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Beyond Words: Equine Assisted Psychotherapy Experience (3 CE hours)

  • 28 Jan 2017
  • 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
  • The Ranch of Dr. Mary Ann Evans
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Beyond Words: Equine Assisted Psychotherapy Experience (3 CE hours) 

with Mary Ann Evans, Ph.D. and Ashley Newton, Equine Specialist.

Saturday January 28th, 2017 (due to rain on Jan 7)

Lunch and beverages will be provided. 


The participants will be given the opportunity to experience the modality of Equine Assisted Psychotherapy first hand in the arena, as they interact with the horse therapists through a series of activities.  Interacting with horses in this manner will allow participants to observe the horses’ reactions and to create metaphors that reflect life challenges.  This experience will involve participation in creative activities using props and interacting with the horses.  This will be followed by discussion of the behaviors, emotions elicited and applications to everyday life.  Additionally, a discussion will follow as to how this may benefit various clients and when to make a referral.  Comfortable layered clothing, close toed shoes and sun protection recommended.  Directions will be given following registration.  Limited to 17 participants.


Learning Objectives:

Upon completion of this experience participants will be able to:

  • Describe nonverbal communication/behavior as reflected in the responses of the horses.
  • Discuss three common incongruities of behavior and emotion that can be revealed in EA Therapy.
  • Compare assertive versus passive or aggressive behaviors in relation to the horses.
  • Discuss how this form of therapy may serve as an adjunct to traditional therapy or as the primary form of therapy.
  • Describe process of making a referral for clients who may be stuck in defensiveness and/or making little progress in therapy.


Hamilton, A. J. (2011). Zen mind, Zen horse: The science and spirituality of working with horses. Storey Publishing.

von Rust McCormick, A., & McCormick, M. D. (1997, November). Horse sense and the human heart: What horses can teach us about trust, bonding, creativity and spirituality.

Thomas, L., Lytle, M., & Dammann, B. (2016). Transforming therapy through horses : Case stories of teaching the EAGALA model in action. Santaquin, UT: EAGALA.

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.

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