Ohio CASA-Diversity Training
Carin Burr, MS, LPC, LICDC-CS – Full Time Professor at Clark State College in the Social Services Department of the Health, Human, and Public Services Division. Bachelor’s degree in Developmental Psychology and a master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling.
JJ Peck is the Peer Recovery Support Coordinator at Clark State College and has been an Adjunct for two years.
Continuing Education Accreditation
Approved: 1 hour Sup.R.48, 1 hour CLE, and 1 hour CPE
This course will provide knowledge regarding diversity, equity, and inclusion issues surrounding modules on poverty, ethnicity, gender, corrections, mental health, and additions. You will be encouraged to develop insights and to explore myths and other learned information to better understand the challenges provided by barriers and lack of resources from society to the many diversities in the populations we serve and the intersectionality between these issues. Everyone we work with has a unique combination of characteristics including gender, race, socioeconomic status, ethnicity, culture, religion, etc. that have influenced their experience and thus their perceptions and resources they have available with which to navigate the world. When we listen and develop an understanding of what an individual’s perceptions and resources are, we can use a more empathetic approach where we do not just imagine their situation but imagine navigating that situation with their resources and perceptions. To truly imagine their situation, one must first understand their own perceptions and beliefs so that they may begin to remove biases they have learned that create barriers to their own ability to understand and empathize with their client. Biases are not evil things; we have come by many of them through what we have been exposed to. Biases only become issues when we hang on to them in spite of evidence to the contrary or judge from their biases without listening to the individual. What we will be exploring in this training is asking you to consider what information you are using to approach clients and whether that information may be creating barriers to understanding or whether we may be able to incorporate new information to create a broader level of understanding that will help us work in the best interests of those we serve.
Carin Burr, MS, LPC, LICDC-CS is a full time Professor at Clark State in the Social Services Department of the Health, Human, and Public Services Division since 2005. Carin teaches courses specializing in Addiction treatment and Diversity studies. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Developmental Psychology and a master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling. Carin holds professional licenses in the State of Ohio for Mental Health and Addictions’ Treatment Counseling. Carin is the lead faculty in securing a new Associate of Applied Science in Addictions and Recovery Services and a Bachelor of Applied Science Degree in Addictions and Integrate3d treatment Services.
JJ Peck is the Peer Recovery Support Coordinator at Clark State College and has been an Adjunct for two years. Before this, he was a Peer Support Specialist for McKinley Hall, a private non-profit substance abuse treatment center in Clark County. He had been with McKinley Hall for seven years and has served in a variety of positions. JJ provides peer support services and advocacy for Project DAWN, a community overdose education and is currently with a Naloxone distribution program. He also volunteers at One2One Syringe Exchange, a blood borne pathogen prevention program operating out of Springfield Soup Kitchen. As Peer Support Specialist, JJ participated on the Overdose Quick Response Team. JJ is a member of the Springfield Substance Abuse Prevention, Treatment and Supports Coalition and Springfield Grow Blitz Team providing recovery outreach and resources to the community.