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How Equine Assisted Health & Wellness Programs Can Help PTSD

The Pike County Commissioners, Office of Emergency Management, and Veterans Affairs Office are sponsoring 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. The workshop will take place on October 15, 2022 from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm 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 Gait 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 counselling services. All equine sessions are conducted by PATH Intl. Certified Instructors, Equine Specialists, licensed therapists, credential mental health professionals, and highly trained volunteers, with specially trained horses who have been carefully 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 be discussing 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 stated, “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.”

About Equine Assisted Programs and Services

Animal assisted therapy is endorsed by the American Psychological Association as a viable option and an alternate approach to therapy. Equine assisted services (EAS), endorsed by PATH Intl. and Horses & Humans Research Foundation, consists of incorporating the horse into every activity, therapy and riding experience. Working with horses has been proven to positively impact both physical and emotional aspects; including a reduction in stress, anxiety, depression, and negative behaviors, while improving emotional regulation and social interactions, as well as increasing confidence and self-esteem.

If you are interested in attending the workshop, you must RSVP by October 10th, 2022, by contacting Anne Raider at (917) 751-5841 or emailing Learn more about the programs and services offered at GAIT TRC by visiting its website