TORONTO – A program for Canadian veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is expanding its reach to the RCMP.
Can Praxis uses horses to help veterans recover from PTSD and operational stress injuries. Now it will conduct a similar equine assisted learning (EAL) program for RCMP members and their spouses.
Founders Steve Critchley, a 28-year veteran and mediator, and Jim Marland, a registered psychologist and EAL facilitator, work with small groups from a ranch in Alberta. During the three-day program, they help members with PTSD recover from traumatic experiences while repairing relationships with family members.
The program helps veterans, and now RCMP members, reconnect with family members, learn effective communication skills and manage conflict.
Can Praxis’ EAL facilitators interpret the reactions of the horses for the participants to increase their own self-awareness.
The lessons learned while working with the horses can then be applied to how the individual interacts with family members.
Re-entering civilian life and getting help with PTSD and other operational stress injuries can come with financial challenges. Critchley said it has always been important that the programs are free to attend; costs covered for the participants include everything form flight and hotels to meals and babysitting, if required.
Retired and active RCMP members who wish to attend can contact Can Praxis.
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