A team of walkers from UC Santa Barbara’s Department of Counseling, Clinical, and School Psychology (CCSP) participated in the Santa Barbara County “Heart & Sole” AIDS Walk on October 6. The group of faculty, students, friends, and family, walked the 7 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. Learn further information or donate on-line at http://pacificpridefn.donorpages.com/AIDSWalk2013/
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.