Training for Professionals
TRR has begun a series of professional trainings for Veteran and First Responder service providers as well as licensed mental health and medical professionals. These Train the Trainers workshops are, in part, sponsored by our VA Adaptive Sports grant for equine therapy and yoga. Trainings for equine professionals and for yoga teachers will be conducted this summer if it is safe to do so.
All trainings will be held at the site at which we conduct our Warrior Camp® programs. This provides our trainees an abbreviated encounter of what the warriors experience during the week of Warrior Camp® and the environment that we create for them to facilitate healing.
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 are also 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 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
Train the Trainer: Herd, Tribe, Team
Equine Assisted Psychotherapy workshop:
July 17-19, 2020
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. This workshop is a hands on experience with a herd of horses at liberty. 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.