Christine Randle, LICSW and Founder of FHF, has been an equestrian for most of her life and a social worker since 1990. She began her forensic, clinical and advocacy work in The Juvenile Rights Division of The Legal Aid Society in Brooklyn, NY. Moving into long-term clinical work, she began practicing at Community Counseling and Mediation in Brooklyn, NY. As a result of her work in Brooklyn, NY, Christine wrote a children's fiction book about physical abuse entitled, "It Takes Courage" (published by Paulist Press, 1995).
Flying High Farm Staff
All FHF clinical staff are licensed mental health professionals. Half of them hold additional certifications and are uniquely qualified to provide EFP services to children. In addition to having extensive horse knowledge and experience, these clinicians also maintain the following credentials:
Massachusetts licensed mental health professional (LICSW or LMHC)
NARHA certified therapeutic riding instructor
Massachusetts licensed horseback riding instructor
It is crucial that the distinction of Flying High Farm’s clinicians holding all of these licenses and certifications simultaneously be highlighted. Having this one clinician working with a child promotes a strong relationship between the child and the clinician and ensures that the child feels safe to share private feelings with someone they trust. Additionally, these multi-credentialed professionals demonstrate their dedication to their field of practice when they study, earn and maintain their various licenses/certifications through continuing education. Flying High Farm's unique team is currently staffed with six clinicians:
Ivy brings years of experience working with youth - from teaching preschool, direct care services, milieu clinician and supervisor of intensive care coordinators. She specializes in behavioral interventions, trauma informed treatment, DBT and CBT. Ivy is skilled in understanding youth’s emotions and behaviors and will encourage and teach enhanced social skills and new behavioral techniques that will make lasting and positive changes.
Ivy spent part of her youth caring for and loving a variety of animals on a small farm in Florida. She has been a vegetarian since age 13. She has been an owner and lover of horses for 23 years and knows the value of equine therapeutic benefits. Currently, she is the owner of an Off The Track Thoroughbred named Aerwyn who is being trained to event. She has studied the EAGALA principles and has been involved with various equine camps and lesson programs.
Ivy is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker (#118243).
Allison Heneghan, LMHC, graduated with her masters degree in art therapy from Drexel University. Since then she has had experience providing individual and group therapy in a variety of settings (outpatient, inpatient and crisis). She has experience working with children, adolescents and adults who are faced with difficulty adjusting to life changes, low self-esteem, anxiety, depression, autism, PDD, ADHD, and trauma.
Allison has volunteered teaching and assisting therapeutic riding lessons. She is currently certified in equine assisted psychotherapy through the equine assisted growth and learning association (EAGALA). She currently owns and rides a thoroughbred gelding named Momo.
Allison is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (#7953) and a PATH certified therapeutic riding instructor.
Main modes of therapeutic practice include Equine Facilitated Psychotherapy, along with other animal assisted interventions, play therapy, and outdoor experiences, all of which incorporate cognitive behavioral interventions. Sessions include individual and group times, which range in age from childhood to adolescent through young adulthood. Areas of common focus and needs are specific behavioral or emotional concerns and life situations or specific diagnoses, such as Autism, PDD, ADHD, ODD, depression, anxiety, trauma, major life changes, low self esteem and other behavioral and social-emotional concerns with children and families.
James is in the process of working with his two dogs, Simon and Roscoe, on their Canine Good Citizen certifications. Over the past 8 years and concluding in November of 2013, James has worked in the public school setting as a certified teacher and school counselor in Manchester, NH. Passion for the outdoors and animals have been a life long source of positive outlets and resources, from past work as a ski/snowboard instructor with children, adolescents, and individuals with special needs, to always noticing the pleasure animals bring to people's lives.
James is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (#8899).
