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Institute for the Development of Human Arts

Joined in January 2019

About Us

WE ARE...

mental health workers, clinicians, psychiatrists, current and prior users of mental health services, advocates, artists, and survivors of trauma and adversity, who are interested in exploring the link between personal and societal transformation.




 

WE BELIEVE...

that change happens through dynamic collaboration between clinicians in the field and advocates on the frontlines dedicated to shifting policy and practice while building and uplifting safe alternatives. We understand that it is time for a new paradigm in mental health: one that does not deny anyone self-determination and healing, that accounts for the complexity of personal, social, and collective traumas, that opens up our narrow definition of "normal" for the full range of human experience, and allows us to look beyond medicalized and disease-centered thinking to offer regenerative, holistic, and transformative practices.






AT IDHA WE AIM TO...

build a community that advances holistic, democratic, and transformative mental health practices. Our goal is to create opportunities for critical dialogue, mutual support, and advanced education and training for those in the field. It is our mission to proliferate an understanding of mental health care that acknowledges and addresses the numerous contexts in which our mental health exist. We are dedicated to understanding not only the role of personal traumatic experiences but also collective ones, manifested through structural injustices and oppression which have deep historical roots in our society.

By bringing together experienced and aspiring practitioners, both within and outside of the mental health system, our courses and events taking place in New York City value lived experience as highly as professional training. We encourage professionals and non-professional community members alike to explore multiple perspectives, always prioritizing the agency of individuals and communities to choose the ways in which they understand and describe their experiences. Our primary goal is to equip participants with essential knowledge that allows them to create and strengthen communities of practice around transformative mental health care wherever they may be.

WE ARE...

mental health workers, clinicians, psychiatrists, current and prior users of mental health services, advocates, artists, and survivors of trauma and adversity, who are interested in exploring the link between personal and societal…

Issue Areas Include

  • Community Development
  • Education
  • Health & Medicine
  • Human Rights & Civil Liberties
  • Mental Health

Location

  • 255 West 23rd Street
    2EE
    New York, NY 10011

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