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
Coaching for 55+
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.
Coaching is available for retirees wishing to follow their dreams.
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
Ethics in Therapy
Back to the Basics of Business
Harnessing the Power of the Horse in Your Private Practice
Using Positive Psychology to Help Troubled Youth
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.
These are unprecedented times.
Through incorporating horses - even on telehealth sessions,
Eagala Certified professionals are
here to help you deal with overwhelming emotions and
to come through this stronger than ever. Get help now with our treatment team.
It Just takes One:
1 Mentor matched with
1 Child and 1
1 Hour per week
for 10 months
Look for our newsletter announcements in the coming months calling for volunteer mentor applications, or see application below.
Parents of foster or adoptive children are encouraged to call 770-776-8446 for more information.
More information will be published as workshops are approved for Licensure renewal hours. Please email us to express your specific interest in the topics. All workshops are held at the farm and our equine friends help make the workshops fun and engaging.
Registration Forms for all 2021 Continuing Education Workshops will be available after January 2021.
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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.
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 26 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 Dustin6
Dustin is a 20 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 was a 33 year old Tennessee Walker who had a long show career. In addition to showing, he was Susan's favorite trail horse because of his size and his enthusiasm for adventure. He passed away February 12, 2020, and will be missed for a long time.
These ladies comprise the Stride Ahead team of equine specialists. They are well trained in the Eagala Model, Parelli, Therapeutic Riding, and Natural Lifemanship.