Train the Trainers: Herd, Tribe, Team Virtual Training

February 6, 2021 @ 2:00PM — 6:00PM

Train the Trainers 2021 Series is to orient those in the Veteran service community to Equine Assisted Psychotherapy in the repair of Military Moral Injury©. 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.

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Please join us to learn how to repair MMI in the arena!

Ticket Details
Registration - Non-Veterans Workshop
30 tickets left! Available For 12 More Days!

February 6, 2021 2:00 PM to 6:00 PM EDT

Registration - Group (non-Veterans)
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Group rate for 3 staff from the same agency or facility.

Registration - Veterans who work at Veteran Service Agencies
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Please make a $20 donation.


These workshops are 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 in the arena. This is a follow-up to our Webinar on Equine Assisted Psychotherapy that was conducted on June 25th.

Anyone who did not participate in the introductory June 25th webinar can watch the recording here:

You are also encouraged to listen to the interview with Eva Usadi for the 2019 Healing with Horse Symposium:

Watching the recorded video is a pre-requisite to attending the virtual workshop. Once you have watched the video and registered, you will be sent a Zoom invitation to this training. The training will be on February 6, 2021 from 2:00 pm to 6:00 pm EDT, and attendance for all 4 hours is mandatory. This will be the same content we presented in August 2020. We are going to focus on why group psychotherapy with Military Veterans is CRUCIAL and why group cohesion is a fundamental aspect of group psychotherapy.

To demonstrate this we will be forming a group during the training. This is to give participants a real experience in what group cohesion is about, how groups are formed and go through the stages of group development together, and how people coming and going (joining late or in the middle, or leaving early) interferes with that process. It also recreates an experience of loss, and Veterans have lost enough.

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.

Those who attend the training will receive:

  • The full ppt of the presentation;
  • A Certificate of Completion;
  • A recording of the training.


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, a Sensorimotor Psychotherapist and as a Group Psychotherapist. She also 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, ES, ESMHL

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.

Instructors are Eagala Certified Military Service Providers.