Knowing that someone you trust has your back is a pretty big deal.

When entering the civilian world, many veterans are struck by the relative lack of camaraderie, structure, goals, and responsibility. It’s not unusual to end up feeling isolated and alone as a result.

That’s why for 22 years, our research backed programs have been helping CAF and RCMP men and women, actively serving or retired, to overcome difficulties commonly faced when transitioning out of service. Our programs are available in English and French across Canada and are facilitated by psychologists & counsellors who have received specialized training from us in military issues.

3 Program Options

Transition Skills Course

This 5 day, in-person, retreat-based workshop assists with transition skills and the challenges of COVID-19. Program participants practise safe physical distancing protocols with the right personal protective equipment (PPE).

Veterans Transition Program

This program takes place over three weekends within two months of its start date. Our team will work with you to ensure you leave with the skills and plan for reaching the life you want to live.

*Currently unavailable due to Covid-19.

Tiered Peer Support - Pilot Program

Our veteran-to-veteran peer support service is provided via phone or secure video-chat. Training and coaching for peer supporters led by VTN clinicians. This program is sponsored by the Centre of Excellence on PTSD.

Requirements

Any Canadian Forces or RCMP Veteran can attend our programs, regardless of trade, branch, gender, or where they were stationed. For more info on RCMP attendance, click here.

Duration

Participants must be able to commit to the full duration of their program and are asked to refrain from alcohol and non-prescription narcotics usage during the duration of the program.

No Fees

All fees (inc. travel, room and board) are covered by donations from the Canadian public. We can also submit claims on behalf of VAC clients to have their expenses covered by Veterans Affairs.

Our programs offer

Connection

Our courses are delivered by specially trained psychologists and counsellors, and include direct peer support from veteran paraprofessionals who have graduated from previous programs.

Communication

The directness of military language often doesn’t translate well to the civilian world, whether at home or at work. We cover how to bridge this gap in communication: building the skills to improve the relationships important to you and to be understood the way that you want to be.

Self-Maintenance

The effects of operational stress can impact our lives long after leaving the service, sometimes to the extent that life can’t be enjoyed or lived the way we want. Our course explains why this occurs and how to begin regulating again. By the end you’ll leave knowing how to access resources to continue improving, whether those are peer or professional.

Future Planning

Many aspects of ‘getting out’ can pose challenges you weren’t expecting: your differences in responsibility, day-to-day routine, financial situation to name a few. Over the course of the program we will explore in depth what made your service rewarding, and build concrete plans to find that personal meaning again.

"I regained so much insight from attending this course by sharing some of the most private parts of my life, but also listening to others and seeing how no matter what we are going through, inside we all have the same emotions and they affect us in the same way.”
- Ivan W.

 

“Everyone—from the clinicians to the paraprofessionals to my groupmates—made me feel like I was exactly where I should’ve been. The Veterans Transition Program changed my life.”
-Kim M.

 

 

 

“After taking the VTP, I feel less alone. I’m more capable of going to meetings or for groceries anytime, instead of only very early in the morning or very late at night. I continue my daily routine always keeping in mind the group’s energy at VTP and what we shared there together. Now I can move forward with my head held high, one step at a time.”
- Johanne B.

 

"I thought my trauma wasn’t as serious because it wasn’t combat-related, but I see the other guys doing their work and they’re dealing with the same issues as me! There are no ranks. Everyone is equal, everyone is a student again."
- WO Bruno M.

 

"Once you’ve got it, you’re stuck with it. That’s precisely what I used to say about PTSD. When I left the Navy in 2013, I was numb, and there was nothing anyone could do to “fix” me. At least, that’s what I thought. VTN taught me otherwise."
- Terry B.

 

 

What to Expect

You're connected to the Program Coordinator for your province

Together you review the course details and have your questions answered.

You take part in an intake interview with a VTN Clinician

Together you review your goals and figure out if the program would be a good fit for you.

You work with your Program Coordinator to get ready for attendance

Your Program Coordinator will assist with travel plans and booking. Course materials are provided on site. 

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