Otha Brown, LMSW, CAADC

Otha BrownMy social work practice includes work with men from a wide range of economic levels, lifestyles, diverse culture, ethnic, and racial groups. My goal is to give clients access to service that is respectful, clinically helpful towards recovery, and assists with discovering healthy relationships.

The roots of my current practice began at an agency that provided independent living for young adults. Project Transition (Montgomery County Pennsylvania) helped me to focus my graduate studies at the University of Pennsylvania on engagement, motivation, and to become less dependent on the use of medication.

As the Education Coordinator (employed by Hahnemann University School of Medicine) I developed programs for middle and high school students to improve their academic achievement and behavioral outcomes. As an Adjunct Faculty member at Hahnemann University, I taught a senior level course on drug treatment and prevention for Human Service and Nursing students at the School of Health Science and Humanities.

My under-graduate degree from Park College is in Management, and it prepared me for roles in coordinating, supervision, and managing activities with the Philadelphia Department of Health, Housing and Urban Development, and the Pennsylvania Medicaid Health Care Contractors. At the Hahnemann School of Medicine, I worked with senior level hospital administrators, City health officials, and policy makers on various projects to improve health outcomes for low-income families, and communities, the Philadelphia Asthma task force, and chairman of the Philadelphia Childhood Immunization Coalition. I also served as Executive Director of One Day at A Time, Inc.: a large drug abuse recovery community, and another three years in a similar position as Campus Director at Project Rehab in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Now at the Men’s Resource Center at Fountain Hill Center, I bring experience, training, and cultural competence to help men build healthier, sustainable relationships within their families and communities.

My practice continues to be informed by a growing understanding, behavioral health care for young adults, adolescents, child psychiatry, and education. I am foremost a clinician dedicated to helping families restore, create, and maintain healthy relationships

At the Men’s Resource Center, we encounter men who are viewed and socialized in ways that are not conducive to the growth and development of a positive self image or appreciation of the intrinsic value they bring to human relationships. In my practice I meet men and young boys in various circumstances and degrees of discomfort, suffering, and disappointment. In their disillusionment many consider themselves flawed, scared, weak or disgraced. It is my goal to engage and help them discover a perspective on health, recovery, growth, hope, trust, and stability. Within each session, a process emerges that changes the experience from crisis into growth and change. Men in crisis find stability as they increase understanding of a humane social expectation and a level of personal intimacy that is sustainable, and free of stereotypical ideology. This occurs with connection to our true needs, desires, and abilities and is underscored by the fulfillment of essential roles, relationships and expectations of living out a masculine identity.

Problems develop slowly and over time. They become woven into our understanding, values, even the meaning of life itself. Like culture, they hold us with the strength of all of our emotions and feelings towards ourselves and towards others.  When our view of ourselves and others become skewered or confused, our connections aren’t nourished. Developing connections in spite of stereotypes and stigma is critical for men of ethnic, racial, social and religious minority groups. These men need help ferrying beyond socio-cultural barriers to new horizons where they can experience true connection, healing, and growth.