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Pacific Center News 06/12/2023

Dear Folx, We are writing to invite you to a special event that holds great significance for us and our cherished community. After many memorable years at our beloved location at 2712 Telegraph Avenue, we are bidding farewell and embarking on an exciting new chapter. As we prepare to move to our new Center Street location in downtown Berkeley, which will accommodate our growing aspirations and better meet our community’s needs, we want to celebrate our time spent at our old location in a truly meaningful way. We cordially invite you to share in an evening of heartfelt farewells, warm conversations and shared memories at our final Telegraph Avenue Open House on Wednesday, the 14th of June, from 4:00-6:30 PM. This Open House will serve as a wonderful opportunity for us to express our gratitude to everyone who has been a part of our journey–including YOU. The event wouldn't be complete without your presence, as you have played an integral role in shaping our journey and sustaining our critical work serving the LGBTQIA+ community. We would be honored to have your presence as we reminisce about the past, celebrate the present, and look forward to an exciting future together. Event Details: Date: Wednesday, June 14th Time: 4:00-6:30 PM Location: 2712 Telegraph Avenue We are grateful to be able to carry out our mission providing vital mental health care for 50 years and counting, and it is your support that enables us to keep the lights on. Will you please consider making a donation of $50 (or $500) to help us cover the costs of our move? During the Open House, we will be offering a selection of items for giveaway, allowing you to take home a memento from our cherished past. Additionally, we will have an assortment of beautiful plants from our grounds available to take home on a donation basis. (Please bring a spade and an appropriate container for transportation.) Bring your wallet! (Cash, card, and check are all good.) Any donations you offer in exchange for plants and mementos will be dedicated to financing a smooth transition to our new location, ensuring that our ability to provide the services you know–and rely on–remains unwavering. Please contact Kitty, with any questions. Also, feel free to extend this invitation to any others who may have a connection to our community and would like to bid our old location a fond farewell. Let’s come together one last time at 2712 Telegraph Avenue to celebrate the past and embrace the bright future that awaits us. We eagerly look forward to having you at our Open House and expressing our gratitude in person. With warm regards, Pacific Center for Human Growth P.S. Interested in working with Pacific Center? We’re hiring a new Clinical Director, and would love to hire from within our community. Read the job description here! P.P.S. It’s PRIDE! Support Pacific Center in our Golden Pride 50th Anniversary goal - we hope to reach $50,000 in donations by the end of this month! One thousand for each year we’ve been around. DONATE NOW! P.P.S. We need donations to help us cover the move for certain, but we also need:

  • Boxes

  • Packing tape

  • Help packing the place up Please contact Maria, our Move Project Manager, if you want to help with the move in any way. If you want to make a donation or help underwrite our move, please contact Lasara.

Job Listing: Clinical Director

We are sad to announce that America Islas, our Clinical Director, will be leaving the organization. We wish her all the best in her future endeavors, and know that she will find nothing but success. If you, or someone you know, is a qualified applicant looking for a new opportunity, please read or share the listing below. Job Description: Director of Clinical Programs ABOUT THE ROLE The Director of Clinical Programs (Clinic Director) is responsible for implementing, evaluating, and collaborating with other staff to ensure the effectiveness, relevancy, and sustainability of the Pacific Center’s Clinical Services, which includes the robust clinical training program. Clinic Director reports directly to the Executive Director and supervises a diverse staff consisting of licensed clinicians and support staff who provide program delivery. These programs include the clinical training program (16-36 in school and post-graduate masters and doctoral level clinicians), as well as volunteer and contracted clinical supervisors. Clinical Director has oversight responsibilities, in collaboration with the Community Programs Director, for the Training and Assistance Program, the Peer Support Group Program, the HIV Counseling Program, the Older Adult Counseling and Supports Program (including Older+Out, Out+About, and PEARLS), and Youth Programs (including Trans Tween, LOUD, and BOLD). Clinical Director works in collaboration with other Director level staff to be a thought partner on organizational initiatives that create innovation, inclusion, and expansion of Pacific Center’s services. This position is hybrid, with a requirement of at least three days a week on site in Berkeley, CA. (More days on site will be needed during onboarding of intern cohorts.) Minimum Qualifications:

  • Licensed as an MFT, LCSW, LPCC or Clinical Psychologist in the state of CA for a minimum of 2 years.

  • Supervisory capacity and certification thereof.

  • Experience with supervision.

  • Experience working with the LGBTQIA+ community.

