BENEFITING: Leake and Watts Services, Inc.
This fall, our Juvenile Justice supports are galloping along, but we need you to help us reach that finish line! Bringing the expertise of Leake & Watts clinical supervisor and therapist Jen D'Agostino, certified EAGALA Equine Therapist, we're going to launch an initial 10-week run of Equine-Assisted Therapy to the therapeutic and rehabilitative supports we offer to youth at our Woodfield Detention Center. Woodfield Cottage is a secure detention facility for youth ages 10 to 16 who are accused of committing crimes and are awaiting court action. Youth-centered services are offered in a structured, caring, albeit in a high-security, environment. Regardless of how long a youth remains at Woodfield Cottage, each resident goes to school, receives life skills training, and therapeutic services. Equine-Assisted Psychotherapy (EAP) has been used to treat behavioral issues, attention deficit disorder, substance abuse, eating disorders, abuse issues, depression, anxiety, relationship problems and communication challenges, and trauma - which many of the youth we support at Woodfield have experienced. EAP, following the EAGALA model, has shown strong outcomes for various populations who struggle with trauma. That's because people typically learn best by doing. Life lessons take deeper root when individuals both understand them in their heads and experience them in their bodies. Working with horses is engaging, real time and hands-on. The experience is immediate and fully felt. Why horses? Horses are large and powerful. This creates a natural opportunity for some to overcome fear and develop confidence. Working alongside a horse, in spite of those fears, creates confidence and provides wonderful insight when dealing with other intimidating and challenging situations in life.