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Causes: Human Services, Mental Health, Mental Health Treatment, Residential Mental Health Treatment, Seniors, Supportive Housing for Older Adults

Mission: Pacific institute endeavors to change the paradigm for teaching and learning about how to care for the elderly and people with chronic mental health issues from a humanistic, process-oriented perspective.

Programs: Care facility operationspacific institute operates senior housing communities from unrelated entities (but managed by agesong, inc. ), consisting of two residential care facilities. Hayes valley care, a 47-bed community located in san francisco's vibrant hayes valley neighborhood and set in a beautifully restored victorian, hayes valley care offers specialized care for high-needs assisted living, including an innovative dementia and behavioral health program. Laguna grove care, a 56-bed community also located in the heart of hayes valley, is a vibrant facility with natural light, high ceilings, and healing tones. Laguna grove care supports involved assisted living needs, and offers an innovative dementia care and hospice care coordination program.

gerontology programspacific institute employs a phenomenological approach to helping individuals in their own road to living and aging. This means that we try to remain aware of our own biases, assumptions, and experiences when approaching the clients with whom we share the path of healing and discovery. Our stance is one of curiosity and openness to the phenomena that occurs in the here and now. It is one of wanting to know, rather than imposing onto the other what we do know. This means that our care is as much about the deepening of the world of the people we serve. The agesong institute of elder wellness (asiew) follows a vision of promoting healthy aging for the growing elderly population by providing individualized and holistic care within a therapeutic environment. As a response for the need for mental health services and adequate approaches to help elders who present unique states of consciousness, pacific institute's asiew cares for issues seniors face during the last phase of life. At the asiew, we have designed and helped to implement specialized programs of services for older adults and elders residing in care facilities. The institute would like to conceptualize mental illness not as a pathology, but rather as a different state of consciousness in need of understanding. It is for the mental health professional to learn the different languages of these states of consciousness. This effort of learning will reward both the practitioner as well as the client for whom he or she cares. We use a humanistic, process-oriented model and attitude to promote well-being and independent living.

academiapacific institute's academia is aimed at developing professional skills in the field of human awareness and its applications in the fields of mental health, geriatrics, and clinical care, while raising personal awareness about the larger questions of meaning we humans face in this world. The academia reaches its goals through its educational and public programs, through professional development, internships, research and publications.

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