Saturday Services is committed to comprehensive and culturally competent care for individuals who do not identify as cisgender men (this includes trans individuals, women, and gender non-conforming individuals).

Saturday Services focuses on the genitourinary and reproductive health of individuals who do not identify as cisgender men.  With an emphasis on client-centeredness and client-empowerment, the volunteer lay health care workers of Saturday Services work to provide education, information, and free services for the following concerns:

  • Asymptomatic (routine) STI testing
  • Testing and treatment for Urinary Tract Infections
  • Testing and treatment for symptomatic STI concerns
  • Pap smears and pelvic exams for certain symptomatic STI concerns
  • Pregnancy testing

The Saturday Services training consists of classes taken on weekends over the course of a four-month time period.  Classes emphasize various sexual and reproductive health concerns, in addition to competency regarding specific gender, race, and orientation experiences of health.

Saturday Services accepts volunteers of all genders except individuals who identify as cisgender men.

Healthcare Professionals Interested in Volunteering

Saturday Services utilizes one “Shift Professional” onsite every weekend to oversee pap smears and pelvic exams.  If you are a non-cisgender male doctor, nurse, nurse practitioner, physician assistant, or other healthcare professional interested in volunteering your time, please email saturdayservicestc@gmail.com for more information.  Thanks!

Application Cycle Now Open. Deadline January 2nd at 11:59 PM

Apply here!

Application Instructions (linked here, or read below)

2018 SATURDAY SERVICES TRAINING INFORMATION
Applications are due Wednesday January 2nd, 2018 at 11:59pm.

Early submission is highly recommended!
Thank you for your interest in joining the Saturday Services Collective, the transgender, gender non conforming, and women’s services section of the Berkeley Free Clinic!

The Berkeley Free Clinic (BFC) is a collective organization that started in 1969 as a street medicine clinic to support demonstrators during the People's Park riots and demonstrations in Berkeley. It has since been providing community-based medical and dental care, peer counseling, and community referrals. As part of the BFC, the Saturday Services Section strives to provide client-centered, sexual health services to women, transgender and gender-nonconforming people in our community.

As a Saturday Services Screener, you will be trained in protocols and counseling to screen clients for asymptomatic sexually transmitted infections and counsel them on sexual risk reduction. Skill learning will be practiced with other cohort members or Saturday section members before being able to do them with clients, which can be intimate (i.e. taking sexual histories and counseling, throat and rectal swabs). Please be open to bringing any concerns about skill building to the training committee and we will do our best to accommodate you while still getting you adequately trained. Upon completion of the STI (Sexually Transmitted Infection)/HIV and pregnancy testing Counselor Training, there will be opportunities for advanced trainings. The advanced trainings are to learn protocols for uncomplicated urinary tract infections, and pelvic exams.

The next Saturday Services STI/HIV counselor training will begin on mid-February. Applications are due Wednesday January 2, 2018. Early submission of your application is highly encouraged. In order for you to learn more about the Clinic, you must attend an All-Clinic Orientation (ACO) prior to January 2nd, held at the BFC on the third Monday of every month at 7:30pm. Submission of an application does not guarantee an interview. There will be two levels of interviews: first a phone interview and then an in-person interview. In-person applicant interviews will be held the weeks of January 22- February 2, 2018.

We desire to select a diverse group of people that represent the community we serve and therefore strongly encourage people of color, LGBTQQIAA people, and other folks who belong to institutionally marginalized groups (or have experience with said groups) to apply. Although we greatly appreciate the interest of every potential applicant, we are not currently accepting cis-gender men (i.e. a person who was assigned male at birth and currently identifies as male) volunteers in this section. We encourage cis-gender men to look into other volunteer opportunities at the clinic.

Becoming a member of the Saturday Services Section at the BFC means becoming an active member of the collective. Please only apply if you have an interest in providing community health care AND would like to be a part of a collective organization. Because we invest so much into each training, we require a minimum two-year commitment to the collective; this timeline begins in June 2018 and ends June 2020. In addition, Clinic policy requires at least one full year of membership and completion of all membership requirements before a letter of recommendation can be granted.

