The new year marked the beginning of an exciting change at CCEC. Mariela Marin, MA, has joined Patricia Cooper as co-director of the center. Patricia will continue to serve as Clinical Director, while Mariela will take on the role of Administrative Director of the center. Mariela tells about this transition in her own words:
Welcome to CCEC! Tell us a little about the journey that brought you here.
Years ago I amde a commitment to do what I could to enhance the life of others, and it turns out nonprofits are a great place for that. So for the past twelve years I have worked in several nonprofits serving various populations including foster children, severely emotionally disturbed children, the Latino community, and the LGBT/HIV-AIDS communities. Recently I have been teaching clinical skills and multi-cultural studies at both Pacifica and Antioch. After taking some time off to have a child with my wife, I am prepared and refreshed to jump back into this important life affirming work.
What is it about the Center that made you want to join CCEC?
Joining CCEC was an easy decision. CCEC clearly does outstanding work with a remarkable team. Patricia, Nicole and the clinical supervisors, our board and the trainee and intern staff are all so invested and passionate about the work they do, it just inspires one to want to do the same. The stellar reputation of the Center is much deserved. So really, to work at CCEC is to have the opportunity to affect individuals and families through genuine, caring relationships, and I cannot think of a better way to contribute to my community.
How do you plan to support the Center's tradition of diversity training and awareness?
As we know, a the Center already celebrates and honors diversity, and we remain committed to that. As a gay Latina though, I do believe that I offer and additional perspective to add to the mix.
Specifically, I am excited to be implementing our SpeakOUT program with and for the LGBTQ youth community. Also, I'd like to extend some of our training to other counselors outside of the Center, especially around Latino clients and Spanish-speaking counselors who face unique cultural experiences that cannot be fully explored in the classroom.
My plan is to be involved in ensuring that our staff continue to receive these essential trainings that incorporate the vast range of identities that make us who we are.
What are some of your goals for the Center?
First and foremost, I want to see the Center continue to thrive and support the well-being of the community, so my goal is to do whatever it takes to keep that going and making our quality services accessible to everyone. That includes letting more people know how to support the wonderful work we do. So all in all, I'll be keeping busy and doing all I can to foster the incredible people who make use of and run our lovely Community Counseling and Education Center.