Course Summary

Contemporary Mental Health, Social and Cultural Issues is a course designed to expose students interested in counseling, psychology, or social work to mental health and social justice concerns that currently pervade Guatemalan culture. These include, but are not limited to: the effects of 30 years of civil war; concerns of indigenous peoples; oppression within Central America, especially with regard to Guatemalans and native Mayans; the effects of poverty on mental health and wellness; women's issues, particularly around civil and reproductive rights; and the impact of the current political and cultural climate on the children of Guatemala.

Important Dates

Travel dates are May 12-23, 2014. Pre-departure dates will be announced.

Brief Itinerary

  • Spanish Classes as a Group
  • Elizabeth Bell Tour of Antigua
  • Common Hope Service Project
  • Pacaya Tour and Private Mayan Ceremony
  • ...and much more!

Contact Info

Jo Hittner


International Programs

Winona State University
Maxwell 105
PO Box 5838
Winona, Minnesota 55987
Phone: 507.457.5081
Fax: 507.457.5883