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Diversity, Equity, Inclusion


Deversity Equity Inclusion - ONTRACK Program Resouces

ONTRACK’s cultural competence, CLAS Standards, equity, and disparity reduction interactive training is designed to provide participants with essential current concepts, frameworks, and best practices related to providing effective services to diverse populations, including:

  • Cultural competence responsiveness, humility, sensitivity, and/or proficiency
  • CLAS Standards
  • Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging
  • Health equity, health disparities, and social determinants of health, etc
  • Racial Equity & Reducing Racial Disparities

Through hands-on modules based on adult learning styles, participants learn how to assess their services and meaningfully incorporate relevant critical components into their work.

Participants get needed tools to better understand and apply cross-cultural best practices in their planning, implementation, and evaluation strategies.

“Diverse population” criteria include:

  • Ethnicity
  • Culture
  • Race
  • Class
  • Age
  • Gender
  • Religion and/or spirituality
  • Sexual Orientation/Gender Identity
  • Physical, emotional, or intellectual disability
  • And, socio-economic conditions, i.e., Income, Unhoused, military service, criminal justice involvement
Multiethnic business team coworkers sitting in circle in office, discussing work ideas, negotiating on project, taking training, using paper reports. Diverse group talking on therapy meeting

ONTRACK’s common training objectives for cultural competence/diversity-related training include:

  • Establish a working definition of culture, its role and purpose
  • Receive an overview of the concepts and principles of cultural and linguistic competence
  • Recognize important factors that guide the development of culturally competent organizations
  • Implement assessments as resources to achieve and sustain competency
  • Gain a greater understanding of the impact and practical uses of data for achieving equity


Cultural Competence & CLAS Standards Overviews:

  • Meeting the Challenge: Incorporating Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services (CLAS) Standards into Health and Wellness Programming

  • Assessment and Development of Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services, Workplaces, and Systems
  • Provision of Mental Health Services with Latinx Populations: An Intersectional Approach 
  • Iceberg Diving: Cultural Competence Primer for Behavioral Health and/or Health Practitioners and Settings
  • What happened to you? Trauma-Informed and Culturally Responsive Practices in Working with Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) Clients
  • Alignment with the National CLAS Standards: Focus on Organizational Leadership and Governance
  • When They Walk Through the Door: Culturally Responsive Intake, Assessment and Treatment Services
  • CLAS is in Session: Closing the Academic Achievement Gap through Cultural Proficiency
  • Creating Welcoming and Affirming Spaces for LGBTQ+ Populations

Ethnic/Cultural Population Specific

  • Boys and Men of Color: Equity and Justice in Behavioral Health Delivery
  • Delivering Comprehensive and Culturally Sophisticated Services to African Americans
  • From Victim to Victor: Undoing the Crippling of African American Culture
  • The Crooked Room: Racism, Adversity, and African American Health Interventions
  • Treatment Considerations and Practices When Working with the African-American Community
  • Best Practices in the Engagement and Retention of African Americans in SUD Services
  • Unmasking Racial Pain: Historical and Generational Trauma
  • Race-based Traumatic Stress & Mental Health Stigma
  • Increasing Cultural Competency for Working with African Americans
  • Culturally Responsive Services for Latinos
  • Understanding the Challenges Facing Latino Immigrants: Striving to Provide Culturally Competent Services to this Vibrant Population (Also can be tailored to women and girls)
  • “Asset-based Approaches to Working with Latinx Communities: Creating Shared Language and Understanding on the Road to Racial & Social Equity”
  • Designing, Implementing, and Evaluating Programs for Cultural Sensitivity Toward Asians/Pacific Islanders
  • Working with the AANHPI Communities: Cultural Competence in Practice
  • The Importance of Cultural Competency for Substance Abuse Service Providers to the Asian American, Indigenous Hawaiian, and Pacific Islanders (AANHPI)
  • Using Cultural Humility as an Anti-Racist Framework for Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Client Care
  • The Cultural Toolbox: An Indigenous Perspective on Deep Healing
  • What is Wellness: An Indigenous Perspective on Healing and Connection
  • The Long Dusty “Red Road”: Best Practices with Indigenous Americans
  • Domestic Violence and Addiction: Intersecting Issues within Asian American, Indigenous Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander (AANHPI) Communities
  • Best Practices in Providing Culturally Responsive and Effective Services to Asian American, Indigenous Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander (AANHPI) Clients
  • Whole, Healthy and Mixed Race: Meeting the Unique Behavioral Health Needs of Multiracial Youth and Adults
  • Providing Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services to Clients from the Former Soviet Union (FSU)

SPECIFIC FOCUS AREAS (Approach/Objectives)

The concepts, actions, and activities contained in ONTRACK’s Women and Girls Core Competencies are directly related to gender-responsive/trauma-informed services with the understanding that to be truly effective, programs serving women and girls should:  create an environment through site selection, staff selection, program development, content, and material that reflects an understanding of the realities of the lives of women and girls and that addresses and responds to their strengths and challenges.

Training can be tailored to meet the needs of policymakers, program managers, and line staff, as well as other providers (probation and parole), working with women and girls at high risk for multiple challenges related to trauma, substance use, and child welfare involvement. *

Sampling of Women & Girls Related Trainings

  • Diamonds in the Rough: Addressing the Multi-faceted Needs of High-Risk Young Women and Girls (Also listed under substance use disorder (SUD), Women training)
  • A Shero’s Journey: Improving Treatment & Recovery Outcomes for Women & Girls (Also listed under SUD, Women training)
  • Gender-responsive, Trauma-Informed Services for Girls Involved in the Juvenile Justice System (Also listed under Criminal Justice)
  • Best Practices in Serving LGBTQ+ Individuals and Families
  • Working Effectively with Transgender Populations
  • Best Practices for Working with Sexual Minority Youth
  • Improving Services for LGBTQ+ Children and Youth
  • Providing Equal Access for Transgender and Non-Conforming Populations
  • Creating Trans-Affirming Substance Use Disorder Services for African American Adults and Transitional Age Youth
  • Sexual Orientation/Gender Identity (So/GI)
  • Sexual Orientation/Gender Identity (SO/GI) Data Collection
  • Sexual Orientation/Gender Identity (SO/GI) Implementation
  • Culturally Responsive Approaches for Latino Adolescents
  • Kids at the Crossroads: Working Effectively with Substance-Abusing Youth
  • Culture-Based Wraparound Services to Justice-Involved Youth
  • See LGBTQ+ above

See criminal and juvenile justice below.

  • Kids at The Crossroads: Working Effectively with Juvenile Justice-Involved Youth
  • Tough Cases: Working Effectively with Ex-Offenders, Court-Mandated & Treatment-Resistant Clients
  • Realignment, Re-Entry & Recovery: Cultural Considerations and Practical Application
  • Youth Gang Involvement and Its Impact on the Whole Family
  • Clinical Strategies in Working with Criminally Involved Youth
  • Gender-Responsive, Trauma-Informed Services for Girls Involved in the Juvenile Justice System
  • Culture-Based Wraparound for Justice Involved Youth
  • Cultural Competence and the Americans with Disabilities Act: Working with People with Disabilities
  • The Warrior’s Peril: Developing Resiliency in Veterans through Culturally Competent Service Delivery
  • Homelessness (Unhoused) and Cultural Sensitivity: Let’s take care of each other

Contact Us

Interested in discovering how The Philani Institute can assist your organization in enhancing diversity, advancing skills, and fostering inclusivity? We’re here to support you. Our training and services are fully adaptable to align with your organization’s requirements.

Anita Ross

Project Manager

[email protected]

(916) 285-1810

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