Program Evaluation of Hands on Equine Assisted Ranch Therapy (H.E.A.R.T) Program

Session Number: 2250
Track: Disabilities and Underrepresented Populations
Session Type: Poster
Tags: equine therapy, evaluation results, mental health treatment services, survey instrument, youth mentoring, youth participatory evaluation
First Author or Discussion Group Leader: Velda Desadier [Student - University of Houston, Central]
Second Author or Discussion Group Leader: Rebecca George [Student - University of Houston]
Third Author or Discussion Group Leader: Jorge E Gonzalez [Associate Professor - Texas A&M University]
Time: Nov 13, 2019 (06:30 PM - 08:30 PM)
Room: Poster 36

Other Authors: Yasmine Al Abdul Raheem
Audience Level: All Audiences

Session Abstract (150 words): 

The purpose of this program evaluation was to evaluate the impact of the Hands on Equine Assisted Ranch Therapy (H.E.A.R.T) program on identified client outcomes. The H.E.A.R.T. program serves high risk teens and  sex trafficking survivors. During H.E.A.R.T. program sessions, the clients engage with the horses in the arena in a direct and hands-on manner with trained and certified facilitators. This interaction provides the benefit of allowing clients to learn through experience. After speaking with the administration, it was decided that the evaluation plan would focus on answering the following questions:

  1.  What Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI) objectives related to social-emotional health does each H.E.A.R.T. session target?
  2.  What aspects of the session are related to client experience during each H.E.A.R.T. session?
  3.  What dimensions of the H.E.A.R.T. therapy relate to the skills clients use to manage their emotions?

In order to answer these questions, the evaluation team designed a questionnaire using Google Forms which consisted of thirteen questions with responses in likert-type format. The Likert scale consisted of six emojis ranging from (frown) to (smile). The results from the survey, as well as answers to these questions, will be given in the poster.