Education

Community Mental Health utilizes holistic education.

Holistic education is a philosophy of education based on the premise that each person finds identity, meaning, and purpose in life through connections to the community, to the natural world, and to humanitarian values such as compassion and peace.

What this means…

Community Mental Health will present information under the “Education” heading to inform individuals on topics  that will be broad in range including, for example, information on business, employment, education, and physical health…not just mental/behavioral topics.

Purpose of Holistic Education

The purpose of holistic education is to prepare individuals to meet the challenges of living as well as academics. Holistic education believes it is important for individuals to learn:

  • About themselves.
  • About healthy relationships and pro-social behavior.
  • Social development.
  • Emotional development.
  • Resilience.
  • To see beauty, have awe, experience transcendence, and appreciate some sense of “truths.”

Before schools there were social groups which taught people about the great adventure of being human; its trials and tribulations, the challenges and the possibilities for human goodness.. These groups-extended families, communities or tribes-have disappeared or become compartmentalized in people’s lives being replaced by popular culture (the media, music) and schools that teach about what it means to be human. However, culture has it own agenda and schools were not designed to replace extended families, communities, and religions.

To read more about the purpose of holistic education, Community Mental Health encourages individuals to “do some research” of their own.  Please remember, when doing research to use reputable educational sites.  There are a few links under additional resources that provide “some” information.

What is holistic learning?
Holistic approaches to teaching and learning recognize the connectedness of mind, body and spirit. Educators utilizing the holistic approach  pay attention to the “whole” of the individual (physical, personal, social, emotional and spiritual wellbeing) as well as cognitive aspects of learning.
What is meant by the term holistic development?
Holistic development is a process of self-actualization and learning that combines an individual’s mental, physical, social, emotional and spiritual growth. The term can be used to describe forms of alternative education that are based on the more humanistic model/s.