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Clinical Practicum 2: The Use of Equine-Assisted Psychotherapy in Children and Adolescents: An Experiential Introduction for Child and Adolescent Psychiatrists

When people think of horses, a few places come to mind, but none as much as Texas. Join the EAGALA-certified therapists and Equine Specialists, along with the horses at Fair Oaks Ranch, to familiarize yourself with equine assisted psychotherapy (EAP) and ask the questions you've wanted to ask. What is equine assisted psychotherapy? Why are horses, in particular, suited to experiential psychotherapy interventions? What is the current state of evidence to support the use of EAP? What training is available to learn EAP?

Equine Assisted Psychotherapists utilize theory, research, and techniques from experiential therapy and experiential education and clinically integrate dimensions of cognitive behavioral therapy, dialectical behavior therapy, acceptance and commitment therapy, metaphor therapy, psychodynamic therapy, and more. Experiential therapies have existed for 30 years and have been successfully used with special populations for whom traditional contexts of psychotherapy have not been a good fit, such as high risk youth, highly resistant youth, or youth with developmental delays that interfere with their ability to generalize what is learned in a traditional therapeutic setting. EAP, as an experiential therapy, provides child and adolescent psychiatrists with additional tools for working with populations who have been resistant to traditional contexts of psychotherapy.

Thursday, October 29, 2015: 8:00 AM-5:00 PM

Sponsored by the AACAP Complementary and Integrative Medicine Committee

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