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Harnessing the Power of Equine Assisted Counseling: Adding Animal Assisted Therapy to Your Practice [Hardcover]

Kay Sudekum Trotter
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December 6, 2011 0415898412 978-0415898416 0

This book will help licensed professional counselors incorporate Equine Assisted Counseling (EAC) into their practices, even those who have little prior experience working with horses. It provides a strong research foundation for understanding the efficacy of equine assisted interventions and the potentially powerful impact that a horse can have in creating a new counseling dynamic. Chapters address using horses to help clients dealing with various traumas and abuse, anxiety, depression, atypical behaviors, and social skills and communication issues. Additionally, a chapter by the internationally renowned "horse whisperer" Pat Parelli offers a look at EAC from the horse’s point of view and demonstrates developing a relationship with a therapy horse in a positive, safe, and respectful manner. Counselors will find this a valuable resource for understanding and utilizing EAC as a new resource in their own practices, as will students seeking to learn about this innovative approach.


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"Trotter has compiled a tremendous resource for mental health professionals interested in adding equine assisted counseling to their existing practice. I am excited and impressed by the wisdom of the many contributors she has included and I look forward to all that this field is becoming." - Leif Hallberg, MA, LCPC, Private Practice, Bozeman, Montana

"This book is a highly valuable resource for counselors who work with horses. It is well written and organized and provides useful, practical, and very interesting information." - Cynthia Chandler, EdD, Professor of Counseling and Director, Center for Animal Assisted Therapy, University of North Texas

"This book needs to be on the shelf of every EAT and AAT practitioner and in the hands of instructors and students as well. I personally loved the case studies which add an enjoyable narrative. Two thumbs up and five stars! I highly recommend it!" - Linda Nebbe PhD, LMHC, Assistant Professor of Counseling, University of Northern Iowa, and AAT Practitioner

About the Author

Kay Sudekam Trotter, PhD, is the Founder of Equine Partners in Counseling (EPIC), a structure to develop resources for counselors to utilize in incorporating equine assisted counseling into more traditional counseling modalities. She is also President of Counseling Services PLLC in Flower Mound, Texas.


Product Details

  • Hardcover: 308 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge (December 6, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0415898412
  • ISBN-13: 978-0415898416
  • Product Dimensions: 0.9 x 6.5 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #465,328 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Harnessing the Power of Equine Assisted Counseling January 17, 2013
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Great information. We have Barnabas Horse Foundation for Children and are using EAP to help children who have been traumatized. We were certified by Greg Kiersten of the O.K. Corral series in EAP. I constantly look for valid information to continue education and build our resources. This book is a great resource and tool. She effectively gives the reasoning behind the different exercises. It is written for clinical professionals, but as a layperson to psychology ( I am the horse expert), I did not find her book hard to read and understand.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful resource November 8, 2012
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This book is a great resource for my therapy office. Not only full of easy to understand techniques that can be done with clients, but they went the extra effort to link each with activity with clinical rational for incorporating horses into therapy. I epically like the section by Parelli and I look forward to the second addition and many more activites that I can use.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty good book, worth the price September 24, 2012
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This book has many examples of games and exercises for EFT. The explanations of the games and exercises are well written and easily understood. The only drawback is that those games and exercises are really on a very basic level and rely almost exclusively on the benefits of the limbic connection between horses and humans. In short, the book doesn't have exercises that require more of the student and the horse than the good old touchy-feely benefits. Nonetheless, I would recommend this book as a starting point for anyone who wants to include EFT in their program.
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