Five years ago, Brad Kennedy and I founded A4CIP because we saw a critical lack of resources for programs that provide psychiatric and psychosocial care to clients living in the community, and that subscribe to the belief that purpose as well as vocational and educational goals are vital parts of their clients’ recovery. Since that time, the association has developed considerably, from around four programs our first year to seventeen — and growing. Each year we hold an exciting conference at the Menninger Clinic, in which we bring speakers from diverse disciplines to focus on a pertinent theme. This year, at a conference I curated, we focus on self-determination.
Self-determination is not only a civil right to which we should all be entitled; it is central to our psychological well-being. When clinicians ignore the importance of self-determination – intervening, rather than working collaboratively with clients — they neglect an intrinsic element in recovery. To put it simply, people don’t get better if they don’t have access to the tools to determine their present and their future. That’s what makes this conference particularly important. Please plan to come.
Ross Ellenhorn, Ph.D
A4CIP Co-Founder & President, Ellenhorn CEO