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Joining the Herd: Living Skills for Youth

Joining the Herd: Living Skills for Youth nurtures positive thoughts and behaviors, social skills, self-awareness, and effective decision making; allowing juveniles to learn from experiences and improve their lives. The six week, evidence-based, equine assisted cognitive-behavioral therapy program utilizes interactive and hands-on activities that increase participants’ behavioral-life and social skills.

What Happens During a Session?

Each session takes place on the ground (no riding) with a facilitation team made up of a licensed mental health professional, a certified equine specialist, and one or more horses. The group of youth participates in a variety of ground activities with the horses that work on skills such as problem solving, judgment, and communication.

Referral Criteria

  • Inclusion- ages 5 - 17 (5-8, 9-12, 13-17 age groups)
  • Referral Reason - including, but not limited to, petty theft, truancy, possession/consumption of alcohol or tobacco, disorderly conduct, public intoxication, traffic, unruly behavior, abused child, foster care, and custody.
  • Juveniles exhibiting homicidal or suicidal tendencies, severe psychosis, and/or arson are excluded from the program.