Pacific Pride Foundation (PPF) provides programs and services to more than 10,000 people in Santa Barbara County, has expanded its Counseling Program by a collaboration with Antioch University Santa Barbara. Two AUSB doctorate level psychology (PsyD) students will join the PPF counseling team and conduct a community-wide awareness campaign to increase knowledge of PPF’s counseling services. AUSB is also helping to create and facilitate the PsyD intern training program and provide volunteers to assist PPF with counseling services and outreach.
PPF’s Community Mental Health Training Program will be held on the Antioch campus, providing training on LGBTQ+ mental health issues for Antioch and other universities faculty and students, PPF interns, and community mental health professionals. These trainings will also fulfill continuing education requirements for attending helping professionals. This program will allow psychology students in various degree programs at Antioch to gain knowledge and experience that will allow them to be proficient in working with LGBTQ+ clients before they receive a license to practice therapy.