Helping Kids & Teen With Social, Emotional, Behavioral and Mental Health Challenges

We are so happy to announce that, through a partnership with the For Kids Foundation, you can now make TAX DEDUCTIBLE CONTRIBUTIONS to a N.E.A.T. Scholarship fund!

To donate, you can mail a check to: 834 Willow St, Reno, NV 89502 and put N.E.A.T. in the ‘for’ space on the check OR you can simply go to their website (https://forkidsfoundation.org/), or their Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/ForKidsFoundation/ )and click on the ‘Donation’ button in the upper right hand corner. Add N.E.A.T. after your last name to indicate you want the funds to go to our scholarship fund.

Your donation will help children and teens in Northern Nevada struggling with social, emotional, behavioral and mental health issues, find a path to a happier and healthier life through work with horses.

Your TAX DEDUCTIBLE CONTRIBUTION will help kids and teens like ‘Susan’. Susan was physically, verbally and sexually abused from a very early age. She was abandoned by her mom at 5, left in the care of her grandmother. Her grandma has health issues, but has tried to the do the best she can for Susan. Susan has struggled with anxiety. She has very poor boundaries and has experienced a lot of bullying. She was starting to show signs of succumbing to peer pressure and was beginning to make very poor choice ‘following the crowd’ when she started working with horses. Through work with horses, Susan has been able to open up and share her feelings about her fears and worries. She has been learning self-soothing/calming skills and has begun to set good boundaries with her horse. She is practicing considering the consequences of her decisions (before making them) and is beginning to see herself as a leader, rather than a follower. Susan has a brighter future because of her work with horses.

THANK YOU ON BEHALF OF ALL THOSE YOU WILL HELP!

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When Talk Therapy is Not Enough

Traditional talk therapy is incredibly helpful for many, many people struggling with a variety of social, emotional, behavioral and mental health issues. However, we also need to recognize that it might not be the best/only intervention for everyone. Specifically, children and teens who have may have trouble articulating their feelings, or those who demonstrate a resistance to talking about their issues, may benefit from other, more ‘hands on’ programs.

This blog in the the fix – addiction and recovery, straight up takes a look at a couple of other therapy options that can help with healing.

We know from personal experience how work with horses can help. At Nevada Equine Assisted Therapy children, teens and adults gain confidence while leading, grooming and riding their equine partner (the horse!) They build a relationship based on mutual respect and cooperation as they move through a variety of experiences. Working one-on-one with a Qualified Mental Health Associate, focused on the client’s specific goals, clients may learn about being a good leader, appropriately using levels of pressure, being a good communicator (and listener!) and so much more.

We are here to help. If you know someone who is struggling, give us a call or send us an email. We will schedule a time for you to visit the ranch. We will show you around, introduce our wonderful herd, learn more about what you are dealing with and share how we may be able to help.

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EXCITING NEWS! N.E.A.T. now has a Scholarship Fund

We are so happy to announce that, through a partnership with the For Kids Foundation, you can now make TAX DEDUCTIBLE CONTRIBUTIONS to a N.E.A.T. Scholarship fund!

To donate, you can mail a check to: 834 Willow St, Reno, NV 89502 and put N.E.A.T. in the ‘for’ space on the check OR you can simply go to their website (https://forkidsfoundation.org/), or their Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/ForKidsFoundation/ )and click on the ‘Donation’ button in the upper right hand corner. Add N.E.A.T. after your last name to indicate you want the funds to go to our scholarship fund.

Your donation will help children and teens in Northern Nevada struggling with social, emotional, behavioral and mental health issues, find a path to a happier and healthier life through work with horses.

