A workshop that will address the particular needs of individuals suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), how it affects families and children, and demonstrate how equine assisted health and wellness programs can positively impact lives affected by this disorder is being sponsored by the Pike County Commissioners, Office of Emergency Management, and Veterans Affairs Office. The workshop will take place on October 15, from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at GAIT Therapeutic Riding Center, 314 Foster Hill Road, Milford, PA 18337.
This workshop is designed for inactive and active-duty veterans, law enforcement personnel, first responders and their immediate families who are living with, but not limited to, PTSD and/or trauma, fatigue and burnout, and depression and/or anxiety. The workshop will include a hands-on demonstration of the Equine Assisted Services available at GAIT TRC by Executive Director and Founder, Martha Dubensky and staff, in addition to food, entertainment, and a tour of the facility.
GAIT TRC is a local non-profit organization and Pennsylvania charitable organization, established in 1995, with the mission of improving the quality of life of children and adults with special needs through equine activities and therapies, resulting in a more independent life in society. GAIT provides a variety of programs in therapy, learning and horsemanship categories, including educational and professional development, therapeutic riding, and counseling services. All equine sessions are conducted by PATH Intl. Certified Instructors, Equine Specialists, licensed therapists, credentialed mental health professionals and trained volunteers, with specially trained horses selected for their temperament, soundness, and response to human emotions.
The Pike County Veterans Affairs Office along with the Department of Military and Veterans Affairs (DMVA) state outreach, will attend the workshop to provide local, state, and federal Veterans Affairs information to veterans and their dependents. Jesiah Schrader, the newly appointed Pike County Veterans Affairs Director, will discuss the newly implemented changes within the department. Appointments for filing claims and additional benefits may be scheduled during the workshop.
The Pike County Office of Emergency Management (OEM) along with the PA State Fire Commissioner will also attend the workshop. Tim Knapp, Director of the OEM said, “Our hope is to get emergency responders on board as an option for those suffering from PTSD and any other mental health problems. This is a big problem in the emergency services and could be a great way for them to get the help they need.”