UMass Center Celebrates Women's History Month with a Book Signing

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Inspirational stories of courage and healing will take center stage during a book signing at the UMass Center at Springfield on Wednesday, March 23, 2016 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.  Authors Patricia P. Martin and Helene D. Houston will present readings and discussion from their book The Other Couch as part of Women’s History Month observance.

“We try to remove the stigma of mental illness and acknowledge that the wisest people are the ones that seek help,” said co-author Houston, M.S., APRN.  “We provide a caution about our digital age and the increased isolation of the individual and the danger that the sharing of wisdom through stories will become a lost art.”

The Other Couch: Discovering Women’s Wisdom in Therapy explores the lives of 36 spirited women who struggle and overcome their challenges with courage, resilience, and commitment.  Authors Martin and Houston focus on the wisdom patients bring to their therapists as they introduce women diagnosed with bi-polar disorder, depression, obsessive compulsive disorder, anxiety disorder, multiple personality disorder, chronic suicidal ideation, and substance abuse.  Each chapter conveys an important life lesson about the human condition and touches on situations including abusive relationships, addiction, and the death of loved ones.

The March 23rd event will include a book reading and signing by the authors, an opportunity for networking, and light refreshments.  This event celebrates the work of two local, female authors and is being held in conjunction with the Art for the Soul Gallery and UMass Center at Springfield in honor of Women’s History Month.

“We are celebrating Women’s History Month by promoting and hosting community events that empower women, girls and those concerned about this segment of our population,” said Jamina Scippio-McFadden, Director of Marketing & Community Relations.  “This particular book relates to physical and emotional health, to which several of our academic programs support as well.”  Scippio-McFadden highlighted the Center’s programs related to the broader healthcare field, specifically Nursing, the Addictions Counselor Education Program (ACEP), the recent addition of extensive training offered by Berkshire AHEC, and the developing Psychological and Brain Sciences @ Springfield research program.

Copies of “The Other Couch” will be available during the event and prior to the event at the Art for the Soul Gallery.  To RSVP for this free event, call 413-788-6277 or email  Walk-ins are welcome.  Light refreshments will be served.