Your TAX DEDUCTIBLE CONTRIBUTION will help kids and teens like ‘Paul’. Paul and his younger brother witnessed verbal and physical abuse of his mother for years. Mom finally found the strength and courage to leave when she began to fear their father would hurt her boys. The family lived in a shelter for a long time, but finally are in an apartment of their own. However, Paul continues to struggle. He has a very hard time managing his feelings. He can be defiant and disrespectful with adults and has been in trouble for fighting. Through work with horses Paul is learning that adults have important information that he needs to be safe and successful. He is learning how to be firm, fair and consistent in his interactions with his horse and others. And he is learning to be open and loving as he builds his relationship with his horse.

THANK YOU ON BEHALF OF ALL THOSE YOU WILL HELP!

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Why we Need to be Trauma Informed

Trauma has always been with us but in the past people struggling rarely received the help they needed to heal. The consequences were often devastating, not only for person who had suffered the trauma, but to those who loved and cared for them. Depression, violence and suicide were often the results. Angry, fractured relationships that just passed the trauma on.

The good news is that we are becoming more aware and are often able to provide special care for those who have experienced trauma. This OpEd piece in the Grand Rapids Herald Review talks about some of the changes that we are seeing in schools when the staff has been trained in ‘Trauma Informed Practices’. The bottom line is that those who have experienced trauma react and respond to things very differently and therefore, we must approach them differently.

We see it in our clients. Children, teens and adults who have experienced trauma. Neglect. Abuse. Violence. It changes people. But, work with horse can help those in pain find a path to a happier, healthier life. This ‘Special Bond’ is discussed an article in the Lifestyle section of America’s Best Racing. Though the article focuses mostly on programs for Vet’s the truth is that the very same things that make Equine Assisted Therapy so very helpful for Vet’s makes it a powerful intervention for anyone struggling with PTSD.

At Nevada Equine Assisted Therapy we work with children as young as 4, teens, adults and even seniors (it is never too late to seek help!) Our Qualified Mental Health Associates and our wonderful herd of horses work as a team and focus on each client’s specific issues and goals. While helping our clients we also help caregivers come up with strategies that will make life easier for them and those in their care.

If you or someone you know are struggling with the aftermath of trauma, seek help. N.E.A.T. can be a powerful part of the treatment team. Call or email us and we will schedule a visit. We will show you around, introduce the herd, learn more about what you are dealing with and share how we may be able to help.

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What May Just Look Like Shyness Could Become a Problem

We have all seen the child who ‘hangs back’. Maybe they fret about going to school. Maybe they are resistant to going places or doing things. We may feel that they are simply ‘acting out’. They can be clingy and have few friends. Perhaps we think ‘they will out grow it’.

But as this New York Times article explains, ‘…when worrying or avoiding possible threats gets in the way of a child’s functioning or a child’s enjoyment, it should be a signal to parents that help is needed…’

The article goes on to talk about how ‘anxiety disorders are the “…most underrecognized or under-treated conditions of childhood and adolescence…” and because of this, children may be suffering.

It may not seem like a big deal when a child is ‘shy’ but if not addressed, anxiety can lead to feelings of isolation, a key component of depression and “…with rates of suicide and suicidal ideation on the rise, it’s particularly important to provide information to schools and to parents about recognizing anxiety and getting children help.”

The article concludes that if you believe your child/teen is struggling, seek help. “All these disorders are remarkably treatable,” Dr. Koplewicz (Dr. Harold Koplewicz, the president of the Child Mind Institute) said. “There are highly effective behavioral and psychosocial therapies, including cognitive behavioral therapies, to help children cope with the demands of daily life.”

Equine Assisted Therapy (Psychosocial Therapy – PSR) can be a powerful part of any treatment plan. We work closely with the therapist, building on their treatment goals by adapting them work with horses. If the goal is to ‘learn and practice self-soothing/calming skills’ we can do that! While working with the horse we have our clients work through any anxiety they may feel by using skills such as deep breathing and visualization. Since clients truly want to be with their horse, they are much more motivated to work on theses skills so that they can enjoy their time with their horse. Kids and teens who are anxious may have other issues, such as poor self-esteem/confidence and work with horses can help in this area as well as many others.

