Valhalla Project Niagara Summer/fall programming
June is PTSD awareness month.
Valhalla Project Niagara is pleased to announce the dates for the next three Learn to Live programs
The Valhalla Project Niagara is a non profit agency for veterans and first responders with PTSD.
Our flagship program is the Learn to Live program. This was originally a 5 day residential respite program. With the global covid pandemic we have also adapted the residential program to a virtual zoom platform consisting of 11 online sessions
The program generally has between 12 to 15 participants.
Residential programs run from Sunday to Friday. Participants come and stay with us for five days at the Cave Springs Camp in the Niagara region. All meals and accommodation are provided.
Our next planned residential cohorts are
our residential programs will run in full compliance with local bylaws, procedures, and best practices regarding covid/vaccinations.
The virtual /zoom sessions will be Monday's and Thursdays from approx 10am until 1pm EST. there are 11 sessions in the online program. we run the virtual session generally on a monthly basis or as needed.
The dates for the next virtual program are Mondays and Thursdays from 29 July-till 2 September
Both program utilizes the group setting and inherent support structure , to deliver the subject matter materials. Both versions present the same educational materials, all delivered by presenters who share the ptsd experience.
The programs cover topics such as support network management, suicide prevention, basic education, various coping skills , lifestyle management, medications, addictions, therapies available, including the therapist code of conduct. support network management teaches participants how to communicate in a stigma free way. it also encourages real-time checkins and identifying current state of arousal.
basic education teaches how to be aware of how ptsd manifests in the body and how it affects your ability to function. By knowing this we can take active steps to ensure the symptoms do not prevail.
the segment on medications explains the various pharmaceutical intended uses and side effects. further, cannabis is also explained, demystified , and destigmatized. participants are able to have a more learned conversation with their HCP
the subject of addictions is explained. the various programs and modes are explained 12 step vs harm reduction.
various coping skills are demonstrated throughout. participants can utilize and the new skills which seem to work for them into their routine.
On Wednesday evenings Valhalla hosts a PTSD support meeting. This is a weekly drop in and serves to normalize the ptsd experience and the surrounding turmoil.
Lifestyle changes are structured to ensure success. We encourage small consistent changes and habits to gain confidence in your ability to handle situations.
The residential program has segments on food preparation throughout the week. Further, fitness, including martial arts, is encouraged as well as morning yoga.
We have a variety of speakers on the above topics.
There is NO trauma processing during our sessions. This is NOT group therapy. This program is meant to go along with your current, in place, therapy. we are not replacing your therapist.
Participants in the cohort will also be exposed to various positive physical activities that they may find helpful. These activities can include, but are not limited to , yoga, equine exposure, goats, stained glass, archery, bees, music, arts, paddling boarding and martial arts.
Participants in our virtual program are invited out to local activity days when restriction allow.
The key goal of this program is to have the basic management tools in place to control PTSD and prevent suicide in our affected members.
The costs for this program have been covered by third party donations and there is no charge to attend. The only barrier to treatment is stigma.
Our programs instill hope and a practical, informed method to manage their ptsd on a daily basis. we are actively accepting referrals for upcoming intakes
criteria for acceptance
· diagnosed PTSD
· veteran or first responders
· current therapist consent
Wendy our residential program coordinator is at.
coordinator for the virtual program is Annalise at
our website is www.valhallaprojectniagara.org
ptsd in only dangerous when you are alone. we show you how not to be alone when your in distress.