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Vocational Rehabilitation

We are pleased to be a Provider for the North Carolina Vocational Rehabilitation Services and   Georgia Vocational Rehabilition Agency.

Our Vocational Rehabilitation services are paid for by the State Vocational Rehabilitation Services. (Please click the appropriate link above for their website and services.) We teach life skills that empower and build confidence for any work environment while teaching horsemanship and barn skills. As someone learns how to successfully mange horses and clients, they build the necessary self esteem and confidence needed to succeed in any job!

Please contact Gina Little for more information: gina.little@dreampowertherapy.org

"VR Services for People with Disabilities

Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) is an eligibility, not an entitlement, program. An individual may qualify for VR services if:

  • The individual has a permanent physical or mental
  • impairment, which
  • Interferes with the ability to work, and
  • Vocational rehabilitation services are necessary for the individual to prepare for, enter, engage in or keep gainful (paid) employment, and
  • The individual with a disability can, will and wants to go to work, and
  • The individual is available to participate.
  • ADDICTION/ALCOHOLISM is a disability that is covered! 

VR provides a wide range of services to help individuals with disabilities prepare for meaningful work. The services received are arranged for and provided based on individual needs, so the length of time it takes to prepare for employment is different for each person, as are the services provided." 

Dream Power Therapy's Vocational Rehabilitation Services:

* Employment Skills Training: 

The Employment Skills Training Program is for VR clients that have little or no knowledge of horses or how to work with our other clients and need more instruction and assistance learning work environment skills. After this level of training a VR client will graduate to the where VR clients are paid the minimum wage. 

Therapeutic Horsemanship Assistant :

4 weeks, 10:30 am – 5:30 pm Monday-Friday for first 2 weeks, then add 2 Saturdays 9:00 am- 3:00 pm.

Instructor is a PATH Certified Instructor, with the assistance of a PATH instructor in training. 

Horse Care 

  • Learn and demonstrate basic knowledge of a horse and it’s needs. 
  • How the barn works and why a structured schedule is necessary for the horses well being as well as for operations to run smoothly. (Barn etiquette) 
  • Confidence and positive self regard/self esteem.
  • How to work with others to provide essential care for the animals.
  • Be able to teach others basic care, grooming and functions of the equine care providers in a barn.
  • Learn to anticipate the needs of horses and others.
  • Mindfulness of self and surroundings.

Client Services 

  • Learn and follow the grounds and barn rules and teach to clients and new volunteers.
  • How to assist therapeutic riding instructors in preparing a horse for a lesson with the clients. (This includes how to help a client get the horse, groom, and tack in the correct order with correct items.)
  • Learn PATH standards for safety and functionality of the lesson.
  • How to be a safe, effective and kind side walker or horse leader in a therapeutic session.
  • What the benefits of being on the trails are and how to maintain them for a safe ride for the clients.
  • How to watch for and safely adapt to the different things outdoors that effect a horse and clients in a lesson.

Employment Skills Training: Facility Maintenance

  4 weeks, 9:00 am-2:00pm Mon, Tues, Thurs, Fri 

  • Learn how to and the importance of a clean facility for optimal performance and health.
  • Learn and perform general maintenance duties.
  • How to create a routine and why it’s important.
  • How to safely and regularly use equipment necessary to do all groundskeeping/landscaping on the facility.
  • How to do small facility repairs and use appropriate tools. 

--Employment Skills Training: Office Assistant

4 weeks, Mon-Fri 9:00am- 1:00pm = 80 hours 

  • Be proficient at basic and general office skills. (Answering phone, making copies, etc)
  • How to create a filing system and maintain it.
  • Demonstrate basic computer skills. (How to create a document, where to save it, print it and/or email it)
  • Demonstrate knowledge of appropriate forms to provide clients and volunteers, assist in filling them out correctly and file them.

Personal/Social Adjustment Training :

This program is for VR clients who need individual or very small group personal instruction in overcoming various basic personal or social barriers to be able to work effectively. 

4 weeks, Mon-Fri 9:00am- 12:00pm = 60 hours 

  • Learn and demonstrate daily appropriate dress and hygiene
  • Learn the importance and show the desire to follow directions, stay on task and ask for assistance.
  • Learn and be able to communicate about how their work here effects their lives outside the facility.
  • Demonstrate the capacity to understand how self respect leads to respect of the animals and others.
  • Accept responsibility and take the initiative to change thinking and behavior that impedes working effectively with the horses and others.

* Work Adjustment Training :

Work Adjustment Training is for VR clients who have minimal impairment or are ready to to enter the work force but need some "polishing" on their work ethic or skills before entering the work force full time. In this program the VR client receives minimum wage for their work here. 

Office Administrator-

4 weeks. Mon-Fri 9:00am - 5:00 pm

After having graduated Employment Skills Training here or are assessed as being familiar enough with office skills, clients will:

  • Be proficient in daily use of Microsoft Word, Excel & Quickbooks 
  • Have the ability to create filing systems, organize & maintain a smoothly running office.
  • Know how to schedule appointments, give correct information to clients or the public, send emails, draft letters & correspond appropriately with consumers.
  • Be able to do simple monthly bookkeeping requirements- billing of clients, payroll, pay bills.

Facility Maintenance -

  4 weeks, 9:00 am-2:00pm Mon, Tues, Thurs, Fri 

  • Learn how to and the importance of a clean facility for optimal performance and health.
  • Learn and perform general maintenance duties.
  • How to create a routine and why it’s important.
  • How to safely and regularly use equipment necessary to do all groundskeeping/landscaping on the facility.
  • How to do small facility repairs and use appropriate tools. 

Therapeutic Horsemanship Assistant -

4 weeks, 10:30 am – 5:30 pm am Monday-Friday for first 2 weeks, then 4 Saturdays 9:00 am- 3:00 pm.

Horse Care 

  • Learn and demonstrate basic knowledge of a horse and it’s needs. 
  • How the barn works and why a structured schedule is necessary for the horses well being as well as for operations to run smoothly. (Barn etiquette) 
  • Confidence and positive self regard/self esteem.
  • How to work with others to provide essential care for the animals.
  • Be able to teach others basic care, grooming and functions of the equine care providers in a barn.
  • Learn to anticipate the needs of horses and others.
  • Mindfulness of self and surroundings.

Client Services 

  • Learn and follow the grounds and barn rules and teach to clients and new volunteers.
  • How to assist therapeutic riding instructors in preparing a horse for a lesson with the clients. (This includes how to help a client get the horse, groom, and tack in the correct order with correct items.)
  • Learn PATH standards for safety and functionality of the lesson.
  • How to be a safe, effective and kind side walker or horse leader in a therapeutic session.
  • What the benefits of being on the trails are and how to maintain them for a safe ride for the clients.
  • How to watch for and safely adapt to the different things outdoors that effect a horse and clients in a lesson.


© Gina Little 2015