MEN'S RECOVERY SKILL DEVELOPMENT
Helping men to develop the skills to be successful in their recovery.
BUILDING SKILLS FOR LIFE
One of the biggest pieces that are missing for a lot of individuals in recovery is the skills of how to reintegrate back into everyday life.
The objectives and skills people can develop while working with the horses are what makes Equine Assisted Learning an imperative part of any recovery process or development process. When we are working with people, even adults, who have had been though addictions, we need to remember that the past skills that they have learned are what led them to making decisions that led them to addiction. Whether we are helping a 30 year old adult or a 12 year old youth to move forward from addiction, both must learn the basics of life skills to be able to grasp and maintain behavioural change. Whether that skill be communication, negotiation, active listening or trust, these are the skills that will create an armour for the clients to take out into the world to make healthy life decisions and because the programs are interactive, they are able to pull from the past experiences with the horses to apply that learning to everyday life.
We can help people to understand different methods of what they need to change, even how to make those changes, but without basic life skills, people are unable to understand what that process would look like or feel like to be able to properly implement those changes. EAL is an imperative support to other programming in that it allows people to make the changes that they need for their lives - not because a person told them too - but because they made the choice themselves to achieve a different outcome.
I learned that it's all about communication. I won’t be able to release past childhood trauma without being able to communicate my pain with my team, family and friends. It's something I will bring in to my next relationship. I have never been much at communicating but we can’t go forward in a relationship if we don’t communicate and stay on the same page. The horses taught me that.
WHAT IF WE COULD SEE WHAT HAPPENS IF WE CHANGE OUR BEHAVIOURS?
Horses understand how to differentiate between potentially threatening behaviour and a calm and assertive nature. Children and adults who have the chance to work with our development programs are able to learn how to modify their behaviour through sets of exercises that will remain with them for the rest of their lives. This type of teaching cannot be delivered in a classroom. It is the experience of being in close contact with horses that has the most effect on young and old people.
Give men the skills necessary to ultimately better prepare them to take on the challenges that life throws at them.
- develop healthy relationships
accept responsibility and accountability
overcome barriers to find change
be encouraged to be creative and innovative
- develop problem-solving skills
- strengthen communication skills
- realize the benefits associated with effective communication
and recognize the value of mutual trust, respect, and personal integrity
find opportunity in working together and that they are not alone in their recovery!
Equine Assisted Learning acts as an important educational tool to help to develop empathy and kindness as well as combat;
- Behavioural disorders
- Low self-esteem
- Drug abuse
- Inability to work with others
Poor communication skills
TO DISCUSS HOW THE MEN FROM YOUR ORGANIZATION CAN BUILD THE ESSENTIAL SKILLS FOR LIFE.