Melwood's Operation: Tohidu program is a series of retreats designed to assist veterans and active duty military who are dealing with post-traumatic stress, mild to moderate traumatic brain injury and other deployment related traumas overcome obstacles to recovery and successful reintegration.
Each Cycle is based on a 7-day retreat format with 98-hours of intensive programming, serving between 20-24 guests, including male and female veterans representing all branches of service. Collectively, participants have served in many conflicts and theaters of combat ranging from Vietnam to today’s Global War on Terror.
Each Cycle is designed around eight pillars (principles) of action designed to enable participants to gain, or begin to gain, mastery of their post-deployment situation through education, exercise, experiential learning, peer support, group intervention, spiritual experiences and other non-medical and non-pharmacologic therapies and interventions.
“Tohidu” is a Cherokee word meaning peace of mind, body, and spirit. Operation: Tohidu's experiential rehabilitation program focuses on confidence-building, outdoor activities, and group discussion in a relaxed, positive environment using proven techniques for the self-management of symptoms, stressors, and responses. Our highly trained staff of credentialed professionals and certified recreational specialists strategically implements activities that highlight individual abilities, leading to an overall improvement in quality of life. By many accounts, it is one of the most intensive programs for veterans and active duty personnel with PTSD that is currently available in the eastern United States.
Once your registration application is completed and submitted, Operation: Tohidu’s Clinical Director and Senior Mentor team will review your information and respond directly to you by phone. Typically this occurs within 48 hours of registration. The purpose of this contact will be to learn more about your personal situation. Since participation in Operation: Tohidu is completely voluntary, we wish to ensure that your time at Operation: Tohidu will be productive and useful in helping you achieve your personal goals.