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Registration open for Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) Classes – statewide!

Classes are open to all DNG members, our Families, our Volunteers, and the community.

ASIST is a 2-day, intensive suicide intervention skills-training workshop
aimed at those who want to feel more comfortable, confident and competent in
helping to prevent the immediate risk of suicide. ASIST provides practical
training and is suitable for anyone in a caring role or working with
vulnerable people, from teenagers upwards. ASIST is the Army-approved
intervention training for Suicide Intervention Officers (SIOs) and
Gatekeepers (personnel most likely to come in contact with suicidal

ASIST is a 2-day Workshop – you must attend BOTH days.

Wed-Thu, May 8-9, 2019
0830-1630 hours
Biden National Guard/Reserve CTR
Delaware National Guard, JFHQ
1 Vavala Way, New Castle, DE 19720

Pre-registration is required to attend.

For DEARNG Soldiers only: Open to AGR & M-Day personnel. Command chain approval is required to enroll. Funding available through J9. Priority is given to unit’s Suicide Intervention Officers (SIO), so they meet training requirements under their DAO.

Donald H. Daley, CTR
Alcohol & Drug Control Officer
office: (302) 326-7106

2019_ASIST Flyer

With generous support from WSFS bank, Easterseals will be hosting Caregiver Workshops each month in New Castle and Sussex counties!

Come grab a snack, meet other caregivers, and learn some tools to help hone your skills as a caregiver.


New Castle: 61 Corporate Circle, New Castle DE 19720 Large Conference Room (Entrance 2)
Sussex: 22317 DuPont Blvd, Georgetown DE 19947 Large Conference Room (1st floor)


Each Month 10:00 am-11:30 am
New Castle: Third Wednesday

Can’t make it in person? Go to www.facebook.com/EastersealsDE to watch this presentation on Facebook live!
You can ask your questions and interact with us there.

Sussex: Third Thursday

Workshops are free, but registration is required.

Please call (302) 221-2087 or email resources@esdel.org to register.

Anya Taylor
Community Outreach Assistant
Easterseals Delaware & Maryland’s Eastern Shore
O: 302-221-2087

Caregiver Workshops
Caregiver Workshop Descriptions

How does Equine Assisted Psychotherapy help Veterans?

  • Unique qualities of horses speed emotional breakthroughs

  • Herd dynamics often help participants gain understanding of their own lives

  • Experiential learning translates emotional insights into life-changing action

  • EAP offers opportunities to find real world solutions to our toughest challenges

Scheduling beginning February 2019.

Please call to register: 302-593-1378 or 302-218-1463

Elena C. Fierro-Wise
EAGALA Certified Equine Professional
Courageous Hearts LLC


FREE Veterans Equine Assisted Psychotherapy Groups forming…space is filling quickly!

In March, we have 2 Veterans/active military groups beginning at our Townsend location. Time frame will be late afternoon and early evening. Qualifications are that participants have trauma history (military or non military) Can be active duty or Veterans.

We have a third group beginning in April at our Lincoln site. Space is limited and is already filling…please refer asap!

Complimentary Demo: Tuesday March 5, 2019
10:00-11:00 am
Townsend location

Please email or call to register.

Rosemary Baughman LCSW, CADC,
EAGALA Certified
Executive Director
Courageous Hearts…where horses empower people!
302-593-1378 P
302-265-2790 F


State Council for Persons with Disabilities (SCPD) currently has funding available for the Traumatic Brain Injury Fund and encourages people who may benefit to apply.

Applying for the Traumatic Brain Injury Fund
Applications are available here>

Since July 2013, the General Assembly has allocated funding to SCPD to
administer a Brain Injury Fund. In order to qualify for the funding
applicants must fully complete an application and meet these requirements:

  • Must be a Delaware resident.
  • Provide denial of service letters from existing insurance.
  • The person receiving the funds must have medical documentation of a brain

Covered services under the Traumatic Brain Injury Fund may include the

  • Home and Environmental Modifications
  • Driver Rehabilitation
  • Service Dog Acquisition and Support
  • Assistive Technology
  • Short-term attendant services not covered under other funding sources
  • Medically approved summer day camps
  • Other services approved by the TBI Fund Committee

For additional information on the Traumatic Brain Injury Fund, please contact Director John McNeal.

John McNeal Contact Information
Phone: (302)-739-3620
Email: John.McNeal@state.de.us

Brain Injury Fund Brochure_01-11-18

Freedom Hills Therapeutic Riding Program is a Premier Accredited Program with  Professional Association for Therapeutic Horsemanship. We are a Maryland Horse Discovery Center as well as a Maryland Farm Based Education Center. Our lead instructor/executive director won the Region 2 PATH Credentialed Professional of the Year Award. To mention only a few of  our acknowledgements.

Freedom Hills TRP was the second program in the United States to offer Equine Facilitated Learning to Veterans. We started back in 1982.

Services include:

  • We offer individualized programs for people who happen to have mental,
    physical and or emotional difficulties.
  • For groups of two or more we offer the Equus Effect. It is a five week
    program where we meet for three hours once a week.
  • We work on mental agility, body awareness and Natural Horsemanship. Our
    mental health professional can meet with Veterans on an individual basis.
    Veterans can sign up for riding lessons where they learn the basics to
    horseback riding followed by the enjoyment of trail rides. We prefer the
    Veterans go through the Equus Effect program first but it is not necessary.
    Our Military Drill Team has performed at the Fair Hill International, The MD
    Million and the MD State Fair.

Should you like to compete, our Veterans compete at the MD State Fair as well as other competitions on the East Coast.

We love volunteers and have found that our Military Veterans are some of our best volunteers.

Most of our sessions are covered by scholarships and grants. We do take many types of insurance when working with our mental health professional.If you qualify for Wounded Warriors we also have grant money for care givers as well as your children.

We love working with Vet Centers as well as Veteran Hospitals Despite the cold, we offer sessions year round.

Renee S. Dixon
Executive Director
Freedom Hills Therapeutic Riding Program
33 Rolling Hills Ranch Lane
Port Deposit, MD 21904


February 6-10th
Wilmington VA hospital
FREE of charge for veterans and military members

Join us for the next Power Breath Meditation workshop in Delaware sponsored by Help The Veterans. The workshop offered by Project Welcome Home Troops teaches evidence-based practical and powerful tools to help individuals manage the impact of service related chronic stress and trauma.

It is taught by a national non-profit organization Project Welcome Home Troops.
Check out the Facebook Event Page for this workshop.

Read some first-hand testimonials from local Delaware veterans who took the previous workshop.

Read this recent Chicago Tribune article about Project Welcome Home Troops and the workshop.

If you or anyone you know may benefit from this workshop, please sign up by contacting Leslye Moore
(208) 409 7806

For more information, please see the flyer below.

Thank you,
Meera and Raghav Garg
Help The Veterans


If you or someone you know has had a traumatic brain injury and needs assistance purchasing/paying for an item or service not covered by insurance, the person may be eligible for funding assistance through the Brain Injury Trust Fund.

For information and an application, visit the website. >
or call Dee at 302-257-3614

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