Warrior Camp at Touchstone Farm
Touchstone Farm hosted the first Warrior Camp for active duty military and recent veterans in November 2013 and will be hosting additional camp sessions in 2014.
The camp is a week-long treatment program to allow these men and women to address the trauma of war in a safe, supportive environment.
Warrior Camp ® is a trademarked program of Trauma and Resiliency Resources, Inc. (TRR), a NYC-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. TRR is a local partner of the Real Warriors Campaign, an initiative of the DCOE (Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury). The mission of the Real Warriors Campaign is to promote the processes of building resilience, facilitating recovery and supporting reintegration of returning service members, veterans and their families.
Eva J. Usadi, MA, BCD, Founder and Director of Trauma and Resiliency Resources worked with Boo Martin, Executive Director of Touchstone Farm, to arrange the logistics of hosting the camp and the participation of the farm’s horses as partners in EAGALA-model Equine Assisted Psychotherapy, one of the three treatment modalities to be used at Warrior Camp.
What Happens at Warrior Camp?
The camp is designed to foster the development of a close-knit community within which healing can occur. Activities during the week include a healthy balance of trauma therapy, relaxation and leisure activities. The camp is free to all active duty military and recent veterans.
Treatments offered during Warrior Camp are EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing), Yoga, and Equine Assisted Psychotherapy (EAP). The clinical team consists of several EMDR clinicians, an equine-assisted psychotherapy team made up of two people (plus horses), and a yoga instructor.
All participants are screened by a clinician before camp to assess readiness for both group and individual treatment. Full participation in group activities, although voluntary, is encouraged as it fosters connection, community and support. Group activities consist of modified debriefings or meetings, team building activities (there are lots of these to choose from), equine assisted psychotherapy, yoga, and hikes or other sports.
Support from Near and Far
The pilot Warrior Camp is entirely funded by private donations. Additionally:
- Because Touchstone Farm is a PATH, Intl. Premier Accredited Center, the Wounded Warriors Project supports the equine component of the program.
- Purina has donated feed for all participating horses during the week of Warrior Camp.
Find Out More
Touchstone Farm and TRR are scheduling future Warrior Camp weeks at the farm. If you are interested in finding out more about Warrior Camp and about help for military service people dealing with trauma, or to make a donation, you can visit the Trauma and Resiliency Resources website. This website has excellent information as well as links to more helpful resources on the web.