Frontline Health Workers & Staff

Right now, more than ever, we need to address the invisible wounds of those who have been serving our communities during this pandemic.

Like military men and women, they are highly trained.  Unlike soldiers however, they are not prepared to put themselves in harm’s way while ‘on the job’.

This enemy is also unseen and far less predictable than most of what anyone learns through medical training.  Nor is the risk confined to some faraway place.  It’s here … at home, at work, at school … everywhere.

Perhaps the greatest sources of stress however, are the risks frontline workers pose to their own families … and to those they are trying to help.  Isolation is a terrible thing for mammals, and we know how difficult it has been to face the reality of this virus without being able to touch patients or to feel the comfort of touch at home.

Our program is based on neuroscience.  Experiential learning with horses can help us all get grounded, get clear and get connected — to ourselves — and then to those with whom we live and work. Frontline workers have told us that this approach has enabled them to move forward with grace and dignity as they return to their jobs and their calling. Our equine partners are good at this.  They can change our points of view in more ways than one can imagine.

We have the expertise:

  • Seven years working with veterans and first responders has taught us lot
  • We know about the impact of stress on the nervous system.
  • We know about dealing with uncertainty.

We understand compassion fatigue.  We understand trauma.  We understand resilience and the need for renewal. 


How it Works

  •  Up to three 3-hour sessions – option to return for refresher, to volunteer or as needed
  •  Sharon, CT facility
  •  Experiential Learning
  •  Emotional & Mental Fitness Training
  •  Resilience tools to take home
  •  Group Processing to integrate learning
Issues Addressed
  •  Compassion Fatigue
  •  Overwhelm
  •  Primary and secondary trauma
  • Groups of 4-6 participants to be organized at hospital/care facility
  • Lunch provided
  • Session from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM
  • Transportation to and from The Equus Effect organized by provider team


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If you’d like to get involved with the programs we offer free of charge, here’s how:

I didn’t realize that being there for others means I have to be there for myself first. I learned this with the horses and the resiliency tools the staff gave me. Now I know how to check in with myself, and respond rather than react to others. What a gift for myself and for everyone at work and at home.
Nurse Practitioner

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The Equus Effect® is a registered 501(c)(3) corporation. All contributions are 100% tax deductible. 



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PLEASE SET GPS to Sharon Town Beach, Mudge Pond Rd., Sharon, CT. 

Drum Road is a Y-intersection directly across from entrance to the beach. 

The facility is about 3/4 mile on the left.

Park in front of the red barn on the left or on the far side of the red cottage on the left.

NOTE: Please do not park or turn around in driveways on the right side of the road.

Call or text (203) 613-1107.

The Equus Effect

37 Drum Road, Sharon, CT 06069

Main Office  (860) 364-9985

Jane Strong, SEP, IFS Trained 
Executive Director
Co-founder, Lead Facilitator
(860) 364-9985

David Sonatore, LCSW  
Program Director
Co-founder, Lead Facilitator
(347) 439-1777

Kelly Hitt  
Communications Director
Outreach Coordinator
(203) 613-1107

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