The four-month, in-depth volunteer training for Saturday Services Screeners puts specific emphasis on client-centeredness and harm reduction. We will cover a wide variety of topics, including hands on medical skills, communication, health education, and client advocacy skills, all while working in an intense and demanding team environment.

On average, the training involves 7 - 12 hours a week of classes, various reading and assignments in preparation for class, meetings, and shift commitments for the entire four-month period. Classes are held Sundays 9am-3pm. You may only miss a maximum of two classes during the entire training period - all trainings are mandatory and any missed must be made up. We recommend that absences be used judiciously as emergencies do come up. Please be on time - missing 30 minutes counts as half an absence, and missing more than 30 minutes counts as one full absence. Absences are strongly discouraged; however, if they will be necessary please disclose them now.

Clinic shift attendance will start a few hours at a time to get you comfortable with the clinic. You will be expected to attend two shortened shifts a month after the first 6 trainings. In addition, we have a monthly section meeting that you are expected to attend, on the last Monday of each month, 7-9 PM. Once training is complete, trainees are expected to sign up and attend at least two shifts per month. Shifts are on Saturdays from 10:00am to 5pm (sometimes ending as late as 7pm, depending on the number of clients). Please think carefully about your schedule and whether or not you can fully commit to being an active and engaged part of our collective before applying.

Summary of Application, Training, and Volunteering Requirements

To Apply to the Saturday Services Section
1. Attend an All Clinic Orientation (ACO), held every 3rd Monday of the month at 7:30pm in the Clinic; dates of next ACO’s are online at http://www.berkeleyfreeclinic.org/all-clinic-orientations/.

Please attend one by before applying to our section.
2. Fill out an application by answering the questions at the end of this document (Please create your own document) Upload application to this link (Application Deadline is January 2nd, 2018).

3. One phone interview, during which a 1 hour in-person interview may be scheduled if selected to continue.

4. All applicants will be notified on or before Friday, February 12, 2017 of their selection into the training. 5. Please be open to bringing any questions, clarifications and/or concerns to interview and the training committee.

Training to become a Screener


● Mandatory attendance at Sunday classes where you will be trained to provide STI screens, as well as general health education and communication skills ● Attend 2 Saturday Services Shifts per month beginning June 9th

● Attend our monthly Saturday Services Section Business meetings (currently held on the 4th Monday of the month, 7-9 PM, at the clinic)

● Attend at least two all-clinic meetings.
● Complete building security checklist, and confirm knowledge with a current S3 member
To become a Saturday Services Member After becoming a screener, you commit yourself to the following in order to be voted in as a member of the collective

● Attend two Saturday shifts a month
● Attend monthly section business meeting

● Attend one All-Clinic meeting per quarter

● Perform off-shift tasks to maintain the coordination and operations of Saturday Services Section and those of the Berkeley Free Clinic. A minimum of 15 hours every 3 months (a quarter) is expected (beginning June 2018)

Acceptance into the training is not a guarantee of becoming a screener: there are several evaluations and requirements which usually take 3-4 months after the training that must be completed in order to become a screener of the Saturday Service Section. Trainees are evaluated not only based on medical skills, but also on their understanding and practice of effective communication, client-centeredness, and their classroom participation, enthusiasm, and ability to function within the collective setting.

Please be aware that being a Saturday Services Screener at the Berkeley Free Clinic is both challenging and rewarding. Potentially difficult and new situations may arise. Give considerable thought as to how you will balance the training and clinic requirements with current commitments. Also, we are continually working to increase trans-inclusivity both in our section and throughout the clinic, but we want to acknowledge that clinic members and incoming trainees may be at different levels of knowledge about trans issues, and there is still much work to be done. Saturday Services takes the safety and inclusivity of trans clients and clinic members very seriously, and there are many opportunities to get involved with increasing trans-inclusivity at a structural level.

