Diversity

Diversity

Diversity is a capstone of the philosophy and training model of the program. It is vital that all aspects of individual and cultural diversity (whether racial, ethnic, age, socioeconomic, or disability, among others) are similarly valued and encouraged. Diversity discussions are infused in program training through the seminars, in formal training and in all places where interns provide services.

As interns present cases, they are challenged to explore diversity aspects intertwined with clinical issues. Oppressive societal factors affecting mental health are explored, as is the need for social justice and advocating for those who have not had the opportunity to be heard.

A Diversity Module highlights and supports an integrative focus on diversity in the program. This module includes self-assessment with regard to matters of cultural identity, including issues of privilege. Interns complete and discuss readings related to the assessment of diversity in treatment, as well as ways to utilize individuals’ unique cultural strengths.

The internship program also works in tandem with Pine Rest’s Human Resources division and the Advocates for a Diverse Community Committee. This collaboration helps extend the organizational mission: to express the healing ministry of Jesus Christ by providing behavioral health care with professional excellence, Christian integrity, and compassion. Pine Rest specifically determines to respect the distinctive quality of each individual, and to encourage each person’s unique contribution through living the mission of diversity.

As interns present cases, they are challenged to explore diversity aspects intertwined with clinical issues. Oppressive societal factors affecting mental health are explored, as is the need for social justice and advocating for those who have not had the opportunity to be heard.

A Diversity Module highlights and supports an integrative focus on diversity in the program. This module includes self-assessment with regard to matters of cultural identity, including issues of privilege. Interns complete and discuss readings related to the assessment of diversity in treatment, as well as ways to utilize individuals’ unique cultural strengths.

Recognizing continuing injustices in the United States, Pine Rest’s Chief Executive Officer announced in summer 2020 the creation of a Diversity and Inclusion Task Force to expand the role and influence of our Diversity and Inclusion Committee. Dr. Casilda Maxwell, a former psychology intern at Pine Rest, was selected as a co-chair of this Task Force. Out of over 120 interested persons, Drs. Kim Kunze and Diana Ro, both former Pine Rest interns, were also selected as members of the 9-person Task Force. Executive leadership has ensured that the Task Force will have resources for its stated goals:

  1. Improve cultural competency of our care
  2. Create a more inclusive work environment
  3. Improve the skills of our staff to support victims of injustice
  4. Improve accessibility of care for those who have been traditionally excluded or marginalized