Mental Health Rounds

Social Justice is a Mental Health Issue

Counseling Services facilitates this educational lunchtime series that focuses on social justice issues and how they interface with the healthcare professions. These events are open to students, faculty, and administrators, and lunch is provided.


Previous Mental Health Rounds

Needs Assessment: De-stigmatizing Addiction and Mental Health Disorders in the Medical Community

This workshop, led by student representatives from Addition Information Management Strategies (AIMS), was a collaboration between AIMS and Mental Health Services. It explored the prevalence of mental health symptoms and substance use as well as treatment seeking among CUIMC students. April 30, 2019.

Clinician Perspectives Panel on Mental Health Stigma

This workshop was a joint collaboration of Mailman's Office of Diversity, Culture, and Inclusion and Student Health Services - Mental Health Services. It sought to destigmatize mental health issues and treatment seeking in communities of color through conversation and discussion with providers of color. Mariel Buque, PhD candidate, Teachers College; Ashlee Davis, PhD, CUIMC Mental Health Services, Cindy Huang, PhD, Asst Prof Counseling Psychology, Teachers College; Matt Poon PsyD, CUIMC Mental Health Services. April 10, 2019.

Queer Marginalization: System Issues and Impact on Mental Health

This workshop was offered as part of this year's Columbia Commons, Day of Interprofessional Education. The third in our series Beyond Imposter Phenomenon, a joint collaboration of Mailman's Office of Diversity, Culture, and Inclusion and Student Health Services - Center for Student Wellness and MHS, this workshop addressed what type of interprofessional advocacy may be needed (in institutions of higher education as well as in the healthcare setting) to address the imposter phenomenon. Specifically, the workshop focused on advocacy through the lens of experiences that have impacted members of the LGBTQ community, with the hope that the advocacy tools discussed can also be applied to advocating for marginalized and underrepresented groups more broadly. Melina Sevlever, PhD and Thomas Vance, PhD of Columbia's Gender Identity Program and Ashlee Davis, PhD of Mental Health Services. April 2, 2019.

Columbia in Context: Then & Now

This workshop was dedicated to exploring the ways that Columbia's historical relationship to the institution of slavery informs present day experiences of marginalized communities on campus today. It was the second in our series Beyond Imposter Phenomenon, a joint collaboration of Mailman's Office of Diversity, Culture, and Inclusion and Student Health Services - Center for Student Wellness and MHS. Bob Fullilove, EdD, Professor of Sociomedical Sciences and Associate Dean of Community and Minority Affairs and Karl Jacoby, PhD, Professor of American History. February 28, 2019.

Why Capable People Suffer from Impostor Syndrome and How to Thrive in Spite of It

This workshop provided an overview of the phenomenon and ways to succeed despite it. Particular attention will be paid to the experience of imposter syndrome for individuals from marginalized groups. It was the first in our series Beyond Imposter Phenomenon, a joint collaboration of Mailman's Office of Diversity, Culture, and Inclusion and Student Health Services - Center for Student Wellness and MHS. Valerie Young, EdD . October 16, 2018.

Melissa Woods, Esq. on Discrimination in Healthcare Settings: What Healthcare Providers Can Do to Mitigate Bias and its Negative Effects

This workshop explored experiences of discrimination and harassment patients and providers may experience in healthcare settings. Melissa Woods is a lawyer who has spent the majority of her career actively engaged in litigation, advocacy and public education to reduce and eradicate discrimination and harassment in the workplace. She has worked at the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, the Civil Rights Bureau of the NYS Attorney General’s Office, and Meyer, Suozzi, English & Klein. Before starting her own consulting firm, Ms. Woods was the Deputy Commissioner and General Counsel at the New York City Commission on Human Rights. December 7, 2017.

Trauma, Race, Medicine: Engaging Young Men of Color as Patients in Healthcare Settings

Despite a high prevalence of trauma among young men of color, treatment seeking rates are low. This workshop focused on how providers can better intervene to lower barriers to care and provide culturally competent care. Michael Rowe, MA, Program Director of Healing Works. Healing Works, A Project of Common Justice, is national organization devoted to resolving trauma among young men of color who have been harmed by violence. October 18, 2017.

Best Practices of Care in the Now

In collaboration with Sexual Violence Response as part of Sexual Assault Awareness month, a discussion on the best practices of care when working with individuals impacted by sexual violence and other forms of trauma. Learn techniques to incorporate into your current or future work. Panel: Marcy Ferdschneider MD, Executive Director CUMC SHS; Marina Catallozzi, MD, MSCE, Assisant Professor Mailman School of Public Health; Cary Bosak LCSW, CUMC MHS. April 27, 2017.

Bystander Intervention: Mental Health and Suicidality

Join AIMS and MHS in exploring how we step in and effect change in our moment-to-moment lived experience. Joli M. Ienuso, MEd of Sexual Violence Response, CUMC. April 10, 2017.

Where Are We? Where Are We Going?: Examinations of Power and Movement

In collaboration with Sexual Violence Response, an experiential workshop exploring how we experience systems of violence and oppression, as individuals and communities, and how we can work to dismantle them. S. Leigh Thompson, Board President, Pedagogy and Theatre of the Oppressed, Inc. Dec 1, 2016.

Transgender Issues at the Interface with the Healthcare Professions: Supporting Trans and Gender Non-Conforming People in our Work

A workshop about best practices and cultural competence in treating trans and gender non-conforming patients. Oscar Dimant, MD candidate, NYU School of Medicine. September 22, 2016.

Transgender Issues at the Interface with Healthcare Providers

A workshop and conversation about the issues transgender patients encounter as they seek services within the healthcare system and the issues transgender students experience as they are trained within this system. Oscar Dimant, MD Candidate, NYU School of Medicine. May 12, 2016.

Systemic Discrimination and Microaggressions

In collaboration with Sexual Violence Response, an exploration of the ways that microaggressions create a climate that lends itself to sexual discrimination and violence. Kevin Nadal, PhD, MA, MS. Center for LGBTQ Studies at the Graduate Center at CUNY. April 12, 2016.

Exploring Intersectionality for CUIMC Students and Their Patients

An experiential workshop about intersectionality that addresses ways in which these issues impact patient assessment and evaluation. Mayowa Obasaju, PhD. Furman Counseling Center, Barnard College. March 10th, 2016.

Let’s Talk About Stress: Microaggressions, Realities and Strategies for CUIMC Students and Your Patients

A workshop exploring student and patient experiences of microaggressions at CUIMC and identifying change strategies. Sidney Hankerson, MD, MBA. Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons and the New York State Psychiatric Institute. November 17, 2015.