Equine Assisted Social Work- A model for hard to reach populations (Bergen/Passaic Unit Event)

Thursday, September 30 2021 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM [EDT]

1170 Ramapo Valley Rd, Mahwah, NJ, 07430, United States

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Thursday, September 30 2021 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM [EDT]

Pony Power Therapies, 1170 Ramapo Valley Rd, Mahwah, NJ, 07430, United States.


This event is hosted by the Bergen Passaic County Unit.

New to a Unit event? NASW-NJ has 12 volunteer-led, county-based Units that hold regional events around the state of New Jersey for members in that area. (However due to the public health emergency, Unit events will be held virtually until further notice!) These events are planned and coordinated by an appointed volunteer Chair and Co-Chair, as well as a Regional Representative from NASW-NJ’s Board of Directors. The Bergen and Passaic Counties Unit Chair is Melissa Donahue, LCSW, CST (melissa@md-counseling.com).

Unit events are a fun, informative way to grow your network near your home or workplace. These events are one of the many benefits of NASW-NJ membership. Learn more about our Units here.


 Equine Assisted Social Work- A model for hard to reach populations

In person event.  Dress to be on a farm with horses, closed toe shoes and dressed for outdoor elements.  RAIN or SHINE event.  Masks are required.  RSVP required, max 50 attendees.  Must complete Pony Powers liability form to be allowed to attend in addition to NASW forms. 




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Unit Chair - Melissa Donahue, LCSW, CST (melissa@md-counseling.com)

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Dana Spett, MSW is the Founder and Executive Director of Pony Power Therapies. Pony Power, established in 2000, uses horses and an accessible farm to enhance the physical, social and emotional well-being of children and adults who need extra support. Dana received her B.A. from New York University and went on to get her Master’s in Social Work from Wurzweiler at Yeshiva University. Dana has practiced in the areas of immigration and resettlement as well as school based interventions before settling into her non profit leadership role at Pony Power. An accomplished equestrian from a young age, when one of Dana’s daughters was diagnosed with sensory integration deficits, she found an effective treatment strategy by combining her passions and becoming a Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship (PATH) International-certified instructor. Pony Power purchased a Farm in Mahwah, NJ and over the past several years has grown to a 13 acre campus, working with an average of 200 children and adults weekly and a variety of community based agencies. Dana hopes to contribute to this unique field and bring greater awareness to horse assisted, nature based therapies to the mainstream as a non invasive, wholesome intervention.

About Dana Spett