Pacific Center for Human Growth

Founded in 1973, Pacific Center for Human Growth is the oldest LGBTQ+ center in the Bay Area, the third oldest in the nation, and operates the only sliding scale mental health clinic for LGBTQ+ people and their families in Alameda County.

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Clinical Training Program

The therapists I work with are incredible. They are warm, collaborative, and are able to be both playful and empathetic. We support each other to better support our community!

Photo via The Gender Spectrum Collection

Graduate level psychology and social work trainees and interns, as well as newly licensed clinicians, receive valuable training working with our diverse LGBTQ clients. Our year long program meets all Board of Behavioral Sciences & Board of Psychology licensing laws. Interns are supervised by licensed clinicians.

The training program is a minimum 12 month commitment. Student trainees start in June or September; registered interns and licensed clinicians may start at different times throughout the year.

Interns and trainees are required to be on-site for a minimum of 20 hours per week and must be willing to complete 8-10 client hours between Monday and Friday each week, with one evening required.

What makes our program unique?

  • The Professional Development Group (PDG) provides interns and trainees with an opportunity to explore how societal systems, oppression and privilege (the macro) interact with our personal histories and identities (the micro) in ways that then inform our work as therapists. Through this lens, group participants will look at their relationship to various aspects of our world including self, others, institutions, and systems.  The PDG format includes an hour of learning and an hour of group process and dyad work. The group helps pre-licensed individuals expand their sense of themselves as therapists and integrate what they are learning in the Training Program.

  • Clinicians working at the Pacific Center for Human Growth participate in a weekly 2 hour didactic training which is tailored to enhance and deepen their clinical skills to better serve the community.  Because our clinical program is a hybrid of a community based mental clinic with an overlay of private practice sensibilities, the training program is designed to address the contemporary needs of the clients and the community we serve through a multi-dimensional lens.  The trainings offered include a variety of ideologies and orientations. Some examples of the training topics include: Assessment and Diagnosis, Crisis Intervention, Working with HIV+ Clients, Polyamorous relationships, and SOGIE (Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity/Expression).

  • The Pacific Center is dedicated to creating community and providing support within a safe space for clinicians as they move through the training process. We offer two weekly affinity groups devoted to offering clinicians space to discuss challenges and explore opportunities for growth as it relates to dynamics of power, privilege and oppression, and how they show up in relationships; one group is for clinicians of color and the other group is for white clinicians. Depending on the needs of the group, the affinity groups are either self-directed or conducted by staff. Both models receive support from the Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion.

Applications for the Clinical Services Training Program will be available here on November 1st.  Please return to this page then to apply!