October 2017 Sustainability Institute Workshop RSVP
Making Sense of Mysterious Behavior: Mental Health in Feeding Programs and Food Pantries
This workshop will offer staff and volunteers of community kitchens, food pantries, and shelters tools to understand and work effectively with guests who exhibit challenging behaviors. We will discuss what those clients are communicating through their actions, as well as:

- The array of mental health diagnoses most likely to affect your guests
- How to differentiate between "bad behavior" and symptoms of mental illness
- How to avoid power struggles and burnout
- Social issues that intersect with mental illness and contribute to hunger and homelessness
- Nutrition and mental illness

The workshop will be facilitated by Ellen Blaufox, LCSW-R. Ellen is Director of Clinical Services at the Sally and Anthony Mann Center, a 64-bed residential treatment facility for 12 to 21-year olds with severe psychiatric conditions. She is also an adjunct professor at the New York University Silver School of Social Work.

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Manhattan attendees ONLY- please indicate if you need a parking spot on the Cathedral Close. Spaces are limited (you will be notified of parking availability the week prior to the workshop).
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