LightHorse Healthcare, Inc. the power of Animal Assisted Therapy

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Information about LightHorse Healthcare, Inc. the power of Animal Assisted Therapy
Health & Medicine

Published on February 16, 2014

Author: MoriahMorris



LightHorse Healthcare, Inc. is a non profit integrative behavioral healthcare facility offering a full line of behavioral healthcare services including a therapeutic farm with horses, cows, chickens, goats and much more.
The power of animal assisted therapy is illustrated in this power point which explains how one clinic has come from very a humble beginning to create a place where all people no matter ability to pay can find healing and strength through combined clinical and animal assisted therapy.

LightHorse Healthcare, Inc. Providing Excellence in Integrative Behavioral Healthcare

Welcome to LightHorse Healthcare, Inc LightHorse Healthcare, Inc. is non-profit 501(c)(3) integrative behavioral healthcare center providing both in-office and experiential services to children, adolescents, adults, families and groups. We utilize an evidence-based, multispecies approach, thereby offering a dynamic treatment option in which patients heal body, mind and spirit while learning critical relationship skills.

Our Vision & Mission Our vision is to pioneer an integrated, sustainable and replicable therapeutic model of growth and change that encompasses behavioral healthcare, health & wellness and experiential services while being grounded in a sacred connection with the natural world. It is our mission to provide healing for the body, mind and spirit through inoffice and experiential therapies and services.

We come from humble beginnings… Where others saw a run down old barn; we saw our future. Where others saw back breaking labor; we gave sweat equity. Where others saw no potential; we built a Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship, International Center.

The LightHorse Healthcare, Inc. story begins…

…in a „ram shackle‟ barn

...renewed with sweat and love,

determination, ...

…and laughter…

….to create a place of healing.

For the children who would come…

…and come,

as individuals, in groups, building friendships

…to learn and grow,

…to heal,

…to compete,

and, to WIN!

Then the wild things came…

to teach the children that they too have a responsibility

…to care for those,

who could not care for themselves.

Time passed 2007 – 2011 LightHorse Healthcare, Inc. was an all volunteer program providing Animal Assisted Therapy & Therapeutic Riding. Community mental health providers utilized the farm to offer their clients experiential therapy services, however, that did not begin to meet the clinical needs of the community.

The gift of the present 2012 – Present Through the generosity of others, with many giant leaps of faith, we have grown to meet critical needs in the community creating what LightHorse Healthcare, Inc. is today.. a comprehensive integrative behavioral healthcare center. Mental illness has reached crisis proportion in the US and few quality resources exist, especially in Coastal Georgia. LightHorse Healthcare, Inc. has a unique approach that pairs medical and clinical expertise with the health that comes from a relationship with Creation.

September 1, 2012 Clinical Office Opens

Our Commitment It is our commitment that all persons seeking services will be treated with dignity and respect while being served without regard to age, sex, race, creed, color, marital status, familial status, physical or mental disability, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, or political affiliation or belief. LightHorse Healthcare, Inc. is a National Health Service Corp approved site. This designation indicates that LightHorse Healthcare, Inc. accepts patients covered by Medicare, Medicaid, and Children‟s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) and provides services to patients regardless of their ability to pay.

Treatment Philosophy LightHorse Healthcare, Inc. gears its services towards rebuilding and strengthening the physical, emotional, mental, energetic and spiritual health and well-being of people while promoting an environment of ideal functioning and independence. LightHorse Healthcare, Inc. patients partner with our providers and are nurtured, respected, guided, and challenged to create a healthy life of joy and peace.

Clinical Services Offered • Psychiatry & Medication Management • Psychological Services – Assessment & Testing – Neurotherapy • Counseling and Psychotherapy – Individual, Couples, Families & Groups • Experiential Interventions – – – – Animal Assisted Therapy Equine Facilitated Psychotherapy Therapeutic Riding Art & Play

Crisis Assessment Team LightHorse Healthcare Inc., in partnership with Southeast Georgia Health System provides an on-call Crisis Assessment Team (CAT) 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days per year. • CAT services are provided to all persons in need and everyone will be seen regardless of insurance or payment status. • Persons in crisis can contact local law enforcement, EMS through 911 or present to the SGHS Emergency Department.

Who‟s On The Team?

Who‟s On The Team? • • • • • • • • Psychiatrist (s) Psychologist (s) Mental health professional (s) Experiential therapy professionals, paraprofessionals and volunteers Appropriate or indicated medical experts from Southeast Georgia Health System Appropriate or indicated social service workers from Camden County Additional health & wellness experts as indicated And…

Who‟s On The Team? …Our animal partners! LightHorse Healthcare, Inc. utilizes a multi-species approach incorporating the best of natural animal behavior, the shared human-animals emotions of happiness, love, fear, anger, frustration and seeking/longing to help humans relate to the animals and each other in a healthier, more productive way.

…And so, in 2013 we got a new place to “hang our hat” and some new farm friends too.

With new four legged and feathered friends…

..and new opportunities to learn..

..the value of hard work..

…the delight of a healing touch..

..the wonder of creation..

...and the power of friendship.

Children now have a place…

at the farm, where time slows down, catch a fish..

pet a pig..

…milk a cow..

…and, bathe a horse.

Life is simpler on the farm, and people get better.

The new LightHorse Healthcare, Inc. is already out there… working hard and getting noticed, nationally and internationally. Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International recognizes LightHorse Healthcare, Inc. human and animal personnel for contributing to the excellence in the Animal Assisted Therapy field.

Gigi Arroyo 2013 PATH, Int‟l Volunteer of the Year

Dr. Carlene Taylor, LPC, NCC 2013 PATH, Int‟l Equine Facilitated Psychotherapy Professional of the Year

Second Edition “Cisco” PATH Int‟l 2013 Horse of the Year

The future is bright… The opportunities are plentiful! Through a partnership with Southeast Georgia Health System, LightHorse Healthcare, Inc. will move the clinical office into the Medical Plaza before the end of November 2013. A clinical office suite is under construction now. This will fully integrate LightHorse Healthcare, Inc. into the medical community and provide behavioral healthcare through the health system.

Coming Soon!! LightHorse Healthcare, Inc. Clinical Offices

The Dream … ……an integration of clinical and animal programs on the campus of Southeast Georgia Health System in Camden County, providing a replicable and sustainable model of behavioral healthcare that treats body, mind and spirit by combining the gifts of medical science with the blessings of the Creator.

Land is Committed… Southeast Georgia Health System has committed 16 +/- Acres To LightHorse Healthcare, Inc.. For the construction of a Therapeutic & Community Farm

Plans are being drawn up now!

Believers are Needed “We have done so much with so little for so long, we are now capable of doing almost anything with absolutely nothing”…anonymous Please give us an opportunity to discuss further how we can partner resources to change the world by changing the human heart, one hoof beat at a time.

For More Information (912) 882-3800

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