We Fight is excited to have Megan Mertaugh-Graber speak at our next youth mental health summit on November 1st at the Northwestern Michigan College.
Here’s more about Meg in her own words:
I was born and raised in Traverse City, Michigan, on Anishinaabe land known as Northern Michigan to settler colonial people. I am an intuitive, empath and spiritual naturalist, and I identify as an antiracist, white, racialized, queer, pansexual, neurotypical person and adult surthriver of early childhood trauma.
Initiating my professional career as a multidisciplinary teaching artist, trained dancer and choreographer, I was called towards arts activism and social justice work. I am a Prison Creative Arts Project (PCAP) Associate Alumna, through which I facilitated theater and creative writing workshops in Detroit, MI prisons and inner city high schools.
I proceeded to create several large scale, place-based installations of movement theater, promoting individual and community advocacy, transformation, and liberation by bringing voice to and uncovering essential truths about individual, societal, and community experiences.
My relationships with animals, experiences in nature, as well as work in the arts and with children, fueled my path towards achieving my Master of Education with a focus in Youth Development Leadership, along with a Graduate Minor in Integrative Therapies and Healing Practices focused in Animal-Assisted Services.
In addition, I completed my Master of Social Work with a focus in Clinical Mental Health as well as Children and Families. At last, I achieved full licensure, and am licensed in the states of Michigan as a Licensed Master Social Worker, Clinical (LMSW), and a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker (LICSW) in Minnesota.
I have been working with children, adolescents, adults, caregivers, and teachers in day treatment, intermediate school districts, elementary school and university settings, as well as partial inpatient and residential settings in both urban and rural communities since 2013.
Now, I have returned to my community of origin, and am a mother, partner, community advocate, artist, and mental health therapist. I founded Care-O-Van, a mobile therapy platform housed in a renovated school bus turned play and expressive arts therapy office, to advance access to mental health services and the role of place and nature-based relationships, interconnectivity, creativity, art, and culture, within the contexts of experiential learning and healing clinical mental health services.
Registration is free but required for the Summit: goodworkslab.org/elevate