Creating Our Mental Health

A Virtual Town Hall

Sunday, October 4, 2020 2:00-3:30pm Eastern

11:00am-12:30pm Pacific

See below for the recording of this webinar.

Note: CEs are not available for this webinar.

What is mental health? And what does creativity have to do with it? Two psychotherapists, Hugh Polk and Rachel Mickenberg, share the effectiveness of social therapy as a psychotherapy in which they and their clients together create emotional growth and health—regardless of psychiatric diagnosis or presenting problem. In this webinar, Hugh and Rachel will introduce the ABCs of social therapy and how it is practiced in ongoing weekly therapy and community workshops of diverse groupings of people. After that, four of their clients will join them to talk about their own adventures in creating their mental health and growing emotionally through social therapy. Webinar participants will be invited to take part in the conversation. Please join us!


Hugh Polk, MD is a psychiatrist and social therapist practicing in New York City. He has been practicing for 40 years, presenting and leading workshops in the US and around the world on social therapy, the non-diagnostic, developmental therapeutic approach developed by Fred Newman in the late 1960’s. Hugh is on the faculty of the East Side Institute, the international education and research center for social therapeutics. He is a contributor at Mad in America where he co-authors the blog with Ann Green, Psych NP, Talkin’ Therapy. He is a former medical director of a number of community mental health centers in NYC. Hugh completed his undergraduate studies at Harvard University, received his M.D. from Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine and did his psychiatric residency at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine.

Rachel Mickenberg, LCSW is a social therapist who is co-founder of the High School for Public Service in Brooklyn, NY where she created a mental health program open to all students. She is also in private practice where she leads groups with pre-teens, teens and adults. Rachel is a co-leader, with Dr. Polk, of the East Side Institute’s "Creating Our Mental Health" monthly series, a community conversation designed to explore our understanding of mental health and emotional distress.

Webinar Recording

Below is the recording of this webinar.