There are links to relevant videos and documents on this page that provide more detail than I was able to include in the letter.
Community-Based Holistic Trauma Informed Social Work Practice with Veterans
A letter sent to the Governor of Arkansas in 2008 regarding the States possible response to returning services members and developing community structures to support service members and their families.
This video presents some ideas for implementing the CARE framework within a community to address Mental Health and Suicide Prevention concerns. This allegory involves building a community-wide suicide prevention and mental health program from a successful suicide prevention program for Veterans. Veterans joined in the planning and implementation efforts of the City of Midway and Promise County. In this video I demonstrate the development of a solution focused approach to the problems and examples of community co-building transformation through a number of Community Action Teams addressing various issues. I tried to involve a diverse group of residents coming together to focus on solving the issues. Solution focused work does not involve discussion of the past grievances individual citizens have. Instead, the focus is on the future and revisioning the future of the community.
The Association of Suicidology has accepted our presentation of Assessment and Prevention Strategies for Suicidal Clients: Sustainable Micro, Mezzo, and Macro Services, to be offered on April 22, 2021 in Orlando, FL. The video shared here is part of our Continuing Education for Mental Health Professionals that we will share at the conference. The following is a 19 minute section of the longer video.
Sustainable Community Organizing Framework
Great universities serve to transform the environment around the institution. Various communities provide a locus of experiential learning and service-learning opportunities to be infused into the curriculum of most college majors. The community as classroom provides emersion into real life opportunities to engage in deliberate practice exercises. This video presented at the International Federation of Social Workers Conference in July of 2020 overviews the CARE sustainability community organizing model. Building Back Again involves co-building sustainable community transformation.
The presenter offers an example of engaging university departments in addressing social and economic concerns of a community across the street from the university. There is a demonstration about fusing various delivery methods and services within the CARE (sustainable community organizing) framework.
Allegory of The City of Airy
This is a Diversity simulation activity. The two-sided handout is presented first and the PowerPoint describing the classroom process follows. It is interesting that people are really able to fluidly consider the Health, Tax and Immigration issues faced by the Elves. After forming recommendations at the end of the simulation participants are asked to extrapolate from the allegory issues we face in this country at the present time.