"We're excited to bring this award-winning program to the islands," comments Terry Murray, Managing Partner of Performance Transformation and author of "The Transformational Entrepreneur ~ Engaging The Mind, Heart, & Spirit For Breakthrough Business Success". "Hawaii has more than 35,000 veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan. As the commemorations of the 10th anniversary of 9/11 fade, I hope we don't forget the one million American women and men that have so valiantly served our nation in these wars. After 9/11, their service facilitated a return to normalcy for all of us stateside. We need to step up and do the same for them upon their return."
The Warriors in Transition workshop was developed in 2008 to assist both active duty military and recent veterans navigate the challenges of repeated deployment cycles and the eventual transition back to civilian life. Terry Murray, a veteran himself, took the lead in creating the evidence-based program with input from Linda Kohanov, best selling author and founder of The EponaQuest Foundation. Since that time, the workshop has been conducted primarily in Florida and Arizona. Recently, organizations in Montana, Connecticut, and Missouri have also expressed interest in bringing the program to their areas.
"The workshop employs many of the same Equine Facilitated Learning exercises we use in our Transformational Leadership programs and Adaptive Team Building workshops," adds Mr. Murray. "The goal is to impart Emotional Intelligence competencies while conducting specifically designed, ground-based exercises with the horses. Doing so cultivates creativity, adaptability, resiliency, and positive communications skills...all thing employers are looking for in the private sector. Our veterans' community is defined by high character. These are our neighbors, sons, and daughters, who chose to serve their nation before partaking in our country's opportunities. The workshop is aimed at empowering our veterans and family members to fully leverage the skills and attributes they developed during their service to give them a competitive advantage in this difficult jobs market., which they've so obviously earned."
In 2010, while conducting the program in partnership with Quantum Leap Farm in Tampa, the workshop was formally commended by General David Petraeus. In his commendation, General Petraeus, now Director of the CIA, stated, "These equine facilitated programs facilitate successful returns, reunions, and reintegration for service personnel and their families, and therefore, are very much appreciated...Programs and events such as this do much to build strong, resilient families...Well Done!"
Patricia Ulloa-Curcio, Director of Palmarie Community Transformation Alliance shares the nonprofit organization's mission, “To transform, renew and revitalize our military, Veteran and at-risk communities by nurturing physical, emotional and spiritual health through positive change, therapeutic programs and transition support. We depend on the support of our local business and civilian community to step forward and support our endeavors with our veterans and welcome donations to help us help them. We all owe these brave individuals so much. Supporting them and their transition home is at the very center of what makes our nation so special."
Information on the Warriors in Transition workshops and other Palmarie activities can be found at http://palmariecommunity.org. Information on Equine808, the horse rescue organization that will be hosting the workshop can be found at http://www.equine808.com.
Performance Transformation will also be providing ongoing support for attendees through their proprietary Accretive Coaching Process™.
"When I got out of the military, I was no longer the person I was when I went in, and no longer an Intelligence Specialist in the Navy," states Terry. "The military does an exceptional job of socializing and training military personnel to perform exceptionally difficult tasks, yet upon discharge, they're pretty much on their own to figure out who they are now and what they want to do next. That's what the workshop and follow up coaching provides, an individualized path to work through these issues of rediscovering our Authentic Self after major, life-changing events."
Information on Performance Transformation can be found at: http://performtransform.com.
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