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Exploring Mental Health:
A Working Group

Schedule and Discussion Links
On-line Forum


Mental health is an increasingly significant intellectual and practical concern in academic, social, cultural, and political contexts. People currently approach issues of mental health from a variety of different perspectives. Some have greatest confidence in "scientific" or "biological" approaches. Others prefer more "holistic", "humanistic", or "social" approaches. The diversity of perspectives in frequently a source of conflict and confusion but might equally be taken as the grist needed to achieve a broader perspective that can productively incorporate the different useful insights reached from each of a variety of different points of view.

It is the objective of this discussion group to bring together the widest variety of faculty, students, staff and practitioners interested in both sharing their own perspectives and learning from those of others in order to explore the possibilities of achieving a broader, more integrated, and more effective approach to issues of mental health.

In addition to monthly meetings and discussions of topics and papers to be chosen, the working group will make use of an on-line forum and help maintain and expand a set of web resources on "Exploring Mental Health."

View the Bryn Mawr campus map for directions to the discussion locations.

Schedule and Discussion Links



Images by Rachel Grobstein

September 24th,
3:30-5pm

Dalton Room 25

"Models of Mental Health: A Critique and Prospectus"

Conversation summary

October 29th,
3:30-5pm

Campus Center
Room 200

"Models of Mental Health: A Critique and Prospectus"
"Culture as Diability"

Conversation summary

December 3rd,
3:30-5pm

Campus Center
Room 200

"The Culture of Our Discontent: Beyond the Medical Model of Mental Health"

Conversation summary

January 28th,
3:30-5pm

Campus Center
Room 200

"The Role of Individuals"

Pre-discussion readings:
A New Intellectual Framework for Psychiatry (1998)
Biology and the Future of Psychoanalysis: A New Intellectual Framework for Psychiatry (1999)

Conversation summary

March 4th,
3:30-5pm

Campus Center
Room 200

"Meaning-making, Logotherapy and Mental Health"

Pre-discussion reading:
Frankl's logotherapy: A new orientation in counseling



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