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Yoga gains support as a value-added treatment

Yoga gains support as a value-added treatment

Thanks to new research findings, yoga — one of many complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) practices offered at VA — continues to gain support as a value-added treatment option for Veterans.

Veterans Health Administration (VHA) clinicians and staff now have access to even more information on yoga and its effect on certain conditions—including low back pain and some types of mental illness—thanks to a process known as evidence mapping. This high-level methodology evaluates published literature and seeks to describe the depth and breadth of a body of knowledge.

An integrated team comprised of members of VHA’s Office of Patient Centered Care (OPCC&CT), in conjunction with the VA Health Services Research and Development (HSR&D) division’s Evidence-Based Synthesis Program (ESP), recently presented its evidence map findings on Yoga for High Impact Conditions Affecting Veterans…

Find out more at the Official Blog of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs »

HWP Healing Touch Internship

HWP Healing Touch Internship

The purpose of the Healing Warriors Program Healing Touch Internship is to provide an opportunity for our service members to receive the 6-treatment series Post Traumatic Stress protocol as defined in the Scripps/Camp Pendleton study and currently being piloted at the Oklahoma City VA.

This program will also enable Healing Touch apprentices to gain valuable experience in working with our Service Member community and the challenges they face with PTS, while receiving support for fulfillment of certification requirements.

Internships are open to:
• Healing Touch apprentices who have successfully completed Level 4
• Have completed 50 out of the 100 required sessions for Certification
• Are working with a qualified Mentor
• Have Personal Liability insurance
• Letter of Recommendation from their Mentor
• Will uphold HT protocol standards and demonstrate professional demeanor and comportment
• Must be able to demonstrate proficiency in Chakra Connection, Mind Clearing and Chakra Spread techniques without looking at reference materials

Interns are expected to commit to a 3 month relationship with HWP consisting of approximately 16 hours a month at the Healing Warriors Program clinic in Fort Collins, Colorado. Interns will report to the Healing Warriors Program, Director of Healing Touch, Jackie Cooper, who will provide oversight and support. Jackie is an HTCP, and has completed the Mentor training program.

Please contact: Jackie Cooper at 970-776-VETS (8387) for more information.120913-Z-WA217-104

Interns will provide Healing Touch sessions to Healing Warriors Program veteran clients.
Practitioners will utilize specific HT techniques in accordance with the Healing Touch with Guided Imagery for PTSD in Returning Active Duty Military; A Randomized Controlled Trial

  • Chakra Connection (involving techniques used along the body, intended to stimulate movement of vital energy through the body)
  • Mind Clearing (techniques performed on the head, intended to stimulate mental relaxation), and
  • Chakra Spread intended to promote deep healing for emotional and/or physical pain.

Participants will receive Healing Touch twice a week for 3 weeks.

Each session will be of 1 hour’s duration and consists of the participant lying fully clothed on a massage table while the practitioner provides HT.

Reference 1016 MILITARY MEDICINE, Vol. 177, September 2012 HT+GI for PTSD in Returning Military

Veteran Photography Project

Veteran Photography Project

Veteran clients of Healing Warriors Program have the unique opportunity to participate in a Photography 8-week workshop program at no charge.

Beginning Saturday, March 21, 2015
8-week workshop
1pm – 3pm

Learn 2D design and elements of design, such as: contrast, texture, line, balance, perspective, light, landscape, portraiture and body.

Each workshop member will complete in a portfolio, have their best shots mounted and participate in gallery and event exhibits of their work, including the Castaway and Cabanas Island Soiree at the Island at Water Valley on July 5th.

Participation Criteria
Participants should have email, access to the internet, a camera/phone or digital camera, and a willingness to laugh, learn and end up with a spectacular portfolio of their work! If needed, equipment can be loaned.

This workshop and exhibit are made possible by a Change Leader Community Grant from Colorado Creative Industries CCI. Register by Calling Healing Warriors Program at 970-776-VETS (8387).

For more information, contact 970-988-6990 or email Kathy at kwebb@resiliencey.org.

Healing Warriors Program and VFW Post 1 Present Service Day

Healing Warriors Program and VFW Post 1 Present Service Day

Acupuncture, CranioSacral therapy, Healing Touch and Massage Therapists are donating their services in gratitude to our men and women who have served in our military. We will provide free 30-minute sessions to service members and their immediate family members. Therapies offered are especially targeted for pain, Post-Traumatic Stress, sleep disorders, and more. For more information and to schedule, please call 970-776-VETS.

