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PTSD: The Detachment Technique








First Responders, military personnel and elite athletes share a similar performance orientation. Understanding that PTSD drastically undermines the ability of such people to utilise their performance related attributes, e.g., fear management. We worked with elite endurance athletes, first responders and military personnel to develop a solution which used their core skills and characteristics as a means of helping them recover. 

What will you learn?

1. Jeff Smith

2. Joseph Huculak

3. The facts and figures on PTSD and First Responders

4. Removing Stigma – TV coverage

5. Intro to Steve and the PTSD course

6. Acceptance of a new Therapeutic Technique

7. Safety & Disclaimer & Definition of ‘Cure’

8. What is Healing?


10. Symptoms of Anxiety

11. Attachment vs. Authenticity

12. ACEs (Adverse Childhood Experiences)

13. SUDs (Subjective Units of Disturbance/Distress)

14. Energy Packets

15. Trauma List (Sequence #1)

16. Shock vs. Trauma

17. The Art of Thriving

18. PTSD work – the Need for Water (Sequence #2)

19. Neurological Disorganization Correction (Collarbone Breathing) (Sequence #3)

20. Inner Dialogue (Sequence #4)

21. Detachment Technique (Part 1) (Sequence #5-7)

22. Detachment Technique (Part 2) (Sequence #5-7)

23. Embracing the NOW

24. Summary & the DTech Seven-Point Sequence

25. Post-Traumatic Growth

Who is this course for?

As a means of self identification, below you’ll find a psychological profile of the first responder, military personnel and elite athlete. On the basis that you can relate – we’ll provide you with an overview of our 6-10 hour DTech program. (Initial trials showing that traumatic shock and trauma can be eradicated within 6-10 hours).

Fear Management:

You find it unacceptable to back down to the fear of failure.

Overcoming fear through taking action is a process which positively challenges you.

There’s a mental, emotional and physical aspect to your pursuit of self mastery, it goes something like this…

  1. You become aware of a fear or aversion within yourself to (insert your challenge)
  2. You compartmentalise the fear in terms of, psychological, physical, emotional affect
  3. You recognize how this fear has held you back or might hold you back from achieving your next goal
  4. The sense of dissatisfaction and/ or incongruence through failing to achieve your goal makes the fear worth subduing/ mastering
  5. Accepting the fact that fear exists, you find yourself thinking about your resistance to conquering it, or your desire to avoid it… it’s here you begin to develop an understanding of it. 
  6. You begin to test yourself in relation to the fear, finding exceptions to the rules created by what you recognize to be an untrained element of your mind.
  7. Engaged positively, your mind begins to provide you with exceptions to the rule of fear you’ve created, there’s an emerging sense that you can overcome your fear…
  8. With gradual and increasing exposure, you conquer your fear… you achieve temporary relief… until your next challenge arises.


Success in this field is of paramount importance to you, failure isn’t an option because your positive purpose/ your reason for being is at stake. The purpose you have in your life defines who you are, it drives what you do, how and why you do it, e.g. The example you set for your children, the success or safety of those you care for… or the reputation you have with yourself – it matters. 

  1. You read books on psychology or ground-breaking people… resilience, achievement, being or creating a difference is of primary interest in your life. 
  2. You gain energy by contributing to your community, supporting leaders to take the lead and when you’ve earned the right or are obliged to, you’ll take the lead if no one else is capable or willing to do so.
  3. In regard to the former point, you have an attention to detail… you’re constantly working on and finding what constitutes best practice because for you, nothing but the best from yourself will do.
  4. Often tired, dehydrated and working to recover, you’ve come to see suffering as a state of mind/ emotion… as such you’ve learned how to override your body’s stress and exhaustion signals… coming to rely on advanced signs of burnout as a reason to rest.
  5. Recovery is in a sense uncomfortable for you as there’s often a gnawing sense that you should be doing more or taking care of things undone. Conscientiousness has got you to where you are but can also be a curse as you rarely give yourself the chance to truly take in and enjoy where you are and where you’ve been. 

Great expectations:

From a performance perspective you’ve trained yourself to focus on the process and not the outcome. 

