Now I See A Person Institute (NISAPI) is a 501(c)3 non-profit corporation that specializes in the Community Engagement: A Collaborative Recovery Model (CEACRM) of mental health and substance treatment. We provide mental health and recovery services in Los Angeles County, California in a naturalistic environment surrounded by horses and nature. All staff is licensed clinicians (MFT/PhD/MSW) or MFT registered interns, or certified life coaches and mediators. Dr. Swim has almost four decades of teaching in university settings and training marriage and family therapist. She focuses on CLS and CEACRM due to the qualitative evidence based success of this modality she co-founded.
She is faculty and holds memberships at various programs offering similar therapeutic endeavors. Her uniqueness is in providing therapy at a horse ranch and adding nature and horses to the therapeutic process, thus providing a safe and nurturing environment to discourse and resolve trauma and challenges. If a child, teen or adult can have a beginning bond with the naturalistic environment and horses, as a therapeutic backdrop, then they often feel at ease to talk about their therapeutic needs and strength based solutions. No horses are ridden, rather clients can watch the horses in their environment during therapy. Our indoor and outdoor offices are surrounding by our horses and nature.
We offer training to interns, and licensed service providers in CLS and the collaborative recovery model of community-based services in CEACRM. NISAPI is a CAMFT Approved Provider of continuing education (135076). We provide therapeutic services and teach mental health providers a collaborative and recovery model to therapy. We have conducted ten years of research using CEACRM. This research reflects the concepts of CEACRM/CLS and Recovery Model tenants to induce sustainable change in clients previously considered unable to change and not progressing in traditional models of therapy, considered high risk and often referred by the Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS), DMH agencies, or community referrals for clients whose progression in traditional settings has not progressed. CEACRM embraces the tenant of recovery and collaborative theories. (Anderson, 1997, Anderson & Gehart, 2007, Swim, Priest & Makawa, 2013 & Swim, Stephan, Abramovitch & Stone 2016 & Swim, Abramovitch, Magardechian & Stone 2017). We first introduced this theory to the field in 2007.