One of the first of its kind in Canada, the OSI (Vernon) program is fantastic!! Highly recommend this program to anyone dealing with PTSD and Operational Stress Injuries
I am a 35 year member of the RCMP and I was involved in the Underwater Recovery Program for 25 years. Recovering more than 92 victims left me with bad memories and PTSD. The OSI Program effectively allowed me to deal with my problem. For 4 weeks I met the most incredible facilitators who truly care and guide you through the reformative transition. An extremely caring group of people who effectively bring participants together in a sharing and respectful manner. The Professional Psychologists were wonderful and one on one sessions made it easy to transition into a calm approach to solve my problems. The nightmare element of my PTSD has been reduced and this was the main reason for my involvement. One very important dynamic is the camaraderie all participants felt very quickly that placed us all in an atmosphere of trust in order to share. Dr Tina Rochford and her people are fantastic. This experience was amazing and I would recommend it to anyone needing help.
I am mindful and grateful for all that they have done with and for us to help us on our journeys to being whole, the happy people we once were. I am finding laughter once again, something I faked for years to make people think I was ok. I finally realize that there is joy in me, my partner, my kids, and my life
I’ve said it before, the greatest gift the program gave me was Choice and Permission. I could step away when needed. I could say No if I wanted to. On my first program, I even changed hotels because I didn’t feel safe in the first one. I didn’t even have to ask (just let everyone know!). The program is very adaptive as well to the people taking it. So, if there was something that everyone enjoyed, effort was made into continuing it, or adding similar items to the program. I think because it is fluid, organic, the program is more than just a program with an agenda; it has the ability to grow with everyone, including their specific needs.
The encouragement, new understanding of OSI’s & PTSD and some of the coping skills passed on, were the “start over” point for the majority of us... the one thing that stood out for all of us, was the determination to help, the genuine caring and sharing that took place... a million dollars could not have recreated that for us
The holistic approach used is in my opinion the best possible treatment program available
Things are going well. Using lots of tools. Future is looking brighter everyday. Thank you so much for your hard work and encouragements!
WHAT GRADUATES SAY...
Best RCMP, CAF veterans course in BC. It has been over 2 years for me and I’m still using their techniques to bring myself down or just relax. 5 Extremely friendly and knowledgeable staff.
I have come a really long way and it was a big way, thanks to you guys!
Because we weren’t closed in and had to be in each others’ space, I think everyone had a chance to support and communicate whichever way they felt they were ready to. This freedom of choice is incredible. It actually fosters support rather than pulls away support. It allows people to connect on their own terms and in their own space. I cannot stress enough how much of a gift this is. Months and years later, I am still in contact with some of those ladies. It is a pretty incredible feeling to be able to trust those ladies.
never have I felt such genuine compassion and desire to help than I did from every member of the OSR team
This program is most powerful in changing your life. It will give you peace of mind knowing you can carry on with your life in a positive productive manner.
the course was a game changer. i was on the road to real life problems. now with the knowledge gained i have found a way forward
Amazing staff, well trained and very insightful. Supportive beyond words
Life changing. my marriage was saved and my wife and I are best friends again
I loved all of it. every activity supported the other- and there was a great balance of group work, couple counselling, heartmath, equine and art therapy
This is the program everyone should do.