Norene Cashen

Therapist, Writer, MA, MSW

Location icon United States

I’m a therapist and writer with training in cognitive behavioral therapy and crisis intervention. My work is influenced by my studies in mindfulness meditation with my mentor, a Theravada Buddhist monk from Sri Lanka.

Prior to entering the mental health field, I was an arts journalist and non-profit leader.

I've been a featured contributor to:; The Collagist; Skillman Foundation Knowledge Center (Guest Blogger); Second Wave Media/Metromode Detroit (Guest Blogger); Teachers and Writers Magazine; C-Magazine (College for Creative Studies); Metro Times (Detroit); New Times (Kansas City); Orlando Weekly; Alternative Press; Orbit (Detroit); Rockrgrl Magazine; Baker's Biographical Dictionary of Musicians (Schirmer Books); Your Flesh Magazine; Times Herald/Gannett Newspapers (Port Huron); Jacket Magazine; The Rocket (Seattle); MusicHound Rock; The Essential Album Guide (Visible Ink Press); and the essay anthology, To Light a Fire (Wayne State University Press).

My poems have been published in Failbetter, The Collagist, Markszine, Detroit Stories (Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit), The Font, Exquisite Corpse, Detroit’s Metro Times, Temenos, Adanna, Dispatch Detroit, Abandon Automobile (Wayne State University Press), and Uncommon Core (Red Beard Press). My collection of poems, The Reverse Is Also True, was published by Doorjamb Press and later released as part of the Dzanc Books rEprint series.

My work in community mental health began at a crisis line. I was then promoted to therapist at a walk-in crisis center and later moved to utilization management and review, substance use disorder screenings and treatment referrals. This line of experience has given me a unique perspective on stages of crisis, from direct intervention to post-inpatient discharge planning.

I gained additional psychotherapy experience as a master-level intern at a shelter for homeless youth and as a home-based therapist. I've completed extensive training focused on trauma, suicide risk and suicide prevention, including ASIST: Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training; the QPR Institute Gatekeeper Training for Suicide Prevention; The Columbia-Suicide Severity Rating Scale (C-SSRS); and Seeking Safety, an evidence-based intervention for co-occurring PTSD and SUD.

After graduating with my Master of Social Work (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy) from Wayne State University, I went on to finish a master-level Addictions Certificate at the University of Michigan (Ann Arbor) School of Social Work. I then earned a Master's of Strategic Communication from Michigan State University.

My highest commitments are to advocate for social change and to collaborate with individuals who want to realize and build on their own resilience and strengths. I believe in the transformative power that lives within each of us.

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6 Ways Lady Gaga Inspires Healing from Trauma and Reclaiming the Self

From her stellar acting on the big screen to her status as a musical hit-maker, Lady Gaga embodies a spirit of daring authenticity and artistry. On stage at this year's Grammy Awards, she dazzled us in a sequined jumpsuit that shimmered like the night sky as she belted out "Shallow," the theme song from the movie A Star Is Born.

Metro Times
Acting Up

You may have seen him in recent television spots for the Michigan Economic Development Corporation, touting the Mitten State as a good place to start a business.

Metro Times
Poet in Flames

Stream-of-consciousness writing can easily flow toward the raising of consciousness. Poet and writer Michael Brownstein’s World on Fire is blazing proof of this.

Metromode Metro Detroit
Guest Blogger, Norene Cashen for Metromode Metro Detroit

I never planned to teach creative writing in Detroit Public Schools, and I couldn't have predicted how it would change my life. Because children are so dynamic and artless, they write poems with remarkable honesty and purity.

Wayne State University Press
To Light a Fire

Norene Cashen's essay appears in the anthology, To Light a Fire (Wayne State University Press).

National Endowment for the Arts
National Endowment for the Arts: MY ART STORY by NORENE CASHEN

Our mottos are "trust yourself" and "keep on writing." We stand up and raise our hands to the sky to reach for an idea. We make crazy word lists. We make wild metaphors. We turn into superheroes. We say, "My heart is a river, my heart is a moon, my heart is an airplane."

Metro Times
Stand-up Biography

Pablo Picasso said, "It takes a long time to become young." And Elaine Stritch proves him right.

Metro Times

click to flip through (3) artwhiteajpg Part Gorie-fied garage shamanism and part beglittered T-Rex/Zeppelin splatter, White Stripes is – in a word – primitive.

Metro Times
Thinking Outside the Flood

In 1966, poet, novelist, essayist and National Public Radio commentator Andrei Codrescu escaped Romania's communist regime.

Metro Times
Protecting the Question

New York-based poet Elaine Equi's newest collection, The Cloud of Knowable Things, bears a title that speaks of the gentle dichotomy that occurs over and over again in her poems: The thing that contains the knowable also obscures it.

Metro Times
Poems of My Classical Age

Detroit was the first American city Andrei Codrescu came to after he and his mother emigrated from Romania.

Metro Times
Postmodern Undone

Paul Auster is an artist with many talents. In addition to several volumes of poetry and 11 novels, the Brooklyn writer has also written screenplays for the indie films, Smoke, Blue in the Face and Lulu on the Bridge, which he also directed.

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