Who: Service Members and their families
Date: Saturday, 3/14/15
Time: 9:00am – 4:00pm
*Call to setup your time in advance by calling 970-776-VETS (8387), of first-come, first-served.
Where: VFW Post 1
841 Santa Fe Drive
Denver, CO 80204
Cost: Free

For more information and to setup an appointment, call us at 970-776-VETS (8387).

 

Craniosacral Therapy for Veterans with PTSD

Craniosacral Therapy for Veterans with PTSD

Don’t miss the November/December 2014 issue of massage & bodywork magazine which contains a feature about craniosacral therapy (CST) and its promising results in the treatment of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Relying not just on anecdotal accounts, but also upon studies and case reports, more are discovering the positive effects of energy psychology, Healing Touch, Therapeutic Touch, and more on those suffering from PTSD.

Read the full article here »

Healing Warriors Program Wins $1,000 Community Service Award

Healing Warriors Program Wins $1,000 Community Service Award

Healing Warriors Program is proud to announce its recognition as an award winner of $1,000 in the Group Publishing Community Service awards.

Every year, Group gives a portion of its profits back to the community. Since 1997, Group has donated more than a million dollars to non-profit organizations in Northern Colorado through Group’s Community Service Awards. This year Group has awarded $61,000 to the following outstanding organizations.

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View a list of all award winners below:

$1,000 Award Recipients – 2014

Cultural Arts Services: The Loveland Orchestra

Educational Services: Kids Read Live-Laugh-Love-Believe

Services for Children:

  • Catholic Charities of Weld County Guadalupe Community Center
  • Blessings in a Bag

Services for Youth:

  • Alexa’s Hugs
  • Team Fort Collins

Services by Youth: Timberline Students Ministries

Special Health Services:

  • 3Hopeful Hearts
  • Healing Warriors Program
  • Reflections Therapeutic Riding

Social Services-Faith Based:

  • Faith Family Hospitality
  • Real Choices

Social Services-Community Based:

  • Birthline of Loveland
  • Estes Valley Victim Advocates
  • Boulder Outreach for Homeless Overflow
  • United Way of Weld County (R.I.T.E.)

Civic Community Services:

High Plains Library District Foundation
Loveland Parks & Recreation Foundation

Services by/for Senior Citizens:

  • RSVP of Weld County
  • Toby Darwin Foundation

Services Related to Ecology/Environ:

  • The Lady Bug Fund
  • Colorado Native Bird Care and Conservation

Church-Based Outreach: Family of Christ Presbyterian Church-Ubuntu Community Gardens

 

Special Awards

$3,000 Loveland Award: Foster and Adoptive Families of Larimer County

$3,000 Larimer County Award: Friends of Happy Heart Farm

$3,000 Northern Colorado Award: Jobs of Hope

$3,000 Special Church Award: Christ Clinic

$25,000 Outstanding Award: Lyons Emergency Assistance Fund (LEAF)

Group Publishing began 40 years ago in Thom Schultz’s home in Loveland. Since that humble beginning, they now have 250 staff members. Their major product areas – including books, magazines, videos, curriculum products, workcamps, and events – reach both national and international markets.

To learn more about Group Publishing and the Group Community Service award, click here »

Clinic Open House 2014

Clinic Open House 2014

Stuart Professional Park, 1136 E. Stuart St, Bld 4, Suite 202, Fort Collins, CO 80525
Stuart Professional Park, 1136 E. Stuart St, Bld 4, Suite 202, Fort Collins, CO 80525

You are invited to our Healing Warriors Program Clinic Open House!

Stop by for food, drink and a tour of our new clinic offices at the Stuart Professional Park at the intersection of Lemay and Stuart Street. We are in building 4 which is the clock tower building.  We’ll be toasting to our new clinic space and to Sue Walker, our extraordinary Clinic Director, who is moving to California in the next few weeks!

Visit with our team and see our shiny, new clinic offices while enjoying food, drink and good company.

For more information, please call the clinic at: 970-776-VETS (8387)

When: Thursday, October 23rd
Time: 4:00pm to 7:00pm
Where: Healing Warriors Program Clinic
Stuart Professional Park
1136 E. Stuart St., Suite 4202
Fort Collins, CO 80525

We look forward to seeing you there!

Ana Yelen

Executive Director

Successfully Healing Our Heroes

Successfully Healing Our Heroes

Cherry Hills Village Mayor Doug Tisdale announces the rules of the live auction to benefit wounded warriors through the therapies provided by Healing Warriors Program.
Cherry Hills Village Mayor Doug Tisdale announces the rules of the live auction to benefit wounded warriors through the therapies provided by Healing Warriors Program.

