Ozarks Equine Therapy Center (OETC) and The H.A.Y. Foundation (HAY-Horses Assisting Youth) today announced the integration of these unique equine services to further serve the at-risk youth of the Ozarks Community.
This partnership allows HAY to offer additional services to children that have been approved to participate in the 8 week program. OETC will offer both Equine Assisted Learning (EAL) and Equine Assisted Psychotherapy (EAP) TO select children of HAY. These extended services will be located at the HAY Foundation’s equine facility in Nixa, while OETC searches for a permanent arena. Both groups are nonprofit corporations that rely on tax deductible donations to serve their respective clients.
Equine Assisted Psychotherapy and Learning promotes respect, leadership skills, and positive character development. Over time, as these interpersonal skills mature, a young person has a significantly better chance of developing successful life skills. Based on solid on-going research and supported by best practice outcomes, EAP has shown to be an effective forum to address the needs, treatment plan, and goals of at-risk children and adolescents.
“I am excited to be able to offer additional services to our program to further serve the needs of our students. We are very successful at increasing the confidence and self-esteem of students however some children have deeper issues that should be addressed by other professionals.” said Amy Koenigsfeld, President of HAY.
The EAGALA Model of treatment practiced by the staff at Ozarks Equine Therapy Center offers a unique approach to helping at-risk children and adolescents. Unlike traditional “talk therapy,” EAP is designed to be experiential, which is often more appealing to this age group. Working with the horse(s) allows the child to explore metaphors, increase awareness and deepen understanding.
"We are very pleased about this partnership, and the opportunity to work with at-risk youth. This model of treatment allows our clients to be creative, problem solve, and find their own solutions. These kids are our future and we will be helping them develop the skills they need to succeed in life." Sarah Fuller, Equine Specialist OETC
“Equine Assisted Psychotherapy offers an engaging and effective alternative for those who either don't feel motivated to participate in treatment or who don't know how to articulate their way through "traditional" therapy. The potential applications of the EAGALA model are limitless. We are very happy to be able to add this service to the valuable curriculum at the HAY Foundation." Marcia Brewer, Licensed Professional Counselor, OETC
The H.A.Y. (Horses Assisting Youth) Foundation serves local children between the ages of 4 and 17 by providing them the experience of learning proper horsemanship in order to support the child's social and emotional well-being. The program fosters the well-being of ‘at-risk’ youth by building confidence and self-esteem, encouraging self-discipline and behavioral control, improving language and communication skills, and providing the opportunity to create a trusting bond between a child and horse.