Family preservation services are intensive, in-home, short-term, family-focused services designed to assist families in crisis by improving parenting and family functioning while keeping children safe, and in their homes. Family preservation services grew out of the recognition that children need a safe and stable living environment. These services build upon the idea that many children can be safely protected and treated within their own homes when caregivers are provided with services and support that empower them to change their family dynamic.
Life Skills Parenting
Life Skills Parenting services are put in place to help ensure that parents are able to meet all of their case plan requirements as part of keeping families together. Life skills parenting workers focus on parenting style, discipline, bonding with children, and can help families put in place effective boundaries. Life skills parenting workers can also assist with financial management, finding prosocial activities in the community, communication, consistency in parenting styles, co-parenting, and help parent learn to take some of the emotion out of parenting difficult children.
Life Skills Mentoring
Life Skills Mentoring services are designed to help support adolescents and young adults in decision making, life goals, and planning for the future. It can include things such as job hunting, learning about bank accounts, finishing education, obtaining medical insurance, state ID cards etc. Life skills mentors work with youth to help them stay away from negative peers, learn positive community interactions.
Four Feathers is extremely excited and proud to offer to the community the PATH (parole assisted transition housing) program. This program is designed to assist young adults (ages 17-early 20's) who are on parole and need a little more push and assistance with gaining more independent skills and learning to be on their own. We also accept some individuals into the program even if the they are not on parole but might be in a similar situation with probation or DHS and just need a few months to get on the right track.
The typical time frame for this program would be around 3-6 months but exceptions are certainly possible. There is a home for males and there is also a home for females in different parts of town but locations for both homes are near multiple employment options and are both on the bus line. The individuals in this program learn various life and social skills that will assist them with learning the independent skills needed to be able to sustain themselves in the community and in society. Although there are staff that assist in and outside the home, these individuals in the program are mostly on their own to practice these skills since there are no staff that actually live on the premises. Staff is always available in some way and are on call but do not reside in the parole homes. Some of the many life skills learned include cooking, grocery shopping, making lists for the store, budgeting, cleaning, organizing, looking for employment, learning positive hygiene, finding resources in the community as well in various stores, asking directions, learning how to take the bus, accessing vital documents, gaining help with how to purchase a vehicle, learning the process with looking for a house or apartment, banking as well as many other skills.
Four Feathers started providing equine assisted therapy in 2014. Equine Facilitated Psychotherapy is a short-term treatment strategy used to assist individuals in meeting their treatment goals. The process involves utilizing the partnership of the horse to trigger client engagement, facilitate reflection and motivate change. This is a unique modality and is meant to assist in individual treatment progression. Average length of service is 8-16 weeks and can be delivered in individual, couple, family or group formats.
Four Feathers utilizes multiple equine facilities in the area for the convenience of our clientele. We appreciate the partnership of Iron Horse, Pikes Peak Therapeutic Riding Center and Mustard Seed in making this effective approach available.
The Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship (PATH) International has a great description on Equine Facilitated Psychotherapy that we would like to reference. “Equine-facilitated psychotherapy (EFP) is an experiential form of psychotherapy that involves equines. PATH Intl. provides standards of professionalism and safety for people working in EFP. EFP is defined as an interactive process in which a licensed mental health professional working with or as an appropriately credentialed equine professional partners with suitable equine(s) to address psychotherapy goals set forth by the mental health professional and the client. The equine is a critically important partner in the work of EFP. The equine’s prey nature and intense sensitivity to subtle changes in their environment make them perfect partners for professionals who teach a wide range of life and coping skills.
The concept that horses might be helpful or healing to people struggling with mental health issues is based on the idea that horses (as domesticated prey animals) are extremely sensitive to changes in the human being (as a predatory creature). Due to their sensitivity, horses react and respond to people differently based upon the person's emotional state. Since we know that emotional states in human beings also impact our physiology, it only makes sense that horses can smell or sense (using their vomeronasal organ) those changes. The horse acts as a large biofeedback machine, providing the client and the therapist with information regarding the client's moods and changes within those moods. If a client arrives anxious the horse will act and respond one way. If the client is able to reduce his or her anxiety, the horse's behaviors will also change. This provides a plethora of information and skill building opportunities for both the client and the therapist.”
For more information about this approach please refer to Path International.
Domestic Violence Group
Four Feathers offers a domestic violence group for women who are in an abusive relationship, getting out of an abusive relationship, or have been in abusive relationships in the past. This group helps women discover why they choose these relationships, what they can do to avoid them in the future, and teaches them how to recognize the warning flags of their partners or potential partners. During this 16 week group, women will have their own journals and will learn about different types of abuse as well as some profiles of abusers. We have a victims advocate with the police department come in and talk about some laws and what they can do to get help. A representative of Damsels in Defense who will present some self-defense tools. We will also offer a self-defense class during group to help the women build confidence and empower them. This is an educational and therapeutic group facilitated by a licensed therapist.