We are very excited by the all new Seeds of Courage program offered in Rhode Island.
- Our Seeds of Courage program will provide Equine Assisted Activities and Therapy for military personnel and public service employees to support them in personal and professional development. Providing access to an engaging and therapeutic relationship with equines, we offer an experience and opportunity that is specific to this demographic. The Seeds of Courage Program will encompass aspects of all of the Mustard Seed programs and be geared to fit the specific needs of the individual.
- The U.S. Department of Veteran’s Affairs estimates that Post Traumatic Stress afflicts as many as one-quarter of the troops returning from the Middle East, or about 300,000 men and women. The growing field of Equine Assisted Psychotherapy is showing great promise in treating veterans and their families who suffer from the nightmares, anxiety, depression, anger, irritability and other debilitating effects of this invisible, yet very real disability. The Mustard Seed Farm, Seed of Courage program, will address the need for PTSD treatment in Rhode Island by utilizing horses as well as therapists.
Supporting our Emergency Responders and our Troops!
Equine Assisted Therapy & Equine Assisted Growth and Learning
Equine Assisted Psychotherapy (EAP): EAP is a growing psychotherapy model in which horses are utilized to create a therapeutic setting, employing an experiential, action-based counseling session. In each EAP session a Licensed Therapist Professional (LPCC) and a Licensed Equine Professional work with the horses to co-facilitate a therapeutic process together with participants.
It offers physical, emotional, and spiritual benefits for individuals and families in need of: individual counseling, family counseling, drug and alcohol addiction, marriage therapy, etc…
Equine Assisted Growth & Learning (EAL): EAL programs are designed as a “thinking out of the box” growth and learning tool for many different groups including: social service agencies, corporations, schools, home-schools, churches, or any group in search of connecting with one another in a new and exciting way. Participants are guided by facilitators through non-riding activities with horses.
Each activity focuses on communication skills, teambuilding skills, and behavior management. Horses have the ability to mirror human body language; this gives incredible and immediate feedback to what participants are communicating non-verbally.
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SUPPORTING OUR EMERGENCY RESPONDERS AND OUR TROOPS!
Statistics show that 1 in 5 veterans currently suffer from PTSD, and suicide amongst veterans is on the rise (“Quick Facts About PTSD”, 2010). In 2012, the number of servicemen killed by suicide had surpassed the number of those killed in combat (NPR.com, 1/14/2013). With local, state and federal budgets stretched to their limits it is more important now than ever that we as a community come up with creative solutions to help this unique group of individuals.