Holistic Tending for Military, Veterans, and First Responders
Psychospiritual and Communal Support and Healing of Violent Trauma, Moral Injury and Stress
A Certificate Training Program with Edward Tick, PhD & John Becknell, PhD
Warriors move toward danger while others flee. We define warrior not as one who carries violence into danger zones, but as one who willing puts him or herself into the zone to preserve and protect the rest of us. Whether in the combat zone, inner city, or local fire department, veterans, police officers, firefighters and paramedics are society’s warriors. Their commitment to serve and sacrifice in war and emergencies brings them unique experiences, memories, wounds and hard-won wisdom.
Edward Tick, PhD and John Becknell, PhD have each been working with war veterans and first responders and for more than 40 years. This academic and experiential education program builds on their pioneering work in the military, veteran and first responder fields. It presents a holistic and communal approach to supporting warriors of all types. Designed for therapists, chaplains, clergy, organizational leaders, social workers and concerned laypeople as well as warriors themselves, the program takes participants beyond the causes, symptomology and treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder to a deep exploration of the challenges and opportunities of working with those who are called to serve, protect, rescue and defend amid war, crisis, danger, disaster and urgent need.
Many traditional societies have viewed the invisible wounds of the warrior as a sacred initiation that required special communal support, tending, healing and completion. These societies understood that there would be inevitable moral dimensions of the wound. The wounded warrior, when appropriately brought home, tended, supported and heard, is not a burden to society, but a needed gift, bringing the community valuable insight, restraint, guidance and understanding.
Using a lens anchored in mythology, depth and archetypal psychology, the humanities and cross-cultural warrior studies, this program will examine:
the mythic dimensions of war, warriorhood and heroic service;
the warrior calling and the social contract;
the archetypal meaning of “hero”;
the unique wounding of war, military service and first response;
the impact of trauma on soul, identity, social standing, sense of home, moral grounding and character;
differences and similarities in military service and first responder work and the societal separation felt by both groups;
the current state and success of treating psychological, emotional and spiritual trauma and its limitations;
moral injury and its healing; additional dimensions of spiritual wounding and tending;
reframing the warrior and hero identity within the context of today’s culture;
the elements of a genuine homecoming for warriors and heroes;
how to help veterans and first responders carry and find relief from their wounds and avenues for growth;
how to create communities of support and enlist civilian society in helping bear witness and carry the burdens of military service and first response.
The program is delivered in two four-day sessions and uses lecture, discussion and experiences. The first session will lay a foundation for this holistic and communal approach and the second session will include a hands-on practicum in applying this approach.
As a result of attending this program:
Participants will be able to list 3 or more ways that the pathological model of trauma is limiting or harmful.
Participants will be able to describe one or more examples of service or wounding as occurring through each of the above dimensions.
Participants will be able to formulate the experience of military and first responder service as an initiation experience, and as successful vs. incomplete or failed initiations.
Participants will be able to assess the stages of initiation in the presentation of military and first responder personnel.
Participants will be able to operationalize 4 or more ways in which the community can act to restore right relations with veterans and first responders.
Edward Tick, Ph.D. is a transformational healer, psychotherapist, writer, educator and poet. Co-Founder and Director of Soldier’s Heart (www.soldiersheart.net), he has been working with veterans and other survivors and developing holistic, spiritually and culturally based trauma healing for over forty years. Dr. Tick works internationally on the psycho-spiritual and cross-cultural healing of military, war and violent trauma and on holistic and spiritually-based healing. He has served as the U.S. military’s subject matter expert trainer on healing Post-traumatic Stress Disorder and Moral Injury for the Army, Air Force National Guard and Special Operations chaplain and behavioral health corps and wounded warrior programs. Dr. Tick is the author of six books including the groundbreaking and award-winning War and the Soul. His newest publications are Warrior’s Return and the audio set Restoring the Warrior’s Soul.
John Becknell, Ph.D. is a community psychologist and works with first responders, first responder agencies, and communities throughout the United States promoting a holistic approach to the psycho-spiritual impact of emergency work. John has been involved with emergency services for more than 40 years. As a paramedic for 18 years he worked in a variety of settings including the Middle East and Central America. He is the former editor-in-chief of the Journal of Emergency Medical Services and has published in numerous journals and magazines. He is the former board chairperson for Soldier’s Heart, Inc. and leads retreats for first responders, veterans and civilian society. His on-going work and research focuses on the unique and necessary relationship between communities and their first responders and veterans.
Pacifica Graduate Institute’s Ladera Lane Campus, 801 Ladera Lane, Santa Barbara, CA 93108
SCHOLARSHIPS Application deadline for scholarships ends April 1st. A limited number of partial and full scholarships are available. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
CONTINUING EDUCATION CREDIT:
This program meets qualifications for 60 hours of continuing education credit for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and/or LEPs (Provider #67021) as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences and 60 hours of continuing education credit for Psychologists through the California Psychological Association (PAC014).
Pacifica Graduate Institute is approved by the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists to sponsor continuing education for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and/or LEPs, and by the California Psychological Association to provide continuing professional education for psychologists. Pacifica Graduate Institute maintains responsibility for this program and its content. Full day attendance is required to receive a certificate.
For Registered Nurses through the California Board of Registered Nurses this conference meets qualifications of 60 hours of continuing education credit are available for RNs through the California Board of Registered Nurses (provider #CEP 7177).