At Risk Youth

The epidemic of children and adolescents engaging in harmful and risky behavior reaches directly into our communities, our schools and our homes.  Parents and professional caregivers need tools that identify the root causes of behavior and effectively equip young people to change the direction of their lives.  Successful treatment outcomes of Equine Assisted Psychotherapy are measured by the individual’s ability to move away from a self-defeating path and toward his or her potential.  Ultimately, the once-troubled and troublesome child assumes a positive, satisfying lifestyle.

The EAGALA Model of treatment practiced by the staff at Ozarks Equine Therapy Center offers a unique approach to helping at-risk children and adolescents.  Unlike traditional “talk therapy,” EAP is designed to be experiential, which is often more appealing to this age group.  Working with the horse(s) allows the child to explore metaphors, increase awareness and deepen understanding.

We are expecting the following outcomes:
A significant decrease in-

  • substance abuse
  • self-injurious behavior
  • violence and aggression toward others
  • feelings of depression and hopelessness which typically drains motivation and the willingness to try


A significant increase in:

  • self-confidence
  • effective communication skills
  • ability to solve problems in their lives
  • satisfaction with overall quality of life, as positive choices replace negative behaviors.

Equine Assisted Psychotherapy and Learning promotes respect, leadership skills, and positive character development.  Over time, as these interpersonal skills mature, a young person has a significantly better chance of developing successful life skills. Based on solid on-going research and supported by best practice outcomes, EAP has shown to be an effective forum to address the needs, treatment plan, and goals of at-risk children and adolescents.

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