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10/10/2018

PS-SAIGE

Pennsylvania Society of Sexual, Affectional, Intersex, and Gender Expansive Communities (PS-SAIGE) 

The PS-SAIGE is a division of the Pennsylvania Counseling Association (PCA) and Chapter of the Society of Sexual, Affectional, Intersex, and Gender Expansive Communities (SAIGE).  

MISSION:

  • Promote a greater understanding of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender/gender expansive issues among members of the counseling profession.
  • Improve standards and delivery of counseling services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender and gender expansive persons.
  • Identify and work to eliminate conditions which create barriers to the individual development of such persons.
  • Develop, implement, and be proactive in educational programs and publications which further the interests of the LGBT community.
  • Secure equality of treatment and all other civil rights accorded minority groups in society.

COMMITMENT TO SOCIAL JUSTICE & ADVOCACY:

PS-SAIGE is a vibrant division with members active at the local, state, and national level. PS-SAIGE members have been involved with:

  • Legislative advocacy
  • Promoting state-level hate crime legislation that includes protections for sexual and gender minorities
  • Working to block a discriminatory marriage amendment to the PA state constitution
  • Working to end employment discrimination in PA
  • Coordinating the Multicultural Social Justice Leadership Development Academy at ACA
  • Developing and implementing LGBT-affirmative mental health services standards for the state of Pennsylvania
  • Developing the SAIGE Transgender Competencies (https://saigecounseling.org/)
  • Developing and implementing Safe Zone trainings and spaces on college and university campuses (http://safezonefoundation.tripod.com/)

MEMBERSHIP:

Membership is open to all individuals who are engaged in or have a primary interest in counseling. Interested individuals can include membership with PS-SAIGE through their PCA Membership Application or Renewal.  SAIGE membership is only an additional $10.00 annually and PCA Membership is required.  If you are already a PCA member and want to add PS-SAIGE, simply make that request to [email protected].  

For more information about PS-SAIGE activities, contact:

Dominick Petitto, PS-SAIGE President 
[email protected]

 

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