FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
(Ephrata, PA) — If recent times have taught us anything, it is that there yet exists incredibly high levels of racism and discrimination throughout our country. With rising racial tensions, the need for healthy conversation and helpful resources continues to grow. Retreat Behavioral Health remains dedicated to becoming a voice for change, but especially when it comes to representing minority voices in our healthcare.
“First and foremost, I believe in the dignity and worth of all human beings,” shares Retreat’s own Clinical Supervisor, Ronald Sexton, in a statement. “As a therapist, I witness a variety of human struggle. I see all the time how so many of us have unaddressed trauma, mental illness, or issues to work through. These struggles do not discriminate – they affect everyone, from every kind of background. However, with a low rate of POC therapists or clinicians within the field of behavioral health, we become less-suited to provide treatment to minority communities. Minorities are also less likely to seek treatment for a variety of reasons which places them at an inherent disadvantage. For reasons such as these, I felt compelled to lead the charge in our Diversity and Inclusion Committee here at Retreat. My hope is that this committee enhances awareness and creates a more inclusive workplace that better serves our diverse population.”
Ronald Sexton received his Master of Social Work degree from Temple University. He is also a Certified Clinical Trauma professional, and a licensed social worker. Ronald has been with Retreat for three years and specializes in trauma care, as well as, works as a lead supervisor for Retreat’s mental health division, Synergy Health Programs. In addition to his duties as a full-time supervisor and therapist, Sexton is now the Chairperson of the newly instituted Diversity and Inclusion Committee.
“We are very proud of the level of diversity amongst our staff and leadership, here at Retreat. I am really excited to see what we as a team can achieve. We have some really incredible people on our Diversity & Inclusion Committee. I feel confident that they will accomplish a great deal of change not just for our staff but for the field of behavioral health,” shared Ken Kosza, Retreat’s COO, in a statement.
DIVERSITY & INCLUSION COMMITTEE – MISSION STATEMENT:
At Retreat, we believe the strength and resiliency of our work can be attributed to the diversity of our staff. In line with our core values, our Diversity & Inclusion Committee is designed to uphold and ensure that our policies and actions reflect the values that have made us so strong. The committee shall work to PROMOTE inclusion and cultural competency, DRIVE conversation, EDUCATE staff, and DEVELOP company policies that advocate for diversity on behalf of staff, patients, and the greater community.
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Retreat Behavioral Health is a healthcare provider based in Palm Beach County, FL, operating large residential and outpatient treatment sites throughout Florida, Pennsylvania, and Connecticut. Retreat specializes in substance abuse and mental health care services.
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