Sheep Dog Impact Assistance (SDIA) is a proud member of the Gary Sinise Foundation Avalon Network through a partnership with Boulder Crest Foundation. SDIA began facilitating their Warrior PATHH program in Northwest Arkansas in March 2021.
Warrior PATHH (Progressive and Alternative Training for Healing Heroes) is the nation’s first non-clinical program designed to cultivate and facilitate Posttraumatic Growth (PTG). PTG occurs when a person turns adversity, trauma and other challenges into positive psychological change, enabling them to THRIVE not in spite of, but because of their experiences.
This training program focuses on Combat Veterans and First Responders struggling with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), depression, anxiety, suicidal ideation and other challenges associated with trauma, giving them the training necessary to make peace with the past, live in the present, and plan for a great future. This enables them to transform times of deep struggle into profound strength and lifelong growth.
The Warrior PATHH training program was created to assist the more than 2.7 million Service Members who deployed to combat zones, many multiple times since September 11, 2001. We have lost more Warriors to suicide than on the battlefield, and the suicide rate has grown every year since 2002. Our First Responders are no different. 32 percent of First Responders suffer from PTSD, and more than twice as many die by suicide than in the line of duty.
The Warrior PATHH program, backed by years of research, study and proven success, delivers Posttraumatic Growth-based training to Sheep Dogs. This transformative program begins with seven days of intensive and immersive PTG training, followed by 18 months of ongoing remote training. Throughout the program, students learn proven techniques to regulate thoughts, feelings, and actions, connect head and heart, and have the opportunity to make peace with past traumatic experiences.
One of the most powerful aspects of the program is that all Warrior PATHH instructors, called Guides, are fellow Sheep Dogs (Veterans and First Responders) who have walked this road from struggle to strength and will use their own experiences and training to guide you along your path.
You are a Sheep Dog. You’ve served your country in the military or community as a first responder – or both. You may have served for many years or perhaps you’re just getting started.
During your service you experienced good times and the highest of highs, and you survived the bad and the lowest of lows. You’ve seen the best of humankind, and the very worst, and maybe you can’t get the worst out of your head.
You may think something is wrong with you – and worry or have been told you may never be right again. You might be thinking of giving in or giving up. The days are painful and joyless – the nights long and sleepless. We get it. We’ve been there. In those deep, dark holes that seem to know no end, we have learned a few things about struggle.
You aren’t broken. In fact, there is nothing wrong with you. You just haven’t been trained on how to struggle well. Give us the honor of helping you go from endless struggle to struggling well.
With the right training, tools and practices, you can stop merely surviving and start living again. You can transform the deepest of struggles into the greatest of strengths and get back on the path to the great life you deserve. Take that first brave step. Let us walk with you through the Warrior PATHH and begin to transform your struggle into strength.
Warrior PATHH works where mainstream mental health approaches fail. By connecting to a new tribe of fellow Warriors, you learn to experience stronger and deeper relationships. Throughout this process, you will increase your sense of gratitude for life, spiritual or religious-life connection, and have a renewed sense of personal strength. Warrior PATHH works because it…
The Warrior PATHH program is available for both male and female Combat Veterans and First Responders. Courses are either all male or all female.
We define a Combat Veteran as anyone who has served in any of the five major branches of the armed service and was deployed in a combat zone.
We define a First Responder as anyone who has received certification to serve as a local, regional, or national Law Enforcement Officer, Fire Fighter, or in Emergency Medical Services; or one who has been involved in a critical incident.
Our ideal candidate is a Warrior who is determined to win their personal battles, has a willingness to accept coaching and a desire to embrace the process, has a vision of what they want despite not knowing how to get there, and has a passion to live fully.
If you are interested in applying for Warrior PATHH and meet the above criteria, click the link below to begin the process. A staff member will contact you to conduct a screening phone conversation, and if approved, we will discuss potential dates and locations for attendance.