New program manager named at The Gathering Place
(HOUSTON—September 2, 2020)— The Menninger Clinic, a nationally ranked psychiatric hospital, announces the promotion of Shalla Parker, MS, MA, to program manager at The Gathering Place, Menninger’s free, on-site psychosocial clubhouse for adults. Parker has an eight-year tenure with Menninger as program coordinator for The Gathering Place. In her new role, she will work to enhance the member experience, starting with their first contact.
The Gathering Place (TGP) offers adults recovering from severe and persistent mental illness a welcoming environment and a chance to connect with peers. Founded in 1984, the clubhouse boasts more than 300 members who are pursuing a pathway to more independent living. Members participate in free activities that promote healthy life choices, build friendships and develop job and relationship skills.
Well respected by The Gathering Place’s members and their families, Parker brings more than 20 years of human services experience in the field of mental health care to her new role. Prior to joining Menninger, she worked at the Richmond, TX, State Supported Living Center where she served as an associate psychologist and was promoted to unit director after one year.
“Building support through community is at the core of what this organization has built its outstanding reputation on,” says Parker. “Members are always top of mind in our efforts. I am excited about the new teaching kitchen that is being added to our facility and to explore ways that we can expand services as well as discover innovations to further enhance the experience for our members.”
Parker holds two master’s degrees, one in psychology with a specialization in applied behavior analysis from Capella University and the other in counseling from Prairie View A&M University. She also holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Prairie View A&M University.
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