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Let's Move Together.

The G.L.O.B.A.L. Therapists Program

Graduate students Learning hands-on techniques and communication skills by providing children therapeutic support guided by:

  • Openness to cross-cultural practices,

  • Bravery to encounter new experiences, and

  • Awareness of populations in diverse placements,

while building a Legacy for mental healthcare across the world.

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Global Therapists is a non-profit organization that serves as a vital connection between those seeking to learn and those in need. Our core belief in the transformative power of movement drives us to offer Dance/Movement Therapy to children in need worldwide.

What We Do

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Dance/Movement Therapy

Dance/Movement Therapy is an innovative therapeutic approach that integrates movement and creative expression to promote healing and well-being. This non-verbal and embodied form of therapy provides a unique avenue for self-expression, self-discovery, and personal growth. Dance/Movement Therapy has been shown to improve emotional regulation, enhance self-esteem, reduce stress, and foster overall mental and physical well-being, making it a powerful tool for healing. Visit ADTA.org for more information.

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Together, Let's Make An Impact

Global Therapists is making a significant impact on the lives of children and families around the world. We believe that everyone deserves access to quality mental health care, and our goal is to make that a reality. 

This initiative was created to bridge the gap between the mental health needs of children and the access to qualified therapeutic care. The goal is to place learners (Graduate Students) who have chosen the educational and career path to serve children in need with those families in clinics seeking care for their children at a professional level. 

The locations have been selected based on the clinic's request for care and collaboration. Upon entering a new location, the provider location is allowed to share culturally relevant materials, customs, and procedures with the selected graduate student. The graduate student receives supervision by a board-certified supervisor with best practices in mind -- cultural/diversity inclusion, observational hours, and clinic/supervisor feedback.

Global Therapists Guiding Principles

  • We observe and reflect on the conception and concerns of global placement

  • We support the feedback and communication styles prompted by the selected international placement

  • We aim to learn about different cultures

  • We aim to adapt practice to meet the needs of children from all backgrounds.

  • We aim to hold space for the unification of health

  • We aim to be an accompaniment to the child & clinic

  • We aim to celebrate and foster connection with the placement community

  • We aim to identify the universal patterns of the body, movement, and health 

  • We strive for cultural alignment and differentiation.

  • We aim to use observational skills and connected language

  • We are culturally grounded by movement and the mind/body connection

  • We aim to hold space for growth, harmony, and healing

Support for Intern

  • Reduce implicit bias

  • Reduce and prevent burnout

  • Increase engagement 

  • Cultivate presence & connection 

  • Support acculturation & homesickness

  • Foster open dialogue and ongoing learning

  • Collaboration with Graduate school & Local Clinic treatment teams

The Global Therapists Program involves supporting a cross-cultural relationship of mutual understanding, connection, and growth. To do this, the therapist must first step into a new environment with humility. They must listen, observe cultural practices, beliefs, and movement patterns, and wonder with openness for collaboration. This allows the therapist to develop compassion and openness for therapeutic alignment and overall mental health. It is a path through pathology, ease in disease, and a lens for challenges that arise.

 

Once the therapist has invested time and received cultural guidance, they can articulate mental health support from an embodied modality. This means placing words into action through movement. The interventions meet all social, economic, religious, ethnic, and literacy levels, as movement is our innate way of communicating. All experiences are felt in the body and expressed through movement. The supervisor (with clinic input/honor) guides the learner (graduate therapist) in a contemplative manner to express questions, create meaning, and build a space for presence and attunement. With weekly supervision, the clinic, child/client, intern, and family build a dynamic team that is carried across the environment and generalized/maintained in daily life.

 

Overall, the goal of the program is to bring clarity to the mental health crisis. From a place of abundance, we can perceive partnerships that promote health for children all over the world.

Get Involved

We are looking for collaboration across multiple areas. Select from the list below.

  • Graduate Students
    Choose which of our locations suits you best. Once decided, you can apply to the location through your institution. Allow your school time to approve your application. Once accepted, depending on the site, certain travel documentation requirements will need to be completed. Don't worry, we will assist you every step of the way. Based on your location, you will receive site-specific cultural training so that we can ensure all Global Therapists provide their clients with the highest quality of care. Once trained, you are ready to become a part of the Global Therapist community! An itinerary from our dedicated team will be sent, which will provide you with all the essential details for your upcoming journey. Under professional supervision, your time spent abroad will be transferable toward your required credited advanced training hours.
  • Investors
    We are seeking investors who share our vision and want to provide support to expand our reach and amplify our impact. Your investment will play a pivotal role in allowing us to extend quality mental health care to a wider audience in need, while simultaneously fostering cultural competence and diversity within the field. By supporting us, you will also contribute to the training of the next generation of mental health professionals and champion the importance of cultural competence and diversity in mental health care. We are grateful for any support and look forward to working with you to make a difference. Explore our website to learn more about our mission, values, and the various services we offer. Get familiar with our focus on dance/movement therapy and how we work with clients to promote mental health and well-being. Reach out to express your interest, ask any questions, and embark on the journey of becoming an investor in Global Therapists.
  • Universities and Supervisors
    Explore the website to learn more about our mission, values, and the various services we offer. Get familiar with our focus on dance/movement therapy and how we work with clients to promote mental health and well-being. Reach out to us: If you think your graduate program aligns with our mission and values, please get in touch with us! Be sure to let us know about your program and why you think it would be a good fit for a partnership with Global Therapists. Collaborate with us: Once we receive your inquiry, we'll be in touch to explore potential collaboration opportunities.
  • Clinical Sites
    Reach out to explore collaborative opportunities with Global Therapists. We welcome your inquiries, questions, and expressions of interest. Our dedicated team will be delighted to provide you with further information and support.

Our Story

Global Therapists was founded by Dr. Lori Baudino, a practicing clinician with over two decades of experience in mental health care. Dr. Baudino's passion for helping others led her to embark on a journey of practicum training abroad, where she worked to create healing opportunities for people in need of mental health care.

In order to gain the qualifications and placements she needed to make a meaningful impact, Dr. Baudino forged her own path, hiring her own supervisor and creating her own internship while fulfilling all the necessary requirements. Through this process, she realized the immense potential for global collaboration in mental health care and founded Global Therapists to connect universities and treatment centers across the globe and provide graduate students with the international placement, supervision, cultural training, and integrative therapeutic experiences they need to become qualified mental health professionals.

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