Around the House: philosophy

Three modern day, strength-based theories are consistent with the Fountain House working community practices, in that they state or imply a need for places where people can build their motivation, self-efficacy, self-esteem, and ultimately their natural tendency for personal fulfillment.In 1997,...
John Beard facilitating a Fountain House community meeting. In addition to the settlement house movement and milieu therapy, John Beard – the innovative social worker and former executive director who developed the Fountain House strength-based treatment approach - may have been influenced...
The strength-based approach to treatment originated in the writings of Aristotle, but its more modern development began in the 17th century. Moral treatment, as it was called, was supported by John Locke and other early Humanists. Humanism - with its emphasis on the worth and dignity of all people...
My first week of my new job as Director of Development for the San Antonio Clubhouse was spent at the first clubhouse, Fountain House, in New York City. The timing was a brilliant move by my Executive Director. I had, of course, visited my clubhouse and read all there was to read about the model,...
“Interventions that emphasize the enhancement of people’s strengths and assets, in addition to and at times, instead of the amelioration of their weaknesses and deficiencies are secure in the belief that strengthening the strengths will weaken the weakness.”This quote from Martin...
  Transitional Employment affords Fountain House members the opportunity to work at some of NYC's most prestigious companies.The goal of side by side practice at Fountain House is mastery and increased self-efficacy. In order to achieve this goal the work of the Fountain House community must...
The Lewis Wellness Center at Fountain HouseEvery day, visitors from across the country and around the globe come to tour Fountain House, and one of the first things they often remark upon is the beauty of the surroundings. From the graceful curve of the staircase in the Classical Georgian foyer to...
The Importance of BelongingAccording to Abraham Maslow, satisfying the need to belong is a prerequisite to developing self-esteem and confidence, which in turn is a prerequisite for self-actualization - the motive to realize one's fullest potential. These higher order needs require a social context...
My name is Julius Lanoil, and I will be doing my best to explain the sophisticated Social Practice developed at Fountain House, which for the past 63 years, has been working to help adults with serious mental illness fulfill their human potential in a world filled with stigma and irrational fears....
Settlement houses provided services but also worked for social change.Professional practice at Fountain House is reflective of the late nineteenth and early twentieth century approach to social work, the settlement house movement.   Fountain House shares comparable origins with...

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