How Change Happens in Equine-Assisted Interventions, A Theory of Horses, Humans, and Psychotherapy

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How Change Happens in Equine-Assisted Interventions, A Theory of Horses, Humans, and Psychotherapy

How Change Happens In Equine-Assisted Interventions, A Theory Of Horses, Humans, And Psychotherapy

By Noreen W. Esposito and Angela K. Fournier

How Change Happens in Equine-Assisted Interventions gives clinicians and researchers an intervention theory on the mechanisms of change during psychotherapy and other interventions that incorporate horses. Chapters introduce the concept of intervention theory, present a theory of the problem (what the client comes with), theories explaining the intervention (what is done during a session), and theories of change (what happens in the mind of a client), with each theory’s function described. Using an autoethnographic approach, the authors describe, deconstruct, and analyze personal experiences as clients during an equine-assisted intervention. Then the authors present and apply a unique intervention theory by linking it to the thoughts and experiences of clients in and after a session. Practitioners will come away from this book with a unique perspective on the field and with an increased understanding of what their clients are thinking both in and out of session. Researchers will have an explanatory theory from which to draw testable hypotheses when studying interventions incorporating horses.

Table of Contents
Why theory?
What is equine-assisted intervention?
The horse
Introduction to EAST
Theory of the problem
Theory of the intervention
Theory of change
Integrating the theories : EAST
Seeking the client’s perspective
It’s a problem : Autoethnography
Finding strong : Autoethnography
Analysis and interpretation
Bringing it all together

 

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