(Learning through Equine Assisted Psychotherapy)
A group for people preparing for or experiencing a life transitionWhether you are transitioning into a new routine or into a new major, starting a new relationship or ending an old one, adjusting to life away from home or anticipating life after college; change is a reality in each of our lives that tests our faith and courage. LEAP is a research project based on a 6 week long experiential learning group that will use the modality of Equine Assisted Therapy to help participants explore the social, spiritual and emotional dimensions of the life transitions they are experiencing or anticipating. At least four of the sessions will be outdoors, participating with horses on the ground (unmounted) in group initiatives designed to build skill and awareness in the areas of self-efficacy, self-awareness, mindfulness, identifying and responding to our fears, communication and trust. Depending on the weather, up to two sessions will be indoors in a discussion format as we seek to apply insights from the realm of equine behavior to the challenges in our own lives. Participants will be asked to complete pre- and post- surveys at the start and end of the group.
Date: Saturday, September 29 Time: 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Cost: $10 for lunch and materials
The group will be limited to 8 participants.
Applications, available in the College Ministries office or at www.messiah.edu/ministries/opportunities, are due by Sept. 20.
| Risë VanFleet, Ph.D., RPT-S, CDBC
Family Enhancement & Play Therapy Center, Inc.
Evie Telfer, M.Div., M.S., EAGALA level 2