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
Supervision for Licensure
Corporate Team Development
Retreats in Partnership with other Organizations
Stable Moments® Mentoring Program
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.
[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.
Mission: Improving the life course of foster and adopted children who have experienced early developmental trauma.
Strategy: We achieve this by developing life skills through equine-assisted learning and community mentorship.
Rationale:There are over 400,000 children in the U.S. care system without a permanent place to live. Most if not all of these children have experienced trauma, significantly affecting their human development and the way they interact in their home, school and community. There is a high need for foster placements but just placing these children and simply containing them is not enough. Without therapeutic intervention, these children are likely to age out of foster care and are at a high-risk of becoming incarcerated, pregnant, addicted to drugs or dependent on state benefits. These children often repeat the cycle of their own parents and we see their children enter the system as well.
Ending this treacherous cycle begins with each individual child. Meeting him where he is at by understanding his experience and helping him develop his self-worth, sense of purpose, decision-making abilities, executive functioning and self-regulation skills.
Research suggests that the most influential element in achieving success with children in foster care is a consistent, enduring relationship with a healthy role model. Using a mentorship program in conjunction with equine-assisted learning (EAL) is the ideal match for this population.
There are many correlations between natural horsemanship and effective therapeutic intervention with children who have survived with trauma. Both teach the importance of relationship with an emphasis on building strengths and rewarding positive behavior. Both recognize that negative behavior is often caused by survival mentality and confusion about one’s role in the relationship. Bringing horses and these children together in a one-on-one mentorship program allows the child to build life skills that will aid him in transitioning to a healthy adulthood. +++
Look for our newsletter announcements in the coming months calling for volunteer mentor applications.
Parents of foster or adoptive children are encouraged to call 770-776-8446 for more information.
NEW FORMAT - USB Drive with "Consumer's Guide" Template Marketing Tool
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.
Click on the file to download. For best results - print the document as a brochure. Print on both sides, flipping on the short edge, and fold in the middle.
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 25 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 19 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 33 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.