Around the House: working community

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,...
“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 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...
I attended The Mind’s Eye Film Festival this past Saturday night, and what a great turn out we had for the 17 short films produced by Fountain House members! The films were wonderful, but even better were the relationships between the producers and actors in the films. It’s clear that...
Members and staff of the Culinary Unit work together to prepare lunch.jpgOne of the most intractable issues facing practitioners in the daily operation of a working community like Fountain House  was posed years ago in a question by  Mark Glickman: “What if no one wants to...
Fountain House has consciously built itself around the cultural construct of the workplace. Despite its appearance as a workday like culture, however, there exists an emotional tone to Fountain House that is more than an aggregate of the expectations and practices that have been honed over the...
In what is touted in The New York Times as a major study from the University of Pennsylvania, cognitive therapy sessions were found to be of benefit to people diagnosed with schizophrenia. Thirty-one people – hardly a definitive sample size - participated in the study. The hope of...

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