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Belonging, Therapeutic Landscapes, and Networks
Implications for Mental Health Practice

ISBN 9781138636453
Published June 26, 2018 by Routledge
274 Pages

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Book Description

Why are certain places perceived to be therapeutic, to make people feel better about life, about themselves, and about their bodies? Could there be environmental, individual, societal, and attachment factors that come together in the healing process in both traditional and non-traditional landscapes? This observation is particularly important and has implications for the understanding of both healing and disruption in the lives of individuals. In Belonging, Therapeutic Landscapes, and Networks, Dr. Griffith examines factors that influence the intersection of health and place, one’s sense of belonging, and the constructing of therapeutic spaces that minimize psychosocial disruption in our daily lives.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Theorizing Belonging, Therapeutic Landscapes, and Networks

On Belonging

Therapeutic Landscapes and Networks

Clinical Implications

Chapter 2: The Home Landscape

Theorizing Home Landscapes

My Home Landscape

Home Landscapes, Money, and Racism

Home and the Arts

Home and Cuisine

Home and Music

Parent-Child Attachment in the Home-Space

Trauma and the Home Landscape

Clinical Implications

Chapter 3: The Work Landscape

Workplace Geography

Stress and the Workplace

Work Burnout

Rehabilitation and Dignity

Professional Group Membership

Clinical Implications

Chapter 4: Sacred Spaces

A Brief Historical Review

Early Years of the Barbados Group

Initiating Membership

Church Participation

Clinical Implications

Chapter 5: Travel and Migration

Theorizing Mobility and Home

Voluntary and involuntary Mobility

Leviticus and Voluntary Migration

The Nameless Woman

The Dehumanizing Effects of Migration

Traveling for Inquiry

The Problem of Self-Exile and Alienation

Clinical Implications

Chapter 6: Prisons and Forensic Psychiatric Hospitals

Geography of Prisons and Forensic Psychiatric Hospitals

Caring for Others in the Context of Security

The Exceptionalism of Solitary Confinement

Clinical Implications

Chapter 7: Leisure and Citizenship Groups

Leisure Activities

Citizenship Groups

Clinical Implications

Chapter 8: Conclusion


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Dr. Ezra Griffith, MD is Professor Emeritus of Psychiatry and African-American Studies at Yale University. In 2001, the Morehouse School of Medicine conferred on him its Doctor of Science degree, Honoris Causa. Dr. Griffith has published widely, with over 140 publications of academic articles, commentaries, and books. He has also carried out significant scholarship over the years in medical anthropology. In 2010, the American Psychiatric Association presented him its Isaac Ray Award for his distinguished achievements in forensic psychiatry. He delivered the Isaac Ray Lecture at the annual meeting of the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law. In March 2012, he was a visiting professor at the University of Florida, College of Medicine; and in September 2012, he was the Steinberg Visiting Professor of Psychiatry and the Law at the University of Rochester School of Medicine. He has been recently lecturing on medical ethics and on the organizational problems of diversity and inclusion.


"This marvelous book takes us to the beach, the cathedral, the kitchen, the street, all the while chatting about the ways in which these places shape and heal us. Ezra Griffith, the distinguished psychiatrist, is, in these pages, a best friend from childhood, a confidant and confider. You will love this book for its insights and enjoy it for its friendliness! A treasure!"

-Mindy Thompson Fullilove, MD, Hon AIA, Author of Urban Alchemy: Restoring Joy in America’s Sorted-Out Cities

"Belonging, Therapeutic Landscapes and Networks is an exceptional work on a subject not often deliberated in psychiatry. Dr. Griffith extensively discusses belonging in the major areas of our lives and illustrates how important it is through storytelling, case presentations and self-exploration. He is an outstanding writer who engages the reader and is a skilled and seasoned clinician who presents and examines the clinical implications."

-Billy E. Jones, MD, MS, Clinical Professor of Psychiatry New York University

"Dr. Griffith takes us through mental, physical, and spiritual landscapes with their architectures and inhabitants uprooted, alienated, seeking to belong, and sometimes achieving it. The stories he tells and interprets -- from people who are street homeless to those with mental illness in forensic hospitals to those not-belonging, riding undercurrents of race-ethnicity -- are unforgettable. The world just got larger, and it’s the same shape-shifting landscape we’ve always lived in."

 -Michael Rowe, PhD, Yale School of Medicine