very own Rachel McNary is spinning vinyl, scratching sounds, and beat matching with John In the Morning (John Richards) at KEXP as part of KEXP’s Music Heals series on mental health. KEXP interviewed Rachel on ways mental illness and substance use disorders intersect with our LGBTQ community. Rachel talked about her experience as one of SCS’ therapists and shared resource information on services available to the community. Rachel’s interview will play during the 8am hour on KEXP (90.3FM) on 10/11/17. In preparation for that interview, and because Rachel is so totally rad, Rachel put together a Music Heals Playlist with the help of other SCS staffers. You can find it here.
If you're not able to listen live - check out KEXP's beta streaming archive - available for up to two weeks after airing!
PROJECT PEER UPDATE
Project PEER (Peer Education Enrichment Resource) is a peer-led outreach and non-medical case management program aimed to help individuals who are at high risk for acquiring HIV. Since the inauguration of the program in May 2017, our Peer Support Specialists (PSS) have been linking individuals to preventative treatments, resources, and helping them navigate the healthcare system - accompanying clients to their needed PrEP appointments and regularly checking-in with the client in regards to their medical adherence.
Project PEER PSS are always out and about in the community doing outreach, so if you see them, say hello! You can check out Project PEER's new web page which features our PSS bios on the Seattle Counseling Service website, and their new facebook page below!
We are happy to announce the hire of three mental health therapists – (from left to right) Boya Hua, Bethany Cole, and Erica Bacon - all of whom were Mental Health Interns for SCS in 2016-2017! We are honored and excited to have these compassionate and talented clinicians back with us!
We will be saying goodbye to Cat Bozek, our resident Nurse Practitioner who has been with us for six whole years. We're going to miss Cat dearly but are so excited for her future adventures.
COUNSELING LGBTQ CLIENTS IN CHALLENGING TIMES
In May of this year, Cardea Services invited Seattle Counseling Service to host a webinar titled "Counseling LGBTQ Clients in Challenging Times", and the webinar is now up for public viewing!About the webinar: Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people are being confronted with constant news of anti-LGBT incidents and threats. A climate of heightened crisis can create stress and anxiety exacerbating existing mental health issues, particularly for people who have experienced discrimination and trauma throughout their lives. How can mental health providers support LGBT clients in these difficult times? Click here to view the webinar to hear SCS staff answer this question!
The production of the training was funded by a grant from the PRIDE Foundation to address the current political climate and the effects this could have on the LGBTQ community. The webinar was one of the most popular webinars ever produced by Cardea, with an estimated 750 participants joining in on the call! Of the 750 viewers watching, there was representation from every single state in the U.S., as well as callers from Puerto Rico. What's even more astounding is that 99% of viewers watched the webinar from start to finish! Needless to say the training was a great success and Supriya, Donnie and Aleks made SCS proud!