Ocean Therapy improves attitudes towards self identity for Youth

Ocean Therapy improves attitudes towards self identity for Youth

Last summer, 74 youth participated in a unique Ocean Therapy research study to better understand the benefits of participation in our unique program. In terms of the process of Ocean Therapy, we asked the youth to draw a picture of their experience of the day and we trained volunteers to code the drawings.

We found that youth expressed: experiencing Opportunities for Learning and Fun (95%); a positive attitude about their Self-Identify or Self-Concept (90%); feeling Safe (64%); experienced Social Support and Inclusion (62%).

These findings suggest that the Ocean Therapy program processes are operating in the manner in which they were intended and the goals are being achieved.

In addition to the drawings, we had participants complete a children’s Hope scale before and after participating in Ocean Therapy. Statistical analyses revealed a significant increase in mean Hope scores after participating in Ocean Therapy. These results suggest that Ocean Therapy positively affects children’s Hope.

Dr. Gregor Sarkisian is currently writing an academic article on the findings from this summer and we plan to publish it in the coming months. We will continue the same protocol for 2018 for the youth and will initiating some innovative research with various veterans groups as well.

We all know Ocean Therapy is effective and now we have proof! Stay tuned…

JMMF Past & Future

JMMF Past & Future

It’s an exciting time at the Jimmy Miller Memorial Foundation! From our humble beginnings as a community-based non-profit dedicated to honoring the life and spirit of Jimmy Miller, we’ve grown into an international leader in the alternative therapy world. Thanks to the vision and leadership of Dr. Carly Rogers and countless others, our Ocean Therapy Program is recognized around the world as the de facto protocol in surf therapy.

We started out in 2005 pioneering Ocean Therapy with children in the LA foster care system. Based on the amazing results, we extended our programming to help U.S. Marines in the Wounded Warrior Battalion-West at Camp Pendleton, which expanded to include veterans from all branches of the military, including women-only Veteran’s sessions. We now conduct close to 50 Ocean Therapy sessions annually touching thousands of lives in the process.

Based on our past success, our vision for the future is rather simple: We want to help as many people as possible experience the healing power of the ocean. To that extent, JMMF is embarking on a multi-phase expansion plan that includes:

  • New population groups including the addiction/recovery communities, mass public and terrorism victims (survivors)
  • Penetrating deeper into depression, anxiety and substance abuse programs with active duty military and veterans
  • Adding Southern California locations (northern LA County, Orange County, and San Diego), East Coast, the Pacific Rim and potentially other international beaches
  • Offering additional sports and activities in the alternative therapy realm

This expansion plan will require additional resources and leadership, and I’m grateful to accept the reins as the Chief Executive Officer of JMMF to lead us into the future. I’m even more excited about the amazing core team we have assembled to carry out our mission.

Nancy Miller

CO-FOUNDER

Kris Primacio

PROGRAM MANAGER

Kevin Sousa

CLINICAL DIRECTOR

Jodi Flicker

MARKETING

Gregor Sarkisian

DIRECTOR OF DATA & EVALUATION

Katie Shea

SPECIAL PROJECTS COORDINATOR

In addition to this amazing team, we have the JMMF Board of Directors, a dedicated group of individuals, some of whom have been with us since day one. We also plan to add new Board members. Additionally, we are creating an Advisory Board and a Healthcare Advisory Board to help further progress our vision to be a leading organization in alternative therapy.

We invite you to join us to contribute your time, talent and treasure as we heal others and ourselves, one wave at a time. Please contact me anytime to climb aboard on this exciting adventure!

Grateful for your past and future support,
Andy Dellenbach
CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER
E: andy@jimmymillerfoundation.org
M: 310-968-4259