Training for professionals

Virtual and Live Trainings for Mental Health Professionals,

Veteran Service Providers and Veterans

TRR conducts professional trainings for Veteran and First Responder service providers, licensed mental health and medical professionals, equine professionals and yoga teachers. These Train the Trainers workshops are, in part, sponsored by our VA Adaptive Sports grant for equine therapy and yoga. Trainings are beig conducted virtually during the Covid-19 pandemic.

All in-person trainings are currently held at the site at which we conduct our Warrior Camp® programs. This provides our trainees an abbreviated encounter that mimics what the warriors experience during the week of Warrior Camp® 

During programs, all the modalities we use occur in the context of an integrated, community-based program. This is our approach to preventing suicide – by forming a tightly knit, cohesive unit of combat veterans, with a common goal of bringing each of them all the way home. Part of the community we form includes the clinical team and the support staff – alumni of programs who return to give back.

In our community we use the skills of attention and reflection – sharing experiences vs details which increases participants’ comfort levels. The things we focus on at Warrior Camp also guide the way we conduct our training workshops. Our philosophy is that warriors (and first responders) trauma happens to them in the context of a group, and so our workshops also focus on the following qualities that group work provides:

  • Building fellowship
  • Sharing common interests and goals
  • Developing camaraderie
  • Having a shared mission
  • Knowing people are there for you
  • Staying together

Yoga for Military Moral Injury© Repair

2022 Dates TBD

Are you having trouble engaging Military Veterans in your yoga classes? Or, do you have Veterans in class but are not sure whether they have PTSD or something else might be going on? Many Veterans are struggling with Military Moral Injury and not PTSD. Join us and we will show you how to see the difference, and what to do then. This workshop is a virtual experience due to Covid-19. We will teach how to engage military veterans and first responders – as a group – to address the challenges of service, and to repair relationships with family and community by focusing on Military Moral Injury repair on the mat. 

Herd, Tribe, Team

2022 Dates TBD 

Are you having trouble engaging Military Veterans and First Responders in therapy? Could this be because they train as units, squads and teams, and the idea of individual therapy is outside of their culture? Join us to learn how to move your therapy practice, agency work or equine program from an individual to a group approach. We will teach how to engage military veterans and first responders – as a group – to address the challenges of service, and to repair relationships with family and community.

Military Moral Injury© Repair and EMDR

2022 Dates TBD

This training will focus on the repair of Moral Injury in a Military population – what we are now calling Military Moral Injury©. This is to differentiate combat veterans’ Moral Injury from that of other groups that may be vulnerable to this response.

We will explain the difference between PTSD, Complex PTSD and Moral Injury from the perspective that Moral Injury is not part of PTSD and is therefore not a disorder. It is repairable, however. And the way that we repair Military Moral Injury during EMDR processing, requires an adjustment in the physical set up between client and therapist, the choice of BLS, and the assessment of negative cognitions.

James Vanreusel is the founder and CEO of Vanreusel Ventures, with 22 years of global financial experience. His background includes helping new companies grow and scale, creating a framework for financial success, and acting as a CFO for emerging organizations as they build a solid business foundation.

He began consulting in 2008, specializing in private equity and asset management, where he raised capital, built portfolios, and operated company models. From there, he transitioned to corporate investing. As a CFA Charterholder, he became CFO for SPBD, a microfinance network in the South Pacific. He used his global experience in finance to launch and operate multiple banks in Samoa, Tonga, Fiji, the Solomon Islands, and a holding company in Singapore. The company in Singapore saw 600% growth under his guidance.

In 2014 he founded his current business, Vanreusel Ventures, in San Francisco. At Vanreusel Ventures, he leads a team of CFO consultants and financial analysts who work with companies worldwide in profit and non-profit sectors. He manages alongside his team to help businesses through the initial stages of growth, where his strategies and support guide businesses towards success and eventual independence.

His strategy focuses on creating a framework that supports companies in their early years to go from $1 to $100 million in revenue. This process involves building scalable teams and systems that will grow along with the business. Many of his clients are global organizations where he can leverage his international experience to offer customized strategies that are also culturally relevant. Ultimately, he prepares businesses to take on their first full-time CFO.

Alex Betke is an attorney and registered lobbyist focusing his practice on Government Relations and Municipal Law, a unique combination of legal concentrations allowing him to meet clients’ needs at all levels of government and to provide innovative resolutions to a variety of legal challenges.

Alex enjoys considerable experience working with the Governor’s Office, the Legislature, state agencies, the Attorney General and the State Comptroller, along with New York’s federal government representatives. His clients range from major industry associations and fortune 500 companies to small businesses and not-for-profit organizations, with work encompassing all aspects of government relations, including legislation, procurement, appropriations and regulatory matters.

Previously, Alex was elected for eight years as the Town Supervisor of the Town of Coxsackie and served several terms as a councilman before holding that post. Based on his experience and exposure to the workings of local government, he established and grew a municipal practice, and continues to serve as general and special counsel to various municipalities.

Alex has been involved in New York State politics throughout his career, serving as an elected state committeeman for the New York State Democratic Party and working on several statewide campaigns. This experience, in addition to his professional work, contributes to and informs his approach to legal matters and increases his effectiveness in advancing client objectives.