Equine-Facilitated Psychotherapy and Learning - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780128126011, 9780128126028

Equine-Facilitated Psychotherapy and Learning

1st Edition

The Human-Equine Relational Development (HERD) Approach

Authors: Veronica Lac
eBook ISBN: 9780128126028
Paperback ISBN: 9780128126011
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 4th May 2017
Page Count: 204
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Equine-Facilitated Psychotherapy and Learning: The Human-Equine Relational Development (HERD) Approach offers a hands-on approach to integrating equine-assisted therapy and learning into mental health treatment. Based on the HERD Institute model, the book showcases a series of case studies that cover working with patients with trauma, attachment disorders and depression.

Additional case studies show varied approaches to working with families, couples and culturally-diverse populations. Ethical and safety considerations are covered, emphasizing the importance of both human and equine welfare in the equine-facilitated psychotherapy and learning model.

Key Features

  • Identifies the benefits of equine-facilitated therapy and therapeutic riding
  • Features case studies of equine-facilitated psychotherapy in different settings
  • Discusses use of therapy for depression, trauma, attachment disorders and more
  • Includes use with couples, families, individuals and culturally diverse populations


Mental health professionals working in EFPL; academic researchers in this field; upper level undergraduate and graduate students

Table of Contents

Part I

Chapter 1. Introduction

  • Abstract

Chapter 2. Why Horses? What is Equine Therapy?

  • Abstract
  • The Therapeutic Benefits of the Human–Equine Bond in Equine-Assisted Interventions
  • “Equine Therapy”: The Need for Clarification
  • Therapy Versus Therapeutic
  • The HERD Institute Model of EFL
  • Equine-Assisted/Facilitated Therapy
  • What Is Equine-Assisted/Facilitated Psychotherapy?
  • The HERD Institute Model of EFP

Chapter 3. Philosophical Foundations

  • Abstract
  • Philosophical Relevance
  • Phenomenology and Embodiment
  • Buber’s I-Thou
  • Buber’s I-Thou and Horses

Chapter 4. Theoretical Foundations

  • Abstract
  • Broadening Horizons and Digging Deep
  • Core Theory
  • Embodiment and Authenticity
  • The Embodied Relational Self

Chapter 5. Theoretical Foundations II: Where Does the Horse Fit in?

  • Abstract
  • The Magic of Horses
  • Projection/Mirroring
  • Attachment
  • Groundwork
  • Mounted Work

Part II

Chapter 6. Ethical Practice in EFPL

  • Abstract
  • The Professional Relationship
  • Discussion on Safety and Ethics
  • The HERD Safety Protocol
  • Safety Around Horses
  • A Safe Therapeutic Relationship
  • The Role of Assistants
  • A Safe Place
  • Leveling the Playing Field: A Place in the Herd
  • Ethics of Working With Horses
  • Horsemanship Development
  • Horse Suitability

Chapter 7. The HERD Model of Equine-Facilitated Psychotherapy

  • Abstract
  • Stage One: Sharing Space
  • Stage Two: Release and Expand
  • Stage Three: Deepening
  • Stage Four: Coming Home
  • Sta


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About the Author

Veronica Lac

Dr. Lac is an Equine-Assisted Therapist at the HERD Institute in New Albany, Ohio. She designs, implements, and assesses equine-facilitated psychotherapy and learning. She is also a Licensed Professional Counselor working with individuals, groups, and families in traditional therapeutic settings as well as through animal-assisted interventions, specializing in clients with eating disorders, trauma, and attachment disorders. She has published in the Journal of Humanistic Psychology as well as the Journal of Creativity in Mental Health.

Affiliations and Expertise

Equine-Assisted Therapist, HERD Institute, New Albany, Ohio

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