Equine-Facilitated Psychotherapy and Learning: The Human-Equine Relational Development (HERD) Approach offers a hands-on approach to integrating equine-assisted therapy and learning into mental health treatment. Based on the HERD Institute model, the book showcases a series of case studies that cover working with patients with trauma, attachment disorders and depression.
Additional case studies show varied approaches to working with families, couples and culturally-diverse populations. Ethical and safety considerations are covered, emphasizing the importance of both human and equine welfare in the equine-facilitated psychotherapy and learning model.
Dr. Lac is an Equine-Assisted Therapist at the HERD Institute in New Albany, Ohio. She designs, implements, and assesses equine-facilitated psychotherapy and learning. She is also a Licensed Professional Counselor working with individuals, groups, and families in traditional therapeutic settings as well as through animal-assisted interventions, specializing in clients with eating disorders, trauma, and attachment disorders. She has published in the Journal of Humanistic Psychology as well as the Journal of Creativity in Mental Health.
Part I 1. Introduction 2. Why Horses? What is Equine Therapy? 3. Philosophical Foundations 4. Theoretical Foundations 5. Theoretical Foundations II: Where Does the Horse Fit in? Part II 6. Ethical Practice in EFPL 7. The HERD Model of Equine-Facilitated Psychotherapy 8. The HERD Model of Equine Facilitated Learning 9. The HERD Model of EFP in Action 10. The HERD Model of EFL in Action Part III 11. Horse Sense, Business Sense 12. Final words