Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
Meeting the Needs of Marginalized Community Members
Syntero is committed to being a provider of choice for marginalized communities whose behavioral health needs are disproportionally worsened by racial disparity, racism, homophobia, ageism, sexism, xenophobia and other harmful societal disparities and negative actions. The Diversity and Inclusion program enables Syntero to better focus its efforts on monitoring the unmet needs of marginalized populations and to continue to provide and evolve programming that meets these needs. Since its inception, Syntero has strived to provide services that are inclusive, and diverse in a trauma informed manner; however, we acknowledge that there is still more work to be done. Internally, Syntero provides continued training, as well as opportunities for discussion and engagement to ensure that all staff members are culturally competent and equipped with the necessary skills to serve the diverse members of the surrounding community.
Mothers—particularly BIPOC moms—are feeling the overwhelming burden of society now more than ever, with the effects of the pandemic, racial injustice, politics, work, educating children, and managing households. The Melanin Moms support group provides a space for Black, Indigenous and people of color (BIPOC) mothers to connect, support one another, and gain new perspectives on common issues impacting their daily lives. Group meetings are currently on hold, but interested parties are welcome to contact Syntero Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Program Coordinator Courtney Dobson, LISW-S, for group updates and to be notified when meetings resume.
Many teens are feeling the overwhelming burden of society now more than ever, with the added effects of the pandemic. Melanin Matters provides a place for teens to process, gain support, and to feel as though they are not alone in an inclusive space. BIPOC teens will be able to communicate, address issues that may be impacting their mental health, such as racism, exposure to traumatic events in the community, the media, social justice, inequity and racial identity and ways to build self-esteem and resilience. Melanin Matters will meet virtually every Thursday, 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM. Click here to register.
Syntero offers trauma-informed, culturally competent providers who can help address the unique challenges faced by members of the LGBTQ+ community, including discrimination that can lead to increased risk of substance use disorders, suicide ideation, depression and post-traumatic stress disorder.
Couples and Family Counseling
“Celebrate You” Group for adolescents
“Celebrate Youth” Group for gender expansive and exploring youth ages 11 and younger
School-based Preventative Services
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