Train the Trainers: Herd, Tribe, Team

July 17, 2020 @ 2:00PM — July 19, 2020 @ 3:00PM

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.

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Friday and Saturday nights (includes breakfasts Sat/Sun).

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Veterans fees are covered by TRR's Adaptive Sports Grant.

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Veterans lodging is covered by TRR's VA Adaptive Sports Grant. Friday/Saturday nights includes breakfasts Saturday/Sunday.


Post deployment, many Military veterans have lost their herd. Either because they suffered disruption of unit cohesion due to combat losses, or because they returned to their home communities by themselves. Working with them in groups is a way to re-establish the connections that kept them alive in combat, without which many of them cannot survive reintegration into society.

Horses. A prime example of living in community. They live this way to assure not only their individual survival, but the survival of the herd. This is largely why partnering with horses in therapy has proven so effective. Their curiosity, compassion, nonjudgemental nature and reliance on group serve as an invitation to those who are suffering the loss of this connection, to be drawn in and re-establish contact.

We form groups with military veterans to repair lost connections. Well-conducted group therapy is a process of working through common challenges, with a common purpose. At war, veterans’ unit cohesion serves the common purpose of mission accomplishment. At home, learning to be part of a new group serves the common purpose of a different mission: living in family and contributing to society.


  1. Why it is important to work in group;
  2. How to establish unit cohesion (who should be in the unit/group and what is the purpose of the group);
  3. How to properly conduct group psychotherapy;
  4. Why our focus is on Moral Injury, as distinct from PTSD.


  • Military Veterans
  • Veterans Service Providers
  • Military and First Responder Chaplains
  • First Responders
  • First Responder Providers
  • Licensed Mental Health and Medical Professionals
  • Equine Professionals

VA Adaptive Sports Grant covers all veteran expenses.

All proceeds raised that are over and above the VA Grant will be dedicated to direct services for veterans.

TRR has been saving Military Veterans’ lives since 2013


Friday, July 17th - Warwick Conference Center

  • 2:00 - 2:45 pm - Registration and snacks
  • 2:45 - 3:15 pm - Introductions: TRR, Warrior Camp and attendees
  • 3:15 - 3:30 pm - Break
  • 3:30 - 5:00 pm - PTSD, Complex PTSD and Moral Injury
  • 5:00 - 5:15 pm - Break
  • 5:15 - 6:00 pm - The Importance of Group Work
  • Dinner on your own

Saturday, July 18th - Warwick Conference Center & Winslow Therapeutic Center

Warwick Conference Center

  • 8:15 - 9:00 am - Breakfast
  • 9:15 - 10:45 am - Why Horses
  • 10:45 - 11:00 am - Break
  • 11:00 - 12:30 pm - Why Horses and Warriors: Moral Injury Repair in the Arena
  • 12:30 - 1:15 pm - Lunch at the Warwick Conference Center

Winslow Therapeutic Center

  • 2:00 - 3:00 pm - Arena: Meeting the Herd
  • 3:00 - 3:10 pm - Break
  • 3:10 - 3:30 pm - Classroom: Group Process
  • 3:30 - 4:30 pm - Arena: What Brought You Here?
  • 4:30 - 5:30 pm - Classroom: Group Process
  • Dinner on your own

Sunday, July 19th - Warwick Conference Center & Winslow Therapeutic Center

Warwick Conference Center

  • 8:30 - 9:15 am - Breakfast
  • 9:15 - 9:45 am - Checkout of rooms

Winslow Therapeutic Center

  • 10:00 - 11:30 am - Arena: From Individual to Group
  • 11:30 - 12:30 pm - Classroom: Group Working Lunch
  • 12:30 - 2:00 pm - Arena: The Language of Group Therapy
  • 2:00 - 3:00 pm - Evaluations and Group Closing Process

This workshop is from Friday through Sunday, April 17-19 and everyone needs to attend the entire workshop. No exceptions. We are teaching group formation, and group membership is about accountability. Please arrange your travel so that you can attend until 3pm on Sunday.


Please plan on arriving no later than 2:00 pm on Friday, April 17th. When you enter the Warwick Conference Center grounds, you will drive up a long driveway towards the Conference Center. Look for the East House on your right (just after you pass the Chapel).

There will be someone at the front desk to direct you to our meeting room where you can sign in and those who are lodging will be given your room key.

We will be at Warwick Conference Center all-day on Friday and Saturday morning for lecture and discussion. Saturday afternoon and all-day Sunday will be spent at the horse arena a few miles away. It is necessary for all attendees to attend all three days of this Summit.


  • Personal toiletry items
  • Warm clothing: hats, gloves, jackets, fleeces, jacket pullover, long underwear. Lots of layers! It will be cold in the arena.
  • Closed firm toe shoes or boots, required in the arena.
  • A refillable water bottle and hot water mug for hot beverages.
  • There is Wifi.
  • Towels and linens will be provided.
  • Please don't wear offensive or political clothing.


Eva J. Usadi, MA, BCD

Eva Usadi is the Founder and Executive Director of Trauma and Resiliency Resources, and the Clinical Director of its award-winning Warrior Camp® program.

Ms. Usadi is Certified as an Equine Assisted Psychotherapist, an EMDR Therapist and Consultant, and a Sensorimotor Psychotherapist. She holds a Certificate in Traumatic Stress Studies from the Trauma Center in Boston, MA.

She is an approved provider for TRICARE, a Military Family Life Consultant, a POPPA clinician for NYPD, a contract therapist with the FDNY and a preferred provider for Doctors Without Borders.

In private practice in NYC, Ms. Usadi specializes in the assessment and treatment of PTSD, Complex PTSD and Moral Injury. She has presented at EAGALA, PATH, Intl., EMDRIA and many other national and international conferences as well as to Veteran Service Organizations in NYC and elsewhere. She is the daughter of a World War II Veteran.

Alejandra Lara, Equine Specialist Professional

Alejandra is a native from the mountains of Chile, and offers a lifetime of horse experience and twelve years facilitating growth in the equine based learning field in the USA. She is the founder of the Equine Assisted Learning program at National Ability Center in Park City Utah, and owner of Park City Horse Experience.

Alejandra is a certified Equine Specialist in Mental Health and Learning (ESMHL) and Therapeutic Riding Instructor (TRI) through the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International (PATH Intl.).She received the 2018 PATH Intl. Credentialed Professional of the Year award for her contribution to the Equine Assisted Learning and Equine Assisted Psychotherapy field.