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!
Review of Lisa Mitchell's 1/31/16 workshop
by Megan Thomas, NDNU Student Liaison
When was the last time you named the unspoken? Or brainstormed sixty uses for a stool? Have you ridden the train for the sake of unblocking your creative process the way Richard Serra often does? How often do your thoughts include the word ‘should’? Lisa Mitchell has clarified the creative process, and it involves all these puzzle pieces. As a dynamic model, the anatomy of a painter’s process and a therapy session involve many of the same core concepts. Her upcoming book release: “Creativity as a Co-Therapist” supports her ongoing educational efforts to help therapists grab onto an idea with a light hand and a committed heart.
Her workshop on a sunny afternoon at San Francisco’s beautiful Fort Mason drew participants through the error-phobic constructs of our culture as manifested in evidence-based practice, managed healthcare systems, and a mark orientation that prioritizes the product over the process. Yet, in the creation of both art and mental health, the process of incubating an idea, pursuing a wide breadth of learning, and playfully facing the unknown help guide us via process to insight and resonance. By making artists blocks, participants explored what steps in the creative process they are often frozen in. Exposed to a beautifully synthesized presentation of theory, artist quotes, and real examples, we were shown a path towards flow and creative therapy. Experiences of anxiety and flow can co-occur, compassion and empathy can facilitate the healing dialogue, and the restorative process of creative expression is something without a right or a wrong. Lisa Mitchell reminded us to practice what we preach, to be kind to ourselves and to adopt the amateur spirit in a cycle of exploration and experimentation.
This blog is authored by members of our board, regional representatives and by various guest authors who are NorCATA members.