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Bonine, E. Jeanni

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B.A. (Bachelor of Arts)

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School of Allied Health and Communicative Disorders


Equine-assisted psychotherapy is one of various uses of horses in a therapeutic setting. The following paper provides an overview of this treatment method in therapy. Appropriate terminology and definitions are provided to clarify differences between equine-assisted psychotherapy and other equine therapies. Research provided shows that this treatment method is highly effective, especially for individuals who do not respond to traditional therapies. EAP can be utilized for a variety of conditions including depression, anxiety, PTSD, trauma, and more. The Equine Growth and Learning Association (EAGALA) model is the basis for most treatments involving EAP and has detailed guidelines and processes for formatting therapy sessions. Overall, equine-assisted psychotherapy is highly effective, however, further studies should be conducted involving larger populations to support EAP as a treatment.


19 pages




Northern Illinois University

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