Equine-Assisted Growth and Learning Opportunities for Groups and Individuals
Stable Insights is a non-riding, experiential program utilizing horses to enable emotional growth and learning for individuals, families and groups. The program involves a collaborative process between a licensed clinical social worker and horse professional along with participants and horses to address specific goals.
What can you expect?
Our program is experiential in nature. Participants learn about themselves and others by participating in goal-oriented activities with horses, and then discussing feelings, behaviors and patterns that emerge during each session. Ultimately, this process allows participants to gain critical life skills and make positive behavioral changes. Because of its intensity and effectiveness, it is considered a short term approach, and is generally an adjunct modality to other therapies.
Who can participate?
Stable Insights is designed to support individuals, families and groups facing a range of life challenges, including: trauma and loss; substance abuse and recovery; eating disorders; anxiety and depression; relationship and social issues; and parenting challenges. Our Stable Insights model also translates to the workplace. We offer unique staff development workshops and retreats to promote team building and leadership, stimulate creativity and enhance service delivery. No prior horse experience is necessary and no riding is involved. All activities are done from the ground and are completed in a controlled, private and safe setting.
Horses are very much like humans in that they are social animals with defined roles within their herds. They have distinct personalities, attitudes and moods; an approach that seems to work with one horse does not necessarily work with another. Due to their dynamic behavior, horses provide vast opportunities for metaphorical learning. Using metaphors in discussion or activity is an effective technique when working with even the most challenging individuals or groups. Most importantly, horses have the ability to mirror exactly what human body language is telling them, making them honest and powerful messengers.
How do you get started?
To arrange an individual appointment or develop a group or corporate team building program, contact Bonnie Malajian, LCSW at 201.934.1001 or by email.
All sessions are facilitated by a licensed clinical social worker who is certified by the Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Association (www.eagala.org) and assisted by trained equine handlers.