Equine Therapy Resources
What is Equine Therapy:
“The premise is that we invite horses into the therapeutic process to help us facilitate building a relationship with the client, there is numerous benefits to that…” “It is like working with a highly skilled nonverbal co-therapist…” ~Ioana MĂRCUȘ
“Equine-assisted work honors the natural behavior of horses and herds. Horses are skilled at keeping themselves safe and adept at survival; their natural behaviors are optimal for mental and physical health. In many respects, humans have lost the instinct to keep themselves safe and healthy. We entrust horses to show us the way back to health. Work and observation in the horse world lends itself to extremely powerful metaphors into our own patterns, strengths, and the nonverbal messages we send out…” ~Greg Kersten http://okcorralseries.com/about
WHO CAN BENEFIT FROM EQUINE THERAPY:
Physical Disabilities, Developmental Disabilities, Intellectual Disabilities, Mental Health and Emotional Disabilities, Geriatrics, Family Issues, Veterans and PTSD, Rehabilitation from Prison, Addiction… ~Davorka "Dada" Suvak
People are able to be more open and vulnerable around horses.
Shelley Green and Valerie Judd from Episode 5 discuss several populations that they have served through Equine Assisted Activities:
- Counseling, psychology, and family therapy students can enhance their clinical skills and understanding; maybe in the future there will be "Equine Assisted Clinical Supervision;"
- Medical Students can learn communication skills, improve their patient/ physician-relationship style, and increase emotional intelligence;
- Foster Care and At-Risk youth,
- People with mental health or substance abuse issues,
- Couples and families dealing with conflict, stress, and life transitions such as divorce, new relationships, grief and loss, children leaving home, school issues, etc.
- Agencies interested in building their Team, such as Corporations, Police/SWAT, School Staff, and Church Staff,
Shelley Green and Valerie Judd's program, Stable Place in Fort Lauderdale FL, are working on a 2 year research project supported by a grant through the Florida International University and the Ware Foundation. The research is focused on Equine Therapy working with kids in Foster Care. Shelley Green and Valerie Judd's program offers a great opportunity for research because all staff are trained in the same theoretical model or Family Therapy based Equine Therapy, trained through Nova Southeastern University.
Benefits of Therapeutic Riding:
“Expand moments for volunteers and kids with disabilities to increase social connection, that we are all together. Increase their feelings of being accepted, respected, and connected.” ~Davorka "Dada" Suvak
What is Faith-Based Equine Assisted Philosophy (FBEAP)?
“Faith Based Equine Assisted Philosophy (FBEAP) offers experiential healing , deliverance, communication, teambuilding, and personal growth experiences to individuals, groups, families and marriage enhancement, corporate team building, by teaching individuals how to follow the leading of the Unseen Facilitator (Holy Spirit). Equine nonverbal communication, herd behavior, and equine development, demonstrate successful interaction as an example for human relations. These movements paralleled with the movements Jesus made while in ministry, create a clear, healthy pattern of thought and action for us to follow.”
Terminology with pebbles turbeville:
Equine Therapy: Usually therapy done to the horse.
Equine Assisted Psychotherapy: Therapy done by a licensed therapist with the assistance of a horse.
Equestrian vaulting: Gymnastics on the horse and it could have a big focus on team work.
Equestrian Driving: Horse is pulling a carriage.
St. Andrew’s University Equestrian Program, Laurinburg, NC www.sa.edu/equestrian
Elaine Davis and Unbridled Faith, Faith-Based Equine Assisted Philosophy, www.unbridledfaith.org/
Shelley Green is an LMFT (Licensed Marriage and Family therapist) and Professor of Family Therapy at Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, FL. You can learn more about Dr. Greens work at: http://cahss.nova.edu/faculty/green.html
Stable Place, offers a variety of equine assisted clinical services, education, and training in Fort Lauderdale, FL. Shelley Green and Valerie Judd are the directors of Stable Place (Episode 5).
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The O.K. Corral Series educates, promotes, and supports professionals in the practice of authentic equine-assisted work. Authentic equine-assisted work honors ...
Spirit Equestrian offers Therapeutic Riding, Equine-assisted activities and lessons to help foster growth and personal development in the lives of its participants ...
The Gestalt Equine Institute of the Rockies (GEIR) combines the passion for horses and Gestalt therapy in a Gestalt Equine Psychotherapy (GEP)™
A membership organization which fosters safe, professional, ethical and therapeutic equine activities through education, communication, standards and ...
Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Association (EAGALA) is the leading international nonprofit association for professionals incorporating horses to address mental health and personal development needs. Our vision is that every person worldwide will have access to these therapy services known as Equine-Assisted Psychotherapy.
Natural Lifemanship™ is the new standard in equine-assisted psychotherapy, and one of the most sought after trainings in trauma-informed mental health.
About EAA. Equine Assisted Assets has been established by Pam Salem, business owner for 35 years. Because so many good people helped me get started, ...
Ioana MĂRCUȘ' Book Shelf:
Meditation for Two: Searching for and Finding Communion with the Horse, by Dominique Barbier and Keron Psillas
"Something you said...", by Mark Rashid
More Than a Mirror: Horses, Humans & Therapeutic Practices, by Shannon C. Knapp
Learning Group Leadership: An Experiential Approach, by Jeffrey A. Kottler and Matt Englar-Carlson
Book Recommendations from Linda Salinas:
BOOK RECOMMENDATIONS FROM Shelley Green:
RECOMMENDATIONS FROM Sue Adams:
RECOMMENDATIONS FROM Pebbles Turbeville:
Horses and Humans Research Foundation (HHRF) exists to facilitate universal understanding and appreciation of the significant influence of horses on humans.
If you know of any awesome Equine Therapy resources please email me at Josh@EquineTherapyPodcast.com