Saturday, Oct. 14: Bridging the Institute and the Community: a free and open online discussion forum for helping professionals

With Neil Altman, PhD, Paula Kliger, PhD, Sheila Johnson, MPS, LP, and other clinicians

This Saturday, Oct. 14, from 11 am to 1 pm EDT
By Zoom


For our October meeting, we’ll aim to pick up the threads we’ve been weaving. A big part of the challenge of community work is to find a way to support each other through thick and thin, despite disruptions, to return again and again to the beauty of the shared humanity we work resolutely to cultivate.  We hope to see you all, each and every one of you, again this Saturday – and the second Saturday of every month!

The past few years have brought to a head multiple points of conflict in U.S. society that deeply affect the people of Harlem, Northern Manhattan and the Bronx. Join us or visit our websites frequently to learn about out our programs addressing what is at stake for our people with respect to abortion, guns, voting rights and many other issues of vital concern.

At our most recent meetings, people from various overlapping communities have discussed a range of issues that community members have been struggling with and have borne witness to these efforts as we strive to offer the Harlem Family Institute as a community resource for healing and action. Please feel free to invite others to our meetings.

For more than 30 years, the Harlem Family Institute has offered psychoanalytic-training and clinical-treatment services in Harlem and Northern Manhattan, training psychoanalysts and other mental-health professionals while helping hundreds of children, families, adolescents and others in schools, community centers and houses of worship.  

Now, more than ever, those of us on the front lines of mental-health care in our beleaguered, under-resourced communities, need to support each other. So, the Institute has launched this monthly discussion group to draw together clinicianstherapistsclergyeducators and counselors with city agencies, including law enforcement and trade unions from Harlem, Northern Manhattan and the Bronx to share and learn from each other . . .  

We hope that together we can create a forum for thoughtful and meaningful engagement about our often-times stressful and overwhelming work with our stressed and overwhelmed clients, students and congregations.   

We’ll aim to share and discuss dilemmas in our work to counter burnout and despair. Please join us to be part of the organization and inauguration of this group. Let’s share ideas about how we can best support each other. As a whole we can be more than the sum of our parts!