I agree, you really need to check into insurance! God forbid anyone get hurt and they say there here for some "therapy" that's going to be a lawsuit waiting to happen.
And I second the therapist! You really need more then good intentions to meet the needs of various populations. If your going to be dealing with people with disabilities you'd better know about that disability, especially if their physical health come into play! For anyone with or with potential mental health issues you NEED a psychotherapist on staff! Things do, can, and absolutely WILL come up. If your dealing with at risk youth (gang members, kids heading down the "wrong path") you must have staff that's knows when to press, when to back off and most importantly not afraid to back down from them.
I really suggest you check out the Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Association or EAGALA for short. Through the organization you can become certified to do equine assisted learning (EAL) which is character education and equine assisted psychotherapy (EAP) which is actually psychotherapy using horses to illicit certain situations, behaviors or circumstances. It's really interesting work! They have all sorts of standards you have to meet, and for good reason. You can get help for anything from finances to advice on sessions. It's a really GREAT organization and I've seen it change a lot of lives!
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