August 22, 2020 @ 2:00PM — August 29, 2020 @ 6:00PM
Train the Trainers 2020 Series is to orient those in the veteran service community to Equine Assisted Psychotherapy in the repair of Military Moral Injury©. This is a 2-part training: Part I is on August 22 from 2-4 pm EDT Part II is on August 29, 2020 from 2-6 pm EDT People may sign up only for Part I but attendance at Part I is required to attend Part II. This virtual training will help those of you who might be having trouble engaging Military Veterans in equine therapy, or, who are not sure why they might refer Veterans to an equine therapy program. Some difficulties engaging veterans in treatment could be because they train as units, squads and teams, and the idea of individual therapy is outside of their culture. It might also be because they are struggling with Military Moral Injury© and not PTSD. Join us to learn how to move your therapy practice, agency work or equine program from an individual to a group approach.
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 are 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 as a functioning and productive member of society.
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.
Both instructors are Eagala Certified Military Service Providers