We offer three phases of clinically sound three-day programs hosted in the heart of rural Alberta, away from triggers and crowds.
Programs are free for participants.
We pay for the program, as well as flights, meals, accommodations, and childcare (in hardship situations) so participants can attend.
Thank you to our donors, sponsors.
We are proud to host our Phase one programs at Horse in Hand Ranch Ltd, home of the Central Alberta Equestrian Federation in Blackfalds, Alberta.
Bringing participants to a new environment and removing the stressors and demands of daily life allows them to focus on the program.
We want to set our participants up for optimal success, so we have intentionally designed an experience away from triggers, chaos, and crowds, so they can focus on themselves.
After Phase one, participants become a part of the alumni peer-support network, a growing group that supports the sustainability of lessons learned in treatment.
We reduce as many triggers as we can for Phase one and two. Then we intentionally reintroduce controlled triggers in Phase three, so we can help participants understand the nature of their injuries, and allow them to practice their self-mediation skills in a controlled setting.
Psychoeducation, group therapy, and experiential learning to teach awareness, communication and conflict resolution.
Horses are experts at reading body language and pick up on all the non-verbal cues we bring to an interaction.
Can Praxis uses familiar training methods to help Veterans and First Responders recover.
We aim to help participants regain hope, increase awareness of themselves, and improve their quality of life by reducing the prevalence of crisis and conflict and negative impacts of OSI on the sufferer and those around them.
We teach participants long-term strategies and skills to reduce and manage symptoms.
We continue to build a network of support by engaging participants in a shared experience, and providing them with a virtual network of comrades nation-wide. In addition, we connect participants with community supports (such as local OSI clinics and medical professionals).
Renewed interest in life, positive relationships and an improved ability to communicate. Recognize what is a crisis vs. conflict, when to press and release.
Symptom reduction, and increased resilience, ability to manage OSI effectively after the program.
Active membership in a network of continued peer-support. Increased awareness and acceptance of additional interventions, such as addictions counselling, where applicable.
Canadian Veterans and First Responders (serving or retired) diagnosed with an Operational Stress Injury (OSI), such as PTSD, and their chosen family member.
Looking for support, serious about recovery.
Our programs are offered on a first-come, first-served basis.
Contact us and express your interest. We take care of all the planning and logistics to get you here.
Our programs are offered at NO COST to participants, thanks to the support of our generous donors and sponsors.