Rethinking Crisis: An Introduction to Transformative Mental Health Care

IDHA is excited to announce our upcoming training which offers an overview of non-traditional approaches to understanding mental health crises. We expose students to a variety of  models for supporting those in crisis such as: Trauma-Informed care, Peer support, Need-Adapted treatment, and Crisis Respites.  Community-based, recovery-oriented and peer-driven alternatives are taking an increasingly prominent role in the new formal and informal care network. We are here to pave the way for new and innovative approaches by increasing the number of mental health workers, family members, and survivors who are trained in these methods and can build communities of transformative practice.

What's unique about our approach to learning?

Because we value lived experience as highly as professional training, each course will be led by both a mental health clinician as well as a someone who identifies as a survivor, has used mental health services, and/or has experienced a mental health crisis. This means you receive holistic and nuanced perspectives from experts by trade and experts by experience.

Are you a mental health provider, worker, or student? 

We offer Continuing Education (CE) credits to individuals looking to expand their knowledge of mental health services and practice new skills.

Are you a family member, friend, co-worker, peer, a support for someone in crisis, or a survivor yourself? 

Great! We would love for you to join us and learn more about the kinds of transformative practices and support systems that exist for those in need! 

Course Structure

Our training covers 4 main questions: (1) How do we understand crisis? (2) What factors contribute to crisis? (3) How do we work with individuals who are in crisis? and (4) Which systems support those in crisis? To address these questions we will explore ground-breaking research, theory and practices, first-person perspectives, and cross-cultural evidence supporting the need for innovative models of care.  

This training is 8 weeks in total, the first class being held September 12th, 2017. One class is held per week on Tuesday nights 6:30-8:30pm. You can sign up for the full training or pay per class. All classes are held at East Village Access: 242 East 2nd st. New York, NY 10009

Class Schedule: 

September 12th: Being With Those in Crisis
September 19th: (De)Institutionalization and Self-Determination
September 26th: Trauma
October 3rd: Models of Mental Difference
October 10th: Human Rights and Systems of Power
October 17th: Media, Marketing, and Meds
October 24th:Holistic Health and Psychopharmacology
November 7th:  Examples of Alternative Practices