- The shop will be owned and run by a 20 year veteran of the Canadian Forces and will be able to relate with members and create a closer connection through shared experiences of trauma.
2. The shop and session will be kept small and with ‘no unhealthy stress’ guarantee. This will help with introduction to unfamiliar locations and crowded environments.
3. Members will be allowed to come and leave as they please and be guaranteed privacy if any conditions are overwhelming them. Creating a comfortable site if relapses occur.
4. The members will be the leaders of their own paths. There will be no formal structure to projects and avenues of work. This will allow the member to be in control of their ideas, their projects and their own visions in a safe environment. This will help members regain confidence in their skills and ability to function in a working environment.
5. When members feel confident in their abilities the members will volunteer to work together and create a group project that will be donated to whatever community the members choose. This will allow members to regain their social and team working skills required in society.
6. There will be no start or end date for training time. This will remove the pressure for completion of tasks within set deadlines and will remove the anxiety of knowing an end date and uncertainty is looming.
OSI treatment is still being pioneered as we speak, but overwhelming studies show that, positive physical activity mixed with mental stimulation can dramatically help with OSI like symptoms
“The PTSD Symptom Scale and the Trauma Related Guilt Inventory suggested an overall decrease in PTSD symptoms after the eight-week group therapy. A thematic analysis was conducted to analyze the interviews. At post-treatment, three veterans reported that expressive arts served as a creative outlet which enabled self-reflection, creative coping, emotional regulation, self-understanding, openness-to-experience, organized emotions, and the reduction of their PTSD symptoms.”