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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Starting New Peer Groups

Just like me, I’ve seen others in the group open up and share their stories, a lot of times for the first time, and sometimes with more than a few tears.

Photo via The Gender Spectrum Collection

Peer groups are often organized in response to a need or desire to create community. A minimum of two facilitators are required to start a group and facilitators must self-identify as members of that group.

We welcome ideas for new peer groups and are excited to add groups to meet the needs of our community, especially groups for queer and trans people of color.  We are particularly excited to partner with other organizations on creating new, collaborative peer groups, with groups meeting at Pacific Center in Berkeley or at the other organization's location in Alameda County.

Successful applicants will complete an application, interview, screening process, and facilitator training. Facilitator training is conducted throughout the year and consultation services are provided as needed, year round.

Contact Anne Mitchell, Peer and Older Adult Program Manager, for information about the peer group facilitator application, interview, and training process: amitchell@pacificcenter.org or 510-548-8283, x126.

To learn more about existing groups, please see the Current Peer Groups page or our calendar of events.