WHITEHOUSE STATION, N.J. — Join Spring Reins of Life, Inc. for a special night of music, comedy, testimonials from the people served, and great food, while the organization expresses gratitude to volunteers, donors, supporters and SRoL family.
The Polish American Citizens Club will host this event on Saturday March 23 from 6 to 10 p.m. in Whitehouse Station. Friend of SRoL, Darren Devone will be the emcee for the evening and Tom Briscoe will be this year’s guest comedian. Other talent is expected.
The cost for the dinner is $15. Tickets can be purchased in advance with debit/credit card, at www.eventbrite.com/e/5th-annual-swing-into-spring-event-srol-appreciation-dinner-tickets-55281308883. If tickets are still available, the night of the event they can be purchased at the door. Dinner ticket includes; appetizers, homemade dinner buffet to meet everyone’s dietary needs, and assorted desserts. There will be a full-service cash bar all night.
SRoL provides equine assisted psychotherapy (EAP) services as an EAGALA Model certified program since 2011. Zero riding is involved in EAP and zero horse experience is needed to participate or benefit. In fact, most of SRoL clients have never been in contact with a horse before. The horses provide immediate ‘present moment’, a space of peace, a natural environment to build trust. Due to horses’ size and power, they help clients to develop personalized coping and resiliency skills which create pathways for more of the same. Sir Winston Churchill may have said it best in the quote “There is something about the outside of a horse that is good for the inside of a man”.
The EAGALA Model has seen a massive growth rate of over 400% in the last three years. EAGALA (Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Association) has certified programs in all 50 United States and over 50 countries offering an acute intervention based and solution focused therapeutic model for an extremely wide array of mental health issues. SRoL is one of 17 programs in the USA to earn “Military Service Provider” certification (first in NJ since 2014).
In 2010 RAND Report posted that 22+ veterans commit suicide everyday — this number was based on 30% of states reporting and has not been updated in eight years. New Jersey has a high population of OIF, OEF and Vietnam Veterans that need to see an intervention that will save lives today, not next year. SRoL’s Operation Horse is designed specifically for veterans struggling with PTSD,
Since 2012 SRoL has provided services to more than 700 veterans from the PTSD units at Lyons VA Hospital. Recently SRoL is included to represent New Jersey in a nationwide outreach to provide Equine Therapy as mental health to alleviate PTSD through the VA.
The numbers of inner city teens that are in trouble with the law and involved in gang violence is at an all-time high, yet SRoL sees positive behavior changes while in the EAP arena in as little as one group session. Another growing population of teens who are at-risk is homeless, runaways and human trafficking survivors. The tactics that work on the street will not work with a 1,000 pound horse, so other (more positive) skills are developed to be successful. Young children who have suffered traumatic loss are grieving as older family members are but without the vocabulary and life experience to draw upon, expressing their feelings can be difficult and frustrating. Horses can bridge gaps.
EAP (equine assisted psychotherapy) has seen a growing trend for people who are survivors of trauma and suffering from mental/ emotional issues as a result. The horses provide a way to explore feelings and emotions with honest, nonjudgmental feedback with reactions that allow the participant to decide if the outcome was favorable or not. If you are curious to learn more about this form of therapy contact Spring Reins of Life at firstname.lastname@example.org. Attend the sixth annual Open House/ Demo Day on Sunday, June 2 from 1 to 4 p.m. General public is invited to the farm to meet the Herd and see what EAP is about.
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