Harnessing the Power of Equine Assisted Counseling: Adding Animal Assisted Therapy to Your Practice

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Kay Sudekum Trotter
Taylor & Francis, Apr 27, 2012 - Psychology - 308 pages

This book will help licensed professional counselors incorporate Equine Assisted Counseling (EAC) into their practices, even those who have little prior experience working with horses. It provides a strong research foundation for understanding the efficacy of equine assisted interventions and the potentially powerful impact that a horse can have in creating a new counseling dynamic. Chapters address using horses to help clients dealing with various traumas and abuse, anxiety, depression, atypical behaviors, and social skills and communication issues. Additionally, a chapter by the internationally renowned "horse whisperer" Pat Parelli offers a look at EAC from the horse’s point of view and demonstrates developing a relationship with a therapy horse in a positive, safe, and respectful manner. Counselors will find this a valuable resource for understanding and utilizing EAC as a new resource in their own practices, as will students seeking to learn about this innovative approach.

 

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Contents

CHAPTER 1 Equine Assisted Interventions in Mental Health
1
CHAPTER 2 Looking at Equine Assisted Counseling From the Horses Perspective
17
CHAPTER 3 Techniques That Address Trauma
27
CHAPTER 4 Techniques That Explore Anxiety and Depression
73
CHAPTER 5 Techniques That Speak to Atypical Behaviors
119
CHAPTER 6 Techniques That Focus on Social Skills and Communication
151
CHAPTER 7 Techniques That Improve SelfEsteem and SelfWorth
219
INDEX
267
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Kay Sudekam Trotter, PhD, is the Founder of Equine Partners in Counseling (EPIC), a structure to develop resources for counselors to utilize in incorporating equine assisted counseling into more traditional counseling modalities. She is also President of Counseling Services PLLC in Flower Mound, Texas.

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