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Sister Sense

Berkshire HorseWorks’ eight week Sister Sense program utilizes EAGALA Model Equine Assisted Learning /Equine Assisted Psychotherapy to provide a support group for women facing change who are looking to open up new possibilities in their lives with a fresh perspective. It is designed to help women become more self-aware while making empowered choices. Participants will explore important skills such as asserting healthy boundaries, managing obstacles, challenges and distractions, and developing positive body image. Issues such as anxiety, depression, codependency, grief and anger are addressed and positively transformed into strengths.  Sessions are designed to foster self-reflection and target key strengths including leadership, independence, confidence, and perseverance. Although the program has Equine Assisted Learning activities at its core, it also integrates guided hikes, self-esteem workshops with life coaches, vision boarding, and campfire journaling.

Women bring their goals and challenges to the arena, where they:

  • Find a safe environment to feel respected by others
  • Gain a new sense of self-worth
  • Find a balance between assertiveness and femininity
  • Rediscover purpose in life’s path
  • Cultivate mindfulness
  • Challenge preconceived roles
  • Overcome self-criticism
  • Redirect energy to positive channels
  • Expunge intimidation
  • Build friendships

 

Girls Rule!

Berkshire HorseWorks’ eight week Girls Rule! program geared toward young women ages 12-20, utilizes EAGALA Model Equine Assisted Learning/Equine Assisted Psychotherapy to help them learn how to stand their ground when needed, practice self-care, and know when to ask for help. It is our intention to provide a safe, fun and challenging environment in which the participants may learn and grow. Through the powerful interaction with horses, young women explore important skills such as asserting healthy boundaries, managing obstacles, challenges and distractions, developing positive body image, and making empowered choices. Sessions are designed to foster self-reflection and target key strengths including leadership, independence, confidence, and perseverance.

The students who will be served have a range of mental and behavioral challenges including ADHD, autism, sexual abuse, setting healthy boundaries, effective communication, anger management, addiction, learning disorders, trauma, domestic violence, and depression.

Bully Prevention / Intervention Program

Berkshire HorseWorks’ eight week Bully Prevention / Intervention Program utilizes EAGALA Model Equine Assisted Learning and Equine Assisted Learning to increase a child’s self-confidence, nurture empowerment through appropriate conflict-resolution, explore assertive communication, develop anger management skills, and provide a safe environment to have fun and strengthen self-care skills. The key goals of the program are to develop and explore emotional self-awareness through the use of perception, identify how problems are viewed and what strengths can be utilized to overcome challenges, explore control and the display of emotions to self and to others, look at differences and how to create tolerance in our lives, and finally to explore observations and perceptions and how they affect group dynamics.

The students who will be served have a range of mental and behavioral challenges including ADHD, autism, sexual abuse, setting healthy boundaries, effective communication, anger management, addiction, learning disorders, trauma, domestic violence, and depression.

 

Life Skills Program

Berkshire HorseWorks’ Life Skills program utilizes EAGALA Model Equine Assisted Learning practiced in 50 countries by over 4,500 professionals to increase self-confidence, foster creative thinking, encourage problem-solving, nurture empowerment, explore effective communication, enhance time management techniques, develop healthy boundaries, strengthen self-care skills, cultivate mutual respect, and provide a safe environment to have fun and build friendships.

This eight week program decreases academic truancy, teen pregnancy, and juvenile delinquency and provides students of all ages tools to work through any obstacle that presents itself as well as to cultivate social skills, thereby thriving in school, at home and in the community. The time spent with the horses in the arena can be either a standalone program or a complement to an existing Life Skills initiative in the district.

The designated group will meet each week for 90 minutes. During these sessions, activities are constructed which support program goals and incorporate processing, and when appropriate, journaling, art and music. Rooted in evidence-based practices, this experiential modality has been found to be effective and incorporates metaphorical learning. The key goals of the program are: to develop and explore emotional self-awareness through the use of perception; to identify how problems are viewed and what strengths can be utilized to overcome challenges; to look at differences and how to create tolerance in our lives; and finally to explore observations and perceptions and how they affect group dynamics.

 

Team Effectiveness Program

Berkshire HorseWorks utilizes EAGALA Model Equine Assisted Team building to assist associates explore their individual and overall team effectiveness in the following ways: enhancement of effective communication, cohesion both intra and inter office, development of conflict resolution and customer satisfaction tools and identification of roles within the corporate arena. Whether your team be corporate, governmental, sports, executive, administrative or even family, Equine Assisted Team building is exciting, enlightening, and is retained. The key goals of the program are to increase employee engagement, navigate cultural differences, increase productivity, develop consistency of brand identity, and increase creativity within the workplace. This modality is strength based and solution focused.

Equine Assisted Team building translates what is learned in the board room into an experiential setting where the interaction with horses provides an opportunity for metaphorical learning. This modality is ideal for working with staff to adapt to a company’s new management style and initiatives, enhancing group dynamics, developing leadership skills during a crisis, or even preparing for an IRS audit.

Equine Assisted Team Building:

  • Cultivates empathy within the workplace
  • Navigates multicultural differences
  • Improves client services
  • Augments tolerance and respect among coworkers
  • Develops focus and goal-based thinking
  • Increases productivity, balance, and concentration
  • Inspires non-traditional problem-solving techniques
  • Fosters confidence and highlights personal strengths
  • Improves communication skills working cooperatively
  • Encourages individuality while accommodating collective goals
  • Stimulates mindfulness and clarity
  • Refines one’s ethical code and moral fiber
  • Enhances team members’ creativity, authenticity, and sense of achievement

This one and a half day program consists of one 3-hour session at the corporate site and one six-hour Equine Assisted Learning session at the equine facility.