The three critical mistakes First Responders make that leads to stress, burnout & wanting to quit.

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Standing Six Philosophy

  • We’ve been there, we understand the job… we also get what goes on behind the scenes: the lack of support, top-down management and organizational muck-ups. Being a First Responder is challenging but sometimes it’s not the work that affects us the most

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  • Equine Facilitated Wellness (EFW) is used worldwide as a therapeutic and mental wellness intervention for first responders, war veterans, people with autism and children/adults with trauma. Horses co-facilitate all programs and sessions alongside EFW professionals and counsellors

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  • Our sole focus is you. We are not interested in ticking off boxes, getting you back to work before you’re ready or making you prove anything. Our agenda is your agenda. We are here for you.

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Standing Six Founder - Carla Webb

Carla is a former 14-year member of the Vancouver Police Department. She walked the beat in the Downtown Eastside, conducted surveillance, and was one of the founding members of the VPD's Counter Terrorism Unit. This experience has helped her understand the precarious path frontline workers must walk between being hyper alert at work and a loving family member at home; between shielding oneself from the effects of daily tragedy and opening up to healthy attachments. At times the line is blurred or drawn too tight. Sometimes the line disappears altogether.
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What others have said... Standing Six

  • As a retired member of the VPD I know that upwards of a third of our police department is suffering from some degree of PTSD. It is clear that cumulative job stressors are not being recognized and dealt with in an effective and timely manner. Standing Six is a fantastic way for members to deal with stress before stress deals them a definitive blow. Emotionally connecting with horses allows the internal mess caused by stress to be assuaged and healed. I have felt the immense emotive power that occurs when horses and humans work together. It is cleansing and relieving beyond words. Carla is a wonderful guide to post-trauma healing and reconnection to the essence of one’s internal healthy self.

    Al Arsenault Vancouver City Police – retired constable Founding member of Odd Squad Productions Society and Police Judo

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