  1. The expectations you have of yourself are often future based expectations, you’ve learned that setting moderate goals is the best way of achieving goals… you’ve learned that the hardest challenges are best broken down into mini chunks.
  2. Due to your high levels of conscientiousness and drive for achievement you can find yourself getting conflicted between achieving your personal/ professional goals and the time you understand you should be spending with your friends and family. 
  3. With a major focus on your personal and professional goals, it often requires the despondency or distress of those you’re close to really focus on the here and now. You promise yourself and those you care for that you’ll do/ be better next time and you do better… until you get back on the treadmill. 
  4. That said, your sincerity and drive on behalf of those you care for is an endearing characteristic, this helps you maintain positive relationships with those you care for even though you’re not necessarily there.  

Your why:

“Do you call yourself free? It is your ruling thought that I would hear” – Friedrich Nietzsche

  1. “You are what you are seeking” – growth is an essential part of your nature – your calling.
  2. Achieving growth requires resistance which requires you to take the path of pain.
  3. Managing pain requires you develop resilience and resilience is often achieved as a result of failure.
  4. Your ambitions often exceed your present capabilities so you’ve become an expert at failing forward. 
  5. Failing forward as often as you have has provided you with the ability to bounce back with the knowledge gained to improve and then master the shortfall. 
  6. The knowledge gained with each improvement reinforces the sense of humility you have gained. 
  7. You deal better with people than others because you’ve learned to deal better with yourself… following this line of thought, what you’re seeking is self mastery as a means of gaining situational mastery.  


“He who suffers for some future event or thing suffers unnecessarily” – a stoic perspective, one you don’t necessarily agree with… more likely saying, “fail to prepare, prepare to fail”. Yet what we have here (I suggest) is a perfect juxtaposition – given the correct context each is highly applicable and desirable.

  1. You manage the suffering you experience through referring to your higher purpose
  2. You manage your suffering by compartmentalising the pain – in other words, the entirety of you isn’t suffering… it’s your feet (for example), or it’s a failure to live in the moment… or a failure to prepare. You’re mentally and emotionally tough – telling yourself, “You’re already in pain, so get a reward for it”.  


As a conscientious person, the commitments you’ve made socially are commitments you keep, consistency marks you out as a person who can be relied upon and trusted – no matter what. 

  1. Although you can be social and gregarious at times, you find that you get the energy you require to succeed/ take you to the next level by spending time on your own. 
  2. You enjoy contributing to the society/ group in which you belong… you value the appreciation/ acknowledgement you receive from others, yet achieving the goal is what matters most to you. 
  3. Typically, you need to feel like you can trust a person before you can begin to like them. 
  4. You find engagement with people who can’t contribute to your goal to be a little pointless.
  5. You don’t enjoy small talk as much as you think you should – in contrast, when a person shares your values… benevolence, achievement, stimulation, self direction you can talk and/ or listen all night. 

Self care:

One of the challenges you face in caring for yourself is getting locked inside your own head. The amount of cognitive work it requires to manage any and all of the above often leads to a dampening of one’s emotions… as does managing the tremendous load you put on your body. 

  1. You understand that time for reflection would be helpful from the perspective of learning yet find a conflict as self reflections may also lead to a sense of tiredness/ demotivation. 
  2. The challenges and stressors you face on a weekly basis (at least) are often momentarily overwhelming… Talking about or considering your reactions to what you face may lead to the development of a fear that if you don’t push it down you won’t be able to cope adequately. 
  3. There’s a tendency to compensate for a lack of emotional self care with physical training, study or some other pursuit which takes your mind off how you’re feeling.
  4. Additionally, there’s a tendency to engage in occasionally self destructive behaviour as a means of “letting go”… regardless of the fact you often regret this behaviour it’s seen as “pressure release”… typically you won’t have considered other options as a viable and more healthy option. If you have, likely finding doing the right thing by yourself stressful in some way.

So, what's the point?

If we understand you in the way that you understand yourself, and if you have PTSD or know someone who does, we may be able to help. DTech is a 6-10 hours training for treatment model which has been shown to enable service men and women to effectively recover from shock and trauma. 

 The training for treatment approach has been developed by one of the world’s most prominent endurance athletes in cooperation with first responders and military personnel in Canada and North America. We understand that you’re not looking for therapy, rather you’re looking for a solution. 




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