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Crisis as Catalyst: Building Embodied Futures

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IDHA's fall 2021 virtual training series CRISIS AS CATALYST

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To learn more, please visit: https://www.idha-nyc.org/crisis-as-catalyst

*ASL and live closed captioning provided*

*Update as of 12/6: The first four classes in the series have passed, but the bundle is still available! Register using this link and you will receive the recording and resources from the first four classes!*

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The global pandemic made visible just how inadequate our health systems are in caring for people and communities, creating widespread disillusionment and manifesting in stronger demands for accountability from our systems and institutions. As more people awaken to the deeply-rooted injustices of our world, a widespread urge to “return to normal” stirs up a deep sense of cognitive dissonance. We believe that returning to normal is neither a possibility, nor a desirable goal. Ideals of “normalcy” are rooted in violence to the global majority, as well as to the earth itself. This myth is also deeply embedded in our mental health system, whereby social and behavioral “norms” created and perpetuated by White dominant power inundate how we think, learn, act, prescribe, treat, and care.

What we need now is to make sanctuary in the cracks of the normal. We are guided by Ashton Crawley’s radical assertion of otherwise possibility: the idea that “what we have is not all that is possible, that alternatives to the normative can and already exist in this world.” We meet this moment of prolonged crisis as an opportunity to fashion new worlds rooted in community, connection, and relationship. We collectively hold the power to define what futures are possible, drawing upon our ancestors, elders, and modern visionaries who carry forward these visions.

IDHA’s Fall 2021 Training Series resists calls to return to normal in a supposed post-pandemic world, and invites us to instead center a vision of radical transformation: moving from healing or fixing what is broken to cultivating what could be.

This process requires grieving the extraordinary losses we have faced over the last year and across generations; challenging assumptions and occupying liminal spaces; and sitting with our pain and exhaustion as a means to grasp problems firmly at the root. It requires honoring ancestral and Indigenous ways of knowing, rectifying harm, and inviting people to cultivate radical joy to usher in a future shaped by ecological, economic, racial, and healing justice.

Over the course of five sessions, we will introduce an array of healing strategies proliferated by world weavers past and present, as well as practical opportunities to apply knowledge and experiences to our lives and work. We are honored to present a diverse offering of mental health practitioners, scholars, and artists sharing their visions for community care and liberation. Join us as we sit with the unknown, while concurrently building the skills we need to navigate a future of possibility.

Course Schedule

Grounding in Grief: Interrupting Overwhelm with Embodiment and Ritual

  • Saturday, October 23, 2021, 12-3pm EST
  • Camille Barton and Marika Heinrichs

Ancestral Healing: Honoring Origins to Form Sacred Futures

  • Saturday, November 6, 2021, 12-3pm EST
  • Elmina Bell and Cleopatra Tatabele

Transcending the Punishment Paradigm: The Promise of Restorative and Transformative Practices

  • Saturday, November 20, 2021, 12-3pm EST
  • Mikaela Berry, William Evans, and Shana Louallen

Liberatory Art-Making: Reimagining Community Care

  • Saturday, December 4, 2021, 12-3pm EST
  • Priya Dadlani and Roxie Elhert

Making Sanctuary as Decolonial Practice: Putting Wounds to Work

  • Saturday, December 20, 2021, 10am-1pm EST
  • Bayo Akomolafe

What You Get

Registration includes the 3-hour class session, and access to IDHA’s School for Transformative Mental Health forum on Mighty Networks. This is our virtual learning community where you’ll have the opportunity to engage with other students and your faculty.

NOTE: IDHA is in the process of applying for CE credits for this class, included for those who register at the General or Supporter Rate (a $20 value). Learn more about CE credits at IDHA here.


IDHA is offering 25 full-series scholarships for this series. Apply here by October 6!

Questions? Email us at contact@idha-nyc.org

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a community of 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.

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