Outdoor Outings and Adventures
Each weekend, we take our residents to St. Augustine Beach, just a few miles from our doorstep. In sobriety, it was important for us all to re-discover adventure, in that way recovery became more appealing. Most of us on staff spend our free time surfing. Some of us found surfing in sobriety, others learned to surf before doing so. We can all agree that surfing brought us spiritual connection, peace, and an opportunity to practice self care in our journey through recovery. Surfing saved many of us in different ways, and that is something we want our residents to experience.
Chris (outreach/admissions coordinator), Jason (owner), Tom (case manager), or Ty (program director) meet that guys down at the beach with the rest of our DCA (behavior tech) staff on hand. As our residents take to the ocean, these staff members offer advice and fundamental experience with the residents in the water. Groups on water safety, surfing how-to's, and ocean dynamics are occasionally offered as new communities cycle through The Augustine.
Equine Assisted Therapy (Horse Assisted Therapy)
Equine therapy is hosted by Dr. Ashely Thompson, a psychotherapist who holds he PhD in depth psychology.
Equine assisted therapy is great because you get a sense of how your energy affects the animal. Horses are prey animals, so they will naturally pick up on any anxieties, nervousness, or lack of calm. It takes patience and perseverance to work with them. It can be a great way to learn how to self soothe, and get a good sense of how you present yourself to the world. Some people connect better with animals then they do with people too. This is a great way to get people to open up and feel comfortable.
Outside of equine therapy (Tuesday and Thursdays) and surfing on Sunday mornings, we like to surprise the residents with softball outings, trips downtown to visit museums/national monuments, camping trips to central Florida's springs, etc.