The Soteria Experience: Home, not Hospital

The CAFÉ TA Center recently hosted The Soteria Experience: Home, not Hospital, a free webinar on how Soteria Houses offer an alternative recovery path for people with serious mental health conditions.

View the recording here.

The belief that people with schizophrenia can’t or won’t recover has been debunked through numerous longitudinal studies. Yet, much misunderstanding and stigma persists, and too often, people are still met with a prevailing message that stabilization is the goal, psychotropic medications are the treatment, and hospitalization is inevitable.

Since the early 1970’s, Soteria Houses have challenged these pathology narratives, demonstrating the effectiveness of healing communities that are designed to expect recovery, centering connection, personal power, autonomy, creativity, love, peer-to-peer relationships, and understanding as fundamental to well-being. At Soteria Houses, the use of psychotropic medications is de-emphasized, viewed as an optional tool rather than an essential ingredient. The result? Come join us to find out!

In this session, we explore Soteria with longtime leaders and folks that have lived and worked at Soteria. Come prepared to rethink your understanding of voices, visions, and sensory experiences, and you too might become a champion for Soteria to offer home, not hospitals, in your community.

View the recording here.

This webinar is the fourth in a year-long series of monthly conversations about innovative peer-centered, recovery-focused practices in mental health facilitated by national peer leader, CEO of Promise Resource Network, and 2022 Bazelon Center Innovator of the Year Cherene Caraco.

Throughout the series, Cherene and CAFE TAC will introduce attendees to leaders with lived experience who have launched alternative ways to advance recovery, voice, and healing in their communities. Join us as we learn about innovative approaches, concepts, models and programs throughout the US and become inspired to perhaps launch your own!