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3 Common Mistakes Nonprofit Startups Make for mentors for parents for program directors Jan 14, 2020
The attendees who come to the Stable Moments certification trainings are a mixed bag. Some run very successful for profit and/or nonprofit businesses, others are staff at a smaller facility and...
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Why We Don't Pray for Them for mentors for parents for program directors Jan 06, 2020
You may think this is obvious, especially if you have no religious affiliation at your program but tons of nonprofits have a faith based agenda and a mission founded on spreading the love of God....
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Trauma Informed Holiday Activities for mentors for parents for program directors Dec 16, 2019
First off, I have to start this post with cultural sensitivity. Never assume a child in foster care celebrates a particular holiday. Even if they are in a home that celebrates a particular...
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Removed for mentors for parents for program directors Nov 05, 2019
Imagine the police come into the room where you're reading this right now. Imagine they take your personal belongings, your phone and tell you, you have to leave your home. You will be separated...
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Dealing With "That Kid" for mentors for parents for program directors Sep 17, 2019
If you work with kids, you know who I'm talking about.
 
As a Post Adoption Case Manager all the kids on my caseload were "that kid". One day I was called into a school meeting...
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3 Ways to Build Self-Esteem at the Barn for mentors for program directors Jul 28, 2019
Self Esteem is of utmost importance. Why would you make healthy choices if you thought you didn't matter? Many children surviving with trauma have low or no self-worth, so our first focus is to...
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Saying Goodbye: Mindful activities for last sessions for mentors for program directors Jun 16, 2019
So we've built beautiful relationships between children and mentors, and now the program just ends? How do we say goodbye without creating yet another loss in a child's life?
  
We...
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Why Can't I Ride? for mentors for parents for program directors May 02, 2019

That's right, there is no riding.

I am so immersed in the Stable Moments model that I often forget to mention it is all unmounted work.

It's understandable that parents assume their children will...

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Why Mentorship? for mentors for parents for program directors Jan 24, 2019
 
Many people look at the Stable Moments model and think that it must be the amazingly therapeutic nature of a horse that brings stability to the foster and adopted children in the program....
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For some, Holidays aren't Happy for mentors for parents for program directors Dec 18, 2018
I know... what a downer. We're all decking the stalls, and fa la la-ing and Rebecca has to come out with the sad truth.
 
One Christmas I worked hard to make the Holidays special for a...
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What's My Horse Saying? for mentors for program directors Oct 18, 2018
Nathan walked into the stable timidly, with his hands behind his back. His mentor greeted him and asked, "Are you excited to work with your horse today?" Nathan looked up sheepishly and gave the...
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Maybe I'm Not Cut Out for This for mentors for parents for program directors Sep 18, 2018
I felt shame today. I recently started a Master's program online and have been a bit overwhelmed trying to organize the different requirements of coursework and juggle assignments along with my...
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