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S.T.E.P.S. With Horses

Fort Worth, TX   |  www.stepswithhorses.org

Mission

To improve the mental health and well-being of military service members and family members, at-risk youth, and others with mental health needs through equine assisted activities and therapies including counseling and psychotherapy, therapeutic activities, education, and community engagement.

Ruling year info

2017

Executive Director

Dr. Hallie Sheade

Co-Founder

Paul Ziehe

Main address

PO Box 123737

Fort Worth, TX 76121 USA

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EIN

81-5367560

NTEE code info

Mental Health Treatment (F30)

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Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Equine Assisted Counseling

Equine assisted counseling (EAC) is professional counseling that incorporates equines. STEPS’ counseling approaches are evidence-informed and grounded in established psychotherapy and equine science best practices. EAC sessions are facilitated by a licensed mental health professional (or graduate intern under supervision) and a certified equine professional (or equine professional in training). EAC can be especially beneficial for clients who do not respond to or are dissatisfied with office-based counseling. The goal of EAC is to help the client learn to gain insight into their thoughts, emotions, and behaviors in a way that will improve the quality of life. Furthermore, like traditional counseling, EAC is used to treat a variety of mental health conditions such as trauma and posttraumatic stress disorder, military and veterans issues, depression, anxiety, anger management, grief, self-esteem, attention problems, family/couple relationships, and child behavior problems.

Population(s) Served

Our therapeutic horsemanship program is a non-clinical service which focuses on horsemanship and riding lessons in a supportive and therapeutic environment. Lessons are taught by PATH Intl. Certified Therapeutic Riding Instructors (CTRI) or CTRIs-in-training who have received specialized training in teaching clients with mental health concerns. Our non-clinical services are open to clients who are concurrently participating in our counseling services or who have met treatment goals and no longer need counseling. Through participation in these services, clients have the opportunity to build upon progress made in counseling and deepen their connection with equines. Through ongoing sessions or check-ins with their assigned counselor, clients are better able to maintain and build upon counseling progress while quickly responding to potential regression or relapse.

Population(s) Served
Veterans
Military personnel
Adults
Children and youth
People with psychosocial disabilities

STEPS is committed to supporting the global industry of equine assisted mental health services at large. To that end, STEPS provides on-site internships for counseling interns and equine professional interns, as well as interns seeking nonprofit experience. STEPS also hosts professional trainings for mental health professional and equine professionals to teach others how to provide equine assisted mental health services that are ethical, effective, and culturally-responsive. In addition, STEPS staff present regularly at professional conferences, serve on committees for different professional organizations, and partner with local universities to provide training opportunities.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Adults
Adults

STEPS hosts groups for equine assisted wellness and learning events to promote positive mental health and wellbeing. Such groups can include topics focused on emotional regulation, communication, healthy relationships, leadership, stress management, confidence-building, social skills, and more.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Children and youth
Veterans
Military personnel
People with psychosocial disabilities
Adults
Children and youth
Veterans
Military personnel
People with psychosocial disabilities

Where we work

Affiliations & memberships

Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International 2018

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback

Financials

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S.T.E.P.S. With Horses

Board of directors
as of 05/10/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. Paul Ziehe

Kalman and Company Incorporated

Term: 2018 -

Emily Michero

Private Practice

Barbara Schmidt

Mesa Springs

Molly Mabery

Johnson County Juvenile Services

Hallie Sheade

S.T.E.P.S. With Horses

Taylor Bunn

Hope 4 All

Paul Ziehe

Kalman and Company Inc

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 5/10/2024

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Decline to state

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 02/06/2022

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

Data
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We analyze disaggregated data and root causes of race disparities that impact the organization's programs, portfolios, and the populations served.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We disaggregate data by demographics, including race, in every policy and program measured.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We use a vetting process to identify vendors and partners that share our commitment to race equity.
  • We have a promotion process that anticipates and mitigates implicit and explicit biases about people of color serving in leadership positions.
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We measure and then disaggregate job satisfaction and retention data by race, function, level, and/or team.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.