Recovering from Mental Illness through Work and Community

Social Concerns Seminar


While it is estimated that one in four adults experience some form of mental illness in any given year, the reality is that only 40% of those seek treatment. For those with serious mental illness, finding on-going support is crucial to their recovery, but difficult to find. The Clubhouse is an organization that promotes the recovery of adults living with serious mental illness by providing them with a welcoming community, meaningful work, and supported employment. This seminar will examine the U.S. mental health care system and the Clubhouse model. Students will learn about these topics by reading relevant literature and meeting social workers, administrators, and people living with mental illness. In addition, students will actively participate in a week-long immersion experience by visiting the Carriage House in Ft. Wayne, Indiana, to observe and contribute to its daily operations and to meet members. This seminar is a one-credit hour course graded “Satisfactory” or “Unsatisfactory."

Immersion Dates: Fall Break

Size: up to 12

Seminar Fee: $300 charged to your student account upon completion of the seminar (please contact for inquiries regarding financial assistance)

Full seminar fee will be charged for all withdrawals after September 20.


  • As part of participation in a seminar, we seek to live intentionally and simply during the immersion. This may look different in each seminar and site. For example, some sites allow fewer showers, others may have simpler sleeping arrangements, meals will be healthy and simple, please be flexible. We ask that you take the opportunity to invest fully and embrace the change of pace and amenities.
  • You will receive more specific details from your site leader during preparation classes.
  • Most meals will be prepared by your team or in conjunction with your hosts at your site. Meals are provided throughout travel to and from your immersion location. You will have a limited budget for meals which will be enough to eat simply and be well nourished.
  • Site leaders will be liaison with community partner contacts.
  • Lodging varies depending on the site, please be flexible. You will likely be responsible for your own bedding. Please plan ahead for this as most seminar students will need to bring a sleeping bag.
  • You must participate in all class sessions and entire immersion in order to complete requirements for the course. Immersion implies over-night stays on site. If you miss any class for any reason you will be responsible for making the class up.
Application Process: 

Final Application Deadline: Thursday, August 24, 2017, 11:59 p.m.

  • Application process consists of two parts: (1) Completed application and (2) Possible interviews (you will be notified about interviews via email).
  • You cannot register for the seminar until you receive registration information from Seminars staff.
  • Notification of seminar placement will happen between August 28 and September 1, 2017.
  • If you are not selected for participation in your first choice of seminars, you will be given the opportunity to participate in another seminar if there is still availability.
  • No admittance into the seminar after the first seminar class.
  • By submitting the application, you confirm you are in good academic standing.
  • With questions about your application, email

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