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Horses Helping Humans at RREAL

Lisa Warren is the lead facilitator at RREAL of the highly acclaimed and incredibly successful Sue Spence Communications Horses Helping Humans (HHH) Communications program, which launched on the Sunshine Coast through our charity River Road Equine Assisted Learning Inc.  All horse sessions are held at Maroochy River, but we do have the capacity to travel with our horses to conduct outreach programs. (travel fees apply).


Sue Spence has been running her certified Equine Assisted Learning Intervention Program for well over 15 years and it has certified people running the program throughout Australia and New Zealand.  It is an incredibly simple, yet profoundly effective, program using horsemanship skills to show the importance and impact that body language and energy projection has when communicating with others.  We teach participants about the four main personality types, (using Sue’s four horses names, which people easily identify with), and teach them how their strongest personality types predispose them to a certain body language and energy projection, particularly when under stress.


We then teach participants emotional regulation and communication skills in a fun and safe environment, which builds their confidence and social awareness.  As a result of the program, many of the participants are then empowered to re-engage back into education, workforce, society, etc. thus transforming their lives, and the lives of others in their direct environment.  To find out more information about the program, please visit the following website:

(participants do not need to have any previous horse experience and will not be riding a horse.)


Each participant needs to come along to each session with their case worker / carer / parent, who is required to be in attendance for the entirety of each session.  This is one of many reasons why the program is so successful, because there is a mentor in the ‘background’ encouraging the participant to apply the skills that they learn in the HHH program to their everyday situations.  We also do family workshops and private one on one sessions and group workshops. 


The program is suitable for anyone to participate in and, despite the name being the HHH youth communications program, it is suitable for any age group.  In particular, we work with people suffering various issues including, but not limited to:  PTSD, anxiety, depression, ASD, ADHD, ADD, domestic violence, trauma, anger issues, shyness / lack of confidence, fears / phobias, etc.


Ideally, it is better if participants can do weekly sessions, as it better facilitates forming and reinforcing the implementation of good habits.  However, if travelling or time is an issue, we can combine all multiple sessions into a single session.  We offer a multitude of different workshops. 

Traditionally the HHH youth communications program goes over three weekly sessions.  However, this can go for longer as required.  For those who are interested, there is also scope to continue doing extended HHH sessions, beyond the initial program.


Before any sessions can commence with a particular individual, we do require completed referral and signed indemnity forms, which will be emailed to you.  This is to be returned emailed to us prior to the first session.  Please be assured that the information contained within these forms is treated with the strictest of confidentiality.


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