Equine Assisted Therapy with Couples and Families in Crisis
Department of Family Therapy
Equine-Assisted Therapy Activities for Counselors: Harnessing Solutions to Common Problems
Expanding on the extensive use of equine-assisted psychotherapy (EAP) with at-risk adolescents (Burgon, 2011; Ewing, MacDonald, Taylor, & Bowers, 2007), clients struggling with addictions (Dell, Chalmers, Dell, Sauve, & MacKinnon, 2008) eating disorders (Sharpe, 2014) and trauma (Adams, Coady, & Yorke, 2008; Coleman, 2012; DePrekel, 2012), equine models have increasingly been utilized with couples, families, and groups to improve relationships, highlight strengths, normalize concerns, and enhance the overall therapeutic process (Green, 2013, 2014, 2017; Masini, 2010; Trotter, 2012). This chapter describes a relational, strength-based approach to EAP when working specifically with couples and families. As Lipchik (2002, p. 127) observes, “The importance of relational ties is a powerful resource for therapy.” Incorporating a strength-based, relational stance that honors client solutions offers unique opportunities for the enhancement of couple and family relationships through EAP.
Arts and Humanities
Green, Shelley K.; Rolleston, Michael; and Shroeder, Monica, "Equine Assisted Therapy with Couples and Families in Crisis" (2018). CAHSS Faculty Books and Book Chapters. 127.