Re-Boot Camp®

Re-Boot Camp®

Re-Boot Camp® is a program produced by Idaho Horse Therapy. The program is an exciting new treatment opportunity for veterans suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. The camp takes place in beautiful Fairfield, Idaho at the base of Soldier Mountain. Lodging, food and snacks are provided for the veterans during their week-long intensive treatment program, using proven and evidenced-based methods. This service is provided AT NO COST TO THEM and is completely supported by your donations.

We have created a separate website dedicated to this great program. Learn more about our Re-Boot Camp®, watch video testimonials and interviews with staff at:

www.idahorebootcamp.com

Our plan of action to help solve this national crisis that is costing the lives of 22 veterans per day is below:

The Mission:
To improve the lives of veterans and their families by providing them with new skills and proven treatments to address post-traumatic and re-entry stress—at no cost to veterans or their families.

The Model:
One-week intensive therapeutic retreats here forward to be referred to as Re-Boot Camps or, in short-form, simply camps.  At these camps, participants (groups of 12-15) live on-site, establish camaraderie, eat meals together and receive as much as 6 hours of therapy per day of various modalities, some group and some individual.  The modalities are detailed below.

The Modalities: Explanations, Affiliated Organizations, and Supporting Research

Brainwave Optimization, Brain State Technologies– A non-invasive, computer-guided method during which impaired brainwave activity is identified and then restored to its optimal ability.    Over the course of the week, each participant will have 7 90-minute individual sessions.

“Since 2011, the innovative approach developed by Brain State Technologies has been evaluated in research studies at Wake Forest School of Medicine, related to a variety of specific health objectives. This research has been supported by independent (non-commercial) sources, totaling over $2.5 million dollars, including grants from the Susanne Marcus Collins Foundation, Inc., the United States Department of Defense Special Operations Command and the United States Army Research Office.  Further information on this research is available at www.wakehealth.edu/hirrem.

This research has resulted in peer-reviewed presentations accepted at 14 major academic and scientific conferences since 2012, and five published full-length manuscripts.”

www.brainstatetech.com

Community Resiliency Model (CRM), Trauma Resource Institute, TRI-An educational model for participants, and their support persons to contribute to better understanding of the brain in trauma and methods to return the brain to a resilient state.  Participants each get 5 60-minute group training sessions in CRM.  On the camp’s “Graduation Day” (final day) family/support persons are encouraged to attend a 90-minute summary training to pass some of the knowledge/skills along to them.

“The Community Resource Model provides a biological perspective that reduces stigma with regards to symptoms and creates a new paradigm by teaching a set of Wellness skills that helps individuals and communities.  The two fundamental goals of the Community Resiliency Model are to help adults learn to track their own nervous system to bring the body, mind and spirit back into greater balance, and to encourage people to pass the skills to family, friends and their wider community.”
–Elaine Miller Karas, LCSW , Peggy Rowe Ward PHD:  TRI

Detailed research information on CRM:  http://traumaresourceinstitute.com/research1-2/

Equine Assisted Psychotherapy (EAP), Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Association, EAGALA- EAP incorporates horses experientially for emotional growth and learning.  It is a collaborative effort between a licensed therapist (Mental Health Expert, or “MHE”) and an equine specialist (ES) working with the clients and horses to address treatment goals.  This is a non-mounting model, and, at Re-Boot Camps, is used primarily to facilitate processing.  IHT attained additional certification from EAGALA as a Military Services Provider.  Participants will each have 5 60-90 minute small-group sessions, and Graduation Day will include a “Family Session” for participants with their support persons.

Detailed research information on EAP:  http://www.eagala.org/Research

Equine Assisted Activities and Therapies (EAAT), Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship, PATH- Therapeutic riding, and a number of therapeutic equine-related activities including hippotherapy, driving, interactive vaulting, competition, ground work, and stable management.  Participants will each have 5 60-90 minute small-group sessions.

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), EMDR Institute- A psychotherapy that alleviates the symptoms of PTSD. EMDR is for those who have experienced severe trauma that remains unresolved.  Traumatic or distressing experiences may overwhelm normal cognitive and neurological coping mechanisms. The memory and associated stimuli are not adequately processed, and are stored in an isolated memory network.  The goal of EMDR therapy is to process these distressing memories.  This reduces their lingering effects and allows clients to develop more adaptive coping mechanisms.  Participants each have the opportunity to have as many as 7 60-90 minute individual sessions over the course of the week.

EMDR™ methodology, a treatment approach which has been empirically validated in over 24 randomized studies of trauma victims. An additional 24 studies have demonstrated positive effects for the eye movement component used in EMDR therapy.
–EMDR Institute

Detailed research information on EMDR:  http://www.emdr.com/research-overview/

Tai Chi/Qigong/Yoga/Integrated Breathing and Movement (IBAM)- Throughout the Camps, mindfulness, breathing techniques, and meditation are encouraged in a variety of forms.  Each of these techniques are graceful forms of exercise, involving a series of movements performed in a slow, focused manner and accompanied by deep breathing (Mayo Clinic).

Detailed research information is available from multiple sources.  www.psychologytoday.com has several articles on the benefits of yoga, tai chi, and similar practices.  Participants will do 2 60-minute group classes per day for a total of 12 hours of exercise/breathing therapy.

The Method: How can we have national reach?
Idaho Horse Therapy, Inc. is a proud member of the R4 Alliance (www.r4alliance.org), which monitors the integrity of non-profits that serve veterans and their families.  This means we have like-minded affiliates in all 50 states who are willing and able to partner with us to host a Re-Boot Camp within reasonable distance of veterans anywhere in the US.  Further, our affiliations with national associations such as the EMDR Institute, the Trauma Resource Institute, and EAGALA help to ensure that we will be able to find exceptional providers in every region.

The Bottom Line: What is the cost of hosting a Re-Boot Camp?
Our research indicates that Re-Boot Camps can be done anywhere in the United States at an average cost of $5,000/participant.  For that amount, participants get 44 hours of therapy in various forms.  If this were all that the money went toward, this would be $113.64/hour of therapy—well within the range of average for hourly client cost of therapy in the US; however, this cost also pays their housing and meals for the week.

The Results:
No participant in our Re-Boot Camps has ever reported less than a 40% improvement in their psychological well-being from before the camp to after, and the average improvement was 70%.  Long-term sustainability of this improvement is focused in two aspects:  the lessons learned in the CRM training which they and their support persons take with them after the camp, and in partnering each participant with a non-profit near them through our network in the R4 Alliance.

Contact Us Today!

838 West 520 North
Shoshone, ID 83352

Phone:(208) 280-0576
Email johnny@idahohorsetherapy.com