The Canine Assisted Therapy Program/ Group
The Canine Assisted program provides a cognitive-behavioral intervention in which residents learn problem solving skills, build trust, enhance communication skills, and learn to be a member of a team all through dog training. The residents learn the skills necessary to train dogs to become service dogs. Through this process, they learn the importance of patience, structure, positive reinforcement, and emotional regulation. The residents in this program are responsible for the care and wellbeing of their dogs. Their responsibilities include feeding, grooming, bathing, training, and attending vet appointments.
Welcome to Club Compass! In Club Compass we encourage children to read while in company of a dog. We bring our therapy dog to help the kids that have struggles reading and the kids who are excelled in reading. While I have been in Club Compass, it has been a wonderful experience! Seeing the expressions on their faces when they see our golden retriever is something that I will never forget. Compass is involved with kids mostly in kindergarten, second and third grade. If more kids would have had a program like we have not, there would be more kids that enjoy reading. When we get to the school, we put treats in our pockets, grab a dog bed and get the children. We help the little ones with the words they cannot say or do not understand and when the book is done or the time is up, we talk about the book and ask if they want to make Compass do a couple tricks. Every time I walk into the classroom the kids are begging to be the next one to get to read to Compass. After the reading is done the recess bell rings and all the kids crowd around the dog and try to make him do tricks. Club Compass is something that the kids will never forget! (written by HOTR resident/dog handler)
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Home on the Range employs two separate Equine Programs with separate approaches designed to accommodate the needs of residents.
The Intensive Equine Program consists of a three member team; horse, horse expert and mental health expert working together to address the treatment needs of HOTR clientele displaying externalizing behaviors. The program utilizes a three prong approach consisting of equine assisted psychotherapy, education and skill development to improve and further develop the socially acceptable behaviors of these youths. The program consists of an individual session and three group sessions each week for a total of ten hours. In addition the program is expanding services to better address family needs and offer consistent family sessions utilizing equine assisted techniques. The program also employs a pre/post testing system that aids in evaluating the overall effectiveness of the interventions. Residents in this program typically do not attend ancillary groups with the exception of the Orientation Group and the LIDA Groups.
General Equine Program utilizes an eclectic/directive approach to the treatment process. The group meets one day per week and is divided into three distinct group sessions during that time with independent focuses for each session based on the specific needs of the participants. The program also includes weekly individual sessions. This program works in conjunction with other group therapies such as Cognitive Restructuring, Grief Programs, and other to address a multitude of issues such as changing criminal thinking errors, grief and loss, and substance abuse concerns.
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“My horse’s name is Peppy. I picked him because he has a personality that is pretty close to mine. He is very stubborn. Just like me, he has taught patience. It takes a lot of patience to deal with horses. I have never touched a horse until I got sent to Home on the Range. I never thought I would end up loving riding. It seems to me that it helps to take my anger out while riding. It’s very relaxing.”
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