Healing Connections is a four-day immersive program designed to address the lasting impact of trauma. Experiencing trauma can have significant effects on mental health including PTSD, Depression and Anxiety that impact daily life. Healing Connections is centered around the power of healthy relationships with ourselves and others to generate healing.
This unique approach combines education about trauma, equine (horse)-assisted learning activities, and trauma processing exercises facilitated by a therapist in a group of peers with similar life experiences.
Who is this program for? This is a pilot program being offered to female and non-binary identifying adults, particularly minorities. Our vision is to create a safe place for participants to explore trauma, while helping educate participants on the effects of trauma. Our goal is to expand this program in the future to address complex trauma in our community.
Who is PBJ Connections? We are a team of Mental Health and Equine (horse) professionals that have been providing mental health treatment to Central Ohioans since 2006. We recognize that some people need more than weekly, hour long, talk therapy sessions to heal from chronic traumatic experiences and complex PTSD.
We want to eliminate barriers to participating in this program. Please reach out to Holly Jedlicka at Info@PBJConnections.org or text 614-395-1395 if you have questions or need assistance to participate.
Applications are closed at this time. All dates for 2022 are full.
March 17th – 20th
May 4th -7th
October 25th -28th
9800 Jug St NW, Pataskala, OH 43062
Free. Meals and accommodations are provided for the entire program.
Meet the Facilitators
The two primary facilitators for this program are white women. We will have the support of other people of color throughout the program. We are reaching out to minorities in an effort to help students of color access support systems at OSU and experience the personal benefits of models outside of traditional talk therapy. We recognize that as white people there are things we do not understand about the experiences of minorities and we hope to provide a safe space for healing within our program.
Holly Jedlicka, MSW, LISW-S
Holly Jedlicka, MSW, LISW-S is the Exectuive Director of PBJ Connections. She specializes in child, adolescent and family therapy as well as working with LGBTQ clients. She also specializes in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. Holly holds a bachelors degree in psychology from Otterbein University and a Masters in Social Work from The Ohio State University. She worked in community behavioral health before focusing her efforts on equine-assisted psychotherapy. She holds an Advanced EAGALA certification and is a PATH International Registered Instructor.
Erica is the Assistant Director of PBJ Connections and has maintained her EAGALA Equine Specialist certification since 2015. She has been focused on developing skills to elevate the voices of the horses in sessions and encouraging professionals in the field create more equal relationships with equine cofacilitators.
Erica was inspired to develop Healing Connections with Holly after she experienced a profound shift in her healing journey at another immersive program in California.