All Kinds of News for May 10, 2017
Equine Assisted Counseling and Therapy has long been a mainstay of clinical intervention at Moonridge Academy, a small residential treatment center that specifically meets the needs of younger girls ages 11-15. Equine Therapy is experiential in nature. This means that students will learn about themselves and others by participating in activities with horses. Activities include leading a horse, grooming a horse, haltering a horse and maneuvering the horse to complete specific tasks. The participant then processes their feelings, actions and behaviors after they complete the activities. At Moonridge Academy, therapists have found that working with horses has helped the students learn emotional regulation, creativity, problem-solving skills and better communication skills. Horses are extremely sensitive to a human’s emotions and they respond accordingly. This makes a horse a wonderful team member with a girl's therapist to help a girl learn more about herself and how she approaches the world. Working with the horses, girls begin to feel successful, sometimes for the first time in their lives. For these reasons, therapists at Moonridge Academy utilize Equine Assisted Counseling on almost a weekly basis.
The Moonridge Academy Clinical Director, Recreation Director, Executive Director, Equine Director and therapists recently spent 3 days working with Pegasus Training to receive advanced training and certification in Equine Assisted Counseling (EAC). Not only did this advanced training provide the clinical team with more insights, activities and ideas to improve the Equine Therapy already being provided, but it also helped the clinical team bond and communicate better. The clinical team is consistently looking to improve and advance their expertise in clinical modalities to help the students at Moonridge Academy heal.
Moonridge Academy is a CERTS Program in beautiful Southern Utah with 16 beds, and is specifically designed for younger girls, ages 11-15. Younger girls need a younger environment, without the influence of older girls' more sophisticated or advanced issues. Moonridge takes a young approach to therapy and intervention, even our DBT program is taught and delivered at this specific age range level. Moonridge is intensive residential treatment for girls with issues of trauma, emotional regulation, depression, family conflict and beginning stages of self-harm or substance experimentation. Traditional schooling is provided and Moonridge uses play and laughter to connect, a warm family environment to protect, and deep therapy to inspire and create change.