The Training and Research Institute for Cultural Competence (TRICC) is a subsidiary corporation of the Center for Rapid Recovery (CRR). The philosophy of the Training and Research Institute for Cultural Competence (TRICC) recognizes that cultural norms, behavioral codes and values are organizing forces in the lives of our clients and inextricably linked to their health and health outcomes. The Training and Research Institute for Cultural Competence strongly advocates that cultural and linguistic competency standards and related benchmarks be incorporated into all program services, monitoring, and evaluation and expansion activities.

TRICC offers education and training to hospitals, criminal justice providers’ and behavioral healthcare practitioners’ to enable  providers to deliver the highest quality of care to every patient, regardless of race, ethnicity, cultural background, or "English" proficiency. Increasing organizational, structural, and clinical cultural competence, as an approach to eliminating racial and ethnic health disparities is identified as a key goal in our strategic goal plan.  Our ultimate goal is to increase cultural intelligence of staff and providers and foster an organizational climate and operational structure that supports, enhances and maintains the growth of cultural competence in healthcare.   

Culturally competent care becomes possible only with the skillful management of the relationship between culturally based practice and organized system approach make up the encounter at the point of access. Cultural competence training therefore is a workforce imperative; it must include introductory level through advance level understanding of the dynamic interplay between culture, health behaviors and health outcomes.


Comprehensive and ongoing training is developed based on scientific research and commonly accepted principles of cultural competence. Intermediate  through advance level training is designed to sensitize, enhance awareness, and increase the cultural IQ and skills of participants who work with vulnerable populations including people of color, uninsured, undocumented, low income, and a wide range of other special need populations. The training provides practical applications that target change on a individual and system level.


A broad based training curriculum is customized to address disparities in health, patient access and health outcomes and provide the framework in which practitioners obtain and understand the value of the information. To request a complementary training needs analyses direct your inquiry to Renee D. Charles, Ph.D., LCSW-R, CPC at (516)292-6441.