What is EAP? According to the "Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Association (EAGALA)", a renowned organization focused on equine therapy, Equine Assisted Psychotherapy (EAP) "incorporates horses experientially for mental and behavioral health therapy and personal development."The practice of EAP" is a collaborative effort between a licensed therapist and a horse professional working with the clients and horses to address treatment goals." EAGALA notes that due to the "intensity and effectiveness" of the practice "it is considered a short-term, or "brief" approach."
"The focus of EAP involves setting up ground activities involving the horses which will require the client or group to apply certain skills. Non-verbal communication, assertiveness, creative thinking and problem-solving, leadership, work, taking responsibility, teamwork and relationships, confidence, and attitude are several examples of the tools utilized and developed by EAP. EAP is a powerful and effective therapeutic approach that has an incredible impact on individuals, youth, famlies, and groups. EAP addresses a variety of mental health and human development needs including behavioral issues, attention deficit disorder, PTSD, substance abuse, eating disorders, depression, anxiety, relationship problems and communication needs."
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