• Strengths Planning for Building Recovery Capital

    For decades, addiction professionals have been providing screening and assessment instruments that evaluate problem severity, complexity, and chronicity, but offer little data on the internal and external resources individuals and families can mobilize in resolving such problems (White & Cloud, 2008).


  • Social Determinants of Health and Behavioral Health Challenges

    The behavioral health field is engaged in a movement to expand the conventional medical treatment model of care that emphasizes diagnosis and subsequent treatment to the more comprehensive and inclusive model of population health. Improving “the health outcomes of a group of individuals, including the distribution of such outcomes within the group” (Kindig & Stoddard, 2003) is the critical focus of the population health model.


Laura  Brinckerhoff

Director of Equine Assisted Mental Health at Cottonwood Tucson, Laura has over 25 years’ experience in the field of equine assisted therapy/educational work. Laura has served as associate faculty, mentor and advisor at Prescott College and helped to initiate and create the Equine Assisted Concentration for Counseling/Psychology students. Laura began her own journey of recovery in 1988 when she reunited with her childhood passion, horses, and started to ask the question, “Are horses healing because of my love for them? Or is there something inherently therapeutic about horses that can be harnessed and applied in a clinical setting for the benefit of others?