Problem statement: Combat deployment among military service members presents numerous challenges including exposure to traumatic events (e.g., combat), moral injury (e.g., demoralization, crisis in meaning) substance use disorders and disruptions in adult attachment. Effective treatments exist, but barriers to care abound, including poor access, stigma and drop out. Treatments are needed that: 1) incorporate evidence based treatments, 2) address the array of adverse experiences related to combat and 3) have a high capacity to engage returning service members.
Program description: Trauma and Resiliency Resources, Inc.’s Warrior Camp® (WC) program is a 7-day intensive residential, clinical treatment program designed to address the effects of combat in military service members and veterans. It incorporates EMDR Therapy, EAGALA-model Equine Assisted Psychotherapy (EAP), Yoga and Narrative Writing in the context of community. TRR uses self-report and clinician ratings at pretest and posttest to assess PTSD, dissociative experiences, moral injury, adult attachment, depression and substance use. Importantly, TRR screens participants and includes a wide array of participants but places priority on those deemed most at risk. TRR’s Warrior Camp® is, at heart, a suicide prevention program and has a 100% survival rate post treatment: no known suicide attempts or completions.
Eva Usadi– Founder/Executive Director, Trauma and Resiliency Resources, Inc., New York, New York
Trauma and Resiliency Resources, Inc.
New York, New York
Eva Usadi, MA, BCD is Founder and Executive Director of Trauma and Resiliency Resources, and Clinical Director of its award-winning Warrior Camp® program, specifically designed to heal trauma and prevent suicide in a military veteran population. TRR’s Warrior Camp® has a 100% survival rate post programs, having lost no one to suicide. Ms. Usadi holds certifications in Equine Assisted Psychotherapy, EMDR Therapy, and as a 200-hour RYT Yoga Teacher. She has advanced training in Sensorimotor Psychotherapy and holds a Certificate in Traumatic Stress Studies from the Trauma Center in Boston, MA. In private practice in NYC, she specializes in the assessment and treatment of Complex PTSD (attachment/ developmental trauma), Combat Trauma, and Moral Injury. She is a contract therapist for FDNY since 2001, and a preferred provider for Doctors Without Borders. Ms. Usadi has taught courses and presented at numerous conferences in the United States, the United Kingdom and Europe. She is the daughter of a World War II Veteran and the mother of a First Responder.