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Horse Sense of the Carolinas, Inc. is an internationally recognized leader in the field of Equine Assisted Psychotherapy and Learning. Horse Sense utilizes experiential learning to foster life skills and character development to support positive emotional, mental, behavioral and social skills of those who may be at risk or have special issues. Having supported literally thousands of clients since 2003, Horse Sense continues to be the leading resource in Western North Carolina for therapeutic equine interventions.

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Opening Doors

A friend of mine recently shared her family's New Year's ritual and I wanted to share it with you.

Of course, at midnight, there is merry-making and the new year's first kisses and hugs and shouts of "Happy New Year!"  But, then the family gathers around the back door of their home, opens the door and shares memories (good and bad) of the year just passing.  It's a time to thank the year for all it has brought to them.  They close the door and head to the front of their home.  Opening the front door, they talk about all the things the new year might bring - their hopes and dreams and goals.

It's a very symbolic ritual of what we've been talking about - planning ahead for your business and then appreciating what has worked and considering what has not, and then looking forward yet again.  Before that door closes on 2015, take a few minutes to appreciate your business and what you've accomplished in the past year. And, then open the door to the new year just beginning! 

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External Relationship Management: Developing Social Facility

A client’s ability to successfully negotiate the spectrum of social awareness concepts does not guarantee fruitful interactions. Just because they get what someone’s thinking or intending doesn’t mean they’re able to react appropriately or effectively. Social facility is need- ed to build on social awareness to allow smooth, effective interactions. Knowing and correctly interpreting what’s going on is only the first step; social facility takes us through the rest of the interaction.

According to Goleman (2006), the spectrum of social facility includes:

  • Synchrony: Interacting smoothly at the nonverbal level
  • Self-presentation: Presenting ourselves effectively
  • Influence: Shaping the outcome of social interactions
  • Concern: Caring about others’ needs and acting accordingly. (p. 84)

Much of the work in EAP-EAL takes place in the realm of synchrony, or its opposite, dyssemia, a deficit in our capacity to read non-verbal signs (Goleman, 2006, p.91). We often see dyssemia in the form of a “social blind spot” with autism/autism spectrum disorder (ASD) clients; I suspect we’ll see it more and more as clients lose opportunity for face-to-face communication and hence have less practice in reading non-verbal signs (email, texting, and chatting require no non-verbal skill!). Synchrony, on the other hand, is as simple (and complex) as successfully shaking another person’s hand. Have you ever felt “off” in your timing when you’ve offered your hand to another? Have you ever thought someone was reaching to shake your hand when actually he wanted to hug? Have you ever felt the other person hold your hand too long? That’s all about synchrony. Nearly all equine-assisted psychotherapy and learning engages in examining synchrony or dyssemia in clients, offering an opportunity to talk openly about these ideas...

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Thankfulness Can Be A Lifestyle

It is November again, and so we begin that holiday focus on the best part of ourselves.  But, are we thankful for only one or two days? A week? The time between Thanksgiving and the end of the year?

Being appreciated and expressing appreciation can make a huge impact on your life AND your business life.  Many studies have shown that being appreciated is one of the great motivators on the job, even MORE than money.  You may have limited resources to compensate your staff for their excellent work, but you have an unlimited supply of "thank yous."  Use them!  

Saying thank you to your staff inspires them to say thank you to your clients and customers. You are creating a culture of gratitude that can make an impact every day of the year.

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