CAHSS Faculty Books and Book Chapters

Triggering Transformations: An Equine Assisted Approach to the Treatment of Substance Abuse

Title

Triggering Transformations: An Equine Assisted Approach to the Treatment of Substance Abuse

Files

Document Type

Book Chapter

Department

Department of Family Therapy

Book Title

Equine-Assisted Therapy Activities for Counselors: Harnessing Solutions to Common Problems

Description

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.

ISBN

9781351673266

Publication Date

9-3-2018

Publisher

Routledge

City

New York

First Page

1

Last Page

280

Disciplines

Arts and Humanities

Comments

Written by internationally renowned equine-assisted mental health professionals, this edited collection teaches counselors how to design and implement equine-assisted mental health interventions for different populations and various challenges. Supported by ethical considerations and theoretical frameworks, chapters cover common issues including depression, anxiety, grief, ADHD, autism, eating disorders, substance abuse, self-esteem, social skills and communication, couples and family work, and professional development. Each chapter provides practical tips for implementing treatment strategies, case studies with transcript analyses, and sample session notes. This book will appeal to both the expert equine-assisted mental health counselor and the seasoned counselor who is open to partnering with an equine practitioner to help their clients in new and innovative ways.

Triggering Transformations: An Equine Assisted Approach to the Treatment of Substance Abuse

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