When families “need everything” the staff who serve them need deep compassion, broad experience, strong commitment, and creativity. Those would be the descriptors applied to the staff of the Nurturing Centers which joined Taos Behavioral Health in July of this year.
Several years ago, Siena Sanderson worked with Madalena Miera, a TBH clinician, to obtain more funding to enhance the equine therapy pilot program at Enos Elementary. The mini horses were a wonderful opportunity for elementary students—and later middle school students– to learn focus, discipline, self-confidence, and horse management skills. Students who had experienced trauma and others who were painfully shy learned how their behaviors helped the horses take direction. This creative project has similarities to the Neighborhood Art Project Sanderson led with the Harwood Museum of Art—bringing a new opportunity to students with limited cultural experiences. Sanderson has used her art skills to support emotional growth in clients at the Community Against Violence, Youth Heartline, Holy Cross Hospital and Taos Municipal Schools. She brings this creative depth to her role as the Director of the Nurturing Centers. [Read more…] about The Special Gift of Appropriate Staff