The Operation Warrior Refuge Equine Assisted Psychotherapy program consists of four phases that can be combined or can be done separately to meet the needs of the Warrior. Not only do these programs helps Warriors to heal but they also help them to stay that way by creating a community of Warriors so they have an ongoing support system for as long as they choose to be a part of it.
Warriors attend a 3 day retreat consisting of; team building Equine Assisted Psychotherapy (EAP) exercises, learning techniques to manage symptoms, Comrade Campfires, and R&R. At the end of this program, Warriors can expect to feel refreshed and ready to begin the healing Process.
Consists of weekly group and individual EAP sessions. This is where the real work and healing begins. During this program Warriors are teamed up with horses a therapist an equine specialist to guide the session and help Warriors to process what they have learned. The horses guide the Warriors through the healing by mirroring what’s going on in the inside of a Warrior that he or she may have trouble recognizing or expressing. Warriors will have a better understanding of their internal wounds and have a metaphorical tool box full of tools to cope with them.
By using EAP Team Refuge works with the Warrior and his or her family. By bringing the family into the process the family heals together and begins to understand what each other is going through. This process allows them to get back to being a family again without PTSD symptoms getting in the way. Warriors and families can expect a closer bond that comes from being able to better understand and communicate with one another.
During this program Warriors lead the way and they choose how often to meet. Also, Warriors will have the option of becoming sponsors for incoming Warriors to the OWR program. This is where the community starts and a never ending bond and support system so many warriors are looking for is formed. The idea behind this is to bring the veteran community together from the time they get back from deployments, to the time they get out to make the transition easier.