Monthly Mindfulness And Compassion Lecture Series: Reconceptualizing Mental Health Treatment


December 2, 2019
06:30 PM until 08:30 PM


With Pata Suyemoto, PhD

Most of the time treatment plans are implemented in a top down fashion, where doctors or teams of practitioners determine what is best for the client and the steps that are to be taken toward recovery. Although practitioners may consult their clients when constructing the treatment plan, rarely do clients have the agency to define what heals them. This seminar will consider what it means to reconceptualize “the treatment plan” and treatment to a plan of wellness and healing and the impact radical compassion has on that process. Focusing on my personal healing journey, we will also explore how art, activism, and culturally relevant therapy have impacted my recovery.

At the end of this event, participants will be able to:
1. Explain the critical importance of locating the agency of patients’ treatment plans and treatment with the patients themselves.
2. Describe the importance of creative expression in traumatic healing.
3. Explain the role that cultural relevance and cultural humility have on treatment.

Dr. Pata Suyemoto is a feminist scholar, writer, educator, jewelry designer, avid bicyclist and mental health activist. She earned her PhD. from the University of Pennsylvania and did her research on multicultural education and issues of race and racism. Pata is a member of a number of boards and committees and is the co-chair for the Greater Boston Regional Suicide Prevention Coalition and the chair of the Massachusetts Coalition for Suicide Prevention’s People of Color Caucus. Pata has spoken and written about her struggles with depression and is a co-founder of The Breaking Silences Project. Her claim to fame is that she rode her bicycle across the country in the summer of 2012.

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Somerville, MA

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