Can Praxis – What’s in a name?
Can; Canada, Can do attitude. Praxis; is the process by which a theory, lesson, or skill is enacted or practiced, embodied and/or realized.
Today, we recognize that individuals returning from a theatre of war sometimes need to attend to the impact of that duty, personally and on their families. This can include the need for them to recharge, reclaim and renew themselves.
This program uses horses and the staff’s extensive expertise in communication skills, conflict resolution and teambuilding to promote personal renewal and improved quality of life.
Coping with the impact of operational stress, dealing with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, re-adjusting to life in Canada or preparing for civilian life all warrant respectful, detailed attention.
We teach Veterans and their spouses/partners/family member how to learn and use effective communication techniques when dealing with the difficulties brought on with PTSD. The program provides real time “Take Away Communication Skills” helping families create a safe place for themselves to work through conflict and difficult situations.
Horses use communication, relationships and teamwork in the wild and domestic settings.
Horses use their instinctive understanding of body language to assess the potential threat posed by others. They understand our body language too. They respond to people and express their reactions through their body language.
We use walk-along exercises, with horses, to provide practical experiences of inter-personal communication, problem solving and teambuilding. These activities provide the framework through which participants assess and address their own needs.
Phase One: Skills learning with Equine Assisted Learning for Veterans and their spouse/partner/family member with the use of ground work with horses.
Phase Two: Veterans learn to work with and ride horses as well as care and health of their equine partners.
Phase Three: Veterans partake in a multi-day horse riding expedition confirming all skills and lessons learned in the previous phases providing a foundation for dealing with their PTSD and integrating effectively into social activities found outside of the military environment.