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New Mental Health Focus

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Now with two licensed therapists, Movimiento is able to realize its long-held vision of integrating mental health services into its other outdoor, cultural exchange, leadership, and travel offerings.

Movimiento’s Integrated Mental Health program synthesizes outdoor-based learning and cultural exchange experiences with mental health. There are expensive, effective wilderness therapy programs to which parents can send their struggling youth for a month or longer, but there are few programs that offer youth ongoing experiences in nature and community combined with professional counseling and trauma recovery—all while integrating their outdoor, cultural exchange, and therapeutic experiences into their everyday home lives with the support of licensed therapists.

Participants come from Bay Area and Sierra Foothills communities and can engage in both individual and group experiences. During IMH “package” programs that offer a comprehensive curriculum that builds on itself throughout the 3-month or 5-month series, participants master wellness, leadership, mindfulness, and self-awareness skills through connection to nature. There is extensive research demonstrating the effectiveness of eco-therapy and wilderness therapy, as well as the therapeutic benefits of farming/gardening. We aim to work explicitly with this healing power of nature, synthesizing the benefits of time spent outdoors with the benefits of counseling, trauma recovery, and therapeutic work.