COPE: COUPLES OVERCOMING PTSD EVERYDAY
Over the past decades and through much exposure to war-torn nations and traumatic events, Canadian Armed Forces personnel have been returning home with ever increasing incidences of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Post-Traumatic Moral Injury (PTMI), and Operational Stress Injuries (OSI). Veterans are all part of a family in one sense or another and to treat them in isolation is counter-intuitive. The Wounded Warriors Canada (WWC) COPE Program honours the importance of the health of the family relative to the path of healing for the injured Veteran.
Laura has been selected to work with Moving the Human Spirit, as part of the Senior Coaching Team, to implement Phase II of the WWC COPE Program – a six-month coaching initiative for Veterans and First Responders, along with their respective spouses/partners. The goal is to mitigate the effects of anxiety, anger, hyper-vigilance, shame, fear and maladaptive behaviours while enhancing personal resourcefulness – individually and as a couple.
“Neuroscience research shows that the only way we can change the way we feel is by becoming aware of our inner experience and learning to befriend what is going on inside ourselves.”
– Bessel A. van der Kolk