Social therapists do not view mental health as a medical dilemma, but rather, as a cultural, social, and developmental task of supporting people to grow emotionally and relationally. We take the “do not stigmatize/do no harm” posture very seriously, and will not relate to other humans as broken, or label them as mentally ill. We reject the conventional medical model Doctor/Patient hierarchy. We also reject diagnostics and the goal of getting “maladjusted” people to “adjust.” Interestingly, this creates space for both client and therapist to partner together in shaping the help clients’ needs and wants. This approach helps clients develop as leaders and creators of their lives.
Kim Andersons Story is the question of why African American women have a lower Birth mortality rate than those of White women in America. Race has been discounted in applying the same analysis to African women new to the US, who measure the same as White women born in the US when it come to infant mortality. It is not genetic. So what is it? Epidemiologist are researching inequality and the detriment to African American mortality as a whole. Watch this interesting video series.
VIDEO EXCERPT, Unnatural Causes – Episode 2
When Atlanta lawyer Kim Anderson was pregnant with her first child, she did everything right: she ate a healthy diet, exercised, and got the best prenatal care. But her baby was born almost three months premature. This excerpt from When the Bough Breaks explores racisms impact on pregnancy outcomes.