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Caregiver Programme | Montrose Foundation

The Caregiver Programme uses ground breaking equine-assisted intervention for caregivers. This greatly enhances their skills in their challenging work with the youth in the disadvantaged sector where substance abuse is now rife.

Why Horses?

Horses, with their incredible sensitivity and ability to highlight human body language, emotions and social responses, are in effect immensely powerful teachers to people in their own right. They act as a superb catalyst to cause unfiltered feedback from people which the facilitators can observe, assess and assist the clients in formatting into attainable solutions.

Caregiver Programme

The Caregiver Programme consists of a 10 week course in which the participants are invited to first engage in the arena, where they embark on equine-assisted intervention projects with the horses. These activities, whilst being fun in nature, are also solution-orientated and designed to gently challenge the participants in that area. The 10 week course also includes 10 sessions in the Sharing Hub.

This programme does not involve horse riding or require any experience in horsemanship.

The programme covers a range of personal and social objectives for each participant, including:

  • Week 1     Introduction, orientation, creating a safe space, trust building.
  • Week 2     Who am I?
  • Week 3     Privileges, power and self-esteem.
  • Week 4     Collages and relationships.
  • Week 5     Setting of boundaries and sexuality.
  • Week 6     Life graph, “Unfinished Business” and “Letting Go”.
  • Week 7     Substance abuse education.
  • Week 8     Understanding substance abuse.
  • Week 9     Spirituality and “now to new”.
  • Week 10   Goal setting, affirmation, expressions and reflections.

Programme Duration

  • One full day per week
  • Group size: 10

Programme Cost

R 12,500 funds 1 caregiver
R 125,000 funds a caregiver  group (10 caregivers)

Each session is facilitated by a professional equine specialist as well as experienced  group facilitators in order to ensure physical, mental wellbeing and safety.

Head Facilitator:

Our programme head facilitator is an experienced Lifeline counselor who processes the equine-assisted intervention sessions with the group and integrates this into the personal development programme which continues for 10 consecutive weeks in the Sharing Hub.

Equine Specialist:

An qualified equine specialist, focuses on interpreting the horses’ feedback to human interaction and paying particular attention to equine-related safety during sessions.

Substance Abuse Facilitator:

The substance abuse facilitator focuses on educating the caregivers regarding the myths and pitfalls of drug abuse by using various elements of their personal journey as a vehicle for change.

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2018 CGP Target

To date a total of 170 caregivers from 43 NPOs and community based organizations have successfully completed the Caregiver Programme.
Our aim is to provide the CGP to an additional 40 Caregivers in the form of a further 4 CG Programmes during 2018.