National Mental Health Service Provider

Couples Resiliency Program

The Wounded Warriors Couples Resiliency Program (CRP) has been developed to assist couples impacted by Post Traumatic and Operational Stress injuries to improve their relationship with their spouse/partner. The program is delivered Nationally.

ABOUT CRP

The Wounded Warriors Couples Resiliency Program (CRP) has been developed to assist couples impacted by Post Traumatic and Operational Stress injuries to improve their relationship with their spouse/partner.  The program utilizes well supported clinical practices in conjunction with equine assisted treatment interventions to provide a unique therapeutic experience and learn by doing approach.

CRP PROGRAM STRUCTURE

Four couples come together for a 4-day program offered at 3 locations across Canada (Alberta, Nova Scotia, and Ontario).  The couples are provided hotel accommodations to present the opportunity to leave the stressors of daily life and focus on the relationship.  The program takes place at a nearby Ranch offering a natural and tranquil environment to facilitate optimal therapeutic opportunities.  The couples participate in both group and individual couple’s sessions with the support of two clinical facilitators.  The following areas are covered:

  1. Equine Assisted Learning (nonriding horse activities)
  2. Post Traumatic and Occupational Stress signs and symptoms and the brain
  3. Conflict Resolution
  4. Improving Communication
  5. Balancing the transition in and out of service roles

The unique feature of this program is working with horses to provide an experiential learning opportunity.  Horses by nature respond quickly to their environment and people providing couples new insights about themselves and their relationship.  The areas of concentration are complimented through clinically supervised exercises and therapeutic conversation in conjunction with equine assisted learning opportunities.  The Equine component creates a unique blend of traditional and alternative clinical approaches to help increase self-awareness and understanding to improve the many challenges impacting the relationship.

Couples-Based Equine Therapy participants
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For more information, please contact: Steven Boychyn, CD boychyn@woundedwarriors.ca