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Adventures Program Equine Assisted Learning Facilitator - Mental Health Specialist at Glade Run Lutheran Services

Posted in Nonprofit - Social Services 30+ days ago.

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Type: Full-Time
Location: Zelienople, Pennsylvania

Job Description:

Position Summary:  This is a professional mental health counseling position providing direct client services. Work involves providing a mental health focus to teams who are partnering with equines for personal and professional benefits. 


  1. Master’s degree in a counseling related field with a minimum of nine months, preferably one year of post-Master-level clinical experience required.

  2. Experience in equine sciences or a related field preferred.

  3. PATH, PACTH, EGALA or other recognized therapeutic certification preferred.


  1. Must have audio/visual/verbal acuity to provide supervision for the clients and to perform essential job functions.

  2. Ability to work outdoors in changing weather conditions.

  3. Mobility and physical strength to perform all tasks of the program areas inclusive of instructing, riding, saddling, moving necessary equipment for lessons, and miscellaneous tasks around program area.

  4. Mobility and physical strength to perform all tasks of the animal program.  Tasks may include, but are not limited to; lifting and tossing hay bales, lifting and dumping buckets of manure, loading and dumping wheelbarrows of sawdust, carrying full water buckets, shoveling gravel, sand, wet and dry sawdust, manure, and soil, driving a tractor, bending and lifting horse hooves, lifting saddles and saddling horses, leading energetic horses, etc.

  5. Must have physical dexterity in order to assist in client physical interventions when necessary.

  6. Must complete and pass agency Crisis / Physical Intervention Training, CPR and First Aid.


  1. Must have emotional intelligence

  2. Must maintain composure during emergency situations


  1. Must possess excellent verbal and written communication skills.                

  2. Valid driver’s license and acceptable driving record is required.    

  3. Must be able to adjust hours to job requirements.                    

  4. Access to a telephone.        

  5. PA State Police clearance, PA Child Abuse History clearance and FBI clearances.    

  6. Ability to protect confidentiality of clients.

  7. Demonstrated ability to adjust to change.

  8. Demonstrated ability to work independently.

  9. Demonstrated ability and willingness to ask questions if uncertain about specific job tasks or changes.  Demonstrate initiative and follow through to completion on all projects and assignments.

  10. Must be able to identify with the Agency Mission Statement and support the Agency’s Core Values.  


  1. Provide EAL services to clients of Glade Run Adventures as the Mental Health member of the team.

  2. Work with the agency and program staff to develop the Adventures Program through suggestions and implementation of development goals. 

  3. Schedule, organize, and communicate with outside groups and individuals interested in the services of Glade Run Adventures.

  4. Assist and provide care for animals, facilities, equipment, and supplies for the safety of all participants in the program areas.

  5. Assist with training and supervision of client and community adult and junior volunteers for the safety of all participants in the program areas.

  6. Complete required paperwork in timely manner, including records of client participation in programming.    

  7. Demonstrate competence in the safe handling and moving of horses.

  8. Demonstrate knowledge related to the care and treatment of horses and small animals.

  9. Demonstrate initiative and follow-through to completion on all projects and assignments.

  10. Honor a flexible schedule which meets the needs of the clients of Glade Run Lutheran Services.


  • Demonstrated knowledge and skills related to equine assisted therapy.

  • Must possess knowledge and experience with principles and techniques of group and individual therapy.

  • Must possess knowledge and experience with theories of counseling and therapeutic intervention and modalities

  • Must possess the ability to integrate therapeutic knowledge with sensitivity to the clients and groups served.

  • Ability to establish and maintain a positive therapeutic relationship with clients and groups. 

  • Demonstrate ability to utilize methods of personal and professional growth and development recognized professionally and approved by Glade Run Lutheran Services. 

  • Must possess an ability to communicate lesson and program information to a wide variety of individuals with patience and understanding.

  • Demonstrate ability to manage all non-typical circumstances during equine facilitated learning sessions with professionalism and sensitivity (injuries, unexpected client behaviors, unexpected horse behaviors, unexpected environmental variables, etc.) 

  • Demonstrate ability to work cooperatively as a part of a therapy team with EAL-ES.

Job Location
Zelienople, PA, United States

Position Type

How to Apply:  Candidates must apply via our careers page at This is the first step in our application process.
Equal Opportunity Employer

Who We Are: Founded in 1854 by the Rev. Dr. William Passavant in Zelienople, Pennsylvania, Glade Run has evolved over the years to meet the changing and increasingly challenging needs of children, adults and families throughout Western Pennsylvania and beyond. With a focus on education, mental health, autism, and unique therapeutic offerings, Glade Run has a long tradition of linking faith and service. Last year, Glade Run served over 4,000 individuals with impactful, innovative services in school, home, and community settings.