In Brief

The California School of Professional Psychology (CSPP), the first and foremost self-sustaining psychology graduate school located in San Francisco, has "adopted" the Alternative Family Institute, the local center for research, assistance and advocacy for lesbians, gays, bisexuals, transgender (LGBT) persons and their families.

The Alternative Family Institute promises to become a leader in research and professional psychological training in LGBT issues. Since 1993, the institute has broken new ground in education and advocacy; under CSPP leadership it will provide counseling, expand community outreach, offer clinical training for doctoral students, and serve as a national center for research and social policy advocacy.

Robert-Jay Green, PhD, CSPP's head of family/child psychology doctoral training, is the institute's recently elected director. He foresees that "under CSPP, we can devote new resources to extend the Alternative Family Institute's reach, serve more people in the LGBT community, and undertake more comprehensive and cutting-edge research and training of doctoral students in psychology."

In addition to improving established services, such as the annual sponsorship of the July Fourth Alternative Family Picnic, the institute will expand its scope to other districts in the San Francisco Bay area.

Much like the Alternative Family Institute, CSPP has a history of leadership; this first school of its kind is now forging new educational territory with the adoption of a family service agency that is quite pioneering in its own right.

According to Green, CSPP not only gives but receives from its new acquisition, as "the adoption of the Alternative Family Institute will complement the academic offerings with a strong field placement and family/couple research component."

According to Carol Huffine, PhD, director of CSPP's Psychological Services Center, "this arrangement creates the first major center for LGBT couple and family studies in the nation to be housed within an accredited institution of higher education."