Save A Warrior (SAW) CURRICULUM OVERVIEW
The Save A Warrior (SAW) program helps save military and first responders dealing with crushing diagnosis, complex post-traumatic stress. Save A Warrior (SAW) is committed to addressing the staggering suicide rate plaguing our Military and First Responder communities.
Key Authors Informing the SAW Curriculum:
1. Man and His Symbols (Jung)
2. The Road Less Traveled (Peck)
3. The Body Keeps the Score (van der Kolk)
4. Odysseus in America (Shay)
5. How God Changes Your Brain (Neuberg)
Note, all five (5) of these authors are M.D.’s, four (4) of whom are noted psychiatrists; SAW is based in science in keeping with ancient tradition, to “sacred theater” held in sacred space, “primarily” informed by some of the finer psychiatrists who prescribe a peer-to-peer psycho-spiritual experience for warriors struggling with PTS.
SAW Curriculum includes elements of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT)
Through an Adverse Childhood Experience (ACE) informed public health model, Save A Warrior transforms the lives of those struggling with unprocessed adverse childhood experiences/developmental trauma, workplace trauma; combat trauma; military sexual trauma (MST); poly-trauma; survivor’s guilt; moral injury; depression - collectively and clinically referred to as Complex Post-Traumatic Stress (C-PTS) - co-occurring with chemical and behavioral (process) addiction. Those affected with the above personal histories are at an ENHANCED risk for attempting suicide at some point during their lifetime. Because many of our participants also report co-occurring challenges with addictive substances and life’s processes, our Shepherds/alumni provide thoughtful and caring, peer-to-peer, empathetic and ruthlessly compassionate testimonials on addiction and relevant recovery programs known as “community resiliency models” (AA - Alcoholic,s Anonymous, NA - Narcotics Anonymous, Al Anon - friends and families of alcoholics, ACA – Adult Children of Alcoholics/ Dysfunctional Families, etc). We refer to these proven, time-tested, well-grounded and commonsensical “slow” knowledge recovery programs as “the cure”.