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
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.
- 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.