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On Care in Mental Health: Suffering, Healing, and the Human Condition is a Course

On Care in Mental Health: Suffering, Healing, and the Human Condition

Jul 13, 2023 - Oct 16, 2023

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Full course description

Friday, October 6, 2023 | 7:00-8:30PM (ET) | Hybrid Lecture


This event is free to the public and part of the Psychology and the Other 2023 Conference. Please use the promotional code KLEINMAN23 to register at no cost. 

This event is $25 for practitioners seeking CEs for this lecture. As per the credentialing bodies, we can only grant CEs for synchronous attendance of events (online or in-person). Please pay and register for the lecture so that we may keep track of your attendance. Your CE registration status may not be changed after the event.


In Fall 2023, Daedalus, the journal of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences, is publishing an issue on Mental Health edited by Dr. Kleinman that includes a paper he authored together with Caleb Gardner, MD on care and caregiving for mental distress and illness. This talk draws upon that paper and discusses evidence for reimagining domestic and global mental health care in light of major developments that demonstrate the limits of biological treatments, the extraordinary success of psychotherapy provided by community healthcare workers, the widespread dissatisfaction with diagnostic systems and mental healthcare policies and programs, and the rapid development of social technologies aimed at improving self-management of personal problems - all of which underline the importance of rethinking the entire field of mental health. This talk will participate in such a conversation and make the central point that health and mental health systems fail to privilege care and caregiving and are dominated instead by financial, bureaucratic and other structural forces that undermine healing and convert suffering from a fundamental aspect of the human condition to an algorithmic issue for technical manipulation.

The COVID pandemic demonstrated worldwide the importance of mental health. It also has been associated with a substantial diminution in stigma and a proliferation of voices of those who suffer from “an unquiet mind” and an equally unquiet social world. This presentation sets out a vision for making care and caregiving the centerpiece of health and mental health systems.

For more information on the Psychology and the Other 2023 Conference, visit the conference's website (hyperlinked).

Learning Objectives:

  1. Describe the elements of care and caregiving, including acknowledgement and affirmation, relationships, presence, endurance, the work of caregiving, caring for memories.
  2. Explain the barriers to providing high quality care in health and mental health care systems, including financial, bureaucratic, professional, and societal barriers.
  3. Explain the place of psychotherapy in mental health care as a model for care more broadly in health care systems.

Timeline and Requirements:

The lecture will take place on Friday, October 6, 2023. This lecture is presenter-led and is a hybrid experience. This will be conducted synchronously online and in person (location: Robsham Theater, Boston College) from 7:00-8:30PM (ET). 

CE Sponsorship: 

Participants must attend the lecture in full and complete the post event survey to be eligible to receive CEs.

The Danielsen Institute at Boston University is graciously sponsoring CEs for Psychologists. The Danielsen Institute is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The Danielsen Institute maintains responsibility for this program and its content. Participants will be eligible to receive 1.5 CE units from the Danielsen Institute at Boston University.

This program hsa been approved for 1.5 Social Work Continuing Education hours for relicensure, in accordance with 258 CMR. NASW-MA Chapter CE Approving Program, Authorization Number D92054-9.

The Lynch School of Education and Human Development is providing sponsorship for CEUs for Licensed Mental Health Counselors (LMHC). Participants will be eligible to receive 1.5 CE units. These credits are accepted by the Massachusetts Board of Registration for Licensed Mental Health Counselors (Category I contact hours in Content Area I).

This lecture does not offer CEs for other clinicians not listed above. 

Fees and Policies:

This event is free if you are NOT seeking CEs towards your license. If you plan on seeking CEs for this lecture, the cost is $25. Once you have registered for the class, your CE registration status is fixed and cannot be adjusted at a later time.  

Payment is due by credit card at registration. Registration closes October 6 at the time of the lecture. Refunds will be granted only up to the time of the lecture. 

We strive to host inclusive, accessible events that enable all individuals to engage fully. If you need to request an accommodation or ask a question about accessibility, please contact

Additional offerings from the Lynch School Professional & Continuing Education Office can be found on our website


Arthur Kleinman, MD is Rabb Professor of Anthropology, Harvard University and Professor of Global Health and Social Medicine and Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School. Kleinman is a leading figure in medical anthropology, cultural psychiatry, global health, social medicine, and medical humanities. His books include What Really Matters; Rethinking Psychiatry; The Illness Narratives; and The Soul of Care. He is the editor of an issue of Daedalus on Mental Health and also edited the first World Mental Health Report. Kleinman is a member of the National Academy of Medicine and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He recently was elected an Honorary Academician of Academic Sinica in Taiwan. Amongst his awards is the Franz Boas Award from the American Anthropological Association, a Guggenheim Fellowship, the Tanner Lectures, and an Honorary Doctorate from York University in Canada. Kleinman currently directs a project on Social Technology for Global Aging and Eldercare in China.