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Can Praxis (horsemanship rehabilitation)
« on: January 27, 2014, 10:33:25 PM »

While the Canadian Forces uses teambuilding, communications training and leadership development to prepare soldiers for war, Can Praxis uses horses to help soldiers recover from it and regain their family relationships.

Can Praxis is a collaboration between Steve Critchley and Jim Marland. Critchley is a 28 year veteran of the Canadian Forces and an international mediator, facilitator, negotiator, and trainer. Marland is a registered psychologist, Equine Assisted Learning Facilitator, mountaineer, sailor, corporate trainer and a professional speaker. View this clip:

As unresolved conflict destroys relationships, and is especially common in overly stressed families, Can Praxis trains participants to manage their conflict effectively. The theoretical foundation for this is Managing Differences by Dan Dana PhD. Richard F. Celeste, former Governor of Ohio, described the book as "A practical guide for dealing with conflict. Dr. Dana moves from scholarly content to common sense with uncommon ease."

Can Praxis uses walk-along exercises with horses as a training aid. As a ‘flight’ animal they react to human body language. Horses react to what they see; it is their body language that speaks volumes about humans in their proximity. As EAL facilitators, we offer a translation the horses’ behavior to participants in order to increase their own self-awareness.

Our Researcher for this program:
Dr. C. Randy Duncan has a background in educational psychology and works in the areas of applied measurement and program evaluation. Primary research interests are in instrument construction and validation for measuring the benefits of both equine assisted learning for at-risk populations and cultural interventions in the treatment of substance abuse. The various program evaluations undertaken have been mostly community-based participatory projects aimed at fostering partnerships and translating the information into action. Current evaluation work, funded by the Saskatchewan Ministry of Health, is focussed on utilizing standardized measures for reporting global outcomes for the provinces’ Child and Youth Mental Health and Addiction Services.