financial grant has allowed us to provide mental health services to clinical
and non-clinical healthcare workers and their families during the pandemic.
Changing from sessions in the horse pastures to virtual sessions with horses
has required new equipment and training for our staff, which would not be
possible without Qlik’s support. The software grant will increase accessibility
by enabling us to better understand the impact of this innovative mental health
Gateway HorseWorks incorporates horses for the mental health treatment of
people, also known as equine-assisted psychotherapy (EAP). EAP is a
trauma-informed, experiential therapy which addresses mental health issues in a
client-directed, metaphor-based therapy. Using a process of reflective
listening and observation, the treatment team, consisting of a licensed mental
health professional and a certified equine specialist, creates a therapeutic
environment for individuals’ stories, perceptions, attitudes, emotions and
feelings to emerge through metaphor in relationship with the horses. The
treatment team helps clients translate their experiences from what is happening
with the horses to what is transpiring in their own lives, relationships,
families or workplace.
through this pandemic has reshaped our patterns of social interaction in ways
we probably never foresaw happening, and, although we may all have our own
personal coping mechanisms, the stress and anxiety caused by isolation can be
overwhelming for some,” said Julie Kae, Executive Director of Qlik.org. “We are
proud of our support of Gateway HorseWorks, which helps to alleviate these
symptoms, and for our commitment
to providing mental health resources to those in need, which is so vital during these trying times.”
with our telehealth sessions for frontline workers, Gateway HorseWorks has
designed and developed seven community-based programs free to participants.
These programs serve:
- Adults in pre-release at the Chester County Prison;
- Dependent and justice-involved youth;
- Veterans who have experienced trauma;
- Girls in residential treatment for neglect and abuse;
- People recovering from addiction;
- Human trafficking survivors; and
- Bereaved children and families.
To learn more about our work, visit Gateway HorseWorks by clicking here.