NorCATA HLM Lisa Manthe and the Child Parent Institute honored as one of the Superbowl 50 Host Committee Playmakers Program...
50 Weeks. 50 Grants. 50 Playmakers
The 50 Fund’s Playmakers program recognizes the herculean efforts of community-based Bay Area nonprofits and the people who make those impacts possible.
One of the 50 Fund Playmakers is the Child Parent Institute (CPI), a parent education and children’s mental health agency, serving families throughout Sonoma County since 1978. Their mission is to end child abuse and strengthen the health of children, parents and families. CPI’s continuum of care includes children’s trauma counseling, parent education and support services, creative art therapy programs, support services for families with children on the autism spectrum, and a non-public school (New Directions) providing adolescent special education through trauma-informed educational services. Last year, CPI’s family-focused programs served more than 4,000 children and families. Their Playmaker grant will fund a multi-dimensional, three-month project called “IDin3D,” for 27students at New Directions between the ages of 13 and 24. This is a new program of art therapy that speaks directly to the neuro-developmental needs of the adolescent brain. It aims to enhance students’ imaginations, and help them find meaning in their lives.
CPI wants to recognize Mental Health Program Coordinator Lisa Manthe, who is an artist, therapist, researcher, and teacher who devotes her energy to helping low-income youth with mental health challenges to move beyond their early adversity and trauma. She has been with New Directions for 22 years. A Board Certified Art Therapist, Lisa counsels students individually, leads weekly art therapy groups, and supervises three therapists-in-training. Not only does Lisa work at the center, but she has also provided art therapy for more than six other Bay Area foundations. This is all not to mention that she is working towards her PhD in Clinical Art Therapy, focusing on adolescent anxiety and self-identity challenges.
Congratulations, Lisa and CPI!
This blog is authored by members of our board, regional representatives and by various guest authors who are NorCATA members.