Based on everything they’ve learned, the Community Mental Health team examines all the ways to affect change by audience. Using The Adler School of Professional Psychology as the pilot, what curriculum changes support improving community mental health? Well, let’s go back. What is improving mental health? It’s about changing people’s understanding of “wellness” to include mental health, not just physical health. It’s also expanding the understanding of mental health to include strong community support as a key aspect.
So how do you create a workforce of therapists who have the desire and the ability to effect change in the community? How can you create tools to help people then create more tools? On the other side, what tools can you give to the community to help them?
It’s coming down to empowerment. Providing tools and messaging to help people help themselves and, just as importantly, help each other.
Some of what the team is thinking about:
- High and low tech tools for students to exchange ideas with each other more efficiently
- Incorporating core values into student portfolio requirements
- Providing mobile therapists ala Night Ministry
- Methods to immerse faculty and the student in the school’s mission
How to infuse ideas across the community is the essence of what is needed, according to Raymond Crossman, president of The Adler School.
Once you have students and faculty sharing and learning, the next step is the community.
What piece of the puzzle would you start with?