02.23.12 | 10:00am – 12:00pm
Cri Help, Inc.
11027 Burbank Boulevard
North Hollywood, CA 91601
Richard Dean received a PhD in philosophy from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and taught at Rutgers University and at the American University of Beirut, before taking his current position at California State University Los Angeles. Although his areas of specialization are mainly ethical theory and the history of moral philosophy, he also has done work in medical ethics. A chapter of his book, The Value of Humanity in Kant’s Moral Theory, explained the relationship between Immanuel Kant’s idea of moral autonomy and the contemporary principle of “respect for autonomy,” which is influential in medical ethics. He also has presented papers on informed consent and on the morality of using stigmatization as a part of public health policy.
Marco Pardo was born in Bogota, Colombia, and was raised here in Los Angeles. He graduated from Marquette University in 1972. Marco first got involved with the work of recovery in 1978 as part of his studies for his Masters Degree in Counseling and Guidance. He became associated with Cri-Help in 1980 as an occasional in-service trainer. In the 1980’s and 90’s, Marco pursued his interest in spiritual practice and studies by doing pastoral work and acquiring his Masters Degree in Pastoral Theology. He has lived and worked in Niagara Falls, Chicago, Orlando, and Houston. In 1997, Marco returned to Los Angeles. He was asked to start a group at Cri-Help to help the clients resolve concerns in spirituality that were obstacles to their recovery. In 2000, Marco took over the Grief group. He facilitated both groups one morning per week. In October, 2004, Marco came on full-time as the Spirituality/Grief Counselor for Cri-Help. Marco has extended the services that are available to our clients in both areas. He is also a member of the Treatment Team and occasionally makes in-service presentations to the staff on issues of Cultural Sensitivity, Professional Ethics, Spirituality in Recovery, and Grief in Recovery. In 2009, Marco completed the Addictions Studies program at Pierce College in Woodland Hills and was immediately hired as an Adjunct Instructor to teach the course on Group Skills. In 2010, he acquired his state certification as an Addictions Treatment Counselor. As Cri-Help’s Spirituality Counselor, Marco writes a daily morning meditation every weekday for the clients who attend his morning sessions. They are designed to provide guidance and a starting point for their day’s reflection. They are posted each day on the Cri-Help web site. Marco is happily married. He enjoys playing his guitar, listening to music, traveling with his wife, visiting with family and friends, taking healthy walks, and anything that makes him laugh.