At-Risk youth Program
At-Risk Youth Equine Assisted Therapy
NMET”s at-risk youth equine assisted therapy program is northern Michigan’s go to program to build confidence both inside the arena and into everyday lives. Equine Assisted Therapy is an internationally recognized intervention known to be especially useful in helping young people with issues of low self-esteem, communication, regulation of behavior, problem solving, coping skills and anger.
Horses have an extraordinary ability to read the body language and mirror the inner struggles of our youth. Equine Assisted Therapy is a powerful way of helping these young people find their internal controls and ability to manage difficult feelings and challenging situations.
This program also helps young adults understand how to effectively handle and process challenges in their lives. A horse’s soothing nature teaches them to cope with it appropriately.
Sometimes it is hard for an at-risk youth to understand the cause of their issue. NMET believes a horse’s unconditional love provides honest feedback to the client. This feedback provides essential skills to build effective relationships with the horse and outside our facility.
Our goal is to:
- Build observation skills
- Evaluate perceptions
- Develop effective means of communication
- Set healthy boundaries
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All Young People Can Succeed
All young people have the potential to succeed in life and contribute to society, but many do not get the support they need to thrive. As a retired detective sergeant for 20 years, I feel our at-risk youth needs first to discover their identity without distractions. By using equine assistance, this program breaks each person down to better understand who they are.Working with our horses gives youth an opportunity to learn healthier relationship behaviors and patterns. As they experience the caring nature of a horse, they quickly relate these sessions with the respectable treatment of the people in their lives.