Adolescent Group Therapy Program
Enrollment for the Fall Semester of Great Strides is now closed. To receive notification when the next enrollment period opens, please fill out this form.
Great Strides is an equine-assisted group therapy program for youth and teens, ages 12 to 18, led by a licensed mental health professional and an equine specialist. Our program offers a safe place for youth and teens who have experienced trauma to process and learn to regulate their emotions while gaining healthy coping skills. Meetings take place in an outdoor setting on a 125-acre horse ranch.
Working with the horses offers a unique opportunity that helps youth feel present and more willing to build trust and open up as they improve their ability to build relationships. The Great Strides experience can also improve executive functioning skills needed to facilitate planning and achieving goals. These skills include adaptable thinking, self-monitoring, and task initiation.
** Please note that this is not a horseback riding program.
15 weekly sessions (Sept. 6th – Dec. 17th)
Maximum group size: 6 clients
Groups will be offered weekdays after school from 4:30PM – 6:00PM
Groups will be formed based on appropriate client age groupings and assigned to a specific day.
GREAT STRIDES CAREGIVER SUPPORT CIRCLE
A unique component of our Great Strides program is our Caregiver Support Circle, offered at the same time as the adolescent therapy group. Caregivers are strongly encouraged to attend the Caregiver Support Circle as a way to enhance the overall effectiveness of the program for their child. The Support Circle offers an opportunity to develop a shared language from the ranch and working with the horses that can be very effective in relationship building.
Additionally, participating in the Support Circle offers the opportunity to:
Build a network of peer support
Practice self-care and learn regulation tools to use at home
Explore the brain science on trauma and how trauma impacts brain development
Engage in experiences with horses to build regulation and relationship skills to better connect with your child(ren)
The cost of this 15-week semester program is $600*. A deposit is required to complete registration (refundable up to 14 days prior to the beginning of the program). The remaining balance will be due on the first day of group, or a payment plan option is available if needed.
*There is a reduced cost available for Medicaid-eligible families. A sliding scale fee schedule is also available for those who need help with the cost of the program.
HOW TO ENROLL
Please complete the sign-up form and someone from our office will get back to you about the current availability of a group for your child.