A team of 18 Institute and Social Therapy Group staff, faculty and volunteers participated in Harlem Week festivities on August 19, creating a stage for some good conversation about emotional development as a critical issue for our communities.
The team talked to about 200 people — conducting a short survey on the impact of psychiatric diagnoses and the diagnostic labeling of children of color. Social Therapy Group volunteers Ashanda Tarry and Brenda Martinez were among those who had pioneered the survey on the streets of Ft. Greene, Brooklyn earlier this summer.
Says Institute faculty, Gwen Lowenheim, who led the team:
We spoke to people about mental health, emotionality and therapy very directly, and people were very open in their responses…We introduced social therapy as a practice that helps people to grow without labeling.