History

Founded in 1989, the Attitudinal Healing Connection, Inc. (AHC) in West Oakland, CA, is a community-based 501(c)3 nonprofit and a member of the global network of Attitudinal Healing Centers.

Attitudinal Healing Connection (AHC) builds healthy communities by breaking the cycle of violence. We provide platforms for creative expression and communication for children, youth, adults and families. Through our educational programs, workshops, events and healing circles, we cultivate skills in personal development, community leadership and the arts. AHC promotes the understanding that we can choose peace over conflict and love over fear.

Our work is based on the principles of Attitudinal Healing, a non-traditional approach to mental health that develops resiliency by promoting self-awareness, mindfulness and compassion. Attitudinal Healing affirms that we are responsible for our thoughts and whatever feelings we experience. Attitudinal Healing encourages us to reexamine our relationships, bringing them into the present, by releasing past judgments and grievances. Attitudinal Healing is based on the belief that the purpose of all communication is for joining and not separation.

AWARDS

1993: Jampolsky Award for exemplary work in Attitudinal Healing conferred by the Fetzer Institute.
1998: Jampolsky Award for exemplary work in Attitudinal Healing: Ghana, West Africa. Project – Utilizing Attitudinal Healing concepts and the essence of sufficiency toward a sustainable future by the Network for International Network for Attitudinal Healing.
2000: Jampolsky Award of “Sustainable Excellence” to AHC.
2002: Jampolsky Award to the ArtEsteem program by the International Network for Attitudinal Healing.
2002: Sector Hero Award by the Bay Area Resource Center for Non-profit Support / the Oakland Citizens Committee for Urban Renewal.
2002: ArtEsteem – First place for the Educational film section by the Black Film Makers’ Hall of Fame 13th Annual Festival of Film and Video.
2002: Sector Hero Award.
2014: Jampolsky Award for the Good Neighbor Program.
2014: Community Partner Recognition Award for the ArtEsteem program.