We are proud to announce that we have added “Inclusiveness” to our existing values of Integrity, Empowerment and Innovation, and have also made diversity and inclusion a strategic priority:
We embrace diversity and actively engage in programs and services that honor, respect and recognize the unique qualities and needs of all people. We are committed to serving 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.
“It is our job to educate ourselves on how we can improve the care that we provide on behalf of persons from marginalized communities of color,” said Syntero CEO, Julie Erwin Rinaldi, M.Ed. “We never shy away from tackling difficult subjects and we will be a better organization and more caring and competent professionals for continuing this dialogue.”
Syntero is committed to addressing racism and racial inequity and how it impacts behavioral health. Please visit our Resources page at www.syntero.org/resources for articles, books, podcasts and apps that address anti-racism and racial trauma and healing.
College presents challenges that many academically strong students are not equipped to handle, such as disputes with roommates, seemingly insurmountable schedules and just adapting to a new environment. Additionally, the recent global pandemic has added a level of uncertainty for both parents and students. In July, Syntero offered a condensed version of the new CollegeCountdown program for college-bound high school graduates. Through the eight-week CollegeCountdown course, Syntero clinicians assist students in developing the soft skills needed to excel in the next phase of life.
CollegeCountdown helps students learn about soft skills and why they are important, while helping them to increase their flexibility, communication and problem-solving skills. The course also includes
Syntero has been named a Top Work Place by Columbus CEO! The prestigious designation is based on surveys used to discern employees’ attitudes and experiences in the workplace. Syntero ranked 12th in Central Ohio among midsize employers. Syntero was also named a Top Work Place in 2018.
Syntero CEO Julie Erwin Rinaldi, M.Ed., was recently featured on the panel of the Franklin County Board of Commissioners’ Commissioner Conversations: Coping with the Stress Through COVID-19. Rinaldi and other leading, local experts came together virtually to talk about mental health and substance use during the crisis and to answer questions from community members.
“We’ve been talking a lot about ‘we’re in the same storm, but we’re not in the same boat.’ We recognize not everybody that we’re working with and also our employees and the folks in our community are not having the same experiences,” Rinaldi said.
Our world is rapidly changing and technology is changing even faster! While many middle school and high school-aged youth are tech-savvy, they still need help navigating the cyber world and making responsible choices to keep themselves and their information safe. Promoting children’s safety and encouraging healthy boundaries in the cyber world can also be overwhelming for parents, guardians and grandparents. Join Syntero’s virtual Cyber Savvy Workshop to gain practical tips for the whole family:
Benefits and risks of youth engaging with technology
Developmental considerations and impact of excessive technology use
Enjoying technology through responsible digital citizenship
Communication around boundaries and expectations for safe technology use
Syntero’s newest group, Bright Futures for Families (BFF), provides support to youth ages of 12-18 who have been impacted by someone else’s substance use—a parent, sibling, or other significant person. BFF is a safe space for youth to share their emotions, gain understanding of what a substance use disorder is, and learn skills to express themselves and cope with the stressor in a healthy way. Syntero is able to provide this group through funding from ADAMH of Franklin County. For more information or to make a referral, please contact Syntero Substance Use Prevention Specialist Amanda Niedermeyer.