I am Clarene Marie White, the visionary, pioneer, and founder of The Cook'n Up Excellence Collective (CUE)comprised of Clarene Cares Consulting membership subscription, CMW Studio & Theatre services, and Sweet Aromas Online Store products and merchandise.
Service Aim: Collectively we aim to bring to the comfort of your home and office access to culturally responsive and innovative mental health care and engagements, consultation intervention services, peer support, and personal and professional classes and continued education, workforce preparation that promotes self-love, healing, and wholeness.
Objectives: To illuminate the intersectionality of Black American timeless and holistic healing strategies as effective in providing the necessary nourishment for the soul, spirit, mind, and body,
To preserve and infuse Black cultural arts of cookery (the practice of preparing food), and storytelling, promote peer-to-peer learning, and hosted connection gatherings and events.,
To advance the presence of diverse levels of Black healing arts professionals within the mental and behavioral health workforce and their capacity to be peer-run and mental health service leaders.
To operate from a Holistic, healing, cultural, and wholeness-centered approach, intertwining faith, and a social justice lens
I created these services because as a black woman, a person living, and a professional counselor I have faced times of attempting to navigate and gain peer support to help me adjust through the barriers of hidden disabilities. addressed and healed from inner identity struggles, societal barriers, racism, stigma, cultural myths, social injustice, health inequity, educational inequalities, and socioeconomic disparities. Additionally, these barriers have over the past thirty-five years prepared me to serve with the spirit of excellence as a kingdom-based entrepreneur, social justice advocate, professional in mental and behavioral health, certified rehabilitation counseling fields, and a chef-instructor.
Clarene Marie White, MS,
Certified Rehabilitation Consultant and Counselor
Peer Support Specialist, Peer-led Workforce Educator and Supervisor
CA Registered Associate Professional Clinical Counselor #6101
Under the direct clinical supervision of Michelle McCoy, LMFT #49307
Our mission is to create pathways to culturally responsive, and reflective Support care, workforce preparation education, and connection opportunities in the San Joaquin and Central Valley in California, and ultimately worldwide.
Vision: To be a catalyst that helps to build a legacy of healing, connection, and wholeness services for our members,
FEE-FOR SERVICE AND MORE...
Consultations are a required initial intervention service. Appointments are generally scheduled for 50 minutes and up to 2 hours to help identify, coordinate, and facilitate membership or fee-for-service enrollment or a referral made to Livewell Behavioral Health Clinic and 4C's Children and Family Services.
Types of Initial Consultation :
ACES -Adverse Childhood Experiences
ASAM-American Society of
Addiction Severity Index
SWBA-Stress and Well-being
Certified Rehabilitation Psychosocial Assessment., Ergonomic equipment Transferable Job Skill Evaluation
Advance Directive and Psychiatric Advance Directive Planning
Supervision: This service is a contractual opportunity open to Peer-run, Behavioral Health, Faith-based, and SUD organizations with peer support specialist workers in need of Peer-led supervision weekly cohort of 3-7 peers under the supervision of a Cal MHSA Cal-trained supervisor.
Culinary Healing Arts Therapy
This innovative support group illuminates the intersectionality of holistic and cultural healing practices storytelling and the art of cookery (the practice of preparing food) with narrative writing, and a variety of psycho-education topics, These groups are open to unlicensed and licensed healing arts professionals—palliative care patients, interprofessional, and youth groups.
CHAT groups are held bi-weekly and open to 4-7 members. The members who complete the group requirement are invited to participate in ticketed quarterly meal celebrations.
CMW STUDIO & EVENTS
Conversations with Clarene
These are 7-50-minute podcast and webinar recordings focused on the sharing of experiences with peer support, spiritual care, mental health, congestive heart failure, disability, social justice advocacy, kingdom-based entrepreneurship, and spiritual and financial literacy growth
Chef Clarene's Cookery Hour
The focus is on Cookery (the preparation of meals), food literacy, and increasing awareness of the intersectionality of cultural foods and mental health, culinary language, and tools, These are facilitated and recorded on Zoom and YouTube https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCP_sOlHJYsFPMcuhbKbLO-A.
Tableside CHATS: These are a family-oriented cultural experience.
Portions to Go Pop-Ups: The Cook' N Cookery and Bakery team prepares made-from-scratch Jars of Goodness: Salads and Waffle sticks per dozen,
These items make a perfect choice for a Self-love gift, pop-up fundraiser, and celebrations.
SWEET AROMAS STORE
This is the membership online portal for the Booking of Consultations appointments, Membership Enrollment, Make Facilitating Fee payments, and or purchasing Prepaid food orders, Event tickets, Gifts, and Merchandise
Contact the Sweet Aromas Store @sweetaromas.online
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My personal goal is to be a leader helping to build up the legacy of the best versions of Black Americans and other underserved communities. In 1986, I had a dream that revealed my vision, and purpose, and activated my awareness of some of my many innate abilities. My vision and purpose are to Care to help individuals navigate through internal, external, and systemic barriers and change their lives. Since then I have consistently undergone the necessary preparation to manifest my vision.
Lived experiences, My lived experiences with racism, social injustice, stigma, hidden disabilities, mental and physical health challenges, and socioeconomic disparities are
Unique specializations: I have the asset of hands-on experience with being unheard until I discovered my innate ability to self-advocate and help myself and others to navigate through many social injustices and cultural, spiritual, and generational barriers.
Since 1986 I have been fueled by my faith and called to care to action as a social justice and health advocate, kingdom-based entrepreneur, chef instructor, and counselor. I am well-seasoned and prepared to fulfill my purpose.
and commited to investing in self-education, actively reading, and hands-on experience. Additionally, I acquired new knowledge through engaging in specialty certification cohorts, as efforts actively.
My academic achievements include a Master's degree in Clinical Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration, emphasizing Organizational leadership. Professionally, I am a CA Board of Behavioral Science Registered Associate Professional Clinical Counselor soon to be a fully Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor. I hold multiple specialty certifications, including Women’s Ministry Specialist, Peer Specialist, Peer-led Workforce Supervisor, national Certified Rehabilitation Counselor, Military Counseling, Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP) facilitator, Mental Health First Aid Responder, and Project Manager.
Community Leadership; During 1986-1994 I founded and managed state-certified residential and outpatient SUD treatment programs. In 1999, my brother Charles Baldwin (1960-2021) and I founded the Food For Your Soul Ministries non-profit and Cook'N Up Cookery Personal Chef Services focused on the utilization of our culinary and hospitality gifting and faith to make meals and memories, teach food literacy, and cookery (preparing foods from scratch) while helping to individuals care for the whole- person, soul, spirit, body, and mind. From 2014 to 2016 while enrolled in the California State University graduate program I served as the Rehabilitation Association, President, and Community Liaison. From 2017-2020 I was a Central Region Peer Ambassador with Cal Access now known as Cal Voices.
Councils: I was selected in 2020 and currently serve as a CalMHSA Peer Stakeholder Council member helping to implement the Peer Support Specialists. California Certification. In 2023 I began serving as a Council member. for the Leadership Council Community Participatory Action Research Project.
Clarene's True Story
Called to Care, Cultivate,