By Kay Sudekum Trotter
This ebook may help approved specialist counselors comprise Equine Assisted Counseling (EAC) into their practices, even those that have little past adventure operating with horses. It offers a powerful examine starting place for realizing the efficacy of equine assisted interventions and the possibly strong effect horse may have in making a new counseling dynamic. Chapters tackle utilizing horses to assist consumers facing a number of traumas and abuse, nervousness, melancholy, strange behaviors, and social abilities and communique matters. also, a bankruptcy by way of the across the world well known "horse whisperer" Pat Parelli bargains a glance at EAC from the horse’s standpoint and demonstrates constructing a courting with a treatment horse in a good, secure, and respectful demeanour. Counselors will locate this a helpful source for figuring out and using EAC as a brand new source of their personal practices, as will scholars trying to find out about this cutting edge approach.
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Socialization: The safety of an animal provides the catalyst toward social interactions and connections for interpersonal communication. Play and laughter: People often laugh and are playful when interacting with animals. This playful expression can be associated with the wellbeing of joy and happiness. Anxiety: An animal can divert clients’ attention away from their internal anxiety, allowing the therapist to nurture alternative functional responses to anxiety. An animal can reduce a client’s discomfort (physical or emotional), acting as a distraction, shutting out reactions to aversive stimuli.
EAC activities are designed to recreate potentially troubling life situations the participant may be experiencing. Thus, the group provides an arena for the client to discover and work through social difficulties or issues the client might be avoiding, repressing, or deflecting. ☐☐ the nature Connection Implications for Conducting Counseling Outdoors There is something unique about the natural setting that requires examination; perhaps it is the interplay between experiencing life in communion with nature and the essence of human existence.
Patricia Westerman, PhD, is a tenured associate professor of psychology and director of the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning at Bowie State University. She earned her PhD in human development from the Catholic University of America in 1996. Westerman teaches undergraduate courses in the areas of child, cognitive, social, and sport psychology. Her primary research interest consists of the use of animal assisted activities, including horseback riding, to enhance self-efficacy, resiliency, and hope in children.
Harnessing the Power of Equine Assisted Counseling: Adding Animal Assisted Therapy to Your Practice by Kay Sudekum Trotter