PACIFIC COUNSELING ASSOCIATION/ANNUAL REPORT Mission Statement The mission of the Pacific Counseling Association is to provide the following services: 1. To serve as a preventative mental health center servicing the ethnic minority community.
2. To assume social, political, and educational responsibilities to the ethnic minority community at large on issues affecting that community.
3. To provide specialized mental health training with the goal of enhancing the awareness and sensitivities of mental health professionals to ethnic minority issues.
Graduate Internship program PCA's Graduate Internship Program was developed in the early 1990s. The program offers two placements, three times a year, for graduate students in counseling, psychology, and social work. Placements are for nine months, 16-20 hours per week.
Specialized training in psychosocial assessment, psychodiagnostics, crisis intervention, and minority issues are offered. Because of the program's reputation, between five and eight students apply each session for the two available positions.
Outpatient Program The Outpatient Program was established in 1991 to serve the nonpriority client population that does not meet the criteria for acute, chronic, or serious mental illnesses.
These individuals are able to function in the world and maintain appropriate social and interpersonal skill without intensive therapy and support. Clients are generally dealing with a wide range of problems that are usually transitional in nature. Often, the focus is insight orientated with clients making changes in their interactions with family, in relationships, and within themselves.
The average client in the Outpatient Program is in therapy for six to nine months. This program offers individuals, couples, family, and group psychotherapy. Clients can access support and psychiatric services as necessary. The program is staffed by a core of contract therapists, volunteer therapists, and graduate interns.