Somatic Experiencing® and EmotionAid® for Veterans and professional teams who work with them
Our vision is to return our soldiers and veterans to their full potential, enabling them to re-enter the workforce, and to full life activities.
We know we can help the soldiers overcome PTSD but we can’t do it alone.
Today we know that PTSD is a complex and difficult after effect of trauma, which requires intensive and precise treatment. In this state the trauma is ‘frozen’ in the body and is expressed by pain and additional symptoms of stress which affect more and more areas of the person’s daily life: difficulties in relationships, falling or staying a sleep, concentrating, a decrease or increase in appetite, rage, difficulty spending time in busy and crowded environments and more.
The body-mind will keep reliving the battlefield, returning to the terror attack or the place where he or others were wounded or killed. He will keep remembering the explosions, pictures and noises. These will cause over-vigilance, constantly preparing for the next threat. This tension will lead to a tendency to escape or close windows and doors and stay at home, yet the stress only increases.
These veterans are our sons, our husbands, our brothers and our grandchildren. At ITI we consider it our mission to help those who froze in the wake of this monster that is called war.
Somatic Experiencing® and EmotionAid® provide knowledge of what takes place in the brain and in the autonomic nervous system following trauma. These methods teach us how to minimize the feeling of being overwhelmed, complete the gestures of flight or fight and release the trauma from the body in a regulated manner.
Using SE®, veterans can work with the symptoms presented by their body and mind, as a reaction to the trauma, one step at a time. We work on strengthening the veterans’ resiliency before approaching and dealing with the exact moment when everything froze: the traumatic event that happened too quickly and powerfully without enough space and time to react.
SE®’s refined methods avoid re-traumatization by returning to the traumatic event’s pictures, sounds and scents, using a regulated approach. We release the trauma in a controlled manner, thereby strengthening the veteran’s ability to cope in a resilient way.
The Ministry of Defense’s professional team, at the Sheba Medical Center’s psychiatric department, includes psychologists, social workers, psychotherapists and art therapists who have undergone the Emotional First Aid course. They have learned how to decrease devastation, stress and tension which is essential in handling PTSD.
At ITI – International Trauma Healing Institute, we believe that trauma can be healed. During the process new strength and resiliency can emerge that otherwise might never have been experienced.
ITI’s experience at Sheba lead us to the development of the Back to Life Program”, in which we go beyond treatment to help the veterans ITI’s Back to Life Program integrate back to society.
ITI’s Back to Life Program
The program is a leadership program with a focus on getting participants to regain their self-esteem and feeling of belonging, while supporting them in going back to an active professional life.
The Back to Life program includes:
- Treatment: SE® trauma therapy
- Complementary therapeutic activities for healing trauma andtrauma-related conditions
(Hypotherapy, Physical therapy,Osteopathy, Yoga, Martial Arts) according to individual needs
- Helpline 24/7
- Collaboration with local industry
- Continued clinical supervision of therapists working with these veterans