The following interview is part of a cutting-edge series of video interviews called Parenting Today: Raising Strong, Resilient Kids being aired exclusively on Mad in America.
This series has as its aim educating parents about the current mental disorder paradigm as it relates to children. It also offers many useful tips about how to raise more resilient children and how to become a more skilful parent. In this series of more than thirty interviews, we share information about the diverse resources available to parents, including alternative ones.
We hope that you’ll follow this important series. Mental health advocate Heather Juergensen hosts the interviews, each of which introduces you to an interesting guest speaking on a subject of importance to parents. We hope that you enjoy this series, benefit from it, and decide to alert other parents to its existence!
Today’s guest is Yana Jacobs. Yana holds a Master’s degree in psychology and counselling from UC San Francisco and is trained as a licensed marriage and family therapist. She is currently the Chief Program Officer at the Foundation for Excellence in Mental Health Care, a Non-Profit community foundation with a mission to bring alternatives into the mainstream public and private sectors.
She began her work in the 1970s at Soteria House, a facility that provides care for people experiencing mental distress and crisis. She was mentored there by Dr. Loren Mosher. Yana spent over 30 years working both in private practice as a therapist and in the public sector at Santa Cruz County Mental Health in California, where she became chief of Adult outpatient recovery services. Yana believes we must work both as an activist on the outside and with our allies on the inside if we are going to bring about real change.
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