Thursday, April 5th
Center for Identity + Inclusion Community Lounge
6:00pm - 6:30pm
Opening & Welcome
The UChicago Student Counseling Services Introduction will provide an overview of the services offered at SCS, as well as the center’s general approach to mental health treatment. The introduction will cover what students can expect during their first appointment at SCS, and what they can expect in subsequent appointments. Time will be provided to answer any questions that audience members may have about the services offered at SCS, or about how to access the services at SCS.
6:30pm - 7:00pm
Looking for Luke Screening
Looking for Luke is a short documentary that follows the parents of Luke Tang, a well-liked, passionate, and brilliant Harvard sophomore, as they attempt to understand why their son died by suicide. By reading through journals and talking to his friends, Luke’s parents begin to piece together what happened through the gained knowledge and understanding of depression as a treatable mental illness. Luke’s parents have made it their mission to help other parents identify the signs and signals of depression, and other mental health conditions, that can lead to suicide. The film is an extension of that mission by raising awareness of depression as a treatable illness, and destigmatizing seeking help for mental health issues. The issues the film addresses are of pressing importance and concern for teens and young adults across the country.
7:00pm - 8:00pm
Panel on Mental Health in Asian American Communities
The intersection between mental health and one’s cultural identity has been becoming an increasingly prevalent topic of study and discussion. In a panel led by researchers from UChicago who will drawn upon their own study and experiences, we will discuss the themes and messages from Looking for Luke and the work being done to better grasp the complexities of the relation between Asian identity and mental health.
Friday, April 6th
4:00pm - 5:00pm
Center for Identity + Inclusion
Breakout Session I
5:00pm - 5:15pm
5:15pm - 6:15pm
Center for Identity + Inclusion and Rosenwald
Breakout Session II
6:30pm - 6:45pm
Closing Remarks and Refreshments
BREAKOUT SESSION I
Lost in Translation: The Importance of Context in Asian Mental Health
Location: CI+I Community Lounge
Seeba Anam, MD, is an Assistant Professor at the University of Chicago Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neuroscience, Section of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. She is a founding member of the University of Chicago Global Mental Health Initiative, a joint effort centered on global dissemination of child and adolescent mental health education. She serves on the steering committee for the University of Chicago Center for Global Health. Additionally, she is an affiliated researcher and advisor for the Center for Asian Health Equity (CAHE)’s Bloom Mental Health Program at the University. She supports CAHE’s programming and research efforts involving culturally informed interventions for Asian immigrants in Chicago. CAHE is a partnership between the University of Chicago and Asian Health Coalition, a non-profit, community-based affiliate that investigate health disparities that disproportionately affect the Asian American, Pacific Islander, and African immigrant populations.
In the past, she has served as an affiliated mentor for the University of California San Francisco Global Mental Health Fellowship, to develop an international training module and syllabus on child and adolescent psychiatry for the global mental health fellows stationed at sites at UCSF and Nepal. She also serves on the Education committee of the international Society for the Study of Culture and Psychiatry, expanding cultural curricula for international mental health training programs. Her primary educational and research interests include dissemination work on global mental health, the impact of culture on mental health, health equity and social determinants of health, specifically related to mental health in Asians and Asian Americans.
Mental Health in Asian International Student Communities
Location: CI+I 3rd Floor - LGBTQ Lounge
Tao Liu is an assistant professor in the Department of Psychology at Wheaton College. She is a core faculty member in the Wheaton PsyD program, in which she teaches research and statistics, clinical interview skills, and practicum seminar classes.
Dr. Liu also practices of therapy at Fox Valley Institute, where she provides therapy to children, adolescents, and adults. She has provided bilingual services in English and Mandarin in a variety of settings, including a domestic violence shelter, a community mental health counseling center, and two university counseling centers. Dr. Liu works with a number of concerns, yet she feels especially rewarded in working with those struggling with trauma, interpersonal concerns, coping with life and cultural transitions, depression, anxiety, low self-esteem, and identity development. She has facilitated interpersonal process groups and cultural adjustment groups for international students.
Dr. Liu received her first master’s degree in Child and Family Studies from The University of Tennessee, and her second master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling from Boston College. She completed her Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology at Indiana University Bloomington.
Seeking Support from Friends and Family
BREAKOUT SESSION II
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Saturday April 7th
11:00am - 1:00pm
Reynolds Club R001
Mental Health Crisis Workshop
Alternatives to Calling Police in Mental Health Crises is a a community-based movement to train people in de-escalation techniques and provide alternatives for mentally ill and psychiatrically disabled community members to calling the police in mental health crises.The workshop intends to ask and discuss questions:
How do marginalized identities intersect during mental health crises and how does this affect treatment by police?
What are the ways to support people in mental health crises?
How can we take care of ourselves and others?
How can we create a community of support?
Miguel Rodriguez is a member of People’s Response Team and anti-criminalization advocate. He currently serves as a Restorative Justice Specialist, collaborating with schools to build up Restorative Justice Practices in classrooms and discipline process. He is a parent, a lover, and transforms into a visual artist on his free time.
Timmy Rose is a member of People’s Response Team and a prison abolitionist. He is currently a law student at Chicago Kent College of Law, working to further bridge grassroots movements with transformative legal advocacy.
Euree Kim is a disability activist, artist, and organizer and works with different disability advocacy groups and organizations in Chicago to create safer environment for disability communities. They proudly identify as queercrip: they are genderqueer femme, Autistic and mentally ill. Their hope is to envision alternative, sustainable system of support which does not replicate capitalistic and ableist model with communities of people.