New Initiatives, a Gala, and a Homecoming of Alumni Stories Commemorates Historic Year
Seattle Counseling Service (SCS), the leading provider of mental health and addiction services for the Seattle LGBTQ community, has announced its 50th anniversary celebration, as well as year-long initiatives designed to support and strengthen the LGBTQ community throughout King County and surrounding areas.
“Seattle Counseling Service is the oldest behavioral health agency in the world that specifically serves the LGBTQ community,” says Ann McGettigan, Executive Director of SCS. “The fact that we’re growing and thriving year after year, confirms that our LGBTQ community members need culturally competent care and we are honored to be able to provide that to our community.”
The Seattle Counseling Service 2019 calendar includes:
• The Anti-Stigma Initiative: A new initiative designed to bring awareness to the needs of members of the LGBTQ community who seek counseling and addiction treatment. The initiative will both encourage and educate people about addiction and mental health, as well as social stigma and internalized phobias, such as transphobia and homophobia. These and other Issues of oppression often create barriers for access to care, for members of the LGBTQ communities.
• 50 Years of Celebration: The SCS Gala Event: An extravaganza event which both celebrates and acknowledges the first 50 years of SCS as well as an imagining of what the next 50 will look like. The gala takes place every 5 years, and the 50th gala is slated to be the biggest and best yet.
• The Dr. Robert Deisher Founder’s Award: As part of the 5-year gala celebration, this prestigious award commemorates the work of an honored individual that has spent their lifetime serving and making a significant difference in the LGBTQ community in the field of behavioral health.
• 50 Years of Alumni Homecoming Stories: A public call for the virtual collection of the stories of the people SCS has helped over the years, including interns, board members, volunteers, and more.
• New SCS Website and Logo: SCS is introducing a new website and a new logo designed to incorporate its current messaging and inclusive viewpoints.
“We are proud that what we have learned over the last fifty years in Seattle has expanded to a global movement,” says McGettigan. “Many of our programs have been replicated in other cities, in other states, and even in other countries. Together with our donors and allies, we strive for equality and access for every member of the LGBTQ community, both in the Seattle area and beyond.”
For additional community events and happenings in 2019 visit the SCS website and subscribe to the newsletter here: seattlecounseling.org.
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