The bottom line, if your child or teen is struggling, seek help. We are here for you. Call or email and we will schedule a visit to the ranch. We will show you around, introduce the horses, learn more about the challenges you are dealing with and share how we may be able to help.

 

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Experiencing Trauma Changes Us

Because we offer social, emotional, behavioral and mental health interventions, we have seen it for ourselves. We hear the stories of where our clients have come from – neglect, abuse, life threatening events and more – and we see the burden they carry with them from experiencing these traumatic events. They are in emotional pain. They may shut down and withdraw, or they may act out and strike out. Whatever it takes for them to feel more safe and more in control of the world around them.

Because of our years of experience in dealing with the impact of trauma, our team has taken the time to become aware of the many facets of trauma and its effect on the clients we serve. We have explored this growing body of knowledge through reading and attending workshops and classes. We are committed to providing trauma informed care in our program.

In this article, in the Sentinel News, about the education of a child with a history of trauma, the parent states how thankful she is to find teachers who ‘get it’. This is a really great article about what it takes to provide a caring nurturing and supportive environment for a trauma survivor to grow and flourish.

WE GET IT. You are not alone. We are here to be part of your team, helping your child, teen or even adult family member, find the path to healing and a happier, richer life. There is so much that we can do through work with horses! Give us call or send us an email so we can schedule a visit for you to the ranch. We will show you around, introduce our wonderful herd, learn more about what you are dealing with and share how we may be able to help.

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How Horses Can Become Part of YOUR Team

Nevada Equine Assisted Therapy (N.E.A.T.) offers a unique approach to social, emotional and behavioral growth and learning as well as Psychosocial Rehabilitation (PSR), a mental health intervention. We work with individuals as young as four years old, teens, adults, seniors and small groups.

All over the world, people are finding that work with horses can be a very powerful intervention for addressing a variety of issues including but not limited to:

  • Improving Trust
  • Decreasing Anxiety
  • Increasing Compliance
  • Building Anger Management skills
  • Reducing Impulsivity
  • Increasing the ability to stay focused and on task
  • Improving Social Skills
  • Reducing feelings of sadness and depression
  • Learning to live in the moment

We are optimally located just 20 min south of Reno and 10 min north of Carson off I-580.  For over 10 years our staff of Qualified Mental Health Associates (QMHA) have worked with a variety of therapists/agencies/organizations to help them serve their clients. Our program is designed to compliment, enhance and support the work being done by the licensed therapist, agency and treatment team.  The therapist, psychiatrist or agency set the long-term treatment goals and we translate these goals into interactions with horses. We invite you to come out and take a tour. We will show you around, introduce our herd and share the ways in which we can help you provide this powerful and unique intervention to your clients/patients.

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Corporate Team Building and Leadership Training

Nevada Equine Assisted Therapy (N.E.A.T.) offers an exciting approach to corporate team building through work with horses. All over the world companies big & small are motivating their teams through this type of unique experience.  This approach offers a hands-on experiential way of learning that gives participants the opportunity to learn in a natural way, encouraging reflection & creative insights. While engaging with the herd, participants are offered the opportunity to explore how important it can be for a group to work well together as a team. Rather than the old model of ‘competition,’ horses help people see that, through communication, cooperation & compromise we can all reach our goals.

N.E.A.T. staff participate as ‘facilitators.’ We may offer explanations or guidance, but the horses are the teachers. The activities are designed to develop problem-solving skills that encourage participants to work together, as a team, to achieve positive results.  The activities are also designed to get your team to think together, resolve conflict together, generate possibilities together, inspire each other, trust one another & maintain accountability together.

Likewise, N.E.A.T. believes that leadership is a skill developed through being comfortable exploring & experiencing unique & sometimes challenging situations. Leadership is not about your position, job title or intelligence. It’s about how you present yourself & about the way others see you. This is how horses in the wild survive!