In only its second year, Healing Warriors Program is starting to turn heads in the corporate community and among veteran service organizations with an interest in helping wounded, ill or injured veterans.

The 2nd annual Healing Our Heroes gala, September 29 at the Lamar Street Center in Arvada, to benefit service members dealing with pain, post traumatic stress or traumatic brain injury, helps to offset the cost of the organization’s proven therapies acupuncture, cranial sacral and healing touch.

“What we are doing here is foundational,” said Ana Yelen, executive director of Healing Warriors. “By helping current and former service members and their families cope with the root causes of pain, they are more receptive to other critical therapies. We are assisting true healing.”

Along side antique cars and motorcycles, vintage paraphernalia from an era of soda fountains and full service gas stations, music from the Tania Katz Ensemble and the entertaining auction antics of emcee Doug Tisdale, mayor of Cherry Hills Village, the event was not short on fun, but very serious about educating more than 125 guests on the importance of the “integrative” therapies Healing Warriors Program provides.

Brian Gliba, founder of Project Wounded Egos and guest speaker for the gala, suffered multiple traumatic injuries while serving in Iraq that left him in a wheelchair for more than a year with serious thoughts of suicide. He said commonly prescribed therapies like medication and talk therapies were not working for him until he learned to manage physical pain through treatments like those provided at Healing Warriors Program and it is crucial for medical practitioners, psychiatrists, and psychologists to accept and integrate these alternative treatments.

“I wish it were mandatory for all doctors to go through an alternative treatment class as part of their protocols,” Gliba said. “I know times are changing, but still too many doctors stay away from the alternative treatments, like it is going to hurt you.”

Gliba said he found a new path through photography and teaching others, but he was fortunate that another veteran reached out to him when he was at his lowest point and he credits the intervention with saving his life. He said the process starts with veterans helping other veterans, but the professionals need to accept that maybe they don’t have all the answers.

“Not every therapy is going to help everyone,” Gliba said. “But every therapy will help someone.”

Healing Warriors Program provides Acupuncture, CranioSacral therapy and Healing Touch to the Active Duty and Veteran service member community, for assistance with pain management and PTSD symptoms. The Northern Colorado Healing Warriors Program clinic is located at Spring Creek Medical Park, 2001 S. Shields St, Bld L Fort Collins, CO 80526. They are working on additional clinics in the Denver metro area.

 

Cherry Hills Village Mayor Doug Tisdale auctions off a photograph donated by guest speaker Brian Gliba of Project Wounded Egos. The photograph fetched $500 at auction.
Cherry Hills Village Mayor Doug Tisdale auctions off a photograph donated by guest speaker Brian Gliba of Project Wounded Egos. The photograph fetched $500 at auction.

 

 

Two strokes haven’t kept AFA coach from competing

Two strokes haven’t kept AFA coach from competing

Courtesy U.S. Air Force Academy, Lt. Col. Dan Oosterhous recovers in Memorial Hospital's Intensive Care Unit March 24 with his children, Emma (left), Andrew and Anna (right), following his second stroke. (U.S. Air Force courtesy photo) Suffered stroke on Feb 28, 2013.
Courtesy U.S. Air Force Academy, Lt. Col. Dan Oosterhous recovers in Memorial Hospital’s Intensive Care Unit March 24 with his children, Emma (left), Andrew and Anna (right), following his second stroke. (U.S. Air Force courtesy photo) Suffered stroke on Feb 28, 2013.

Two strokes haven’t kept AFA coach from competing. From Colorado Springs Gazette Sept. 14,

At 42, Lt. Col. Dan Oosterhous, an Air Force pilot, tennis coach and athlete, felt alive and healthy until a stroke threatened to end his career and forever alter his life.

Recently medically retired, Oosterhous continues as the Air Force Academy’s men’s head tennis coach and as an athlete representing the nation in the first Invictus Games in London.

After visiting the U.S. last year to watch British athletes compete in the Wounded Warriors Games, Prince Harry went back to Europe and charged his nation to host the first international competition for wounded warriors.

More than 400 athletes from 13 nations – including 100 from the United States – are competing in the competition that began Friday and ends Sunday.

With an intense competitive spirit, Oosterhous, who still suffers some side effects from the two strokes he suffered more than a year ago, trained for competition in swimming and recumbent bicycling even before Prince Harry’s brainchild gave him an outlet to test himself.

“I got involved when I checked out of the hospital last year and the Wounded Warrior Games were at the Air Force Academy,” Oosterhous said. “I went to a training camp, which for me is more about rehabilitation. As a wounded warrior athlete, we still get to compete, which is obviously something very important.”