Kasey Crown Makes a Difference
Kasey Crown, LEFT, with The Relational Center’s Ariel Yabek and founder and executive director Mark Fairfield.
I have lived in LA for three years, but it wasn’t until recently I found myself at home in this sprawling city. A little more than a year ago, in the process of completing a master’s degree in spiritual and counseling psychology and earning my license as a marriage and family therapist, I went in search of the ideal site in which to train. I wanted it to be a warm, inviting and holistic environment, knowing full well first-year trainees and interns typically work in sterile, undersupervised and overpopulated settings. Therefore, it was my incredible good fortune to land an interview with (and be offered a position by) Mark Fairfield, a noted social worker and the executive director and founder of The Relational Center, a nonprofit that provides socially responsible and holistic mental-health care to underserved minority communities in LA.
Immediately inspired, I accepted the opportunity to be a part of this community. Working at the Center has made me more acutely aware of my privileged position. As I consistently witness the suffering and limited resources available to so many, my compassion and sense of responsibility grow.
Supporting The Relational Center means supporting the underprivileged members of our community by helping them access their own creativity and inner resources so they may more effectively participate in their lives. It means supporting the expansion of culturally competent mental-health care and ensuring that trained professionals are provided with the highest quality of experiential education and supervision.
My investment in this community is beyond that of a training therapist and member of the board of directors. I have become part of The Relational Center family, where the sole mission is to reach out and help families in need. Visit relationalcenter.org
Fashion shoot: December 2013 issue of Los Angeles Confidential magazine.