Through work with horses, Nevada Equine Assisted Therapy provides social, emotional and behavioral growth and learning as well as a mental health intervention called Psychosocial Rehabilitation (PSR), but what the heck is that?!
I found this really good explanation and wanted to share it with you.
‘PSR is an interactive, skills-driven service that assists children (as well as teens and adults) to be successful at home, school and in the community. The parent/caregiver can also expect to participate as a full partner in this treatment. PSR services may focus on:
- Behavior Management Skills
- Positive Behavior Approaches
- Problem Identification and Problem Solving Skills
- Effective Communication Skills
- Self-Sufficiency/Daily Living Skills
- Life Goals
- Identifying Right From Wrong
- Sense of Humor
- Developing Skills to Become Emotionally Connected to Themselves and Others
PSR can be a very powerful addition to an ongoing treatment plan, but you may ask, ‘how do you do that through work with horses?’ Let me give you a couple of examples. From haltering to leading and grooming, clients are learning how to do simple tasks, in a specific order, to achieve a goal – getting there horse ready to ride. By encouraging them to stay focused and complete each task before moving on to the next we are helping them learn to become self sufficient and in the case of a client struggling with ADHD of OCD, they are managing the impulsive and disruptive behaviors so that they can accomplish the task at hand.
While leading, doing ground work or riding, client face choices and challenges. They must learn to communicate clearly with their horse and, through this experiential process, they develop problem solving skills. “You want to go left and your horse wants to go right. What can you do to fix this?”
These are just a few examples of how we are able to meet the goals of PSR through work with horse. We feel that it is a unique and profound way to reach kids, teens and even adults who may struggle in a more traditional therapeutic environment. If you or someone you know is living with social, emotional, behavior or mental health issues, we are here to help. Call or email us and we will schedule a visit for you. We will show you around the ranch, introduce our wonderful horses, learn more about what you are dealing with and share how we may be able to help.