The Art of Mental Health

The Art of Mental Health began in 2006 the as a collaborative project between two local mental health agencies (MHA and CBH, now Centerstone), with the goals of sharing and celebrating the connections between emotional well-being and creativity; informing people about available mental health services in the community; and reducing the stigma and fear surrounding those with mental and emotional challenges. Events included interactive workshops on the arts and mental health, exhibits featuring art from clients, educational displays, and entertainment from local performers and artisans. This event strives to break down labels and differences among community members by sharing creative experiences together. The result of these efforts now extend throughout the year with events offered by a wide range of community groups and agencies.

Art of Mental Health

“Nourishing Family Mental Health”

October 7-12, 2013

List of Events

Monday October 7

Event: Workshop for mental health practitioners on “Understanding and Assessing Family Adaptation to Stress and Trauma.”

Time:               3:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday October 7

Location:         Ivy Tech, Lamkin Hall

Audience:        Mental health practitioners. CEUs available.

Presentation:   Dr. Kiser will provide an overview of the long-term adaptations that families make when faced with chronic conditions of high stress and exposure to traumas.  She will introduce the Family Assessment of Needs and Strengths – Trauma (FANS – Trauma), an instrument designed to help providers assess a family’s service needs.  Several clinical vignettes will be presented and rated using the FANS – Trauma to give participants opportunities for rich discussion about the impact of trauma on the family system.

Presenter:        Laurel J. Kiser, Ph.D., a psychologist and Associate Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. Dr. Kiser has researched the effects of PTSD and physical/sexual abuse on children and adolescents; family processes related to stress and trauma; the protective role of rituals and routines within families, schools, and neighborhoods; and the development of interventions to strengthen rituals and routines and reduce the effects of trauma.


Event: Reception and Community Conversation on Mental Health

Time:               5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Monday October 7

Location:         Ivy Tech, Commons Area

Audience:        Any interested persons. Members of the general public, parents, mental health practitioners and other professionals are all welcome to participate.

Presentation:   There will be no formal presentation, but MHA board members and others will circulate and encourage conversation and connections about mental health related topics of importance to theBloomington-MonroeCountycommunity. Food will be provided.


Event: Keynote Talk by Laurel J. Kiser, Ph.d entitled “This is the Way We …. Everyday Strategies to Build Family Resilience.”

Time:                           6:30 p.m. Monday October 7

Location:                     Ivy Tech, Lamkin Hall

Audience:                    Any interested persons. Parents and caregivers of children are especially encouraged to attend.

Presentation:               Dr. Kiser will offer a short talk on strategies that families can use on a daily basis that support resilience of family members and of the family as a whole.  She, along with staff from Bloomington Catholic Charities, will guide the group in hands-on activities that parents can use to build stronger, more resilient families.  She will also offer a question-and-answer period.


Tuesday October 8, 2013

Event:                          Families Writing Together: Writing as a Way of Healing

Time:                           7:00 – 9:00 p.m. Tuesday October 8

Location:                     Poplar Grove Schoolhouse,4638 E. State Road45,Bloomington

Audience:                    Family members of someone with a mental health issue, or persons with a mental health challenge

Presenter:                    Beth Lodge-Rigal, Creative Director, Writing for a Change Foundation of Bloomington, Inc.

Program:                      Whether you are a parent, a sibling, a guardian, or a consumer experiencing mental health challenges, writing and listening in a safely held space can be a tool of personal transformation, support, and on-going wellness.  In this circle, we’ll use the practices of writing and community to create an experience that allows individuals to give voice to the truth of their lives. Some call it poetic medicine. Some call it creative witness. Expressive writing in community is contagious and fosters a sense of wholeness, clarity, and well-being.  Bring journals and pens.  Light refreshments served.

Facilitator:                   Beth Lodge-Rigal is the Creative Director of Women Writing for a Change and the Writing for a Change Foundation of Bloomington.  She has been facilitating writing groups of all kinds for more than 15 years. 


 Wednesday October 9, 2013

Event: “Who’s Taking Care of the Caretaker? Strategies for Self-Care

Time:                           6:30 p.m. Wednesday October 9

Location:                     LifeDesigns,200 E. Winslow Road,Bloomington,IN

Audience:                    Anyone who is a caregiver

Presenters:                   Mark Ochsner, MA and Melissa Byerley, LCSW, Behavior Clinicians, LifeDesigns

Program:                      This presentation will provide participants with the signs and symptoms of burnout among caretakers. They will provide strategies and a list of available resources to caretakers in the community for dealing with it.


