First Responders undergo intense training throughout their career to achieve maximum efficiency in protecting and serving their communities. In order to maintain this level of efficiency, it is crucial that the same emphasis and efforts are put into wellness and resiliency training. In debriefs and therapy, I have heard countless times that the first responder would rather deal with the incident itself than the aftermath because “no one trains you for this part.” Without this type of training, there are multiple consequences, including negative assumptions about self and your abilities to do the job, unhealthy coping skills, displacement of frustrations onto loved ones, medical issues, burnout, and more. With a better understanding of the psychological and physiological impact of the job, the first responder can utilize evidence-based tools to be equipped in effective management so that relationships, quality of life, and overall functioning can thrive.
With family ties to first responders, including my father and brother, I have a deep respect and appreciation for the countless sacrifices that are made in this line of work. I truly believe that a quality life does not have be one of those sacrifices. Reach out today to learn more about how I can support you, your family, and your department.
Serving Those Who Serve Us
An Equine Assisted
Wellness and Resiliency Program
Dedicated to First Responders
and Their Families
Just like first responders, horses have survival tactics. As prey animals, these tactics include an awareness and sensitivity to the arousal state of those around them. So if the first responder is in any way dysregulated in the moment, the horse will experience it. This manifestation of self in the horse, a form of rapid biofeedback, calls for immediate awareness. Recognizing these signs can assist the first responder to practice physiological and emotional regulation back to a more healthy state. The more this awareness is experienced and practiced with the horse, the more likely the first responder will be able to recognize these patterns and implement tools in other areas of his/her life.
The first responder’s ability to achieve maximum efficiency with minimal conscious effort while on shift has a great deal to do with the repetition of certain movements and skills; also known as muscle memory. The effectiveness of this approach also holds true for off-duty skills, including communication skills, emotional awareness, regulating impulses and angry outbursts, scheduling family time, and maintaining a more healthy lifestyle. Practicing these skills is crucial to achieve quality.
The OurWatch team consists of horses, equus coaches and myself. We strongly believe that learning is achieved by doing. Come out to the ranch today for a hands-on experience that allows for the awareness necessary for healthy changes.
Peer Support Training
This highly interactive 3 Day course will help develop the essential skills, standards, and procedures to establish a Peer Support Program for the department. The course will focus on program development, psychoeducation, and skills training; such as active listening, assessing, defusing, and addressing immediate needs of the department’s first responders and other personnel. The course will emphasize the understanding and identification of stress exposure, reframe thought patterns and explore coping behaviors in order to assist in managing stress responses and increase clarity in order to achieve and empower appropriate decision-making processes. Guest speakers will include: first responder panel, athletic trainers, physical therapists, registered dietician and local resources.
Call or email to find out more information regarding the upcoming Peer Support Training for your department. Check out the Upcoming Events Section on this website to register.
A Variety of trainings are available and are encouraged for both first responders and their spouses/loved ones so that, together, they can learn and work towards healthy patterns.
Contact us to learn more about various offered trainings.
"I have had the great honor to attend some trainings with Dr. T and all I can say is wow...Some of the best training I've ever been to in my 22 years of Law Enforcement."
Little Elm Police Officer