All Kinds of News for March 04, 2020
Members of the clinical team at Solstice RTC, a residential treatment center for teens ages 14-17, recently participated in an equine workshop, designed to explain the neuroscience necessary for clinical work using horses. This invitation-only workshop taught by Arrowhead Equine Center is designed to help practitioners better understand their work with horses with a clinical understanding of how the equine brain works.
The training included a presentation by a neuroscientist who discussed how equine brains work and how to use this information to inform their practice. Horses are prey animals, so their “flight” instincts often mirror the feedback they receive. Horses can interpret a person’s emotions and thoughts that are conveyed subconsciously through body language and will react accordingly.
Eliza Hitz, M.Ed, LPC, MS, CMHC, EAP, Primary Therapist and Equine Assisted Therapy Director, says the training helped her better understand the relationship between Solstice RTC’s relationship logic programming and equine therapy.
“Horses do best when they get the freedom to explore and express things. It’s important to make them feel safe, just like we would do with the students,” Hitz said. "The same idea is key to effective trauma treatment. Ensuring the students feel safe allows them to work through emotions they may not be able to express verbally."
Solstice RTC’s equine therapy programming focuses on helping students work through trauma, build confidence, increase self-esteem, and develop problem-solving skills. Trauma-Focused Equine Assisted Psychotherapy (TF-EAP) helps students better understand patterns related to communication, boundaries, and how safe they feel around people. These sessions often uncover issues that are difficult to arrive at in traditional talk therapy.
Hitz and the rest of the clinical team at Solstice plan to implement this training in their equine sessions with a better understanding of the neuroscience behind equine therapy.
Solstice RTC is a residential treatment center for teen girls that has helped hundreds of struggling teens on their journey to solving issues like trauma, depression, anxiety, and mood disorders. Solstice RTC, located in Layton, Utah, offers a specialized, clinically intensive program based on the specific needs of young women. At Solstice RTC, young women discover their full potential. For additional information on Solstice RTC, please visit http://solsticertc.com/ or call 801-444-0794.