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BMVP - Improving Health Services via Equine Therapy

Company: Americorps
Location: Billings
Posted on: June 12, 2021

Job Description:

BMVP - Improving Health Services via Equine Therapy

Chinook Horses provides therapy services for adults and children that suffer the primary and secondary effects of mental health issues and substance abuse, including those with addictions to methamphetamines and opioids. Chinook Horses has been serving Billings and surrounding communities since 2016 with equine therapy, but demand for services significantly outpaces current capacity. A recent community needs assessment identifies mental health and substance abuse as two of the top three health risks to residents, both of which can be positively affected through equine therapy. Over 24% and 22% of low-income residents report their health and mental health as either fair or poor respectively. The health status and experience of low-income families is quite different and less favorable than that of residents with higher incomes. The majority of individuals served by Chinook Horses are low income and struggle with significant behavioral, social, and emotional difficulties due to disabilities and/or trauma. They depend on equine therapy to learn and reinforce appropriate social skills so they can be successful at home, school, and in the community. Equine therapy is recognized as an effective method of intervention to improve social, emotional, and mental health, with multiple publications supporting effectiveness. Equine therapy assists in the development of assertiveness, emotional awareness, empathy, stress tolerance, flexibility, impulse control, problem-solving skills, self-actualization, independence, self-regard, social responsibility, and interpersonal relationships. Equine therapy also helps break generational cycles of substance abuse, domestic violence, child abuse, criminal activity, and poverty. This project will help alleviate poverty by connecting people with health and mental health services to help children and adults achieve health and success in school, work, and life. Further help on this page can be found by clicking here.

Member Duties : Support the healthy future of Montana by helping Chinook Horses increase access to equine therapy for underserved populations! The overall goal of this project is to increase the number of individuals with improved access to health / mental health and addiction treatment services via equine therapy. This will require fundraising and grant writing; outreach activities designed to engage new clients in therapy; evaluation of program analyses tools that help refine and improve service delivery for low-income beneficiaries; the formalization of partnerships that will assist with research on the efficacy of Chinook Horses' services impacting health outcomes; and the enhancement of Chinook Horses' advisory board.

Program Benefits : Relocation Allowance , Childcare assistance if eligible , Training , Choice of Education Award or End of Service Stipend , Health Coverage* , Living Allowance .

Terms :

Car recommended , Permits working at another job during off hours , Permits attendance at school during off hours .

Service Areas :

Tribal , Health , Community and Economic Development , Community Outreach , Homelessness , Housing , Veterans , Children/Youth , Neighborhood Revitalization , Hunger , Education .

Skills :

Social Services , Fund raising/Grant Writing , General Skills , Writing/Editing , Communications , Leadership , Counseling , Team Work , Computers/Technology , Public Speaking .

Keywords: Americorps, Billings , BMVP - Improving Health Services via Equine Therapy, Other , Billings, Montana

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