Winning Strides provides experiential mental health services, as well as growth and learning groups. Equine assisted psychotherapy (EAP) is appropriate with children, adolescents, families and groups. With EAP, sessions are designed to meet the unique needs of the client using one or more horses to accomplish a specific goal.
Anyone who has ever worked with horses knows the bond between horses and humans is a very special one. Winning Strides uses horses to help people:
Individual and Group Counseling (some insurance accepted)
Supervision for Licensure
Corporate Team Development
Retreats in Partnership with other Organizations
Your reactions to the horses, and the horses' reaction to you can help demonstrate obstacles in relationships, thought patterns, and goal setting. You may discover novel and more effective solutions to the challenges you face in life. Traditional office therapy is also available. Blue Cross Blue Shield Insurance is accepted.
[Satellite office located in Dublin, GA 31021 - traditional therapy only]
At Winning Strides, your students will experience a unique and brand new curriculum entitled, Head ‘em Up, Move ‘em Out! The program is designed to enhance their learning styles, reduce stress, and create more positive relationships in the classroom. The Head ‘em Up, Move ’em Out Curriculum produced positive behavior changes when students at a local elementary school completed the 18-week program.
Supervision is available for qualified Licensed Professional Counselor applicants. Individual as well as group supervision is available with a Certified Professional Counselor Supervisor.
If you have completed your graduation and want to begin work on your licensure requirements, please call for more information.
Supervision sessions are most often
Workshops and clinics are scheduled throughout the year. All Continuing Education hours are approved by the Licensed Professional Counselors Association of Georgia. Topics in the past have included:
Healing Families with Medically Fragile Children
Sexual Ethics in Therapy
Back to the Basics of Business
Harnessing the Power of the Horse in Your Private Practice
Winning Strides offers corporate team development, customized in collaboration with your organization to meet your goals and needs. Our facility has a warm and friendly atmosphere, with great room and fire place to relax and debrief the arena activities with the horses. Whether it is staff development, corporate leadership, or a personal growth workshop, Winning Strides most often uses the Eagala model of facilitation by team approach with a mental health professional and an equine specialist.
Winning Strides partners with some non-profit organizations such as Horse & Harp and Stride Ahead to provide services to clients and groups at a reduced cost or no cost. In addition, Winning Strides serves as a venue to Equestrian Connection retreats for patients of Children's Healthcare of Atlanta.
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Colts and Fillies is an easy-to-use manual for use with young children. Using the EAGALA model, the mental health professional and/or the equine specialist can manage (design) sessions with everything at their fingertips. Organizational tips and "how to make" materials are included. Reproducible pages provide immediate resources. The manual can be a life saver for impromptu EAP/EAL sessions or it can be used to formulate a series of sessions. The activities can be used for individual and group therapy, learning groups, residential treatment centers, summer camps, day clinics. They can also be adapted for adult equine assisted sessions. Colts and Fillies is a "must have" resource for your library.
Head 'em Up! Move 'em Out! helps school counselors, mental health professionals, and equine specialists develop strategic partnerships to organize a school equine assisted learning program. An 18-week curriculum is provided using the themes: Cowboy Words of Wisdom, Horse Power in TeamWork, and Winning Strides to Resiliency. Activities focus on respect, responsibility, friendship, communication, problem solving, managing stress, and having a positive outlook. Evaluation techniques, handouts, and tips for a successful program are provided.
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What will the workshop by like?
Equine Assisted Psychotherapy (EAP) and Learning (EAL) is an innovative approach to professional counseling using horses to help client’s address and resolve behavioral, relational, psychological, spiritual, and emotional issues. The workshop will focus on a program entitled “Equine Leading and Learning,” based on Franklin Covey’s student leadership program The Leader in Me. Participants will better understand the model of equine assisted learning through theory, role definition (mental health professional and equine specialist), activities, and processing techniques.
Although the program is designed to help troubled adolescents gain leadership skills and exhibit more positive behaviors, the concepts can be applied to many different venues and age groups as an intervention tool. Participants will be able to identify what clients are most likely to benefit as the presenters offer information about the versatile applications of
Equine Assisted Psychotherapy and Learning.
This is an experiential workshop. Didactic presentations will be intermittently supported by work in the arena with horses.
Who are the presenters?
Lisa Gatti, Founder and CEO of Pal-O-Mine, where many programs are offered using the EAGALA model. The recipient of numerous awards for her business and leadership skills, Lisa was most recently honored with the 2016 SmartCEO Corporate Culture Award.
Jennie Diguardia, with 30+years of horse experience, has been extensively trained in Equine Assisted Learning Character Education and certified in the EAGALA model. Jennie has been with Pal-O-Mine Equestrian since 2004.
Rachel Gearwar is currently working as a Licensed Social Worker for Pal-O-Mine. She is dual certified by EAGALA as a Mental Health practitioner and an Equine Specialist. She is currently going for her advanced certification through EAGALA.
Susan Jung, Winning Strides LLC, LPC and Eagala Certified - Susan is well known for her workshops in the Atlanta area, using equine assisted Psychotherapy and Learning in the mental health field. Horses are always a part of her presentation team!
And of course - the world's best pony and other equine facilitators!
12 Core contact hours have been approved by the Licensed Professional Counselors Association of Georgia. Related hours for LCSW's and MFT's.
Up to 8 independent study hours for Eagala certification renewal can be purchased on the Eagala website @$15 per hour.
LPCA CE Approval Number 7929-18
Susan is a Licensed Professional Counselor and a Certified Professional Counselor Supervisor. She was an elementary counselor for 30+ years and an avid horsewoman since early childhood. Susan is Eagala certified and fulfills the role of Mental Health professional in Eagala model sessions.
Dandy is a 23 year old Tennessee Walking Horse. She was one of Susan's favorite show horses. She is a kind, sensitive mare who loves hanging out with people. Dandy is the mother of Dustin.
Dustin is a 17 year old Tennessee Walking Horse who loves to play and have fun. He has a particular liking for harp music!
Nick is a 25+ year Shetland/Halflinger. He has been described as "the best pony in the world." He is intuitive and often shows clients the solutions to their problems. Kids particularly love Nick because of his size.
Duck is a 31 year old Tennessee Walker who has a long show career. In addition to showing, he was Susan's favorite trail horse because of his size and his enthusiasm for adventure.
These ladies comprise the Stride Ahead team of equine specialists. They are well trained in the Eagala Model, Parelli, Therapeutic Riding, and Natural Lifemanship.