Triggering Transformations: An Equine Assisted Approach to the Treatment of Substance Abuse
Department of Family Therapy
Equine-Assisted Therapy Activities for Counselors: Harnessing Solutions to Common Problems
Equine-assisted psychotherapy (EAP) approaches have been applied to many different clinical concerns, including substance abuse, eating disorders, domestic violence, trauma, PTSD, and physical or sexual abuse (DePrekel, 2012; Karol, 2007; Masini, 2010; Selby & Smith-Osborne, 2013). Clients struggling with the effects of substance abuse, specifically, can benefit from this approach (Kern-Godal, Arnevik, Walderhaug, & Ravndal, 2015), both individually and in group settings. This chapter describes a relational, solution-focused approach to EAP that incorporates attention to mindfulness, allowing clients struggling with substance abuse to work on their individual goals alongside other group participants. The interpersonal exchange that occurs among participants throughout sessions helps them to engage in their own treatment while simultaneously collaborating in the treatment of their peers (Mandrell, 2014). Clinically, the combination of the equine-assisted experiential model and a solution-focused emphasis offers opportunities for heightened awareness and transformation.
Arts and Humanities
Green, Shelley K.; Rolleston, Michael; Penlava, Cynthia; and Judd, Valerie, "Triggering Transformations: An Equine Assisted Approach to the Treatment of Substance Abuse" (2018). CAHSS Faculty Books and Book Chapters. 126.