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, the current social and political climate has shown us all 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. Melanin Moms currently meets virtually every Tuesday, 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM. To register, contact Syntero Diversity & Inclusion Program Coordinator Karida Cardoso, MS, LPCC at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Melanin Matters – Coming Soon
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. Group meeting dates and times will be announced in fall 2021.