Home On The Range (HOTR) announced that Laura Feldmann, LCSW, has been appointed the new Executive Director for the COA accredited organization. As an experienced clinician and having served as the Clinical Director, Laura brings to the new position more than fifteen years of social work experience. Laura assumed her new responsibilities effective March 15, 2021
Laura has a Master’s Degree in Social Work and has been the Clinical Director since 2016. Laura is certified in EAGALA (Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Association), FIT (Feedback Informed Treatment), a certified trainer for Risking Connections and Restorative Approach and many other evidence-based therapeutic programs. In 2017, Laura studied and became certified in Traumatic Stress Studies.
Laura came to HOTR in December 2006. She began her journey with HOTR as case manager and then moved into a newly created therapist role. Laura’s focus was working with the kids in the arena as part of the animal assisted therapy. She received her Certification in Animal Assisted Social Work through the University of Denver in 2010. She then received training in equine therapy models EAGALA and Natural Lifemanship. She worked diligently in both the equine assisted therapy and canine assisted therapy programs. Laura was instrumental in working collaboratively with HOTR personnel, and an equine professor from North Dakota State University (NDSU) to compile research based on the equine assisted therapy program. Erin Berg was a Doctoral student at NDSU and completed a qualitative study on the Canine Assisted Therapy program.
“As a member of the HOTR Board and the Executive Director search committee, I couldn’t be happier that Laura Feldmann was chosen as the new Executive Director of HOTR. Her passion for the kids shines through in everything she does. She brings a wealth of knowledge to the position and the entire committee was inspired by her dedication and vision that she brings to HOTR.” Marlo Nelson, HOTR Board Member
Laura, her husband Loren, and four girls, currently call Beach, North Dakota home.
Home On The Range is a Qualified Residential Treatment Program (QRTP) licensed to serve 36 boys and girls, ages 12-19, who have been victims of abuse, neglect or trauma. Home On The Range has been helping children and their families for 72 years and is located in southwestern North Dakota near the town of Beach, ND.