We’re pleased to announce that our proposal has been accepted for presentation at the 16th International Congress of Equine Facilitated Programmes (HETI 2018) in Dublin, Ireland. Our proposal represents a collaboration between The Mane Intent Inc., Kawartha Sexual Assault Centre and Trent University and is titled: “Experiential Learning with Horses: An Innovative Approach to Fostering Resiliency-Based Competencies in At-Risk Youth”. Jennifer Garland, Owner/Program Director of The Mane Intent will be presenting the content on behalf of the partner organizations. The conference will take place at the Royal Dublin Society from June 26 – June 29, 2018.
Garland’s presentation will reflect results to date from Building Internal Resilience Through Horses, a partnership between the Kawartha Sexual Assault Centre, Trent University and The Mane Intent, funded by the Public Health Agency of Canada. The study examines the effectiveness of this community-based group program consisting of 8 weeks of equine-assisted learning sessions at The Mane Intent, counterbalanced with 4 weeks of supplemental expressive arts and psycho-educational workshops, for four groups of young women aged 13 – 18 who reported experiencing child maltreatment or exposure to intimate partner violence.
The research results examined changes in self-reported socioemotional competencies, sense of mastery, and sense of relatedness following the EAL programming, relative to changes following the supplemental programming, as well as longitudinally at 1-month and 6-month follow-ups. Qualitative results were also supplemented with participant’s qualitative feedback.
“The results support EAL as an innovative program that is effective in increasing a sense of mastery, sense of relatedness, and selected socioemotional competencies in young women,” shares Garland in her presentation proposal.
Our presentation will discuss results in terms of their implications for EAL as a promising-community based approach to fostering resiliency-based competencies in at-risk youth. Furthermore, the research is important in informing current and future prevention and intervention efforts and advancing innovative trauma-informed practice.
The theme of the HETI 2018 conference is “Strike the Balance.” It is the first time the conference has been hosted by Dublin, Ireland, bringing together equine programme facilitators from around the world. The Congress aims to explore the ways to strike the balance between:
• The challenges of providing high quality Equine Facilitated Programs in an environment of competing resources: where demand is greater than supply
• The challenges of providing rigorously robust studies versus evaluative or anecdotal studies
• The challenges of funding Equine Facilitated Program: public and private funding sources
• Segregated or mainstream settings for equine-facilitated programs: which are best and for whom
• The provision of equine facilitated programs and horse welfare and management considerations.
About the Author: Jennifer Garland is the Owner/Program Director of The Mane Intent, offering Health and Wellness Workshops and Individual and Team Effectiveness Coaching. Jennifer’s intent is to bring horses and humans together to explore new possibilities, getting you out of your comfort zone and giving clarity of voice to your leader within. She has over 25 years of leadership experience in communications, cause-related marketing and change management. As a strategist, facilitator and effectiveness coach, Jennifer has provided counsel and support to senior leaders from all walks of life to build productive relationships, facilitate learning and to embrace change. She is a ‘socialpreneur’ who values the art of living life fully with intent.
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