Sarah Charest Dubovsky, LICSW, is a graduate of Bridgewater State College. She currently holds a Bachelor's degree in Psychology as well as a Master’s degree in Social Work. Sarah’s Master’s thesis was entitled “The Effectiveness of Equine Facilitated Psychotherapy in Children with Pervasive Developmental Disorders." She was a Master’s level intern at Flying High Farm in 2006 and has remained working at the farm ever since.
In addition to the credentials listed above, Sarah is also a Certified First Responder by the American Heart Association.
Sarah has an extensive amount of experience working with children and adolescents who live with: PDD, ADHD/ADD, anxiety, depression, sexual abuse victims, low self esteem and eating disorders.
Sarah has been riding and showing horses competitively since she was seven years old and currently rides and owns a thoroughbred cross gelding named Royal. They show during the summer months throughout New England.
Sarah is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker (#115258) and a PATH certified therapeutic riding instructor.
She started Flying High Farm in 2003. Having been involved in the autism community in 1990 as a then-recent college graduate, Christine's extensive experience and knowledge about autism and the large number of children with autism attending Flying High Farm prompted her to create Puzzle Ponies.
Christine is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker in Massachusetts (#111274) and a PATH certified therapeutic riding instructor.
Ivy Gross, LICSW, is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker and a Massachusetts licensed horseback riding instructor. Ivy graduated with a Bachelors Degree in Psychology from UMass Boston, and later received her Masters of Social Work from University of Maryland in Baltimore, MD.
Ivy is enthusiastic and energetic to combine her two greatest passions, horses and through them and skilled intervention, making a difference in the lives of the youth at Flying High Farm.
Pamela Carey, LICSW, has been an animal lover and outdoor enthusiast her whole life. She attended Salem State College and graduated with a Masters in Social Work in 2000. Since then, she has worked with a variety of populations - from adult inpatient clients to very young children. Her interest and love however is working with adolescents and their families. Her direct approach and sense of humor helps families address difficult issues in a nonjudgmental manner. She enjoys working with ‘difficult’ adolescents, and works hard to make each client feel comfortable and understood.
James Malone, LMHC, is a Master’s level clinician, graduated from University of New Hampshire, and has been working at Flying High Farm since October of 2009 - under the clinical supervision of Christine Randle, LICSW and Sarah Charest Dubovsky, LICSW. He completed his Master’s thesis entitled “Equine Facilitated Mental Health: A Journey Into the Effective Means of Animal Assisted Therapeutic Interventions with
Children and Adolescents.”
Pam has spent the last 13 years working in a public high school as a clinical social worker. She brings a knowledge of the education system that will be helpful in supporting families who are struggling with a school system that can feel quite overwhelming. She is comfortable addressing not only the emotional needs of adolescents and their families but also the academic needs.
Pam has experience working with a wide range of mental/emotional health issues: self-injury, suicidal ideation/depression, PTSD, and eating disorders. She also believes that when it comes to adolescents, the family is the most important factor. Pam uses a variety of modalities in therapy - cognitive behavioral therapy, animal assisted therapy, and mindfulness based practices. Pam has recently completed a yearlong Level 1 Internal Family Systems course this past March, 2017. Internal Family Systems theory is now an evidence-based form of treatment for a variety of mental health issues including depression, anxiety, self-harm, and addictive behaviors. For more information on IFS and the research behind it, please go to www.selfleadership.org .
In addition to working as an LICSW, Pam enjoys riding and training her horses, Juan Carlos and Ella, in various forms of natural horsemanship. She is also learning how to play the banjo!
Pam a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker (#111550).
Lauren has experience working with individuals who live with anxiety, depression, Personality Disorders, Schizophrenia and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).
She has been riding horses since she was 8 years old. Her love of horses and animals has driven her to want to share their magic with others.
Lauren is a MSW Intern.
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Christine Randle, LICSW
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Lauren Shea is a Masters of Social Work Student at the University of New England. Lauren has a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice with a minor in Middle Eastern Studies. She has experience working with not only the Homeless Population and Dual Diagnosed adults but has also participated in Gang Prevention Camps for at Risk Youth.