Event:                          Family Psychiatric Crisis: NAMI-GBA’s Beginner’s Guide

Time:                           7:00 p.m. Wednesday October 9

Location:                     Centerstone Board Room, 645 S. Rogers,Bloomington

Audience:                    Anyone

Presenters:                   A panel of key players in a local psychiatric crisis, including Judge Mary Ellen Diekhoff; Dr. Scott Branum, Director of Psychiatric Services, IU Health Bloomington Hospital; Dr. Mark Hickman, Director, ACT Team West Centerstone; Amanda Pardue, LMHC, Regional Clinic Services Director, Centerstone of Indiana; and other community mental health stakeholders.

Program:                      The panelists and NAMI-GBA will offer insight, information, and resources about what to do in a local psychiatric crisis. Because what to do in such a crisis can be so complicated and varied, the audience will have the opportunity, after brief panel introductions, to ask questions of the panelists in order to better learn how to get crisis help. NAMI-GBA will provide information and brochures about local resources (including support groups and NAMI programs).

 Goal:                          To provide handy tools and first-hand information for anyone concerned about how to resolve a psychiatric crisis in theBloomingtonarea


Thursday October 10, 2013

Event:                          Screenings for Depression & Anxiety

Time:                           10:00 a.m. to noon, 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Thursday October 10

Location:                     IU Behavioral Health Outpatient Clinic,445 S. Landmark Avenue,Bloomington,IN

Audience:                    Anyone over age 18

Program:                      Free, confidential screenings provided to the public. Participants will be able to fill out a self-test for depression and/or anxiety, discuss the results with a mental-health professional, and pick up free brochures, educational literature and community resource lists.


Event:                          Grief across the Life Span: From Heartbreak to Hope

Time:                           6:30 p.m. Thursday October 10

Location:                     First United Church,2420 E. Third Street,Bloomington,IN

Audience:                    Anyone

Presenter:                    Heather Hudson, MSW, LCSW Life Paths Counseling

                                    Cathleen Weber, MSW, LCSW Better Day Counseling & Consulting LLC

Program:                      Everyone experiences grief. Commonly we think of grief as related to a death. There are actually many kinds of grief and many life experiences that evoke feelings of grief. Join us for this 1.5 hour discussion to better to understand grief, its symptoms and to learn about tools for hope and healing. For more information: or


Friday October 11, 2013

Event:                          Virtual Dementia Tour

Time:                           Two sessions offered: 9 to 11 a.m. or 1 to 3 p.m. Tour size is limited so please register in advance by calling Dayna Thompson at (812) 353-9299.

Location:                     IUHealthSimulationCenter,443 S. Landmark Drive

Audience:                    Caregivers or those interested in learning more about the experience of Alzheimer’s/dementia

Presenter:                    Dayna Thompson, M.S., LMHC, Alzheimer’s Educator

Alzheimer’s Resource Service, IU Health Bloomington

Program:                      The Virtual Dementia Tour is an experience that aims to replicate the perceptual and sensory experiences that one might have in the course of Alzheimer’s or a related dementia.  It allows caregivers and loved ones to “put themselves in the shoes” of someone with a dementing illness.  Each participant will experience the Tour and then, as a group, we will engage in discussion and instruction on how we can improve the way that we communicate, how we can modify the environment, and how we may seek to understand and reinterpret the behavior and experiences of those living life with this disease.


Saturday October 12, 2013

Event:                          The Incredible Years Program

Time:                           Information Table, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday October 12

                                    Presentation, 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.

Location:                     Farmer’s Market, ShowersPlaza, 8th and Morton,Bloomington

Presenters:                   Therapists from Catholic Charities and Milestones Health and Clinical Resources

Program:                      The Incredible Years program is an evidence-based program designed for children 4-12 years of age and their parents. This program, offered by both Milestones and Catholic Charities, includes prevention and intervention components developed to reduce problem behaviors and enhance children’s social and emotional competency. This program has won multiple awards for proven outcomes. At the presentation, children, parents and family members can have fun participating and/or watching a demonstration of a few components of the program.



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