Class Schedule for Saturday Services Section 2018 (Tentative)

DATE

CLASS

TIME

LOCATION

Sun Feb 18

SS Intro, Clinic History, Principles of Unity, Being a BFC Member

9:00 AM - 3:00 PM

TBD

Sun Feb 25

Power and Privilege 101; Collectivity

9:00 AM - 3:00 PM

TBD

Sun March 4

Building Security and Emergency Protocol**, PEP/ Employee Health,

9:00 AM - 3:00 PM

TBD

Sun March 11

HIPAA and Client Confidentiality, Finance & Funding

9:00 AM - 3:00 PM

TBD

Sun March 18

Power and Privilege 102, Respectful Healthcare

9:00 AM - 3:00 PM

TBD

TRAINEE'S BEGIN TO SHADOW APTS ON SHIFT

Sat March 25

TRAINING BREAK

Sat April 1

Client centered Counseling Skills and Clinic Referrals

9:00 AM - 3:00 PM

TBD

Sun April 8

Trans 101, Gender Spectrum, Safer Sex, Spectrum of Sex 101, Harm Reduction

9:00 AM - 3:00 PM

TBD

Sun April 15

The Bacterial STIs (CG/CT, Syph): The "-ologies" (Micro, Pharm, Immuno), Epi-Treat Protocol

9:00 AM - 3:00 PM

TBD

Sun April 22

The Viral STIs: (HIV, HPV, HSV): The "-ologies" (Micro, Pharm, Immuno)

9:00 AM - 3:00 PM

TBD

Sun April 29

Positive HIV Result - Linkage to Care Protocol Protocols: STI/HIV

9:00 AM - 3:00 PM

TBD

Sun May 6

Menstruation, Menopause, Birth Control Breast/Chest Awareness, Preg Protocol

9:00 AM - 3:00 PM

TBD

Sun May 13

TRAINING BREAK

Sun May 20

Mocks, Skills, and Charting Practice

9:00 AM - 3:00 PM

TBD

Sun May 27

Clinic Mock Day

9:00 AM - 3:00 PM

TBD

Sun June 3

Substance Use, Interpersonal Violence and Relationship Safety, Descalation

9:00 AM - 2:00 PM

TBD

Sun June 10th

Pot Luck

TBD

TBD

2018 SATURDAY SERVICES TRAINING APPLICATION QUESTIONS

Applications should be competed on a separate document and submitted by Sunday, January 2, 2018. Please understand that the collective is run and organized entirely by volunteers; Therefore, please allow several days for a response to your inquiries.

ANSWER ALL QUESTIONS. Please keep your responses as concise as possible. Please do not exceed the character limit specified.

1. Name:
Pronoun(s) (e.g. she/he/they) : Phone number: Email address: Mailing address:

2. How did you find out about the Berkeley Free Clinic? (If you heard about the clinic through one

of our members, please state their name and section.)
3. Have you attended an ACO (All-Clinic Orientation) or will you attend the January 17th ACO?

4. Have you ever applied to volunteer at the BFC before? If so, to which section? Are you currently applying to any other section(s)?
5. Do you speak any languages other than English? Please include level of proficiency.

6. What do you think you can offer Saturday Services (include strengths you possess that would enable you to excel as a community health care worker in a collective organization), and what can Saturday Services offer you? (750 characters max)

7. Tell us a little bit about yourself; describe some life experiences, personal ideals, identities or communities you feel a part of that could give us a good sense of who you are. (1,000

characters max).
8. Why do you want to be a community health care worker? (750 characters max)
9. What do you know about collectives? If you have not worked in a collective, describe a similar experience and the pros and cons. (750 characters max)

10. Do you have any previous experience working with the transgender community? If not, what do you know about different gender identities and/or trans-inclusivity? (750 characters max)
11. Please respond to these statements (1-5 sentences each):
A. People who use drugs are weak.

B. Anyone can become homeless.
C. Unprotected sex always leads to getting HIV/STIs.
D. If someone wanted to leave an abusive relationship they could.
E. The majority of Americans have adequate health care.
F. Transgender and LGBQ people have the same health concerns.
13. What are your plans for the next two years? (For example, work, travel, graduation from a program, application to a program, academic or otherwise, etc.)
14. Do you have any planned absences from weekend classes? If yes, include dates. Please be reminded that we do not allow for more than two absences from the training (See attached schedule on Page 4, and absence policy on Page 2.)