Shawn Ashworth, SUDC

Experiential Counselor

Your vision will become clear only when you can look into your own heart. Who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside, awakens

-Carl Jung

Shawn’s role at Mt. Pleasant began in March, 2012 when he brought equine therapy to the program. Following his success in creating a solid equine treatment team, he became the Program Director in September of the same year. He recently was given the opportunity to return to his passion of working full-time with horses and adolescents as the Experiential Counselor. Shawn grew up with horses being his guide and mentor during his troubled teen life, and it was their guidance that got him through. He went to work on ranches right out of high school and being out with nature every day helped shape and educate Shawn in an understanding of, and living. Shawn brings many years of experience to Mt. Pleasant Academy. He has been part of Native Traditions since he was 11 years old, and has a unique ability of being able to use this culture and its teachings in helping others on their paths of growth and change.

Shawn started helping others understand themselves, and cope with problems with the help of the horse in 1986. He founded Holistic Equine Assisted Therapy, or H.E.A.T. in 2001. Shawn has worked in Wilderness, Sex Offender, Adjudicated and Substance Abuse programs over the past 18 years. He has started new programs consulted with other programs and has been the Program Director for both private pay and adjudicated facilities. The fact that Mount Pleasant Academy sits in a valley surrounded by mountains, lends to Shawn’s beliefs in positive growth and understanding of one’s self.

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