July 29, 2015

Why Horses? Seven ways kids benefit from Equine Therapy

By Summer Jenkins “Why horses? How will working with horses help my son or daughter?” These are questions I have been asked many times. As the program manager for the Heritage Schools Equine Therapy Programs, I have worked with hundreds of kids in equine therapy sessions. Here are seven of the many ways I have seen horses help kids: Working with horses is a healthy recreational outlet. It doesn’t matter who we are. Doing something fun, exciting and physical is good for us. Many of my students have picked up unhealthy coping skills as a way of dealing with the […]
July 22, 2015

Five Ways to Build Healthy Relationships with Your Teen

By Keven Downs LCSW 1-      Healthy communication is the foundation of healthy relationships.  Healthy communication can be an investment for the future. You can choose to be right or to have a successful relationship; you can’t always have both. Many people argue to be right about something. Listening is a crucial skill. Empathic listening is where the listener validates and really seeks to understand what the other is saying.  Oftentimes we are waiting for the other person to be quiet so we can state our position. One important factor in communicating with teens is that they are still forming their […]
July 15, 2015

Seasonal Affective Disorder

By John Nielsen, LCSW We have shifted into the fall season in Utah at Heritage. It is a great opportunity to discuss the impacts seasonal changes have on mental health. Autumn usually brings shorter periods of daylight and crisp evenings. The leaves begin to change to yellow, orange and red. This is the beginning of a depressive phenomenon called Seasonal Affective Disorder or SAD for short. Most research agrees that this type of depression can cause disruptions to our mental health. The symptoms may be subtle, just as the changes of the season in the fall.  Most clinical belief is […]
July 8, 2015

Cutting and What it Means

By George As a parent or caregiver, it’s very scary and unnerving when you find out your child has been cutting. One father said, “I was weirded out. Why would someone do that to themself? I was afraid she was trying to commit suicide.” It can make you feel powerless, confused and even angry. Some things that may help:   Your child is not attempting suicide when he is cutting. The reason why a child cuts or burns himself (also called self harming) can vary. “I do it because I feel numb all the time and it makes me feel […]


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