Leadership is a commitment to authenticity, integrity, curiosity, trust, reliability & your ability to see the possibilities. Most importantly, it is the ability to sense underlying motivations & how you relate to others. Let’s face it, if no one will follow you, you really are not a leader!  A good leader not only has to have great job skills, but they also need to be open to learning new skills & new ways of thinking so that they are prepared for whatever the future may bring.  Horses do this every day in the wild.

Because this is such a unique experience, work with horses creates a lasting impression that helps participants remember the training for far longer than just sitting in a classroom. ‘What you learn is great, but it is what you remember that will last a lifetime!’

Specific themes directly relevant to your team or group of leaders can be custom designed into the program. Some common topics include:

  • Develop each leader’s style & unique contribution to the whole
  • Create a sense of meaning & purpose at work
  • Refine team goals & encourage team alignment
  • Improve communication & coordination practices
  • Nourish creativity & new ways of thinking
  • Increase customer satisfaction (internally & externally)
  • Develop accountability & collaborative action
  • Build team spirit & possibility
  • Honor emotional intelligence & nonverbal communication skills
  • Enhance project cycles & feedback loops
  • Reveal the power of focusing on results
  • Develop trust & team alignment
  • Creating new strategies for success & fulfillment

N.E.A.T. is optimally located 20 mins. south of Reno & 10 mins. north of Carson off I-580.  We are ready to work with you to create a program that will meet your specific goals for moving your team & organization leaders to the next level. Call or email & we will sit down with you to discuss the possibilities.

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Alarming Increase in Child Suicides

Childhood is supposed to be a carefree time of innocence. Sadly, that is not the case for all too many children. They are so fragile and life is getting more and more challenging. Even adults are struggling to make sense of so much going on around them. Though researchers are not really sure why, the fact is, more children are taking their lives.

This USA today story looks at this very disturbing trend, explores some of the causes and talks about some of the things that can be done if you fear your child is at risk. Not surprisingly, one of the factors noted is bullying.  We know it is a problem. Adults must demand a zero tolerance policy in our schools and communities. We must do all we can to help our children develop strong self-confidence, self-esteem and personal boundaries, so that they feel empowered to stand-up for themselves if they are bullied. We can continue to work hard to eliminate bullying, but in the meantime, we need to help our kids with the skills they need to stand up for themselves.

Through work with horses, Nevada Equine Assisted Therapy helps children as young as 4 see that they can be strong and capable leaders. They learn to set good boundaries to keep themselves safe while working with their horse. We help children learn how to make better decisions and how to communicate what they want and need effectively.

We need to listen to our children and truly hear what they are telling us. If you believe your child is being bullied make a stink! There are laws that will support you as you stand up for your child. Seek help if you feel your child is in danger of harming themselves. We are here to help. Give us a call or send us an email. We can arrange a tour, show you around the ranch, introduce our wonderful horses, learn more about your concerns and share how we may be able to help.

 

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Trauma Has Long Term Consequences

It is impressive to see more and more research being done, and information coming out, about how devastating early trauma can be. It is often said that when we know better, we can do better and this is especially true as we come to understand the impact trauma has on our lives.

Congratulations to Dr. Stacy Drury of Tulane University on her national award for her research showing how trauma seeps across generations.  This article in Tulane University Press talks about her research into “how a mother’s experiences, both before and during pregnancy, influence their infants’ development.” When we know of this risk, we can take steps to help with healing and break the cycle.

There has been a lot written about how powerful work with horses can be in helping people heal from trauma, and we personally see this in the work that we do. Through work with horses we can address issues such as:

  • Trust
  • Boundaries
  • Confidence
  • Assertiveness
  • Communication
  • Relationships
  • Embodied Mindfulness
  • Problem Solving

just to name a few. Work with horses offers a non-judgemental and mildly challenging experience that allows participants to grow, learn and heal.

If you know someone who is struggling to find a path to healing, give us a call or send us an email. We can schedule an appointment for a tour of the ranch. We will introduce our wonderful herd, learn more about the issues being faced and share how we may be able to help.

 

 

 

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