Community Mental Health and Art in Social Contexts

Spring 2023
Olympia
Day
Sophomore - Senior
Class Size: 50
16 Credits per quarter
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Organizing around issues like voting rights, police violence, and housing provides a bottom-up base for community mental health programs incorporating outreach to marginalized and underserved communities like undocumented workers and their families, LGBTQ youth seeking safe spaces, and older adults facing multiple social and financial challenges. As a part of this work the arts can provide vital avenues for personal growth, communal creation, and social movement. We'll explore the history, structure, and performance of important community organizations supporting artists, the aged, cultural festivals, neighborhoods, and other social groups including governmental agencies as well as grassroots organizations.

By studying existing programs in and around New York City, we will learn lessons about community mental health outreach efforts. By examining New York's past history as a laboratory for progressive social programs for new migrants, we'll learn more about how mental health programs have been either folded meaningfully into larger social initiatives or isolated, stigmatized, and starved of necessary support. The program will include an optional week-long field trip to New York City to explore relevant contemporary programs that offer promising models for expanding and improving community mental health programs in the Pacific Northwest. Students not going on the field trip will pursue short-term research projects that week, on topics developed with guidance from the faculty.

Registration

Spring 2023 Registration

Academic details

Paths
Preparatory For

Counseling, community organizing, social work, the humanities, and arts management.

Credits
16
Maximum Enrollment
50
Class Standing
Sophomore
Junior
Senior
Special Expenses

Travelers on the optional field trip to New York City should budget approximately $1200 for airfare, local travel, hostel stay, and food. Students will be expected to arrange their own travel and lodging, with guidance from faculty. Students staying in the Northwest will conduct small group research projects during the week.

Research Opportunities

Upper division students may pursue internships in social service agencies or related capstone junior or senior projects in psychology or the arts, but they must consult with the faculty before the beginning of the program regarding this option.

Internship Opportunities

Upper division students may pursue internships in social service agencies or related capstone junior or senior projects in psychology or the arts, but they must consult with the faculty before the beginning of the program regarding this option.

Schedule

In Person or Remote
In Person
Time Offered
Day
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First Meeting

SEM 2 C1105 - Lecture
Location
Olympia