Veterans as Volunteers
Volunteers are the lifeblood of many EAAT programs. Veterans are often amazing assets to volunteer programs, bringing diverse benefits to any center. Focusing on special considerations for volunteer veteran involvement in equine-assisted learning (EAL) and equine facilitated psychotherapy (EFP) sessions, EAAT professionals may be able to initiate a deeper connection to services and activities when veteran participants/clients have access to individuals who have gone through similar experiences. With thoughtful planning, partnering with veteran volunteers and veteran-veteran mentoring, programs may note increased congruency between staff and participants and the potential to help patients more efficiently graduate and continue to walk the path to recovery.
Michael (MJ) Higgins served in the United States Marine Corps as a cyber network systems chief with the infantry. He deployed with the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit and completed two tours in Afghanistan with the 2nd Marine Division. After being honorably discharged as a Sergeant, he entered the private sector to pursue a career in information technology.
This lecture will provide one continuing education credit (CE) toward PATH Intl. annual certification compliance.
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