MH Mediate 9/12 MeetingMental Health Mediation
Meeting Agenda 5:30 PM – Socialization / Hellos 5:50 PM – Introduction to MH Mediate 6:00 PM – Terminology 6:20 PM – Mental Health Professionals 6:40 PM – Americans with Disabilities Act 7:00 PM – Ways to Get Involved 7:10 PM – General Discussion 7:30 PM – Meeting Ends
About MH Mediate MH Mediate is a mental health mediation community. Areas to explore include: Mediation trainings for mental health communities Mental health trainings for mediation communities Mental health accommodations in mediation Mediation in mental health contexts Mediating across mental health perspectives
MH Mediate Events Past Events ACR-GNY Conference Workshop (6/2012) John Jay Dispute Resolution Breakfast (8/2012) First MH Mediate Meeting (8/2012) Upcoming Events Community Boards Workshop (San Fran, 9/27/12) NAFCM Webinar (10/11/12) Mental Health First Aid Trainings
MH Mediate Resources MH Mediate Resource Page mhmediate.org/resources Status: looking for more resources and need to add past suggestions MH Mediate Draft Framework Status: Circulating initial document, need to incorporate feedback MH Mediate Mental Health Landscape “Map” Status: Reached out to NYU Active Minds and Applied Undergraduate Psychology Club for Interns MH Mediate In-Service Training Status: Rough draft completed, receiving feedback at NYPI tomorrow and receive positive response from Community Boards
MH Mediate People Mailing List Members Meeting Attendees Advisory Committee? Looking for people to get more involved Looking for organizations Looking for conferences/events
Mental Health Terminology Overview There are multiple, evolving languages to use to describe mental health We need to decide on a language to use in MH Mediate We need to ensure a cultural competency and awareness of all languages
Terminology: Medical Model Medical Language – Mental Illness Who counts as “mentally ill” and who doesn’t? Do brain injury, mental retardation, or developmental disorders count? These labels are changing as the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual for Mental Disorders (DSM) changes What problems are “serious”? “severe”? Diagnoses change, co-occur, and have different implications for different people Chronic (am I always mentally ill) or only when acutely mentally ill Disabled?
MindFreedom * Psychiatric survivor * Person labeled with a psychiatric disability * Person diagnosed with a psychiatric disorder * Person with a mental health history * Person with mental health issues * Consumer/Survivor/eX-inmate (CSX) * Person who has experienced the mental health system * Person experiencing severe and overwhelming mental and emotional problems (describe, such as "despair") * Person our society considers to have very different and unusual behavior (describe, such as "not sleeping")
Questions Who can we turn to for answers in defining this? Pathology Culture Evolving medical model How do we address this? Idea: We anticipate mental health needs without asking someone to define them explicitly, and we are universal in our language.
Mental Health Professionals Overview How much contact should a mediator have with mental health professionals? Neutral mental health professionals Learn about disorders before mediation? Come to mediation to ensure fairness? “resource person”? Parties’ mental health professionals Speak to mediator before mediation? Come to the mediation? Conduct the mediation? (if trained) Other situations?
Guidelines for Mental Health Professionals ????
Specific Example As part of our intake, when someone indicates that they are working with a counselor or therapist and the subject matter of the mediation could involve some mental health issues, we have asked if that client would be willing to sign a consent to release information with us and the therapist. For example: Discrimination due to MI, family mediation couples therapy Cases where I have not asked for consent: landlord tenant mediation, small claims-type contract mediation.
Other Issues Will promises be kept? Assessing realistic goals Differences between mediation and therapy
Next Steps for Contributors 9/12 to 11/12 – get feedback from interns Gayle will do 2.5 hours a week Cissy’s intern suggestion in neuropsychobiological areas of conflict and conflict resolution Blog Share Powerpoint