Equine-Facilitated Psychotherapy and Learning: The Human-Equine Relational Development (HERD) Approach

Equine-Facilitated Psychotherapy and Learning: The Human-Equine Relational Development (HERD) Approach PDF

By Veronica Lac

Equine-Facilitated Psychotherapy and Learning: The Human-Equine Relational Development (HERD) Approach PDF 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.

  • Identifies the benefits of equine-facilitated therapy and therapeutic riding
  • Features case studies of equine-facilitated psychotherapy in different settings
  • Discusses use of therapy for depression, trauma, attachment disorders and more
  • Includes use with couples, families, individuals and culturally diverse populations
Table of Contents

Part I

Chapter 1. Introduction

  • Abstract

Chapter 2. Why Horses? What is Equine Therapy?

  • Abstract
  • The Therapeutic Benefits of the Human–Equine Bond in Equine-Assisted Interventions
  • “Equine Therapy”: The Need for Clarification
  • Therapy Versus Therapeutic
  • The HERD Institute Model of EFL
  • Equine-Assisted/Facilitated Therapy
  • What Is Equine-Assisted/Facilitated Psychotherapy?
  • The HERD Institute Model of EFP

Chapter 3. Philosophical Foundations

  • Abstract
  • Philosophical Relevance
  • Phenomenology and Embodiment
  • Buber’s I-Thou
  • Buber’s I-Thou and Horses

Chapter 4. Theoretical Foundations

  • Abstract
  • Broadening Horizons and Digging Deep
  • Core Theory
  • Embodiment and Authenticity
  • The Embodied Relational Self

Chapter 5. Theoretical Foundations II: Where Does the Horse Fit in?

  • Abstract
  • The Magic of Horses
  • Projection/Mirroring
  • Attachment
  • Groundwork
  • Mounted Work

Part II

Chapter 6. Ethical Practice in EFPL

  • Abstract
  • The Professional Relationship
  • Discussion on Safety and Ethics
  • The HERD Safety Protocol
  • Safety Around Horses
  • A Safe Therapeutic Relationship
  • The Role of Assistants
  • A Safe Place
  • Leveling the Playing Field: A Place in the Herd
  • Ethics of Working With Horses
  • Horsemanship Development
  • Horse Suitability

Chapter 7. The HERD Model of Equine-Facilitated Psychotherapy

  • Abstract
  • Stage One: Sharing Space
  • Stage Two: Release and Expand
  • Stage Three: Deepening
  • Stage Four: Coming Home
  • Stage Five: Integration
  • Summary

Chapter 8. The HERD Model of Equine Facilitated Learning

  • Abstract
  • Scope of Practice
  • The HERD Model of EFL
  • Experiential Learning
  • Stage Two: Relating
  • Stage Three: Integrating
  • Themes, Culture, and Language
  • Summary

Chapter 9. The HERD Model of EFP in Action

  • Abstract
  • You Had Me at Hello
  • New Beginnings: Taking the First Step
  • Case Studies
  • Release and Expand
  • Revisiting the Lessons Learned
  • Back and Forth
  • Case Study 2: Embodied Touch
  • Case Study 3: The Language of Love
  • Case Study 4: One Breath, One Movement
  • Case Study 5: Integrating the HERD Model of EFP with Humanistic Play Therapy
  • Case Study 6: Sinking into Support
  • Case Study 7: We Are All Connected
  • Case Study 8: Working with Veterans
  • Conclusion

Chapter 10. The HERD Model of EFL in Action

  • Abstract
  • Case Study 1: Creating a “ME”-Shaped Space
  • Case Study 2: A Bubble of Two
  • Case Study 3: Anticipating Needs
  • Case Study 4: Everyone Wants to Belong
  • Case Study 5: Resilience and Vulnerability
  • Case Study 6: Just Sniff
  • Conclusion

Part III

Chapter 11. Horse Sense, Business Sense

  • Abstract
  • Starting Equine-Facilitated Work
  • Setting Up Shop
  • Human First Aid Kit
  • Equine First Aid Kit
  • Where Are You Going to Do the Work?
  • Fee Structure
  • Networking and Marketing
  • Demonstrations and Workshops
  • Conclusion

Chapter 12. Final words

  • Abstract

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