Dear Friends of SCS:
 
Autumn is upon us and today truly feels like that as I notice a chill in the air.  I have certain deciduous trees I track and I see that more and more leaves are turning yellow, red and orange. I know we are in Autumn!
 
With the change in season, I find myself reflecting on recent past events – the shooting in Las Vegas, the devastation in Puerto Rico, and hurricane-force destruction in Texas and Florida. Sometimes it can feel like so many disasters, both natural and human-made – conspire together and make the world feel less and less safe.  As I reflect on this, I find myself drawn to music as a way to soothe my soul. I have to be careful about listening in public as I tend to either cry or dance in my seat on the bus – both can be tricky…
 
Lately I’ve been listening constantly to Herbie Hancock’s album The Imagine Project. Two songs – Imagine with Hancock, India Arie, Jeff Beck, Seal and Oumou Sangar (a version of the John Lennon song that is magical and moving), and Don’t Give Up with Hancock, John Legend and P!nk move me to tears and remind me to not give up or give in. Music can truly heal. The words from these songs are my mantra right now to stay the course. I encourage all of you to find ways to soothe your soul and stay the course.
 
In Solidarity and Gratitude,
Ann McGettigan
Executive Director
 
 
ART CRAFT LAB
Mondays 5pm-730pm
A space for creative expression, self-reflection, & building a supportive community of fellow creatives. 
Contact Shelby for more info.


COMMUNI-T
Tuesdays 7pm-8:30pm
A support & resources group for trans, non-binary, and genderqueer young adults. Drop-ins welcome.
Contact Jacqui for more info.

 
THRIVING AND RESISTING
1st Thursday of the month
6:30pm - 8:30pm
We are building community to survive and thrive in our political climate. Join us to care for ourselves and each other.
Contact Shelby for more info. 

 
VOICES, VISIONS, & EXTRAORDINARY STATES
2nd & 4th Thursday of each month
6pm - 7:30pm
A support group for people to create meaning and develop coping skills for voices, visions, special messages, unusual beliefs, and extreme states of consciousness.
Contact Colleen for more info.

 
 
INGERSOLL ALL TRANS SUPPORT GROUP
Wednesdays 7pm - 9pm
A support group run by Ingersoll Gender Center to support transgender people, genderqueer, trans* and gender variant people and the people who support them.
Call 206.849.7859 for more info.

Q-LAW LGBTQ LEGAL CLINIC
3rd Thursday of the month 7pm - 9pm
The QLaw Foundation LGBTQ Legal Clinic offers a free 30-minute consultation with a volunteer attorney. Attorneys are specially trained to discuss legal issues commonly faced by members of the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community, and welcome all clients regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity. 
Call (206) 267-7070 on a Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday between 9am-12pm to make an appointment.
 
 
  Did you know that every Amazon purchase you make could be supporting our services here at SCS at no extra cost to you? Use the AmazonSmile link below to make Seattle Counseling Service your charity of choice!
 
 

Do you shop at Fred Meyer? Now you can easily support SCS every time you buy your groceries! Simply designate SCS as the benefeciary in their Community Rewards Program. Here's how: visit www.fredmeyer.com/communityrewards and search for us by our name or by our non-profit number, #83245. Then, every time you shop and use your Rewards Card, you are helping SCS earn a donation!

You probably know that your donation will help SCS continue to provide affordable mental health and addiction recovery counseling to the Seattle & King County LGBTQ community. But you may not know that SCS absorbs the cost of many other services such as providing crisis intervention, educational consultations & trainings, outreach and general community support. We are a safety net upon which our community relies when times are tough. Click below to make a direct donation today. Your support truly makes a difference.
 
 
 

 
 We'd love to hear your feedback on what we are doing well, and how we can do even better. If you have feedback, drop us a line at
 
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!
 
  

 
STAFFING UPDATES
 
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!
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