MENTAL HEALTH WITHOUT BORDERS
In the summer of 2019, we launched our first Community Activated Medicine (CAM) cohort in partnership. In addition to the internship placement, students join the CAM MasterClass, a one-year learning experience with our organization to learn about CAM and community resilience. HIR Wellness Institute is committed to supporting their paths as they lead in the next generation of counselors, advocates, and healers on the front line.
What is CAM? CAM was developed by our CEO & Founder Lea Denny. CAM is where healing ways and community activism intersect to create action-oriented wellness; it is where the people are the medicine. A cohort consists of interns from Clinical Mental Health Counseling, Social Work, Occupational Therapy, Nonprofit Management, and Public Health. We take an interdisciplinary trauma-informed healing approach to raise awareness and community action on the complex experiences of social injustice, historical and intergenerational trauma, and Persistent Toxic Systems & Environments (PTSE). A term coined by Ms. Denny to express the felt and inescapable barriers in relation to ones' environment.
What is a CAM cohort? This unique 'Mental Health Without Borders' opportunity is a bridge from academic learning to real-world experiences through a practice-based and community-centered approach outside of an office. The cohort is co-facilitated with instructors who are global thought leaders to share cultural teachings while infusing clinical and community mental health practices. Interns are provided opportunities to join our Indigenous community events, CAM events, and CAMPsites to better understand their needs and strengths and activate their teachings. In addition, interns have the opportunity to lead and engage in our Healing Dojo podcast. Our goal is to empower new counselors to advocate and embody a culturally responsive practice when serving in diverse communities.
What is a CAM intern? They are self-starters, ready to facilitate support groups, triage complex community needs, and foster healing relationships. They are stewards of community healing & resilience. CAM is all of us.