I’m Not Broken; Don’t Fix Me: Disability Justice and Mental Health Care

This workshop explores mental health work in the context of justice movements around disability and inclusion. Beginning with a historical perspective, we trace the emergence of the Disability Rights movement, the social and medical models of disability, and the disability justice movement and how they impact/ed people’s experiences of mental illness, mental healthcare, and the changing role of providers in the healing landscape. Together, we will explore a disability justice-focused mental health intervention to resource practitioners with an expanded skill set around mapping resources and supports for individuals with complex mental health needs.

About the Presenters

Abbie Shain, MSW LICSW

Abbie is a therapist and community organizer who weaves activist and clinical lineages to nourish people and organizations creating social change through her business Aviva Therapy and Healing. Abbie is an adjunct at the Augsburg University and University of Minnesota schools of social work. She is a contract therapist at LynLake Centers for Wellbeing and the Institute for Integrative Therapeutics with specialties in complex trauma, spiritual abuse, and gender, sexuality, and identity.

Abbie attended Macalester College and earned her Masters in Social Work from the University of Minnesota School of Social Work where she was awarded the Excellence in Evaluation award. Abbie completed a year of formal training with the Minnesota Psychoanalytic Society and Institute, earned a certificate in the yearlong program from the Evanston Family Therapy Center in Narrative Therapy, and has completed EMDR Level One training, AIR Network training, and Level One Sensorimotor Psychotherapy training. She is currently an apprentice in Ketamine Assisted Therapy at the Institute for Integrative Therapeutics.

When not at work, Abbie enjoys being part of Jewish community, walking her dog by the river, reading novels, and cooking colorful meals for friends and family.