looking for new models for health care

Treating the Cause, Not the Illness [OPINION]

The New York Times, David Bornstein, 07/28/2011

Five decades after the war on poverty, a work force that can systematically address the social causes of illness is still to be built. Health Leads offers a model of how it might work

The Calming Breath

Psycho-neurobiology tells us that traumatic stress from an incident or living in a highly stressful environment or under highly stressful in conditions puts our bodies into survival – fight or flight -- which is the sympathetic nervous system at work. 

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Study shows 26% of our returning vets will have or develop symptoms of PTSD. we know what to do. Do you?

Legacy of Mental Health Problems from Iraq and Afghanistan Wars Will Be Long-Lived: Scientific American

 

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Service members returning from combat present a long-term treatment challenge

Mission Statement

Where the personal story can be safely explored and expressed.

Ashlar Center for Narrative Arts is an arts driven non-profit organization designed to serve the Personal Story. In our workshops people create their narratives in various media. Additionally, we have a selection of easily adapted self-care pratices that are necessary to foster resilience. 

We have learned over the years that  the most powerful and underused resource in our communities are its "ordinary"  people. So, our goal is  empowering  people to create the means to tell and share their stories in a culturally relevant way -- a collaborative model.  Our students are our  teachers and our teachers are students. This kind of collaboration is empowering to all and through authentic engagement builds relationships that last. Learning about and respecting cultural practices is very important to us and is our constant growing edge.  We are very interested in how different communities and  cultures meet the challenges of being human. We come together to learn how we can participate in developing and supporting productive life affirming models that will be sustained.

 Our goal is to create  these sustainable practices, nurture relationship, encourage learning and teaching through community involvement. We are committed to creating a climate of  well-being and providing  lay people the means to become Narrative Arts Facilitators where it would best serve them and their communities.  

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