Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Equine-Facilitated Psychotherapy: Harnessing the Healing Power of Horses and Neurobiology in Treating Adolescents
by Sheena, Tami Schlachter, M.A., Pacifica Graduate Institute, 2020, 58; 27739284
Abstract (Summary)

Equine-assisted psychotherapy (EAP) is a growing field with much to contribute to the wellbeing of at-risk adolescents struggling with autism, childhood abuse, and substance use issues. This thesis examines different modalities of EAP and research regarding the effectiveness of EAP in cocreating positive client outcomes. EAP has helped clients improve behaviorally, spiritually, and emotionally, giving them new awareness of how to manage themselves in relationship with others. Using hermeneutic and heuristic research methodology, the author draws on her experience as a trainee at an EAP facility practicing the trauma-focused, neurosequential model of Natural Lifemanship. She analyzes the process and outcomes she observed in the practice of EAP and examines the ways in which its guiding principles provided her with greater self-understanding and benefitted her personal relationships. The author’s analysis of EAP and her personal and clinical experiences focuses on attachment theory as integral to the therapeutic value of EAP .

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Altman, Avrom
Commitee: Jacobson, Goia
School: Pacifica Graduate Institute
Department: Counseling Psychology
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 81/9(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Counseling Psychology
Keywords: Adolescents, Attachment theory, Equine, Horses, Natural lifemanship, Neurobiology
Publication Number: 27739284
ISBN: 9781658496193
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