Rethinking Crisis, Rethinking Mental Health Education

Published in Medium.com, October 2018

“Like many of the faculty members that comprise IDHA, I have been in multiple roles, from crisis counselor to peer specialist to trauma-survivor with lived experience of what is commonly referred to as ‘psychosis.’ In my days as a young mental health worker doing home-based crisis intervention, I was acutely struck by the training that was offered to me (or more importantly, the kind of training that was not offered to me). Most viscerally, I remember …“


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Developing a Common Vocabulary: Questions of Purpose and Priority

Originally Published in the Journal Of Humanistic Psychology , August 2018

“The language we use to understand and describe ourselves informs the personal narrative we have about our lives and our identities. When an individual willingly or unwillingly gets a mental health diagnosis, this often has the implication of being seen or viewing oneself as ill, having a brain defect, being unable to make rational decisions, and having little to no control over oneself or the future. Labels as stark as mental health diagnoses leave little if no room for personal narrative and understanding. Moreover, the very motivation to systematize, categorize, and label human experience risks erasing the unique experiences of those who receive the label…”


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