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Equestrian-Assisted Psychotherapy School-Based Intervention Program For Children Diagnosed with Behavioral and Emotional Disorders In Rural Community Public School Settings
by Posas, Valerie Jo, Psy.D., The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, 2013, 155; 3600769
Abstract (Summary)

The history of equine-assisted psychotherapy (EAP) is visited in this dissertation, as well as different types of equestrian therapy programs that are being used in a variety of settings. Although there is limited research available regarding these types of studies, the research that does exist promotes an awareness and need for different therapeutic treatments, while acknowledging and promoting the benefits of equestrian psychotherapy. The purpose of this applied research study was to develop a proposed EAP school-based intervention program designed to work as a collaborative therapeutic program, using mental health workers, school personnel, and other paraprofessionals, working with children with emotional and behavioral disorders, in rural community public school settings. An evaluation of the program's efficacy by validity judges concluded that this program is potentially effective for working with these populations in this setting.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: MacLeay, Kathy J.
Commitee: Brown, Leslee
School: The Chicago School of Professional Psychology
Department: Applied Clinical Psychology
School Location: United States -- Illinois
Source: DAI-B 75/02(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Source Type: DISSERTATION
Subjects: Behavioral psychology, Educational psychology, Clinical psychology
Keywords: Emotional and behavioral disorders, Equestrian-assisted psychotherapy, Horses, Public schools, Rural communities, School-based intervention
Publication Number: 3600769
ISBN: 978-1-303-50992-6
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