Equine-Assisted Therapy

Last updated 4/15/2014

Equine-Assisted Therapy
Instructor: M. Sundeen, BA, EAGALA Certified
Prerequisite: Age 18 and GED or high school diploma.
Equine-Assisted Psychotherapy (EAP) is an emerging approach to professional counseling that helps clients of all ages address behavioral, emotional, spiritual, and relational issues using horses as an intervention tool. EAP is a non-threatening and action-oriented team approach to counseling using an Equine Specialist (ES), Mental Health Specialist (MHS) and horse(s). Equine-Assisted Psychotherapy helps clients cope with change and develop positive means of facing life’s struggles through the use of team building activities with horses. Gain a clear picture of how Equine-Assisted Psychotherapy can work as an interventional tool for clients. You will walk away with a solid foundation of the theoretical and philosophical backbone of EAP. In addition, you gain the ability to distinguish why horses are used over other animals for this method of therapy. The EAGALA Certified Teacher incorporates the EAGALA endorsed curriculum. The course involves theory and lab time (with horses in the arena). This is an experiential form of therapy; therefore, the best explanation for understanding it is to see it in action. No horse experience is needed and there will be no horseback riding. All activities will be performed 100% on the ground.

Topics to be covered:

  • What is Equine-Assisted Psychotherapy (EAP)?
  • Misconceptions and myths about EAP
  • Theoretical and philosophical backbone of EAP
  • Distinguish why horses over other animals
  • Respecting the balanced team consisting of ES, MHS and horses
  • Untraining the mind on current perspectives.
  • Research and proven EAP programs
  • Hands on experiences with in the moment EAP activities

$50 education materials required. You will be advised of details at the time of registration.

8 Wednesdays      June 4-July 23              6-8 p.m.
CRN 50376          EC Bldg. 7-Rm. 115      Tuition Fee $190

Black Hawk College East Campus – 26230 Black Hawk Road – Galva, IL