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.

section Section 1|2 pages

Ethical Considerations and Theoretical Framework

chapter 1|16 pages

Ethical Considerations in Equine-Assisted Interventions

Meeting the Needs of Both Human and Horse

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Oppositional Behavior

section Section 9|2 pages

Substance Abuse

chapter 15|6 pages

Equine-Assisted Mental Health Therapy and Alcoholism

Issues in Early Sobriety

chapter 16|8 pages

Triggering Transformations

An Equine-Assisted Approach to the Treatment of Substance Abuse

chapter 17|6 pages

Beyond the Couch

An Object Relations Approach to EAP Substance Abuse Treatment

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Social Skills and Communication

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Couples and Family

section Section 13|2 pages

Professional Development