Model 1: Trauma Resiliance and Rebuilding Workshops

The Sky Help Trauma Resilience and Rebuilding Workshop model is based on the Oklahoma City Bombing Critical Incident Workshop and is helpful for anyone who has been severely impacted by overwhelming trauma experienced in a large group context. These 4 day workshops are designed to bring together groups including: Returning Veterans, Emergency Responders and Personnel, Mental Health professionals, Chaplains and Volunteers in small peer group settings.  Upon completion, participants are better equipped to work through their experience and support others in recovery after the ravages of trauma.  The workshops are not psychotherapy, although they have definite therapeutic results. They are an expanded Critical Incident Stress debriefing with educational and experiential components including: stress resistance and resilience training, the nature of trauma, common reactions/symptoms, individual feelings and perspectives, unfinished business, suicide-potential & warning signs, and establishing ongoing Peer/Family Support.  Participants are also offered optional therapeutic massage, and an individual session with a licensed trauma specialist.

Model 2: Compassion Fatigue Weekends

Professions in this category include, but are not limited to chaplains, social workers, nurses, first responders, EMTs, police officers, counselors, volunteers and family members. This 2-night/ 3-day workshop is designed to serve 6 – 12 participants.  It is held in a seaside home/bed & breakfast called The Oaks in New Rochelle, NY.  Other similar locations are available.  The workshop is designed to provide group education and experiential group support.  Breathing and relaxation techniques are taught throughout the workshop and included in each individual’s personal workbook.  Optional massage therapy and a consultation with an individual trauma specialist are also available.  Throughout the workshop, participants individually and as a group examine how their role as caretaker has applied and evolved throughout their lives. Participants are encouraged to design new personal contracts that include self-care and realistic self-expectations.  The small group dynamic is used to foster supportive peer relationships.  These relationships and the group remain intact/in touch after the workshop via an optional phone tree and a special “members only” bulletin board section of the website.