This presentation will acquaint and educate participants in the basics of Equine Assisted Psychotherapy (EAP). The core concepts of EAP will be explored, with a later voluntary opportunity to experience this modality of treatment first hand. Focus will be on how this approach can serve as a stand-alone treatment, or as an adjunct to more traditional therapy. This form of treatment focuses on the nature of the horses; which removes the intensity of the client’s anxiety and allows one to relax into the present moment and access the subconscious. It breaks down barriers in a non-threatening manner, requires clients to develop fresh insights and new perspectives about old relationships and behavior patterns. It is a milieu approach, allowing for direct learning and transfer to real life situations.
At the completion of this session participants should be able to develop an introductory uderstanding of:
1. The nature of EAP and how is relates to traditional Psychotherapy;
2. The adaptation of EAP with various types of psychotherapies;
3. How embodied, experiential activities can contribute to insight, relaxation and mindful presence;
4. How to identify benefits and risks of EAP and when to refer;
5. The use of metaphoric insight learning and the role of projection and transference in EAP;
6. How interaction with horses can facilitate self awareness and insight into new patterns of behavior.
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CPA is co-sponsoring with Santa Barbara Psychological Association. The California Psychological Association is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. CPA maintains responsibility for this program and its contents.