  • Bilingual (Spanish/English) desired. PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES CLINICAL:

  • Work with Executive Director and staff on evaluation, budgeting, and strategic planning for all clinical services including clinical revenue goals, off-site and on-site counseling, and collaborations with other agencies

  • Meet and maintain clinic revenue goals

  • Manage the clinical training program, which includes the two onboarding orientations per year, one in August and one in January

  • Provide individual weekly supervision to clinical staff and interns as needed

  • Recruit, onboard, and serve as the primary contact for paid clinicians (associates and fully licensed)

  • Recruit, onboard, and serve as the primary contact for clinical supervisors

  • Recruit, onboard, and serve as the primary contact for training clinicians including interns and associates

  • Ensure that client assignments are made effectively and that the list for callbacks for services is managed. This also requires working with the Senior Intake and Quality Assurance Manager and the Clinical Administrative Assistant to further streamline the interface between the client database and client assignments

  • Support the Senior Intake and Quality Assurance Manager in doing chart reviews as well as implementing new documentation policies and procedures

  • Liaison with graduate school field placement offices to support new clinician placements

  • Hold a weekly one hour clinical consultation meeting for clinicians

  • Attend weekly drop in hours to support clinicians

  • Assist with individual and group supervision in case contracted supervisors are not available

  • Attend to medical record requests in a timely manner

  • Onboard clinicians, develop Grief Group sessions, and support Grief Group contracted supervisor

  • Collaborate with Senior Intake and Quality Assurance Manager to Oversee HIPAA compliant document storage on Google Drive and third party apps

  • Oversee HIPAA compliant storage of all paper records.

  • Ensure all staff and clinicians receive HIPAA compliance in a timely manner

  • Supervise certification and recertification as required by funders

  • Attend to any client and clinicians complaints/crisis issues that may arise

  • Collaborate with other staff to support engagement of clinicians in all agency program areas, including Older and Out, HIV Services, and Youth programming

  • Participate in training regarding the EHR and overseeing compliance and implementation

  • Manage record keeping for all clinic-generated PHI


  • Maintain BBS, CalAIM, and Medi-Cal certification

  • Meet regularly with Clinical Program Staff (Senior Intake and Quality Assurance Manager, Administrative Assistant, Manager of Older Adult and Peer Programs, and HIV Program Manager Clinician), as a group to ensure their ongoing support and promote effective and sustainable functioning of the Clinical Services Program

  • One-on-one supervision of direct reports

  • Develop agendas and facilitate bi-monthly Program Meetings

  • Meet with Clinical Admin weekly to review billing

  • Approve and submit invoices for contractors

  • Oversee accurate data collection and entry into Client Database

  • Preparation of clinical program reports for government contracts

  • Act as an agency liaison for contracts involving clinical services

  • Attend weekly staff meeting and offer Clinical Updates to staff

  • Participate and certify in all mandatory trainings required by contract holders


  • Participate in occasional agency evening/weekend events

  • Participate in promotion of the agency and its services throughout Alameda County

  • Assist as needed with relocation activities

  • Clinic program operations support, as needed

  • Other responsibilities as defined by Executive Director and Board of Directors as needed


  • Base Salary: $90,000 - $95,000

  • Interim for 3 months with opportunity for full appointment

  • Full health benefits (medical, dental, vision) for employee, partial for family members

  • 24 paid holidays (including ten days of organizational closure - one week in winter, one in summer, and two floating holidays, in addition to numerous staff holidays), paid vacation and sick time. NOTE: Organization is working toward an unlimited PTO model.

  • This is a full time (40 Hours/Week) exempt position.

APPLICATION PROCESS: Applications will be received and considered until June 19th, 2023. Please send (via CC) your application materials including your cover letter and resume to Lasara Allen, Executive Director, at and Shanna Bowie, Director of Community Programs, at ABOUT THE PACIFIC CENTER: Pacific Center for Human Growth is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization and an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, race, color, religion, national origin, disability, protected Veteran status, age, or any other characteristic protected by law. We also consider qualified applicants regardless of criminal histories, consistent with legal requirements. QTBIPOC and LGBTQIA+ and Multilingual candidates are especially encouraged to apply. Pacific Center for Human Growth is a 50-year-old LGBTQIA+ mental health clinic in Alameda County, and a critical resource for the health and wellness needs of the local LGBTQIA+ and QTBIPOC communities. Pacific Center offers low cost individual, couples and family mental health services; HIV support services; peer support groups; and a vibrant youth program.


Upcoming Move, and Open House - June 14, 2023 Now, on to the move, coming up in August! We have a fundraising goal of $25,000 to support the move to our new offices at 2130 Center St., Suite 200, in Downtown Berkeley. A generous donor has pledged $10,000, but we still need to raise the remaining $15,000. Please contact Lasara to talk about underwriting opportunities. More updates on that front soon, but in the meantime, we hope you will drop by our “Open House: GoodBye to Telegraph Ave” event, on June 14th, from 4:00-6:30 PM. Come on by for one last look at our longtime home.

Pride Hike, Pacific Center X Arc’teryx Join us for a Pride Hike with our friends at Arc’teryx, on the evening of June 15, 6-8PM at Redwood Regional in Oakland! Get more info and sign up here.


Your donations help community members gain access to peer support groups and low-cost counseling and mental health support. Please click below to give what you can.

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