MOVE Community Conference

MOVE is our way of equipping and educating others about the topics we address at To Write Love on Her Arms: depression, addiction, self-injury, suicide, anxiety, eating disorders, and the role a trusted community plays in bringing hope to those who feel broken. In a one- or two-day workshop led by professional counselors, we explore what is behind these struggles, what drives them, what recovery looks like, and how we can make a difference. MOVE’s aim is to battle stigma and shame with honesty and compassion, and the hope is that attendees will leave encouraged, inspired, informed, and equipped with a framework to have a positive impact on their communities.

Bring MOVE to Your Community

We believe there is a real need for helpful, honest, compassionate, and informed conversations about mental health topics to take place on all levels—personal, local, cultural, and societal. After holding 19 conferences in cities across North America, our hope is for more communities to join us in starting the conversation in the place they call home. TWLOHA offers two options for organizers to bring the MOVE curriculum and conversation into your community.

MOVE Community Conference

The MOVE Community Conference takes place over the course of two days and offers the full MOVE curriculum. Licensed counselors help attendees examine the impact and interplay of brokenness, stigma, and shame on mental illness in today’s society. With brokenness as our framework, the conference is devoted to sessions discussing each of the following issues:

  • Addiction
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Self-Injury
  • Eating Disorders
  • Suicide and QPR Training

While we cannot say everything about these topics in such a short time, attendees will leave with a deeper understanding of each of the issues, including their causes and risk factors, current research, and options for treatment and recovery.

MOVE: Focus

MOVE: Focus is a one-day workshop on specific MOVE topics your community wants to explore. In this format, a community has the freedom and flexibility to select up to four (4) topics that our licensed counselors will lead your community through. Similar to our full MOVE Community Conference, MOVE: Focus explores the issues through the context of brokenness and helps attendees examine the impact and interplay of brokenness, stigma, and shame on mental illness in today’s society. MOVE: Focus is a great option for communities that are looking to tailor the MOVE experience to serve their community’s goals.

Who should attend MOVE?

MOVE is for people who are looking for a way to engage others in conversations about difficult topics that must be talked about. We believe this is the greatest step we can take in helping our communities move toward recovery and prevention. MOVE is intended for students, mentors, parents, neighbors, pastors, professionals, and everyone in between. Whether you’re an individual who is new to these topics entirely or a professional who has worked in a clinical setting for years, MOVE is an opportunity to advance the discussion of mental health in your area. Because these topics affect all ages, genders, races, and socio-economic groups, the conversation must occur across these lines as well. Whatever role you play in your community, family, school, church, or career, MOVE can better equip you to take this understanding into the various areas of your life.

Meet our MOVE team

Aaron Moore, MA, MA, LMHC

Aaron was born and raised in Florida and graduated from the University of Florida with a degree in psychology. He went on to obtain his Masters of Arts degrees in Counseling and Biblical Studies from Reformed Theological Seminary. Aaron currently works as a licensed mental health counselor and co-founded Solace Counseling in Orlando, FL with his wife, Michelle. He enjoys working with adults and teenagers walking through a wide range of struggles to find healing and recovery. Since becoming involved with TWLOHA in 2006, Aaron has worked closely with the organization as a speaker and advisor, and he also helps train and educate TWLOHA staff and interns.

Michelle Moore, MA, LMHC

Michelle is a Florida native who graduated from the University of Florida with a degree in Elementary Education. She went on to attend Reformed Theological Seminary, earning a Master of Arts in Counseling. Michelle co-founded Solace Counseling in downtown Orlando with her husband, Aaron. Her work as a therapist includes helping adults, couples, adolescents, and families struggling with a variety of issues. Michelle’s experience includes working in a residential facility for children and teens, as well as an in-patient hospital treating those with acute eating disorders and other psychiatric disorders.

Alison Gullion, MA, LPC, LMHC

Alison is a professional counselor in a private practice with offices based in the Pacific Northwest. After graduating from Reformed Theological Seminary in 2005 with a Master’s in Counseling Psychology, she moved back to her hometown of Portland, OR to pursue her professional passion: restoring balance to the mind, body, and spirit through collaborative healthcare. Her specialities include depression, bipolar, anxiety, self-injury, and PTSD. She carries a full-time private practice and speaks with audiences on the subjects of nutrition, mental health, and obesity. A long-time friend of Aaron and Michelle, Alison joined the MOVE team in 2011 due to her unique ability to speak into mental health struggles in an approachable and encouraging way.

Denny Kolsch, MA, RMHI

Denny Kolsch is a Florida native and graduated from Florida State University with a degree in Humanities and Philosophy. He received a Master’s in Mental Health Counseling from Asbury Theological Seminary in 2012. Denny has experience working with various issues in children, adolescents, and adults. Specific areas include anxiety, depression, addiction, relational issues, and early childhood disorders such as ADHD. He also has experience with career and vocational counseling, as well as spiritual issues in teenagers and adults. Denny previously worked with TWLOHA as the Director of the University Chapters program and continues to speak nationally and internationally at universities, high schools, and churches sharing his own story of addiction and recovery. Denny believes all people have the capacity to find healing and experience change, and that it is most often experienced when met with compassion, acceptance, and honesty.

Lindsay Kolsch, BA, MA – Support Staff

Lindsay Kolsch joined the TWLOHA team initially in 2009 as the Intern Program Director and Project Manager for IMAlive, a partnership with the Kristin Brooks Hope Center and operators of 1-800-SUICIDE. She received her Bachelors in Public Relations and Art History from Florida State University in 2009. She recently completed a Master’s in Art Administration from the Savannah College of Art and Design and has transitioned to overseeing TWLOHA’s programs including the MOVE programs. Lindsay is excited to help bring MOVE to communities across the country.

*MOVE Community Conferences may also feature other TWLOHA speakers, based on availability and size of the conference.