A team of walkers from UC Santa Barbara’s Department of Counseling, Clinical, and School Psychology (CCSP) will participate in the Santa Barbara County “Heart & Sole” AIDS Walk on October 2. The group of faculty, students, friends, and family, will walk the 10 kilometers to help raise funds for local HIV/AIDS services administered by Pacific Pride Foundation. The event, one of the largest one-day fundraising events in Santa Barbara County, has brought in over $3 million during the past two decades. Read further information or donate on-line.
Pacific Pride Foundation (PPF) has been serving people affected by HIV/AIDS in Santa Barbara County since 1984. Pacific Pride Foundation’s goal since 1984 has been to help clients live long and healthy lives by providing medical care, food, and housing. PPF is the largest HIV/AIDS service provider between Los Angeles and San Francisco and with additional state budget cuts to AIDS funding, the foundation continues to need financial help. All dollars raised will ensure continued service to the thousands of men, women and children living with, affected by or at risk for HIV/AIDS in Santa Barbara County. PPF’s programs include nursing and case management, two food pantries, individual and group therapy, education, and prevention.
The Department of Counseling, Clinical, School Psychology (CCSP) – part of the Gevirtz Graduate School of Education at UCSB – is fully accredited by the Committee on Accreditation of the American Psychological Association as a combined doctoral psychology program. It adheres to a scientist-practitioner training model; therefore, heavy emphasis is placed on developing academic, research, and practitioner knowledge and skills of students. The Department provides students with multidisciplinary training that leads to Ph.D., M.A. and M.Ed. degrees and an Applied Psychology Minor for undergraduates. Some CCSP students have completed year-long externships at PPF, where they have gained supervised experience providing mental health services to LGBT individuals and people with HIV/AIDS.
“PPF provides essential HIV/AIDS prevention and support services in our community,” says CCSP Associate Professor Tania Israel, who co-leads the AIDS Walk team. “Their work fits well with CCSP’s efforts to enhance development for vulnerable populations. Furthermore, their openness to collaboration has helped us to forge an effective academic-community partnership.” Together with Laury Oaks from the UCSB Department of Feminist Studies, Israel collaborated with PPF on a community-based participatory research project. This project resulted in a survey of LGBT community assets and risks, community forums at which the survey results were shared and community members were engaged in collaborative interpretation of the data, and a day-long central coast LGBT summit that served as a catalyst for data-driven community action.
[Tania Israel is available for interviews; contact George Yatchisin at 805 893 5789]
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