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Arts Leadership Book Club

January 2020 Book Club, Headcase: LGBTQ Writers and Artists on Mental Health and Wellness, edited by Stephanie Schroeder and ‚ÄéTeresa Theophano

Event Date & Time: Thursday, January 30, 2020, 6 – 8 pm, CAPS Resource Table 5:30 – 6:15 pm

Location: Stuart T. Rolfe Community Room, Admission & Alumni Building (ADAL), 12th & Marion, Seattle University

"Headcase is a groundbreaking collection of personal reflections and artistic representations illustrating  the intersection of mental wellness, illness, and LGBTQ identity, as well as the lasting impact of historical views equating queer and trans identity with mental illness. The pieces offer personal views from both providers and clients, often one and the same, about their experiences. In the anthology, readers will access the inner thoughts of an array of individuals, including: a therapist with dual status who also happens to be transgender and practicing in the Midwest; a lesbian writer and psychotherapist recounting her mother's experience with forced institutionalization, shock therapy, and "conversion therapy" in the 1950s; a queer illustrator presenting unique glyph illustrations that represent a panoply of identity-related questions and answers; an award-winning gay male writer discussing his struggle with depression publicly for the first time; and a trans activist of color writing about surviving madness in the inner city and how his community of mental health and social justice youth activists help each other thrive. Several contributors also document the difficulty of navigating flawed health care systems that limit affordable access to genuinely affirming, effective services. Cultural norms and barriers to accessibility have an enormous impact on the quality of care available to LGBTQ communities. Traversing boundaries of race and ethnic identity, age, gender identity, and socioeconomic status, Headcase should appeal to LGBTQ communities and, specifically, LGBTQ mental health consumers and their friends, families, and comrades."

-- Language from Oxford University Press


The Program in Arts Leadership presents Headcase: LGBTQ Writers & Artists on Mental Health and Wellness, edited by authors Stephanie Schroeder, JD, and Teresa Theophano, LMSW. The book club event will take place on the evening of Thursday, January 30, 2020, from 6 to 8 pm in ADAL.

The event will begin with an interactive, curated panel discussion with artist Dan Paz, artist Philippe Hyojung Kim, and Psychology Professor at Seattle University Kevin Krycka. The second part of the evening will include a guided, expressive arts reflection of the text open to all attendees -- all art supplies provided; no previous art experience necessary. 

Seattle University’s Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) will be on hand from 5:30 – 6:15 pm with a resource table at the event. Come early to learn more.

Coffee, tea and cookies provided. 

This January 2020 Arts Leadership Book Club event is curated by Roxy Hornbeck, Assistant Professor, Arts Leadership, Seattle University.

This Book Club event is co-sponsored by the Endowed Mission Fund.


Email Arts Leadership Graduate Assistant, Linnea Ingalls,, by Monday, January 27 to reserve your spot. 

Get a Copy

Lemieux Library has one (1) electronic copy and two (2) hard copies available for check out.

eBook: online access limited to SU patrons

Print: forthcoming

The Arts Leadership Department has five FREE (5) copies available. First come, first served. Contact Linnea Ingalls ( to request a copy.

The Seattle Public Library has a copy available at the Central Library and Capitol Hill Branch (check availability).

Purchase it through your favorite online or local seller. Average price is $23 for a hardcover. 

If you are not able to obtain a copy, please email Linnea Ingalls ( to obtain a scanned version of several key sections of the text.