All Kinds of News for April 05, 2017
Greenbrier Academy for Girls (GBA) is always working with staff and clinicans to enhance their professional development. Equine-Assisted Therapy is offered as a clinical service to assist girls who attend GBA in meeting specific treatment goals. Equine-Assisted Therapy is an experiential therapy provided by a qualified mental health professional that incorporates horses into the emotional growth and learning process. Students learn about themselves and others by participating in group sessions with the horses, then processing emotions, behaviors and patterns evoked in their experiences with the horses.
During the fall of 2016, Kelly Beasley, M.Ed., GBA therapist, participated in the Keys to Connection workshop to deepen her understanding of the horse-human bond. Kristin Fernald, MA, along with Brigette Potgieter, LCSW, facilitated this 3-day workshop using the HEAL Model™ of Equine Facilitated Psychotherapy and Learning (EFPL) at Shady Oak Farm in Cape Elizabeth, Maine. The HEAL Model™ of EFPL is an experiential learning model, based on scientifically validated principles from the fields of neuroscience and psychology (human and animal). The HEAL Model™ teaches core skills for navigating and enhancing relationships, while strengthening autonomy and awareness of self. This aligns with the Applied Relationality Model that GBA employs. The professionals who attend are quickly able to incorportate their professional development work into the Equine Assisted Therapy work with the girls at GBA.
About Greenbrier AcademyGreenbrier Academy for Girls is a college preparatory, therapeutic boarding school for grades 8-12, located in the mountains of West Virginia. The mission of Greenbrier Academy is to mentor and empower adolescent girls and their families to create quality, healing intrapersonal and interpersonal relationships through inspired critical thinking, advanced therapeutics, college prep academics, and stimulating adventures.