If you're looking for the Minnesota Organization on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (MOFAS) you have come to the right place. We have some exciting news about our organization. We have a new name! MOFAS has officially been renamed Proof Alliance. Our mission remains the same: to prevent prenatal alcohol exposure and to improve the quality of life for people living with fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD).
We now have the proof that prenatal alcohol exposure is a leading cause of brain injury in children. We have the proof that FASD is 100% preventable and people living with an FASD can reach 100% of their potential.
We seek to build powerful alliances with people with an FASD, their families, legislators, experts in the field, new partners, and community members to bring awareness, research, and services to this field.
Proof Alliance is rebranding, expanding, and we're moving! We have a new logo, website, and prevention campaign to help change the norms around drinking during pregnancy. And in May 2019 we will be moving to a stand-alone building. Proof Alliance commits to the people of Minnesota and we will continue to develop transformative programs to help Minnesotans impacted by FASD.
4Keeps partnered with Acres for Life to provide equine therapy for children and young adults with an FASD and their parents or caregivers. They were able to expand on their previous success with their Equine Assisted Psychotherapy by adding follow-up modules that focused on self-regulation and social skills and also adding a parent component to the 10 week sessions. Acres for Life uses their own curriculum they created that adapts equine therapy for FASD using the HORSE model. During the grant there were two ten week sessions, each session two-hours in length, with nine week follow-up modules. Treatment outcomes were assessed by comparing the pre and post-tests using the BASC-2 (Basic Assessment System for Children 2nd revision), and by observation of the sessions in the field. The pre-test was completed online by the parent prior to the sessions and the post- test was completed online by the parent within one week of the end date of the sessions. The results showed decreases in: conduct problems; hyperactivity and impulsivity; the tendency to become angry and the inability to self-regulate; and decreases in behaviors that affect the ability to utilize executive functioning i.e. planning, anticipating, and reacting appropriately. Significant improvements were also identified in the ability to communicate ideas in ways others can understand; the skills necessary for interacting with peers and adults; and improvements in previous deficits associated with social skills, communication, and inappropriate socializations. The conclusions drawn from these findings indicate that equine assisted therapy and follow-up modules can help children with an FASD improve in certain areas relating to self-regulation and social skills.
Residential Services, Inc (RSI) is pleased to announce they are expanding services to the FASD and Mental Health Community which will now include Equine Assisted Psychotherapy and Learning. Equine Therapy is a type of experiential therapy that uses horses as a means to promote emotional growth and learning.
In April of 2013, RSI Westbrook employees JoEllyn Steele and Pamela Hagenah became certified practitioners in the use of the EAGALA Model for Equine Assisted Psychotherapy (EAP) and Equine Assisted Learning (EAL).
RSI has been given the opportunity to expand it’s programming through a grant from MOFAS. This grant has allowed RSI to broaden their existing animal husbandry program at the Westbrook facility which currently serves young males at Westbrook, but also offers these applications to the larger community.
While there are several reasons horses were chosen for this work, it is primarily due to their nature as a social and prey animal. Thus, they have an extraordinary ability to read our nonverbal communication — picking up on messages we are sending unbeknownst to us.
With this, they start responding to us in familiar ways providing the opportunity to work on a diverse range of personal struggles.
Horses do not know our past, education, gender, race or other labels we may apply to ourselves and each other. They are in the moment and can be a part of this relationship without the biases we humans put on each other. This provides even more value to the insight they can provide us about ourselves.
The potential applications for both EAP and EAL are limitless! For more information or referral, visit www.residentialservices.org or contact JoEllyn Steele at 218-740-7623. For additional information about the EAGALA model of Equine Assisted Psychotherapy and Learning, visit www.eagala.org.
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