Equine-Assisted Mental Health Interventions: Harnessing Solutions to Common Problems

Equine-Assisted Mental Health Interventions: Harnessing Solutions to Common Problems

By: Jennifer N. Baggerly (editor), Kay Sudekum Trotter (editor)Paperback

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Written by internationally renowned equine-assisted mental health professionals, this edited collection teaches counselors how to design and implement equine-assisted mental health interventions for different populations and various challenges. Supported by ethical considerations and theoretical frameworks, chapters cover common issues including depression, anxiety, grief, ADHD, autism, eating disorders, substance abuse, self-esteem, social skills and communication, couples and family work, and professional development. Each chapter provides practical tips for implementing treatment strategies, case studies with transcript analyses, and sample session notes. This book will appeal to both the expert equine-assisted mental health counselor and the seasoned counselor who is open to partnering with an equine practitioner to help their clients in new and innovative ways.

About Author

Kay Sudekum Trotter, PhD, LPC-S, RPT-S, NCC, CEIP-MH, is a licensed professional counselor supervisor, author, speaker, and consultant, as well as the founder of Kaleidoscope Behavioral Health in Flower Mound, Texas, where she has developed and taught animal-assisted therapy workshops. Dr. Trotter's groundbreaking research led to one of the first published studies on the effectiveness of equine-assisted mental health. She is the author of Harnessing the Power of Equine Assisted Counseling: Adding Animal Assisted Therapy to Your Practice. Jennifer N. Baggerly, PhD, LPC-S, RPT-S, is a professor of counseling at University of North Texas at Dallas, a licensed professional counselor supervisor, and a registered play therapist supervisor who also provides counseling at Kaleidoscope Behavioral Health. She is a former chair of the board for the Association for Play Therapy. Dr. Baggerly has taught and provided counseling for children for more than 20 years. She is the coauthor of Counseling Families: Play-Based Treatment, Group Play Therapy: A Dynamic Approach and Child-Centered Play Therapy Research: The Evidence Base for Effective Practice.


Section One: Ethical Considerations and Theoretical Framework 1. Ethical Considerations in Equine-Assisted Interventions: Meeting the Needs of Both Human and Horse Kirby Wycoff and Maya Gupta 2. What Science Says About Equine-Human Interaction in Equine-Assisted Therapy: An Outline to a Theoretical Framework Felicia Lundgren Section Two: Depression 3. Equine-Facilitated Psychotherapy for the Treatment of Depression Molly DePrekel and Natalie Runge 4. An Eagala Model Approach to Using Equine-Assisted Counseling with Teens Suffering from Depression Karen Frederick Section Three: Anxiety 5. The Transitioning Families Equine-Assisted Model for the Treatment of Anxiety Rebecca F. Bailey and Elizabeth Bailey 6. Natural Lifemanship's Trauma-Focused Equine-Assisted Psychotherapy and Treatment of Anxiety Disorders Bettina Shultz-Jobe, Laura McFarland, and Tim Jobe 7. Walking with the Wisdom of Peace: A Horse-Guided Practice to Leave Anxiety in the Dust Sara B. Willerson Section Four: Grief 8. Equine-Assisted Psychotherapy, Grief and Loss Patti Schlough Section Five: ADHD 9. `Combing' through ADHD Symptoms Utilizing Mindful Grooming Carlene Taylor Section Six: Autism 10. Equine-Assisted Play Therapy with Clients with Autism Spectrum Disorder Tracie Faa-Thompson 11. Improving Social and Communication Skills for Participants with Autism Spectrum Disorder Through Equine-Assisted Psychotherapy Saan Ecker and Joanne Byrnes Section Seven: Oppositional Behavior 12. Equine-Partnered Play TherapyTM for Children with Oppositional Behavior Hallie Sheade 13. Integrating Body-Mind-Attachment Practices into Equine-Facilitated Psychotherapy: A Case Example of Oppositional Defiant Disorder Leslie McCullough Section Eight: Eating Disorders 14. The Human-Equine Relational Development (HERD) Approach to Working with Clients Suffering from Bulimia Nervosa Veronica Lac Section Nine: Substance Abuse 15. Equine-Assisted Mental Health Therapy and Alcoholism: Issues in Early Sobriety Alita Buzel 16. Triggering Transformations: An Equine-Assisted Approach to the Treatment of Substance Abuse Shelley Green, Monica Schroeder, Cynthia Penalva, Michael Rolleston, and Valerie Judd 17. Beyond the Couch: An Object Relations Approach to EAP Substance Abuse Treatment Natasha Filippides Section Ten: Self-Esteem 18. The 7 C's of Well-Being Corey L. DeMala-Moran 19. Stepping into the Arena with Your Inner Ally Sara B. Willerson and Vanessa M. Sanford Section Eleven: Social Skills and Communication 20. Social Skills and Communication: The Path of Life through Mindfulness and Experience Rob Pliskin 21. Teaching Social Skills and Communication to Adolescents through Equine Interventions Phyllis Erdman and Sue Jacobson 22. Equine-Assisted Social Education as a Co-Intervention to Prevent Dropout by Improving Social Skills and Engagement in Learning Ritva Mickelsson Section Twelve: Couples and Family 23. Couples in Balance: Realigning Roles Vallarie E. Coleman 24. The Four Agreements in Equine-Assisted Therapy for Relationships Corey L. DeMala-Moran 25. Equine-Assisted Psychotherapy with Couples and Families: A Relational Approach Shelley Green, Michael Rolleston, and Monica Schroeder Section Thirteen: Professional Development 26. Partnering with Horses to Train Mental Health Professionals Shelley Green

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  • ISBN13: 9781138037298
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 260
  • ID: 9781138037298
  • weight: 658
  • ISBN10: 113803729X

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