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Equine Assisted Therapy & Social Skills Learning Experience

South Community Behavioral Health has partnered with Elliott Stables in Germantown, Ohio to provide Equine Assisted Therapy and Social Skills Training for at risk youth.

South Community Behavioral Health has partnered with Elliott Stables to provide an Equine Assisted Therapy and Social Skills Learning Experience Program. This program involves individual or group activities that require youth to apply social skills, creative thinking, non-verbal communication, problem-solving, confidence and leadership. The children that are referred are displaying problems of depression, self esteem, in-attention, anxiety or negative behaviors that are causing them difficulty in functioning in their homes, schools or communities. Many of the children have been exposed to violence or other trauma related issues.

Does it Improve the Lives of Youth?

Equine Assisted Learning groups are not horseback riding. The youth involved learn about themselves and others by participating in activities while interacting with the horses, then processing or discussing thoughts,
beliefs, behaviors and patterns.

Since the program’s existence, youth in this program have consistently
shown improvement in the areas of:

  • Accepting responsibility
  • Improving support of others
  • Making good decisions
  • Taking Responsibility
  • Increase in self-esteem

Why horses?
Horses are social animals that have distinct personalities, moods, and attitudes. They are sensitive to non-verbal communication. All activities with our horses are designed to relate back to what is happening at home, school, work, relationships, etc.

Many of the horses used in the program are rescued by Elliott Stables from other farms who cannot afford to care for the horses, or from horse adoption agencies in the state of Ohio. The horses are given a second chance to life. The youth value the bond that is created with these animals and can relate to the horse’s struggles in life with their own experiences.

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We are committed to providing the best care to the persons we serve. Please share suggestions that would improve your experience working with South Community.

To Whom It May Concern:
I am a parent of a child with special needs. We have been involved with South Community for many years. It is a partnership that I have come to rely on as an integral part of my son’s support system.

The summer program that South Community has in place is an awesome program that provides a wonderful opportunity for many kids at risk, who otherwise would be left out of a truly adventurous experience. READ MORE >>

I honestly do not know what I would have done without South Community. It has helped me so much in rebuilding my life. I went from living at home with my mother for financial reasons, and also severe depression, to having a place of my own and a job!

Thanks to South Community, I was able to get the therapy I needed. I was also able to obtain a caseworker, Lynn Wynstrep. Lynn helped me get my life back in order. READ MORE >>

To Staff of South Community:
Thank you all for a wonderful training year. You guys were a great supportive staff to work with. I felt like I was part of the team here, and I appreciate everyone for helping me with anything I needed throughout the year.

I know that many agencies talk about having a recovery focus, but the staff here truly implements it. I noticed it and my clients noticed it. From the front service desk to the providers in the back, there is an emphasis on client care. READ MORE >>

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