As world-wide demonstrations against police brutality have brought long-standing racial injustice issues to the forefront of national conversation, it is critical for the recovery community to reflect on and take measures to correct the inequities in treatment access and outcomes that persist in our field. In this presentation, Philip Rutherford will lead an honest and, at times, uncomfortable discussion about Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) in the context of addiction treatment. Mr. Rutherford will explain the continuum between cultural destructiveness and cultural competency, elucidate the differences between the terms "equity," "equality," and "justice," and guide attendees through the available avenues for change and improvement.
Philip Rutherford is the Chief Operating Officer at Faces & Voices of Recovery. He is a recovery coach, a passionate member of the Recovery Community and possesses a self-described Doctorate from the school of Hard Knocks. As COO, he is responsible for multiple lines of business within the Faces & Voices ecosystem. Phil is credited with a significant role in conception, design, launch and facilitation of the Recovery Data Platform (RDP). This cloud-based platform is the first of its kind and has quickly become a valuable asset in longitudinal data collection for Peer-Based Services.
Phil has a BA in Psychology with a specialization in Substance Use Disorders and has been training in the area of Diversity Equity and Inclusion since 2015. His prior experience as Director of Operations at a Recovery Community Organization offered front-row seat into the world of Peer Based Recovery Supports. Prior to that, he spent most of his career in corporate sales, marketing, and management at Microsoft, Micron Electronics, and companies within the Taylor Corporation. Phil is an active member of the Recovery community and has considerable experience in the areas of Cultural Competency, Substance Use Disorders, Recovery, and Re-entry.