The Power of ‘Adopt a Horse’ For Students Who Struggle with Attachment

The Power of ‘Adopt a Horse’ For Students Who Struggle with Attachment

The Power of ‘Adopt a Horse’ For Students Who Struggle with Attachment It was late one afternoon, and Jimmy, a student in the equine therapy program at Heritage, was spending time with his adopted horse, Scout. He was teaching Scout to be comfortable with the body clippers. He had been working on this task for weeks—l ...

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Care for Diabetics in a Residential Treatment Center

Care for Diabetics in a Residential Treatment Center Heritage, a residential treatment center, often receives inquiries and applications for student with diabetes. As a center with a dedicated medical building and staff, we are one of few treatment centers for adolescents that can accommodate diabetic ...

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With Humility Comes Clarity

With Humility Comes Clarity I received an email from a parent and the following words impacted me: “Our daughter made it through the weekend without any major incidents, largely because Tirae was there.” Something akin to a sneak attack ensued with my emotions. I knew Leean ...

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Just Hold On

Just Hold On In 1998 my husband and I decided to take our two oldest sons and their cousins on a rafting trip down the Colorado River. As we “knew a guy,” we borrowed life vests, rafts, and chose to not hire a guide—after all, who needs a guide? The river o ...

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Self-Efficacy: A Key to Improved Behavior

Self-Efficacy: A Key to Improved Behavior Assisting adolescents with speaking for themselves (advocacy) is a very important learning task.  Having a parent or guardian advocate for their children is a tricky process.  There is a fine line between rescuing and advocacy.  One tends to enhan ...

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Creating a Positive Family Culture

Creating a Positive Family Culture As we exit the holiday season and start the New Year, I have been reflecting a lot on the importance of quality time, tradition, and cultivating family culture.  Culture is defined in the Miriam Webster’s dictionary as, “a particular society tha ...

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Creating Balance in Your Life

Creating Balance in Your Life Life can be filled with highs and lows, happiness and stress, fun experiences and scary ones. I personally have many things in my life that make me happy and then in the next instant worry me to death. Working with teens brings this feeling daily. On ...

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